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Finding a lost dog - Preventing, making a lost dog poster, and the hunter trick.

Lost Dog Poster PinterstIt’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare. You call your dog and they don’t come. You call again a little bit louder and they still don’t come. After a few frantic minutes turn into hours you realize that you’ve lost your dog.

How to find a lost dog.

Preventing a lost dog

The best way to find a lost dog is to prevent losing them. 

  • Make sure your backyard is fenced in and no holes have been dug that your dog or dogs could escape through.
  • Make sure all latches and gates close properly
  • Practice your recall regularly. This is particularly important if you’re going to be off leash.
  • Stick to the fenced in area of the off leash dog park.
  • Make sure that your dog is microchipped and they’re wearing something with your contact information on it.
  • Keep your dog inside during fireworks. The sound can make them run off. 
  • Have all the information for a lost dog poster prepared ahead of time.

Lost dog poster and pamphlet

Should you lose your dog, you’re going to want to make it as easy to read and informative as possible. Plaster the area where you last saw your dog and around your home with posters and distribute  as well as drop if off at local vet clinics, pet stores, rescues, shelters, and dog parks. Every poster should have:

  • Multiple pictures.
  • Microchip information.
  • Reward amount if there is one.
  • Your contact information phone and email.
  • Important information about your dog, such as medical needs or behavioural information.
  • What they were last wearing if you can remember.
  • Unique behaviours someone should be aware of.

Finding a lost dog - the hunter trick

Originally posted on Reddit, this article contains great information.


On day 12 of searching for my dog in a heavily wooded area, distraught and hopeless, I ran into a couple of hunters. They said they lost the occasional dog on a hunt but always got them back. What they told me has helped many dogs and families be reunited. I've given their advice out a few times in the last couple days, so I thought if reddit has any lost dogs out there, this could help:


The dog owner(s) should take an article of clothing that has been worn at least all day, the longer the better, so the lost dog can pick up the scent.


Bring the article of clothing to the location where the dog was last seen and leave it there. Also, if the dog has a crate & familiar toy, you can bring those too (unless location undesirable for crate). You might also want to leave a note requesting item(s) not to be moved. Leave a bowl of water there too, as the dog probably hasn't had access to any. Do not bring food as this could attract other animals that the dog might avoid.


Come back the next day, or check intermittently if possible. Hopefully the dog will be waiting there.


I was skeptical and doubted my dog would be able to detect an article of clothing if he didn't hear me calling his name as loud as possible all day for 12 days. But I returned the next day and sure enough found him sitting there!


I hope this helps someone out there who's missing a best friend. Good luck :)




Lucas Walker
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