What to do if you have Lost your Dog
Fact: Most dogs are lost in the first few weeks after adoption!
Fact: Most dogs are lost getting into & out of the car or through open doors or gates!!
AREA SEARCH COORDINATORS
| || Area Coord. || || Home || Work || Cell || City || |
| Search Area |
| || Bowersox || Larry || 717-445-9332 || 717-669-8723 || 610-669-8723 || Narvon || |
| Lancaster |
| || Talamonti || Kathleen & Ivo || 717-838-2907 || || 717-269-9435 || Lebanon || |
| Lebanon |
| || Morey || Rhonda || 717-762-9914 || || || Mont Alto || |
| Gettysburg South |
| || Shadle || Jim & Dianne || 717-234-1860 || 717-571-1137 || || Harrisburg || |
| Harrisburg |
| || Jozefiak || Judy || 717-226-4993 || || 717-226-4993 || Carlisle || |
| Mechanicsburg |
| || Livingood || Lee || 717-2154198 || || 717-623-8942 || Harrisburg || 17110 || Harrisburg |
An Ounce of Prevention…
In the first few weeks…
Leave the leash on the dog in the car.
If there are 2 people, one should keep a hold on the leash from inside the car while the other person gets hold of the leash outside.
When getting out of the car USE A SIDE DOOR NOT A REAR HATCH!
The first 2 commands to teach your dog are “STAY & COME”
If you do lose your dog….
As soon as you discover your dog is missing:
Do a quick search of the area. Take a favorite treat, toy or dog friend with you.
Contact your Keystone Buddy and Keystone at 717 234-1860 or 717 571-1137
Also, call the Search Coordinator for your area listed below.
Call Ivo Talamonti at 717 838 2907 (home) 717 269-9435 (cell)
Call everyone you know and ask them to help. Ideally, friends with a greyhound should bring their dogs & help you search.
While you are searching, it is extremely important to have someone stay near the telephone in case your greyhound has been spotted.
If the dog is gone more than ½ hour:
By now a Keystone Lost Dog Search person should be there to assist you.
Contact the local Animal Shelter, police, and local radio stations and ask their help.
Create a LOST DOG POSTER with bold letters with contact information, picture, and description and details about your dog. Have 50 copies made ASAP. The posters should be placed on telephone poles, in supermarkets, in convenience stores, and given out door-to-door where the dog was last seen. Pass them out to any children you see.
Place food and a crate by the house and near the last spotting.
If the dog is missing 3 hours:
After the first 24 hours increase your search area to 10 to 20 miles. Start by calling the police, animal control and other animal rescue groups. Also visit the shelters with a picture of your dog.
More greyt info from the Lamberts:
The dog got out. Now what?
What keeps you up at night? We always talk about the dangers of trusting your dog — pounding home the point you should never let your Greyhound off lead. But the terrifying reality is that no matter how paranoid you are, one day your dog may get loose. It could be a faulty leash clasp or the foster who figures out how to open doors, but some day– it will happen.
Do you know what to do? Your Greyhound is loose . . . now what?
Remember this . . . S.O.S.
S is for Sit. The first rule of a loose Greyhound is DO NOT CHASE. Trust us, they are faster than you are. Don’t even try it. Instead of running after your 45 mph dog, sit down–or even lie down! Many times, they will come over just to investigate what the heck you’re doing. This will also help you stay calm and keep any anger or stress out of your voice.
O is for Object. Find an object they’re interested in. If you keep a racing squawker by the door (and we think that you should) that can work if your dog responds well to it. You can also use whatever is at hand including your car keys, the leash that just failed you, or even your car if you’re close enough. Many dogs will return for “let’s go for a ride” and hop right in! Just make the object interesting and keep your voice happy and excited.
S is for Slide. Do NOT snatch at your dog’s collar the minute they come within reach. Be subtle! Slide your hand in that direction slowly and remember to sing their praises the entire time.
Here are some more pointers that might work right at that moment your dog is loose, but still within your sight. You have a precious few moments before something startles him and he takes off.
1. The happy voice. Your dog is probably frightened by the turn of events and not certain if they’re in trouble or not. It’s time to be cheerful. No, we have not lost our mind. Talking in a fun, high voice. “That’s my girl? What’s going on there? Let’s see what’s happening here. Oh, it’s so fun and exciting right here!” It might be enough to reassure your hound that it’s safe to come back to you.
2. Fake a seizure. Now you really think we’ve lost our minds! But seriously, this has worked! You just drop to the ground and start rolling around somewhat spastically, acting very strangely and making weird (but not scary) noises. A dog may get very curious and come check out what in the world is going on with you. Sobbing and crying might also might draw them closer, especially if they are a particularly empathetic hound.
3. Run the other way. This is against all your instincts, but turn away from your dog and start jogging or skipping in a very exaggerated way. They have a chase instinct. Make them chase you!
4. Dig around in your pocket and pretend you have a treat. (Better yet, have a treat with you!)
5. Use phrases that are part of your everyday vocabulary with your dog and that usually bring a positive response. “Dinner time!” and “Ready for a walk!” are popular. Leave the front door open and dig around in the bag of kibble as loudly as you can. Or “Where’s the stuffie?” or “Where’s the ball?” Run toward your house like you’re going to get the stuffie first.
If none of this works and the dog takes off, you are now in search mode. It’s important to act now, before your dog gets too far away. Take a deep breath. Get on the phone. Call out the “cavalry,” and get searching immediately.
Flood the area with posters as soon as possible. Be sure to include your name, phone number, and location. You can send it to your local UPS store to have multiples made.
Be sure to go back and remove the posters as soon as your dog has been found.
Hopefully, this never happens to your beloved Greyhound(s), but it’s best to be prepared… firstname.lastname@example.org