I lost my dog! WHAT TO DO?

When you lose your dog, it is natural to feel worried and anxious but it is important to stay calm and make the right decisions to try to find your pet because what you do immediately can determine whether or not the search is successful.
First of all, let's contextualize the moment of escape or loss. If it happened during the walk, ask ourselves first of all if we have already been in that place and if there were points in the past that attracted our dog's attention.
If it is a new place we begin a star-shaped exploration, moving away in different directions, returning each time to the starting point to get to know the area and understand what our friend may have been attracted to, but withoutmove too far from where he moved away.
If, however, the dog has run away from home, we immediately communicate with all the people in the neighborhood and inform neighbors, friends and family that the dog is lost. We ask you to keep your eyes open and contact you if they see him around, especially those who have dogs and perhaps go for walks in the surrounding area.
It is also essential to distribute flyers with the dog's photo and telephone numbers, so that anyone who finds or spots him can contact us.Regardless of where we lost the dog, we immediately contact the shelters, kennels and vets in the area, including clinics: we call both to see if anyone has brought the dog to them and to notify them if they bring it later.
Dissemination via social media is also very useful: publish a photo and a detailed description of the dog including name, age, coat color, general behavior and any distinctive signs on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms along with contact details telephones can really be a valid tool because they are within reach of a very large number of people.
Asking friends and contacts to share the post increases the chances of finding the dog, there are also many groups that share posts of loss announcements, contact them too to ask for the sharing is a further resource.
Create points of reference for the dog: in the area where he got lost, place a bowl with food that is fragrant but not salty, you can also put some flour on the ground to see if there are any footprints left and understand if the dog has gotten lost approached.
If your dog has places where he likes to return near the area where he was lost, try returning to those places, call him and remember to bring with you objects that may have a familiar sound such as a toy, a container or something that attracts his Attention.
Contact local authorities: Notify local police and animal control offices in your neighborhood that your dog is lost. Provide them with a detailed description of your dog and your contact information. You may have received reports of lost dogs that match your dog's description.
The most important thing is not to lose hope, even if the situation may seem discouraging, continuing to search is the only solution, spreading flyers and asking to spread the word as much as possible.
There are many cases of lost dogs that are found after days or weeks.
Let's talk instead about when you find a lost dog, even in this case it is important to act calmly and cautiously both to guarantee its well-being and to try to bring it back to its owner.
First of all we need to approach with caution, let's try to observe him carefully to evaluate his attitude and to be able to predict his behaviors. Some dogs may be scared or unsure, so it is important to proceed calmly so as not to put your safety or that of your dog at risk. The dog may in fact feel threatened and may run away, risking getting lost or ending up in dangerous situations.
It is necessary to inform the local police and the animal control offices of your municipality that the dog has been found: provide an accurate description of the dog and your contact details. They may have received reports of dogslost items that match the description of the dog found.
If it is possible, we check if it has a collar and an identification tag. This way we could call the dog by name and this could help us gain confidence, we could also call the owner immediately without having to wait for the microchip to be read.
We immediately call a vet or the nearest animal shelter, the owner may have already contacted them following the loss, furthermore vets have microchip readers and this will allow us to trace the identity of the owner.
If we have not been able to trace the owner, we spread the news: the fastest and most effective solution is to use social media by sharing the photo of the dog and the area where it was found, we can also distribute flyers nearby, include a detailed description of the dog and contact details to allow the owner to contact you is essential.
In the meantime, provide the dog with fresh water and keep him in a safe place where he can rest and from which he cannot leave. Let's avoid scaring him and letting him get close to other animals. If the dog seems injured or ill, we avoid improvising treatments, call the vet immediately and if necessary take the dog directly to the clinic. Do not "adopt" the dog without first exhausting all possibilities of finding the owner: you may feel fond of the dog you have found, but the dog may have a family that is desperately looking for him and deciding to keep him could deprive the owner of his beloved pet.
In Italy, dog keeping is mainly regulated by national laws, but there may also be specific regional or municipal regulations, so it is important to inform yourself about the regulations in our area.
Law 14 August 1991, n. 281 - "Regulations for the protection of companion animals and prevention of stray animals" establishes the general rules for the protection of companion animals, including dogs.
It provides for the obligation to ensure adequate care, nutrition, hygiene and well-being for dogs, as well as the owner's responsibility for any damage caused by his dog.
Legislative Decree 26 March 2001, n. 146 - "Implementation of Directive 1999/74/EC relating to the protection of animals during their detention" establishes the rules for the protection of animals during their detention,including dogs. It concerns housing conditions, access to the outdoors, nutrition, hygiene and veterinary care of dogs.
Law 8 November 2013, n. 189 - "Provisions for the prevention and control of the abandonment of domestic animals" regulates the measures to prevent and combat the abandonment of domestic animals, including dogs,provides sanctions for those who abandon an animal and promotes responsible adoption.
Each municipality may have specific regulations for the detention of dogs, which may concern for example the obligation to keep dogs on a leash, the obligation to collect dog excrement, the obligation to register with the municipal dog registry (microchip) , and other local provisions.

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