You leave the front door open, a deer's grazing in the yard, munching on flowers, shaking off its ticks onto your property. The dog escapes, runs after the deer, blasting through the invisible fence because deers seem to mitigate invisible fence shock pain in dogs.
There you are running down the street screaming--which makes the dog run faster. The dog veers into the woods and is gone. Dog is gone.
What do you do?
What you do in that first ten minutes a dog has escaped is critical. Here are my thoughts based upon one of my bulldogs (may she rest in peace.) who wandered away constantly. It's not fair to bring up a wandering bulldog because they tend to be easy to find. But this one truly wandered away. Alot. Here's my opinion.
1--Keep calling. Take a picture of the place where he/she disappeared from your sight. That exact location at the edge of the woods. The exact place he left the street, ran off though properties etc. This is where you lost sight of him him. Remember the location, remember the exact time.
2. If you don't have a Nextdoor neighbor app, go to app store NOW. Not tomorrow. NOW. And get one. Within ten minutes of losing dog, put a picture of your dog on next door neighbor. Always have a picture on you phone of your dog, ready to be sent. There's a lost dog section in Nextdoor that's appropriate for dog pictures. I'd put one up in the general section too. You want everyone to see it. Fast. Make sure you mention the time and exact location of where you lost sight of the dog.
3. If you have a facebook filled with local people, put up a local post.
4. Does your town have an online Patch? If so, put up a picture of your dog there along with time and location of last seen.
5. Contact all shelters, vets in the area.
6. Keep calling for your dog if you can. Keep running after your dog as you put up pictures on your iPhone. Can you do social media whilst running? Practice! It. Can. Be. Done.
Some dog pundits say don't keep calling, it does no good, the dog is long gone. I'm not sure about that. A dog will know your voice. And if you keep at it, if you keep jogging in the direction you saw your dog run, the dog may pick up your scent.
What do you know, you ask? Well, that's a great question. So, here's another essay from a smarter person. See link below.
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