Put out dirty socks and underwear from the dog's favorite human and/or their crate/ bed/ blanket, and favorite soft toy. Also, smelly wet food or human food and fresh water. Drag their favorite blanket along any area last known, wetted down, all the way from where last known to be to the place lost from, not necessarily home.
Call non-emergency dispatch, shelters in a ten-mile radius, vets and animal ERs in local area, and highway departments/DPW for local and county municipalities.
File a lost report, free versions are just fine, with www.petfbi.org, petcolove.org, www.cuddlesunited.com , www.lostmydoggie.com , www.petkey.org , and www.lost-dog.org. Ring neigbbors is free and helpful also!
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.
Print out flyer created from your petfbi.org report, it's free and it's there to download. 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. You can have a couple people drive looking for a sighting but they should also hand out flyers to everyone they see.
We will help if you need, to get flyers or road signs out and drive for a sighting (if it will be feasible). We can, also, help create a central messenger chat that everyone looking can be in to instantly share leads or sightings in with everyone at once.
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. Calm, soft baby talk while not looking directly at him/her. Again, do not chase and this should only be done by the 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. Or drop down laughing or crying.
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 me. 262-833-7480. www.billysposse.com
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