Whether your dog loves kids or goes into a barking frenzy when they hear “Trick or Treat”, it is a good idea to keep a barrier between the little ghosts and princesses and your pet. Some of the kids who are not exposed to dogs at home, may not understand that your dog’s tail wagging enthusiasm is more about the opportunity to make new friends, than to frighten. A baby gate across the door as you hand out treats, can help keep a comfortable distance between the little ghouls and your pet.
“I never have to use a leash, because she stays right at my side.”
“He always comes when called.”
“He never chases after squirrels.” (or birds or deer, etc)
“She could never squeeze through that small hole in the fence.”
” My dog is not afraid of fireworks.”
The list could go on. No one expects a dog to go missing, but they do..every day. Don’t make assumptions, take precautions.cmh
Social media is a great way to get the message out about your lost dog but it is only part of the equation. Hitting the ground and getting out to spread the word to the community is vital: Going door to door w/flyers; knocking on doors and talking to people; posting intersection signs (like yard sale signs); tagging your car; notifying and sending flyers to vet clinics, shelters, rescues, Animal Control Facilities, police; placing ads in newspapers and Craigs List. Remember, you are your dog’s advocate, he/she is depending on you!
Lost dog searchers need to tackle the job of putting up flyers and posters as quickly as possible when a dog goes missing. The more people that are aware you are looking for your lost pet, the better the chances of finding that lost pet. Knock on doors, talk to people- they may provide critical leads.