How to Avoid Losing Your Puppy (And Get Them Back if Lost)

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Dogs love going for walks. They also love exploring new places and sniffing other dogs’ butts. But sometimes, these activities can lead to your dog getting lost.  In this article, we’ll share some helpful tips on how you can avoid losing your pup in the first place—and what to do if it happens anyway!

Secure Your Puppy in an Enclosed Yard or on a Leash

Many pet owners are unaware that an unsecured area can lead to their pet getting lost or stolen by someone else.  By keeping your pet inside a securely fenced yard, you will avoid any possible issues with security and prevent them from being taken away from home. If you don’t have an outdoor space for your pup, tethering him to a leash is another option that will help keep them safe when out exploring new places, but you should learn how to train your puppy not to pull on the leash.

Always Keep an Eye on Your Dog

Keeping tabs on your dog is important. We all know that a lost dog is always an unsupervised one, so it’s important not to simply rely on a secure fence or leaving them in the car while you go into a store.  Dogs have very sensitive noses that can lead to them escaping if they get distracted by something enticing—like another dog’s scent!  If not found, the results may be disastrous. Your poor pup might wander onto a road and get hit by a car! It’s always safest to keep an eye on your dog when outside, especially if there are other dogs around.

Have Your Dog Microchipped

A microchip contains your contact information and is inserted under your dog’s skin to help keep track of its identification. Have your dog microchipped so that if it ever gets lost and goes to a shelter, it can be scanned and returned safely home to you! Since a lot of shelters and vets have scanners that can read the chip, this makes it easy for them to get your pet back.

Find a Sturdy Collar With an Identification Tag

When it comes to a pet’s safety, nothing is more important than a good collar. This is crucial! It’s not just a fashion accessory for your pup. It’s also their key to safety. When getting a collar, you’ll want one that comes with an ID tag attached to it—both the tag and the collar must be of good material so that they last long while keeping your dog comfortable. Include your contact information on the tag, along with any other helpful info like your dog’s vaccination records.

Dog Owners Should Neuter Their Pets

Dogs that are not fixed cannot produce the hormones that make them want to “mate.” So they are less likely to run off in search of a mate and in the process get lost. In fact, data from the ASPCA shows that the majority of lost animals that come to their shelters are not fixed and estimates that only 10% of all animals coming into their shelters are already fixed. On the other hand, 75% of owned pets are spayed or neutered. Therefore, spaying your pet may help reduce its risk of getting lost while in search of a mate.

Take Your Dog’s DNA Profile

DNA profiling can also be applied to identify purebred dogs. This type of genetic identification will provide positive proof of who your dog is and even be able to identify the dog if they are lost or stolen. Ask your veterinarian about how this process works and what you need to do to have your precious pup’s DNA recorded in the AKC database.

How to Get Back Your Puppy If Lost

If after taking these measures your puppy still gets lost, the first thing you should do is to contact your local authorities such as the police or animal control. They will be able to help file a lost pet report and together you can distribute flyers with photos of your furry friend so that he can be identified if found by someone else.

You’ll also want to create an ad for your missing pup and post it on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. This will help spread the word about his disappearance, including information about what he looks like, special tricks he knows, and so on.

Make contact with the microchip company if you have had him implanted with one of their chips. They will be able to provide your contact information so that they can return your puppy to you if he gets scanned and identified by them.

Don’t give up hope! Even if you don’t find them after a few days, there’s still a chance your dog may come back home safe and sound.

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