Cinema Veterinary Centre
Tips For Handling a Lost Dog
If you come across a lost dog and feel comfortable helping him, here are a few tips on how to do this as safely as possible.
- Instead of chasing the dog, ask the dog to come to you in a higher-pitched but calm voice. The lower your voice, the more a dog will translate that into a growl. Drop to your knees and sit with your side facing the dog, as not to seem threatening.
- Try luring the dog to you, if you have treats handy throw out a few pieces and keep some in your hand. (All the girls at CVC travel with treats and leashes in their car in case of this scenario.) If you have a slip leash try to get it around the dogs’ head and pull snugly.
- Once you’ve caught the dog, look for a tag with owners’ information if the dog is wearing a collar. If there is a phone number or address listed – bingo!
- If the dog has no tags, the next step would be to bring the dog to your local veterinarian or animal shelter to be scanned for a microchip free of charge. However, you will need to assess the dogs behavior and pay attention to their body language before bringing them in the car. Is the dogs tail wagging? He may be a good candidate for the car. Are his ears laid back and tail stiff? In this case, the dog is fearful and can become aggressive – be very cautious, and move slowly. Only bring him into your car if you feel comfortable. If you don’t think you can leash the dog – call animal control for assistance.
- If he’s leashed but has no tags, bring the dog around town and see if there are any lost dogs posters. You can choose to walk him around your neighborhood and see if there is anyone actively looking for a dog.
- If after all of this work you still cannot locate an owner and you decide to house the dog in your home, it would be wise to get the dog examined to make sure they are healthy. If you have other animals in the home, separate them until they can be introduced safely.