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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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First Thing You Do When Your Pet Runs Away

What do you do???
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Social media baby! and a whole lot of calls to shelters, animal control, pounds, and vets within the sourrounding area.
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 04:07 PM
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If that ends with his ( are we talking about males?) happy return after several hours - call the vet and sterilize him. It means that that dog is sexually very potent and may end under car wheels. But, again, what dog, what his owner like? If somebody has decided that young GSD can walk on leash only, his dog may like to have a day on his own, and it would be better to rehome. He would love his new owner, if that one understands his needs, and will never leave him.
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contact the microchip alert service (it contacts vets, shelters, and mass e-mails people who participate in the program) then grab my cell phone and a leash and hit the bricks

it has happened once, when a neighbor kid left the gate open, now I lock the gates!
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If you can still see the dog, and it is actively running away from you, then whoop out his name and run in the opposite direction. Keep whooping and running, and generally your dog will turn and chase you down.

If you came out to find that your dog is out of the yard, gone, no where in sight. Call whatever animal control you can and give a description. Find a good picture of him and make flyers, go to supermarkets, stores, vets and ask to pin up your picture. Put an ad in your local paper. List Reward in your ad and on your flyer but do not say how much. Check the animal shelter where strays are brought every day or every other day. Go looking for him, but make sure you have a phone and access to whatever phone number you put on your flyers/ad.

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Years ago, after one of my collies went missing from our backyard while I was at work, I went to all area vet clinics and put up a notice. He was a "heart" dog. I did other stuff too, but it was the notice that brought him home within 3 days. He'd wandered a ways from home, but still in the area. Someone who found him took him into one of the clinics and saw my notice. We are still not sure how he got out. Wasn't a jumper and no hole dug, and a locked, wooden fence and gate.

No dog of mine has ever stayed in the yard again. If they are out, so am I.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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I think there was some confusion. I put this in Take A Poll because I was asking you guys what you normally or would do. I have not lost a dog.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 07:15 PM
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My year old GSD got out for the first time a few weeks ago. First thing I did was holler his name in every direction. Next thing I did was listen. I heard him barking about a half mile away. I hollered loud in that direction and later learned from a neighbor that when he heard me calling, he left the deer he was chasing and headed for home.

Next step would have been to hop on the dirt bike and start searching. He knows the sound of the bike and would likely come if he was lost. And I can cover a logos ground fast on it.
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you put it on take a poll with no poll, that's why it's been moved

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A storm knocked down a neighbors tree and crushed or fence in a far corner of the yard which we did not see. I let three dogs out, turned to get my tea and went out to find only 2 dogs in the yard! I called the ladies in, grabbed a leash and shouted to the husband to get the car. I went out in the neighborhood on foot shouting his name, and the commands for down, stay and bark (in german in which he had been trained). I did not want him to run back to me as there are roads. Since it was morning I was not yet dressed- I was wearing a bright yellow t shirt,no bra, hunter green sweat pants and a pair of slippers, hair all a mess running the streets yelling in German. I am lucky my neighbors did not call for police help for the lunatic. Clearly my first step is to channel my inner insane woman....

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