Pet Pro Tip

Larimer Humane Society

This week is pretty light on events other than the ones I’ve already mentioned last week, so…. I thought I would throw something new into the mix called Pet Pro Tip. This will feature one important tip from a pet trainer, veterinarian, animal or wildlife expert or everyday Joe that can help teach us all a thing or two about being a better pet owner.

This week I’m featuring a story from Reddit that shares a very handy trick for finding a dog that’s been lost in an area outside of your regular stomping grounds. I’ve edited it down to share the quick highlights:

The dog owner in this story had been searching for their missing dog for over 12 days in a heavily wooded area. They had returned to same spot several times, searching for and calling the dog’s name repeatedly. They were about to give up, when they ran into a couple of hunters on the trail. The hunters mentioned that they occasionally lost their hunting dogs, but were always able to get them back.  Here’s how:

  • The dog owner(s) should take an article of clothing that has been worn at least all day, the longer the better, so the lost dog can pick up the scent.
  • Bring the article of clothing to the location where the dog was last seen and leave it there.
  • If the search area can accommodate a crate safely, leave the crate there as well as a favorite toy. Also leave a short note requesting the item(s) not be moved and why.
  • Leave a bowl of water there too, as the dog probably hasn’t had access to any. Do not bring food as this could attract other animals that the dog might avoid.
  • Come back the next day, or check intermittently if possible, to see if the dog is waiting there.

The dog owner from this story followed these tips, thenwent back to check the next day to check. Sure enough, his dog was there waiting! Yay!

Thanks to a-little-pixie on reddit for the helpful tip!

Where to adopt the sweetheart at the top of this post…

This face is so ridiculously cute, I couldn’t resist featuring her in this week’s post. Savy is a female, 1 year 7 month old white and gray Great Pyreness / Akbash. She is loving, goofy and ready to find a forever home. If you want to connect with her to see if she is a fit for your family, stop by the Larimer Humane Society for a visit.

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