Clever trick for the wash bag to find your missing dog faster
Dog trainer Jack Fenton shares eight clever ways to find your lost dog after it goes missing, including a genius trick that involves used clothes and scent to bring him home.
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The loss of your dog is every owner’s worst nightmare and can immediately cause you to panic and feel stressed.
But there are plenty of steps you can take to help get your pet home safe and sound.
Qualified canine trainer Jack Fenton has six years of experience working with dogs and specializes in the disciplines of nose work including mantrailing, tracking and smelling.
Jack shares his top eight tips for reuniting with your beloved lost dog – with one genius idea being to salvage your worn-out clothes from your closet and laundry bag.
Jack told the Mirror: “You can use your dog’s nose to help bring him home, by placing objects that smell like you in the area where your dog went missing.”
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1. Use old clothes
A lost dog will be anxious and will look for things to comfort him.
It’s crucial that you and anyone you search with have worn clothes that smell like you.
Your scent should be everywhere for your dog to seek it out and get home.
Be sure to leave a bundle of clothes or towels at their last known destination.
2. Attract them with food
Bringing something tasty also helps the search.
Chopped sardines, liver and sausages can bring them out of hiding. The stinkier the food, the better.
Depending on how long your dog has been missing, he may be starving.
The delicious smells will allow them to reorient themselves towards you or your search party.
3. Have up-to-date information
It is highly likely that a missing dog will eventually be found by a member of the public.
It is absolutely vital in this case that your dog’s microchip details are up to date.
Microchip details that lead to previous owners and wrong addresses can be disastrous.
Your dog may be safe and sound, but you won’t be the wiser.
Have your microchip scanned at least once a year so you know where it is in your dog’s body, as it can sometimes move around and become difficult to find.
4. Return to their location
A lost dog will often return to where it originally got lost.
They will most likely be confused and anxious, but their nose will bring them back to their previous position.
It is important that you have someone in this area to keep an eye on them.
This can significantly reduce the time and money spent on research.
5. Enlist the stray dogs
There are now specialized “Pet Trailing” dogs that help find lost pets.
They do this by sniffing something that smells fresh to your dog and using their scent on the item to locate the animal in the environment.
Having an updated glass jar with saliva swabs, sweat-stained cotton balls, and freshly groomed fur can save lives.
6. Share on social media
Facebook is filled with Lost Dog groups dedicated to helping you find your furry friend.
Make sure to join them and follow their different rules before posting.
Putting up a poster with your dog’s information and last seen location is great.
If you can, use Google Maps and what3words to locate the exact area where your dog was last seen.
It will spread quickly, and if anyone comes across your dog, they’ll be much more likely to know who it belongs to.
7. Send drones
Drones are a fantastic way to cover a lot of ground and discover areas that we may not be able to study in depth.
There are a number of drone operators who exclusively search for missing dogs, and they can be found through various Facebook groups.
Some drones are equipped with specialized search equipment such as thermal vision to help locate dogs in hard-to-search areas, such as thick forests.
For more handy tips and tricks, you can follow Jack on Facebook or visit his website.
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