How to find a lost dog

How to find a lost dog

What’s worse than realizing your dog’s been lost? Just about nothing. But here are some tips on how to find a lost dog.

Why did my Morkie run away?

You can usually narrow the reasons to just 3:

    • fear – of thunder or fireworks
    • extreme boredom or loneliness
    • sexual urges because your Morkie has not been neutered or spayed

Nearly 20% of dogs run away during fireworks or a thunderstorm. They’re so freaked out by the loud noises, they run away. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nearly 1 in 5 pets goes missing after being scared by loud noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms.

During fireworks or a thunderstorm, make sure your Morkie is VERY securely contained inside your home, ideally within a kennel cage or a small room. Play music to reduce the overall noises scaring him. Check on him frequently.

The 3 Most Important Things to Do if Your Dog is Lost

 According to the ASPCA, the three most important steps are: 

    1. Start Searching IMMEDIATELY
    2. Put up flyers locally and online
    3. Checking local shelters the first day your Morkie has gone missing

Tip #1

Don’t panic

93% of lost dogs are found, so don’t panic. Act quickly but don’t panic.

Tip #2

Start searching immediately!

Leave someone at home for the phone, or forward your home phone to your cell phone number and head out.

Walk or drive, and take a favourite squeaky toy to make noise. Continually call to your Morkie. Don’t forget your flashlight for when it gets dark.

PETA recommends changing your voice mail in case you miss a call. Try something like this:

If you have information about my missing [cat], I need to speak with you. Please leave your name and number and repeat them. If you don’t have a callback number, this phone should be answered by a live person between [x] and [y] today. You can also reach [someone you absolutely trust] at [another number you are absolutely sure of]. If I don’t call you back, it means that I couldn’t hear your number clearly, so please try me again. Thank you

Tip #3

Make Flyers

PAWBOOST.COM has a template you can easily fill out and print. Basic services are free and there are some upgrades to get your message sent out to a wider audience (mostly via Facebook).

lost dog poster

The Lost and Found Poster

Ideally, say “LOST MORKIE” not just “lost dog.” This gets right to the point.

Include:

    • a large, color photo. Don’t have a good one? Get the closest copy from Google images.
    • his gender, size, and name
    • the date he went missing
    • where he was last seen
    • your phone number large – and be sure to say call ANY TIME
    • include REWARD OFFERED but don’t say how much

Print at least 50 copies and put them all over your neighborhood, especially where there are people gathered, such as a bus stop.

When you walk your neighbourhood be sure to take the posters with you to hand out to people you meet, even kids.

Keep Your Poster Simple

Lost Morkie + description + your phone number + REWARD

Tip #4

Visit animal shelters, the humane society and rescue organizations.

You need to actually visit, because you could be fluffed off on the phone; volunteers at shelters are VERY busy.

Tip #5

Search online for lost and found pets.

Also check Pets for Sale, in case someone has taken your pup to sell him

Don’t forget social media.

Don’t be a victim of dog theft

Lost or Stolen?

Up to two million animals are stolen each year. Dog theft is increasing and there are a number of reasons why. Some thieves take your pet to sell. Others take him for a gift for someone, and still others steal a dog to keep for themselves. Whatever the pathetic reason, cut their chances by:

NOT tying your dog outside alone, ever

NEVER leaving your dog in a fenced yard, even in the backyard.

DON’T leave your dog in the car with the windows down. Don’t leave him in the car period, since on a moderately warm day, the interior of a car can heat up to more than 100 degrees in a short time.

LEAVE OFF your Morkie’s name on his tag. Instead, use the valuable real estate on a tag to say REWARD and your current phone number. Don’t give a thief the chance to call your dog by name to avoid suspicion.

TAKE up-to-date photos of your Morkie, clearly showing him from all sides, with a clutter-free background. Keep them stored somewhere secure.

Tip #6

Put ads everywhere

Put notices for your lost dog in Craigslist, Missing Pet Network, FindFido.com, center for Lost Pets and your local paper.

Post your flyer on your facebook page.

More online help to find your Morkie

These sites have tips and often feature lost pets. 

  • Missing Pet Network
  • Petfinder – tips
  • Pet FBI has a database of lost pets, including their own and that of Helping Lost Pets; its’ good although not yet comprehensive. They also have templates for Lost pet posters.
  • Find Toto or Lost My Doggie will call or email thousands of your nearby neighbours to let them know your pet is missing. Both offer free and paid services.

Tip #7

Got a microchip? Keep it up to date.

Check with the registry office as soon as your Morkie has been chipped, to make sure they have the right contact information. You’ll see who to contact on the paperwork itself.

ALWAYS give the registry your updated phone numbers, address and email information. Otherwise, microchipping is useless.

How to find a lost dog

How to find a lost dog

Do you know how to find a lost dog? Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Canada Day — these are all dates when dogs go missing because they’ve been freaked out by fireworks.

Here are some tips for you and your Morkie, on how to find a lost dog.

DON'T PANIC BUT DO ACT QUICKLY

Best idea - don't let your Morkie get lost

Your family isn’t the same if your Morkie gets lost!

Holidays, vacations and celebrations are all times when your Morkie has a good chance to run away. People are coming and going, the door or gate can be left open and there’s lots of commotion.

Sometimes the best defence is a good offence, so if things might get a little crazy with family and friends, why not put your Morkie in a quite room to himself. Leave the radio on to dull your noise and leave him some toys, food and water (and if he’s trained to go indoors, a pee pad)

Don’t forget to check on him now and then – which certainly beats looking for him!

Poster Tips

Instead of saying “Lost Dog” put Lost Morkie or Lost Yorkie-Mix

Naming a specific breed gives the reader a better idea of what he’s looking for; and will likely stick in his mind longer.  Experts say that adding things like, “we miss him a lot” doesn’t help so save the space and use it to get the simple message out there: Lost Morkie, brief description, reward and phone number.




Tag Tip

Do NOT Place Your Dog’s Name On His Tags

Placing your Morkie’s name on his identification tag can help a dognapper to lure him from you. Dognapping is a serious problem in many areas so don’t help these criminals by leaving your Morkie’s name on his I.D. Tag.

Make sure your Morkie’s collar fits properly. It should be large enough to allow two fingers to slip in between it and the dog’s neck, but not so large that it can slip off over his head. If you prefer using a harness to walk your dog, by all means do so, but let him wear a leather collar with identification as well.

Microchipping is  another way to protect your Morkie’s way home. Read more here.

How to find a lost dog? With a great dog tag!

The Smarter Dog Tag

PetHub, a company that makes digital pet ID tags, provides some eye-opening statistics about lost pets:

  • 1 in 3 pets will become lost in their lifetime
  • Less than 2 percent of lost cats and only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs make it back home to their families (per the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy)
  • Most pets who do get home are wearing an ID tag or are microchipped or tattooed
  • 80 percent of pet parents believe pet ID tags are crucially important, but only 33 percent report that their pet always wears one (per the ASPCA)

From Mercola Healthy Pets

GPS Tracking Devices

GPS trackers are ideal if your Morkie is a habitual runaway.

Along with some intensive training to curb this behaviour, a GPS device can add an other degree of security.

tile tracking tags

Another option is RFID devices like htis Tile unit. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) pet tags and collars are basically microchips your pet wears rather than has implanted. They’re the same little devices you can put in your wallet or on your phone, to pinpoint it if it goes missing.

Get the word out

  • put a “Lost ” ad in your local newspaper the very first morning your dog is gone. (usually free)
  • put posters up in your area
  • get on social media INCLUDING SPECIFIC LOST AND FOUND GROUPS in your area

VISIT!

Visit all local dog pounds and animal shelters, don’t rely on their information.

Go through the facilities and look at all dogs and cats, DAILY.

Call around

  • Call all your neighbours personally.
  • call the local humane society or pound, vet clinic including emergency clinics outside your immediate area
  • call local police
  • call local kennels, groomers
  • dog training clubs

Reach out to a pro

Connect with people at websites like HelpingLostPets who can help you find your lost pet. There’s no cost.

They warn, don’t pay someone to help you find your dog, you’ll be cheated or taken advantage of

Walk your neighbourhood

  • enlist family and friends to canvas the neighborhood, in all directions, on the roads and as the crow flies.
  • expand outside where you think your Morkie could go.
  • a frightened dog will travel farther than you think.

Don't give up

Pets have been reunited with their families YEARS later, so don’t give up. Here’s a pup who showed up 10 years later!

With thanks to Petfinder.com

Finding your Lost Morkie

Finding your Lost Morkie

How to find a lost dog? Yesterday I wrote about just some of the reasonspleeze-don't-lose-me dogs run away — fear, boredom, sex…and some run away just ‘cause they can!

So what do you do if your Morkie’s run away?


Number one: stay calm but act quickly

  1. call animal control – it’s amazing how many times your dog is waiting patiently for you at the pound or local shelter while you’re having a heart attack. If they’re closed definitely leave your name and number.
  2. if it’s night time, take a flashlight (to reflect back off your dog’s eyes) and start searching the neighborhood. Day or night, take his favorite squeaky toy.
  3. don’t forget to leave someone at home to mind the phone
  4. knock on your neighbors’ doors – if they’re nice they’ll even help you search
  5. Morkie still lost? Time for a poster and big reward.
  6. Don’t forget to check the papers and local notices for “found dogs”

Don’t give up! Dogs have been returned home after months, even years!

About.com has an awesome lost dog checklist here

Of course, if your Morkie gets lost without a collar and proper i.d. it could be much harder to get him back.

  • Always always tag your dog with her name and your phone number. That’s all you need.
  • If your Morkie is micro-chipped, that info could be read eventually, if she ends up at the pound or in a Vet’s office. So don’t count on JUST the microchip.

lostmydoggie.com page capture

This site has helped thousands find lost dogs.

A helpful website for lost dogs

A website called lostmydoggie.com can get the word out about your lost pup to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. You might want to check out this service and keep the info handy if you’re a U.S. citizen.

Choose a package – either free or paid – and they go to work, complete with “amber alerts,” posters and contacting local shelters and pounds.

As this site points out, sadly, at some point if you haven’t got your Morkie back, you need to call your local road crew or Department of Transport to see if your dog was hit, and picked up from the roadside.

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