You would never expect your dog to escape but even the best carer can’t always anticipate every scenario. So it’s essential that you know what to do if your dog does get away.
Here are some possible situations:
• Your fence may be unlocked, he might have dug a hole beneath it or he may find a way to get over it.
• A door could be left open or ajar, perhaps while you bring in your groceries.
• Your dog could jump out of the car window.
The majority of dogs that get lost are quickly found. However, you need to arrange a search for your dog as quickly as possible, to increase the odds of having your Pom brought back home to you.
Start by checking out the number one place where your pet will go. Also check the most dangerous place (usually on a main road) and call his name, but be wary of calling your dog and forcing him to cross major traffic on his own. Once several hours pass with no luck, you need to make extra efforts to locate him.
Enlist the help of neighbours, family and friends and anybody else you know if they have seen your dog before and carry recent photos of him at all times.
Ring local vets to determine if they have treated a small, injured dog recently.
Contact local shelters on a daily basis because people come and go and some are more likely to help than others.
Ring the local police station direct and ask if officers on patrol can remain on the lookout for your Pomeranian.
If he hasn’t been found by the end of your first day, make big posters and plaster them everywhere possible. All members of the search group should also put them on their vehicles. Ask pet shops because they generally have a noticeboard. Add them to every notice board you can find. There are major pet supply shops that sell rolls of blank posters and noticeboards to put all your information.
Ensure you write a vivid description and have photos because a photo truly is worth a thousand words. The majority of people don’t know enough about every breed so you also can say your Pom resembles a “puffy haired chihuahua.”
Don’t reveal everything about your dog. Keep some identifying markers secret so you can question people who claim to have found your dog and, if it’s really him, they can identify him through the secret questions.
If your beloved pet hasn’t been found within a few days, create postcard size handouts that can be delivered to homes in a larger area (e.g. a 2 – 5 kilometre radius of your home or from where he escaped) and also to all animal shelters, vet clinics and anywhere else deemed practical.
If your dog gets lost during a visit away from your home, take a familiar item with you. This could be a favourite toy, his bed or crate or an item of your clothing that has your scent. Return to the place where your dog last saw you. It’s common for dogs to go back to the last place where they were still with you. If practical, park with your car door open in that location as he may see or smell you and come running.
Refuse to give up hope. Dogs are extremely intelligent and often have been found weeks or months after getting lost. Having said that, the chances are greatest within the first 24-48 hours. If your dog does get lost, it’s critical to raise the alarm as quickly as possible and always be prepared for this possibility. Lastly, always ensure your dog has a microchip. On his collar, you should have your name and contact details, as well as the name of your Pom. This information will help strangers locate you quickly if they do find your wandering pet.
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