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If Your Dog or Cat Goes Missing

The family dog or cat is regarded as a member of the family just as much as any other family member.  When the dog or cat goes missing, it can create a feeling of panic or helplessness as there are not usually any clues left as to where your pet could have gone.  Many pet owners across the country have experienced this helpless feeling and although most pets are found within 24 hours, there are cases in which a cat or dog is missing for weeks or even longer.  If your cat or dog does go missing, do your best to remain calm and follow these procedures to increase your chances of finding your pet.

The first question that comes to a pet owner’s mind when their dog or cat goes missing is why did they run away.  There are several reasons why pets run away and if you can determine the reason, it can greatly help your search.  The most common reasons that a pet might run away include:

  • Curiosity: Some dogs are opportunists and may leave when the situation presents itself to find stimulation. 
  • Mating: Dogs and cats that are not spayed or neutered may run away in search of a mate.
  • Unfamiliarity: When a pet has been relocated to a new home, they may not feel comfortable right away and could leave in search of more comfortable surroundings.
  • Fear: Sometimes something drastic such as a loud noise or traumatizing event could cause a pet to run away out of fear in search of shelter.

Taking these common reasons that cause pets to run away into consideration with the personality of your pet can help you get an idea of why they ran and where they might be.

When trying to determine where your pet could possibly be, it is important to consider their size and fitness level.  If your dog is large, you may need to increase your search area because they can cover more ground than small dogs which are usually found within a one mile radius of the home.  Try making a list of the different areas your pet may have run to considering their size and personality and check them daily.  If your pet has a consistent problem with running away, you might want to consider a microchip.

Another important step to take during your search is to stay in contact with local vets, animal hospitals, and kennels in case someone found your pet and took it to one of these locations.  Make sure to provide a detailed description of your pet along with a picture to help your search effort.  You can also use social media or hang posters around your neighborhood to help raise awareness in your area.  But the most important thing to remember is to stay calm and continue your search daily until your pet is found.  Almost 90 percent of all missing dogs are found.

Providing excellent care and giving them the attention that they need is the best way to prevent your cat or dog from running away.  If your work schedule prevents you from being home often enough to walk or feed your pet, contact The Pet’s Home for our pet sitting and dog walking services.

Special Dog Collars for Walking Your Dog

Walking the dog is an important activity between dogs and their owners as it makes for great bonding time and provides some much needed exercise for the dog.  Sometimes walking the dog can be difficult, especially if your dog is pulling you around, which makes it important to train your dog to walk beside you during walks.  Some dogs are more challenging to train than others but with these special types of collars, you can effectively take control of your dog during walks and train them to walk beside you without pulling you in different directions.

The Choke Chain

The phrase choke chain may make many dog owners uncomfortable but the term is misleading as the collar does not actually choke the dog.  The tightening and releasing pressure from the collar is just an uncomfortable pressure to train dogs to obey and if it is done correctly, it will not cause harm to your dog.  This collar is great for keeping excited dogs under control and guiding absent minded dogs but it is not effective to use when training from scratch.  It is important to make sure the choke chain is the right size and that you use it correctly with a firm tug and release to avoid hurting your dog.

The Gentle Leader

The Gentle Leader is a rather odd collar that wraps around the dog’s nose and fastens around the neck.  The leash attaches to the collar at the nose which allows you to control the dog’s head.  This configuration relieves the pulling and makes it easier to control dogs that must sniff everything on a walk.  Gentle Leaders are great for teaching your dog to heel but are ineffective on dog breeds with small noses and faces.

The Training Lead

The training lead is a slip collar that works in similar fashion to a choke chain.  It slips on right over the dog’s head and tightens when you pull it.  Even though the training lead is made of nylon, it is important to apply the same pull and release technique as with choke chains to avoid hurting the dog.  This collar is great for training and everyday use but it should only be put on the dog before a walk.

By using these collars, you can train your dog to walk beside you during walks which will make the experience much more enjoyable for you and your dog.  Make sure to look into each collar type or ask a professional for more information if you are not sure which collar would work best for you.  If you work unconventional hours and cannot walk your dog during the day, contact The Pet’s Home for dog walking services.  Regular exercise is important for raising a happy, healthy dog.