In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses what to do if you lose your dog and the best ways to try and prevent it from happening.
What are the best ways to prevent losing your puppy?
- Have your puppy microchipped
- Have a collar with an ID tag when out or if they are a flight risk
- Ensure your puppy is contained securely
- Situational awareness is important!
- Have your puppy on leash when needed
- GPS collars are great!
- Have your dog in high visibility items in the event they get lost
What to do if you lose your puppy?
- Time is of the essence
- In most cases, they will show up in 5-10 minutes
- In these cases, gently pick up your puppy, bring them inside, and evaluate what went wrong
- Contact shelters/animal control
- Contact veterinarian clinics
- Post on websites like Craigslist and on social media
- Make sure your posts/information given to shelters/vets includes your puppy’s personality, name, markings, if you should approach or if you should call if seen, etc.
- Try to think of where your puppy might go or what might attract them in order to try and find them
- Get involved with your community
Links Mentioned in the Episode
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Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.