Think you’d know what to do if your dog went missing? Think again!
Special guest and best-selling author Teresa J. Rhyne joins Crystal on this episode to talk about all the things we do wrong when our dogs go missing, and what we should do instead. Teresa became an expert on this subject when her Beagle foster dog, Poppy, slipped her leash and escaped to a vast wilderness park in California. Her latest book, “Poppy In The Wild,” chronicles her adventures while in search of Poppy, including all her early mistakes and what she learned from the experts about tracking and capturing dogs.
Why shouldn’t you canvas the neighborhood with twenty of your friends? How can you use scent to lure your dog back home? What are some of the things you can do to reduce your dog’s flight risk to start with? We cover all of this and more in this special 90 minute New Year episode.
If you’re actively searching for a dog, be sure to check out the Do’s and Don’ts list below and contact information for professional pet locators that can help you.
Happy 2021! May your dogs stay safe, secure, and healthy in the new year.
Recommended equipment in this episode:
Long lead (30-50 foot) for recall training, Soft 6 foot leash, and martingale “no slip” collar (pictured below)
Austin area Pet Location Experts: traprs.org/
Dog Days Search & Rescue – Mike Noon
Babs Fry – Free Phone Consultations for people with lost pets 619-249-2221.
Whistle – GPS Collar Tracker (New Years Sale going on now!)
Important Do’s & Don’ts For Finding a Lost Pet
Do NOT chase your dog. This could drive your pet farther away and into a dangerous predicament like traffic or into the hills.
DO calmly follow your dog calmly if your dog is running from you. You want to keep an eye on your pet without chasing them so you can have a better chance of catching him/her. Knowing where he/she went will be important in finding them again should you lose sight of them.
Do NOT call your pet’s name over and over.
Do call your pet’s name gently but only periodically. They often feel like they are in trouble and will not respond or come out of hiding if you are yelling their name.
Do NOT tell others to call your pet’s name while searching.
DO enlist others to help you put up flyers so you can start to get sightings. This is the #1 way dogs get reunited. You can never have enough flyers up. Minimum of 200 to start with would be our recommendation.