Statistics show that less than 16% of lost dogs are returned to their rightful owners. This number can be discouraging to lost dog owners but instead it should be a motivator for them to follow the experts' advice when searching for their lost dog. Most people rely on one or two methods to find their lost dog. As the statistics would show, 84% of the time it's not that easy. We recommend that you use each and every recommendation in this guide to aid you in finding your lost dog. Your dog can be found, and you have the ability to make it happen.
Before you step a foot outside your house in the search for your missing dog you should first confirm that your dog is actually lost. If you're reading this guide you have probably already done this but it doesn't hurt to reiterate the point. Check the backyard. Check the back corner of your property. Check the other side of the fence. Is he hiding? Is your dog hurt by the back fence? Is he laying in the shade under the bushes? Make sure that you really have a lost dog, and not just a dog with his head stuck in a pipe; it happens.
Once you confirm that your dog is indeed lost it can be helpful to understand how your dog got away. Did he escape under the fence? Did he get through an open gate? Did he run through an open front door? Did he chew through a leash in the backyard? Answering this question can give you guidance as to which direction to start looking, and also to understanding what mindset your dog was in when he left. A dog that simply slipped out an open front door is more likely to be sniffing flowers at the neighbors than a frustrated dog that chewed through his leash to set himself free. A frustrated dog that dug a hole under a fence is more likely to be a mile or more away than the dog that simply walked off because the back gate was left open. Also try to pinpoint the amount of time the dog has had to roam the surrounding areas. Obviously, the dog that has been lost for 20 minutes will not have the opportunity to get as far as the dog that has been missing for over an hour. Use this information to help formulate your search plan.