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Dog Training Chicago: Lost Puppy Dog

If you do lose your pet, here are 10 top dog-friendly tips to help reunite you with your dog as quickly as possible:

  1. Contact or visit your local shelters and animal control organizations. File a lost pet report with every shelter, dog pound and animal control office within a 100-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters every day.
  2. Get the word out to all veterinarians, dog day cares and pet stores in the area. Sometimes people pick up a stray and drive it to a distant clinic.
  3. Search your neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Enlist friends, family and others to help you. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.
  4. Go door to door and speak with each and every one of your neighbors. The more people know you have lost a pet, the more people will call you if they see an animal in the woods or on the road, or in their backyard.
  5. Place posters and flyers throughout the neighborhood. P
  6. Post info about your pet on all pet recovery websites and services. S
  7. Consider using a lost pet recovery service.
  8. Place food and water outside your home. Your pet may eventually return to your home when they get hungry or thirsty.
  9. Tell everyone you see in the area about your pet and ask them to keep their eyes open for her. The more people you alert about your missing pet, the greater the chance someone will recollect seeing your pet in their area.
  10. Never give up. Be aggressive in your search, get lots of help, get the word out right away – don’t wait a few hours “to see if she’ll come home on her own “– you need those early hours to put up posters and start your search.
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