Your dog is missing. Do you know what to do? Most of us don't, and the things we instinctively want to do - like chasing after our dog or calling his name - are almost always the wrong things to do. Why? When a dog is missing he's in flight or survival mode, and his brain registers the sound of your voice as unfamiliar and terrifying; something to run from, not toward. In running from you, your dog may run straight into danger.
So what should you do? Missing Dogs Massachusetts offers the following suggestions for recovering your dog. Will following them guarantee success? Unfortunately, no. But your chances of recovering your dog will be much greater if you follow these steps than if you don't.
1. Start making calls.