Finding a Lost Dog: Our Step by Step Guide

As pet owners, we go to great lengths to prevent losing our dogs. We worry about it all the time. They’re naturally curious, so it’s in their nature to wander off and explore, but chances are they haven’t gone too far. Here are some practical steps to take if you have a cheeky escape artist.

What You Can Do to Prevent a Lost Dog

  • Check that you’ve registered your dog’s microchip under your name on the national database. It’s important to know that these databases are different per country, so double-check if you’ve lived in more than one country with your pet. If you need to register your pet and don’t know their chip number, you can always call the vet your pet is registered with to ask for it. They often have it on file from when you joined.
  • Have high-quality images of your pet ready in case they go missing. You should also take new ones as they grow older.
  • If you’re interested in an affordable smart GPS tracker, try Curve. It’s a great way to keep an eye on where your dog may be. 
  • Have a sturdy, high-quality collar that has a tag with your details on it.
  • Take your dog out often to satisfy their need for adventure and incorporate games to build brain power and training. 
  • Use a long lead if they’re prone to sneaking off so that you can give them more space to explore on walks
  • Remind your friends and family to keep doors and gates shut around your home. Install a sign to remind postal workers, gardeners and others to close the gate. Don’t forget to check it frequently as well.
  • Secure the perimeter of your garden so that they can’t escape. Make sure you don’t leave them unattended either.

Steps that Can Help You Reconnect with a Lost Dog

  1. Put your plans on hold if you can and get help from friends and family to alleviate stress if you can’t take a lot of time off. 
  2. If you’ve attached Curve Smart GPS Tracker to your dog’s collar, you can view their location history and live location via the app. When Curve Smart GPS Tracker can’t find a GPS signal, Wifi and Cellular kick in to help pinpoint their location through the Vodafone Network.
  3. Check areas familiar to your dog like parks, walking routes, old home addresses nearby or other friends and family houses they’ve been to. 
  4. Check or call rescues and animal shelters. They can be very busy and may not immediately know they’ve received a lost dog.
  5. Report your pet missing through your microchip database (such as PetLog). 
  6. Make sure your contact details are attached to every social media post, flyer and database you use to list your pet as lost. Then make sure your phone is always fully charged, near you and not on silent so that you can catch any calls or notifications.
  7. Check for and list your pet on these resources and databases for lost dogs based in the UK. The more resources you use, the better the reach. 
  8. If you think your dog was stolen, report the incident to the police as soon as possible. 
  9. Create flyers and posters for your neighbourhood. Use the clearest, highest resolution photo of your pet. Make sure you post them near parks, as children can be more aware of lost pets. Don’t forget, you can also put up a flyer outside your house as well.
  10. Ask people to check their sheds and garages in case your pet is trapped.
  11. Use social media to broadcast your lost pet; be sure to use local hashtags and location tags where possible. You can also ask your friends to share so that you can extend your reach or find local lost pet groups and pages on social media that can help share your post.
  12. Other people and places who can help you find your pet: your local vet clinics, dog wardens, animal shelter or rescue centres, supermarkets and local shopkeepers, postal workers, gardeners, window cleaners, handymen and more. 
  13. Contact your local paper to look into placing a lost dog ad. You can also reach out to local radio stations, but make sure you give them a detailed description of your pet as you won’t be able to send in a photo. Try to think of some unique markings your dog has as well as any distinctive personality traits.
  14. Ask building sites nearby in case they may have been trapped by equipment or materials.

We sincerely hope these steps help you reconnect with your four-legged family member as soon as possible and wish you all the luck in the world. We’ll leave the most important tip for last: don’t give up!  

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