As a dog owner, that fearful moment when your dog takes off is frightening. A lost dog is a frightened dog; unaware of it’s surroundings and fearful of those they don’t know. It can happen at any time of day or night. But here’s where DDG can help to find your lost dog.
Lost Dog? No Problem When You’re Prepared
Holidays are often one of the worst times to lose a dog, or to have family over. Since your front door (and probably side doors, garage doors etc) are constantly being opened and closed, this offers your dog optimal time to escape the craziness that is happening. With all of those relatives coming and going, your dog will take the plunge to escape or explore.
USB Dog Collars
Some of the USB dog collars we’ve looked at online are equipped with inline, waterproof USB cards that offer storage capabilities. While they allow the user to upload images, PDF files and other info to help find a lost dog, the main problem is that they are unseen. What we mean by this is that one wouldn’t know that there was a USB device unless they remove the collar from the lost dog.
What we suggest is to purchase a small USB thumbdrive and simply attach to the dog’s collar. Place it in a way that does not allow the dog to paw off the collar.
We’ve also discovered that some “USB Collars” with LED lights are simply USB rechargeable. Meaning, the USB portion of the collar is to recharge the batteries for the LED. So there is typically no USB storage device on the collar itself.
What can help to find your lost dog
Being proactive and having updated information about your dog most often helps to find dogs fast. We’ve created the following material to help. There is a list of all known animal shelters in Minnesota and also a form to create a “Lost Dog” flyer.
What would you place on a USB drive?
Typical items include a notepad file or other to give information about your dog. We’ve included a free download for you below. You’ll simply add in your information, your dog’s name and other vital information and upload to the USB drive.
Tips fo find a lost dog
- Search your neighborhood – most dogs will only travel within a short radius of their home
- Call animal shelters: below is a list of all Minnesota Animal Shelters
- Visit Shelters. Often, your dog may have lost their collar, so identifying them by breed may be tough.
- ID Your Pet: A microchip is important and one of the best methods to find a lost dog. When your dog has been implanted with a microchip, and if found, they’ll be innstantly identified.
- Use online social sites to help find your dog.
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