Tips -

on things to do and people to contact
as soon as you discover you have


Contact :

Your local Dog Warden -

Describe your dog as fully as possible, giving its size, sex, colour, height, distingushing marks, scars, tattoos and BREED.
Tell the Dog Warden what the Breed looks like - not all dog wardens are doggy people.
Show photographs.

The Police -

who may well refer you to Dog Warden but you should insist they take the details in case your dog is found out of office hours and a report reaches them.
Please ensure you get a reference number when reporting your lost dog to the police because your insurance company may require one. Keep this safe for future reference.
Keep a note of the TIME you reported the loss to the Police and the number, if not the name, of the officer you spoke to (see epaulets on shoulder). This is because of calls on Police time and manpower.

All Local Vets -

Try to prepare a simple poster and ask the Vet to put it on the Board in the Waiting Room.

Boarding Kennels -

Pet Shops -

Make cards and posters
Put them in any local shop that will let you, at entrances to parks and anywhere that people walk their dogs.
If you can include colour photos or photocopies so much the better.
Put them in plastic bags so they last longer when outside.
Don't forget Petrol Stations - ask to put posters there and also in pubs. And talk to barmen & publicans.



Let's be honest - most of the dogs on our list cannot be identified from the descriptions.
This is not a complaint, it is just a frustrated grumble. After all, we want to help YOU - that is what this website is all about.

So a simple description of - say - "a 26" high Lurcher bitch (Saluki x Beardie), colour fawn with black" makes a positive identification pretty difficult if not impossible.

Spread yourselves - be as specific as you possibly can.

Don't overlook anything which will help the Police or passers-by identify your lost pet. It is entirely possible that you will be describing your dog to a Policemen who has no experience in canine creatures

Think along normal lines of description (gender; entire/neutered; age; size; weight; colour; scars; height; etc.) and then include anything else which may be pertinent :
General Appearance - Head -
Is one ear erect, the other floppy ?
Does your dog have all its teeth - are any broken ? How clean are they ?
Does your dog have different colours on the inside of its mouth ?
Colour of eyes ?
Muzzle greying with age ?

General Appearance - Tail -
If docked - how long is the dock - has it healed cleanly or is there scarring on the end ?
Does it have any lumps and bumps ?
If the dog has a two-tone tail, is there distinctive white on the tip or are there a few black hairs on the end ?
Long feathered tail, high-carried thin tail ?

Injuries -
Has he/she ever had an operation ? where ? is there a scar ? how long is the scar ?
Has the dog ever been in a fight resulting in a few white hairs anywhere ? (often on wounds the hair grows back white)
Does your dog have any different coloured toe nails ? Natural or the result of bruising ?
Any lameness ?

Colours -
Is the dog a solid colour with small contrasting markings ? where? what colours ?
If the dog is two-tone, for example black and white, where do the colours change ?

behind the shoulders ?
On the back of the neck ?
Does it have a white collar and/or patches (size of patches)?
Do they give the appearance of a saddle ?
On the face - does a darker colour give the appearance of an eye-patch ?

ANYthing else to help find your dog -
Is your dog (shame on you !) overweight or underweight for its age or size ? overweight for its breed ?
Are the ribs discernible ?
Is he/she shy/welcoming of strangers ?

There must be something that makes each dog individual and it is up to the owner to tell us so people reading this website or passing the word around Vets, Pet Shops, Boarding Kennels and via shop windows can recognise it.

Why not - right NOW go over your dog thoroughly and make notes so that, in case he or she goes missing, you don't have to think. You already have a detailed description.
And get busy with a camera too - take photos from front, rear and side and update them from time to time.
Be PREPARED for the worst and maybe (hopefully) it will never happen.

To Minimise the Chances
Losing Your Dog

NEVER leave your dog tied up outside a grocery store, newsagents or anywhere else as an open invitation to an opportunist thief

Make sure your garden is escape proof, check fences and hedges regularly, and if your dog could possibly push its way though - fix it !

If it could be jumped - and most dogs can get over six feet given an incentive - extend it upwards !

If there is any chance of your dog opening a latch on a gate - change it !

If your dog tries to get out of the front door when you open it - either put it in another room before you go to the door or teach it a reliable sit command !

Make sure your dog always wears a collar and tag when out - not only is this a link with you, it is also a legal requirement !

Having your dog's ear tattooed means anyone can see it is registered with somebody or microchipped, and the chances are that someone may check for it when it is taken to a rescue kennel

If your dog is inclined to run off either keep it on a lead or teach it to come when called - there are many trainers around that can help you do this

All these are common sense things you already know -
take note of them and they may help you keep your dog

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