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12-29-2013 08:29 PM
JackandMattie I can't even go potty without my dog checking to make sure I'm okay, so I can't really say!

But I think selzer's post gives the best advice

And definitely, if the dog can still see/hear you, call playfully and run the opposite direction. Works with my wayward Weim every time if I yell "Treats!!" And run toward the house and fridge, well, that's been my best recall training tool for her ever. With my GSD, it isn't necessary. Just a "Jack, Let's Go!" Works.

Oh, and if your dog *adores* car rides like mine does, just yell "In the truck!" That will pull mine off a squirrel or a cat... Or a different mama driving a golf cart at the beach!... in an instant, lol.

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12-29-2013 06:35 PM
missus_e 1. Scan the immediate/likely areas with a high value treat, split up me/my husband/whoever else I can quickly wrangle to cover more ground.
2. Put in a call to a close friend or relative to start the social media ball rolling while I search, call clinics/shelters/etc. starting with those nearest and moving out.

I'd hate to jump straight to making calls and posting things when she could just be one street over, having herself a nice jaunt and getting further every minute, but I'd also hate to be searching and wasting time not getting the word out in case someone else might be seeing her. Two birds, one stone.
12-29-2013 06:13 PM
doggiedad i taught my dog not to door dash or gate dash. i can prop
the front door open and walk away and my dog stays in the
and that's with distractions house. same thing with the gate
and being in the car. training your not not to do these things
is somewhat a safe guard but you never know what the dog
will do.

if my dog ran away i would get my neighbors and the people
i know in the neighborhood, family and friends to form a search
team. i would call the police and the pounds. i would make fliers
and get people to help me post them all over town and neighboring
towns stores, post office, malls and wherever else. somewhere along
the line i would have a meltdown.
12-29-2013 05:56 PM
doggiedad please, just say no and send me some.

Originally Posted by David Taggart View Post

>>>> 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.
12-29-2013 05:20 PM
Syaoransbear Call SPCA, since he's definitely there. They are so fast they pick him up before I even know he's gone, jeeze.
12-29-2013 01:32 PM
Originally Posted by GSDLover2000 View Post
What do you do???
Remain calm. get out a high value treat, that I always have on me, and kneel and try to recal very calmly. Try to keep his interest and focus on me. Once having him back always praise for comming back. Never ever yell or punish in any form.

This actaully happened to me when Cruz was about 5 months in the middle of a parking lot of Petco. It was on the corner of a very busy intersection within a stones throw of the interstate. I'll admit, when he yanked the lead off my hand, I did freak alittle, just not on the outside. I did not chase. I had a half empty watter bottle in my other hand at the time. I knelt down and started crinkeling the water bottle to keep his focus on me. He came running back right to me and I opened the bottle and poored out some water and he went for it so I grabbed the lead. end of story. Felt like beating the snot out of him, but refrained as this would not be rewarding him for comming back. I just thanked the big guy above for bringing him back. Very thankful.
12-29-2013 01:26 PM
Chicagocanine I've never had a dog run away, unless you count the time someone I knew who lived down the block from me was interested in adopting one of my fosters and I agreed to let her keep him overnight, and he ran away from her car when she took him with her to the gas station that night... She didn't even call and tell me, the first I knew about it was when my next door neighbor called in the morning to tell me the dog was in their yard! He'd managed to find his way home from a gas station he'd never been to, even though he'd only been my foster for a short time. I had to call the person who was supposed to have him and ask her what happened. She said she didn't want to wake me up and she was going to tell me that (next) morning!
A few times I've had a dog get out of the yard but they didn't run off. For instance with my GSD once when I was out of town for several days, someone stole something out of our yard overnight and left the gate open. My family who was home didn't notice and let my GSD out in the morning. My dog went out the gate, went to our front porch and barked at the front door to be let in. That's how they found out the gate was open.

If I was missing a dog though, first I would go around the neighborhood and look/call, maybe squeak a toy. If I had another dog I'd bring them out and see if they could locate the dog. I would probably call my friends who live nearby for help with that too.
If we didn't find the dog quickly that way I would put signs up in the neighborhood and contact local vets to have them put up signs, put Lost Dog notices on Petfinder and the classifieds, contact Lost Dogs Illinois website for them to put out a notice, call the local shelters and animal control, call the microchip company and AKC Companion Animal Recovery... I would also start to visit to look for my dog at animal control and the shelters that accept strays. I haven't had to do all that for a lost dog but I've done many of those things for stray dogs I've found.
12-29-2013 01:22 PM
Originally Posted by dogsnkiddos View Post
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....
THAT is always a good first step!
12-29-2013 09:48 AM
pyratemom I have never had a dog run away or disappear. Now cats are a different story. You can call and look for them and not find them but they will be at your door usually within a day.
12-29-2013 09:39 AM
dogsnkiddos 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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