I was at a gathering and one of the people attending was telling someone else how their dog was lost, they had spent all night walking around calling out their dogs name, and they were going to leave the gathering shortly to look again.? I was chatting with a family friend and we overhead this and my friend went over and gave some advice on how to help find the lost dog.? I thought this was great advice he gave and not something I would have thought of doing so I wanted to share it in case anyone is in this situation.
My friend goes hunting often and he brings his two dogs with him.? On occasion one of his dogs will get lost in the huge wooded area they are in (it is something like 500 square miles).? The average person (like me) would stand there yelling at the top of our lungs for hours on end.? He said that sound only carries so far, especially our voices even when yelling.? So going out and calling for your dog will only work if your dog is within half a mile of you, and that is if you are a loud yeller.? He said what can carry farther to a dog is scent.
What he does is take an article of clothing that he has worn for more than a day.? It is best if it is something you sweat into.? Leave that article of clothing outside.? If possible leave one of their dog toys or their crate there as well.? Do not leave any food for them as that will attract other animals and the other animals could either scare away your dog, get into a fight with your dog, or may wind up stealing your article of clothing.
You should go back to the area you left your shirt in every 8 to 12 hours if possible.? Most dogs when they find your clothing will remain there, but it is not a guarantee.
Your dog has a very keen sense of smell.? Their nose can pick things up from extremely far away, especially if its a little windy outside.? He said that he has lost a dog in the outdoors at least 5 times and each time this is how he has “found” his dog.? I’m sure if you are in a city where there’s thousands of smells this tip may not be too useful for you, but if you are somewhere more suburban or rural this could just help you find Fido!