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Author Topic: TIPS ON LOCATING A LOST DOG  (Read 4035 times)
Amanda J. Houstoun
« on: September 17, 2006, 01:56:26 PM »

1.   Contact your local Dog Warden.  Describe your dog as fully as possible, giving its size, sex, colour, height, distinguishing marks, scars, tattoos and Breed.  Tell the Dog Warden what the Breed looks like – not all dog wardens are doggy people.  Show photographs.

2.   Contact the Police – who may well refer you to your local Dog Warden.  You should insist they take the details in case your dog is found out of office hours and a report reaches them.  Please ensure you get a reference number when reporting your lost dog to the police because your insurance company may require one.  Keep this safe for future reference.  Keep a note of the TIME you reported the loss to the Police and the number, if not the name, of the officer you spoke to.

3.   Contact Dog Lost:  Phone 01909 733366.

4.   Contact ALL Local Vets.  Try to prepare a simple poster and ask the vet to put in on the Noticeboard in the Waiting Room.

5.   Contact Pet Shops.  Make cards and posters.  Put them in any local shop that will let you, at entrances to parks and anywhere that people walk their dogs.  If you can include colour photos or photocopies so much the better.  Put them in plastic bags so they last longer when outside.

6.   Petrol Stations and Pubs.  Ask them to put up posters and speak to the barmen and publicans.

7.   Contact the Media.  Advertise in local newspapers and ask your local radio station for publicity.

Don’t overlook anything which will help the Police, or passers-by, identify your lost pet.  Think along normal lines of description (gender, entire/neutered, age, size, weight, colour, scars, height etc.) and then include anything else which may be pertinent:


Describing your dog in detail:

Is one ear erect, the other floppy?
Does your dog have all its teeth –are any broken?  How clean are they?
Does your dog have different colours on the inside of it’s mouth?
Colour of eyes?
Muzzle greying with age?

If docked, how long is the dock, has it healed cleanly or is there scarring on the end?
Does it have any lumps and bumps?
If the dog has a two-tone tail, is there distinctive white on the tip or are there a few black hairs on the end?
Long feathered tail, high-carried thin tail?

Has he/she ever had an operation?, where?, is there a scar?, how long is the scar?
Has the dog ever been in a fight resulting in a few white hairs anywhere?
Does your dog have any different coloured toe nails?  
Any lameness?

Is the dog a solid colour with small contrasting markings?, where?, what colours?
If the dog is two-tone, for example black and white, where do the colours change?
Behind the shoulders?
On the back of the neck?
Does it have a white collar and/or patches?, what are the size of the patches?
Do they give the appearance of a saddle?
On the face – does a darker colour give the appearance of an eye-patch?

Is your dog overweight or underweight for its age or size?, overweight for its breed?  Are the ribs discernible?

Is your dog shy/welcoming of strangers?

There is much information that makes each dog individual and it is up to you, the owner, to provide a good description of your dog.  Why not go over your dog thoroughly and make notes so that, in case he/she goes missing, you don’t have to think.  You already have a detailed description.  Take photographs too from the front, rear and side and update them from time to time.

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