Get A Pet as A Companion
Ready To Take Care of a Pet?
Puppies as Pets
Picking the Right Dog Breed
Buy the perfect puppy
Choosing A Good Dog Breeder
Truth About Pet Store Puppies
Bringing Home Your Puppy
Using a Dog Crate
Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Mistakes by Puppy Owners
Dog Comfort Within Your Home
Your Dog and Your Furniture
House Training a Puppy
Socializing your Pet
Buying Dog Toys
Mistakes in Raising Dogs
Choosing a Leash for Your Dog
The ABC's of Pet Grooming
Communicate w/ Your Dog
Stop Excessive Barking
Adorable Tricks To Teach Your Dog
Annual Vet Visits?
Pet Vaccination Schedule
Top Ten Dog Diseases?
Dog for Food Allergies
Treating Arthritis In Dogs
Hip Dysplasia In Dogs
Is your dog sick
Hepatitis In Dogs
Dog Separation Anxiety
Dog's Dietary Requirements
Is your Dog Fat?
First Aid For Your Dog
Lyme Disease in Dogs
Bathing Tips For Dogs
Choosing Dog Obedience School
Dog Travel Tips
Your Dog Goes Missing
If Disaster Strikes
Interview a Pet Sitter
Dangers At The Dog Park
Stop Dog From Digging
Older Dogs Have Special Needs
This article, serves as a guide to all dog-owners that wish not to
experience the agony and distress of having to deal with the fact that
their dog is gone missing. Just read carefully the tips that follow,
keeping in mind that your best friend needs an owner who is capable of
being proactive as well as encouraging it to catch, fetch, pull, tag and
chew. The most important thing to remember is that if your dog gets lost,
chances are that someone, somewhere, has seen it. Do not get discouraged
and do not panic. Be aware and it is likely that you will be reunited with
your beloved companion again, if you follow the instructions listed below
and keep yourself organized and prepared at all times.
- Keep an action checklist in a visible location, along with the current
phone numbers of emergency contacts, like individuals and organizations
you will need to call in case of an emergency. Also keep a copy in your
vehicle for when you are traveling.
- Of extreme importance is to keep with this list of contacts a current
local street map. It can greatly assist your search in case you need to
coordinate a search unit.
- Check frequently your dog to see that he wears his collar. Have a tag
attached to the collar with the dog's name and your current home and/or
cell phone number. Additionally, always have a current rabies tag and pet
license tag attached to your dog's collar. You can find it again sooner by
using the engraved tag numbers.
- However, dogs can loose their collars on the streets. For real security,
consider putting a microchip implant to your dog and register the chip's
number with one of the available registries of your area. If your dog gets
stolen or lost and gets dumped or found it can be identified through its
microchip ID number. Permanent identification, either that is in the form
of a microchip or tattoo, is also useful in case you ever have to prove to
law that this dog is indeed yours and you are the one they should return
- Prior to having to deal with any unfortunate event, register your dog to
the available services of your area. In most cases registration can be
completed online and you will save precious time if something actually
- Ensure you have recent and reliable color photos of your dog that show
clearly all your dogs' characteristics, so that you can make a big
publicity fuss and make it extremely difficult for thieves to try to keep
your dog. Taking pictures annually (maybe something to do on the dog's
birthday), is a must. You need to photograph your dog's head and body from
different angles (top, front, head shot, side-on, standing, etc.). Focus
especially on any special markings your dog might carry.
- Write a simple and clear description of your dog and have it stored in
computer's memory-along with the most recent set of photographs-in order
to create posters/flyers and publish its disappearance.
- Search in advance and save the webpages of your local animal control
authorities for immediate retrieval. This can assist you to immediately
publicize its disappearance online through the multiple online services.
- Maintain your garden fence to keep it dog-proof and check frequently the
locks on your doors and windows in order to be sure that your dog is
safely confined when you leave it alone in the house.
- Guard your dog in your garden and runs. Never allow your dog to roam
free in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Leash it at all times. If a dog gets
loose in an unfamiliar area its chances of ever finding its way home are
- Do not leave your dog tied up outside shops, gyms, classrooms, offices,
etc., and do not leave your dog unattended inside your vehicle.
- Be wary of strangers expressing an interest in your dog. Watch out for
suspicious characters. You do not have to become overprotective, but at
least you have to be aware of the risks. Remember that your dog is your
responsibility. Do not leave it to be taken care from friendly strangers.
- If you think you are being followed, do not go straight back home. Try
visiting a friend's or neighbor's house, who does not own a dog. Stay at
your friend's or neighbor's house for at least half an hour so as to give
to the stalker the impression that the house you entered is where the dog