Do This If You Find A Lost Dog

Typically after the Fourth of July here in the United States there is an increase in lost dogs.

The dogs get spooked by the fireworks and take off running or sneak off and find a place to hide.

Just think if this happened to you and your dog ended up missing. You would be frantic.

So if you find a dog, chances are that if belongs to someone who is frantically looking for him or her.

Here are some tips from Dogington Post on what to do if you find a lost dog.

1. Stay calm. Bear in mind that once you set eyes on a stray dog, you have to first consider his safety, your safety and the safety of others.  If you spot a dog in trouble, perhaps loose near traffic, it’s very easy to panic and cause an even more risky situation just because of a nervous reaction.

2. Be alert.Whether you are on foot or inside your car, remember that sometimes the danger is not in the situation, but in the condition of the dog himself. The dog you found may be injured, scared, or ill. Never approach the dog if he shows aggression toward you or other people.

3. Assume responsibility. Now, if the lost dog seems friendly and approachable, and you feel that you can safely take him with you, try enticing him to come to you with treats or welcoming commands. If you decide to take the pooch to your home, visit your local animal shelter or veterinarian first. If the stray dog has no collar or ID tag, they can scan him for an implanted microchip which indicates the owner’s contact information.

4. Go the extra mile. If you keep the lost dog in your own care until his owner is found, immediately start posting flyers, or hitting the internet. Do whatever you can to get the information out to the dog’s family that he is safe and sound with you- and all set to come home again.

 

Visit our friends at Doginton Post for more information.

 

 

Source: Dogington Post

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