6 months ago
Put out dirty socks and underwear from the dog's favorite human. Also smelly wet food or human food, fresh water, their crate/ bed/ blanket, and favorite toys.
Call non-emergency dispatch, shelters in a ten-mile radius, vets in local area, including ER Vets, and highway departments/DPW for local and county municipalities.
File a lost report, free versions are just fine, with www.petfbi.org, https://lost.petcolove.org/, www.cuddlesunited.com, www.lostmydoggie.com, https://petkey.org/Register, https://www.homeagain.com/lost-found/report-lost-pet, and www.lost-dog.org.
Also, post on Nextdoor.com right away. If you aren't joined, please join. You can post immediately. This a neighborhood specific app/site that alerts your neighbors and even surrounding neighborhoods to watch for your dog.
Another great thing that has helped many is to drag your pup’s favorite blanket, or something dirty of yours, wetted down. Go from anywhere you think the pup might be and drag all the way home. This is leaving a scent trail and we’ve seen it work many times. I hope it works for you.
Print out flyers created from any of those free reports. Full page to put in business. And 4x6 size for handing out, this is 4 to a page. Go door to door with them in the direction or area your dog was last seen. This is crucial. You get your best leads this way. Get friends and family to help. But only the dog's favorite human should be calling for the dog, calmly and softly and playfully. Now is not the time to be stern. It can be confusing if everyone is calling from different directions. Have a couple people drive looking for a sighting.
We can help if you need, to get flyers or road signs out and drive for a sighting. We can, also, help create a central messenger chat that everyone looking can be in to instantly share leads or sightings in.
Whatever you do ... DO NOT CHASE THE DOG! This can either be a great game of chase for your dog. Or terrifying for your dog. Either way it can chase your dog further away, or possibly into traffic.
If you have a skittish dog and see him or her, get down to the ground and try luring to you. Again, do not chase and this should only be done by these dog's favorite human. No one else.
If you see your dog and he or she is friendly and lovey, or very playful, make YOU the IT. Call the pup playfully and run the other way, towards home or the car.
Now, if you need our help, Billy's Posse is here for you. However, you need us to be. Just let me know. You can messenger, text, or call us. 262-833-7480