Since I had a dog, I began to live a completely different life. Walking a pet has become a good excuse for daily walks, which were so lacking due to work. Need proper dog feeding set me on the path to quality nutrition for my entire family. I became more interested in zoopsychology, dog care, exhibitions, their health and this inspires me. My life is filled with new acquaintances. And in my everyday life there is no more boredom and melancholy. Thanks to the dog, a rainbow is always visible in the sky, even in rainy weather.
With the acquisition of the dog and all this dowry that came with it, I began to think about how not to lose the dog along with all the joys of life that she gives me with her existence. Based on my practice, as well as the recommendations of an experienced trainer and zoopsychologist, I want to share with you my knowledge on this matter.
When my dog was 6 months old, we boldly went to get a pedigree (they give it out from 6 months old), and at the same time we signed up for chipping. A chip with a size slightly larger than a grain of rice is injected into the dog under the skin at the withers, using a special syringe. The procedure lasts exactly 1 second. The dog only flinched slightly, frightened by a sharp percussive sound. I felt like I was more scared than her. After that, I did not see any blood, or any marks on the withers (possibly due to thick wool). When she returned home, she became addicted to toys and completely forgot about our trip.
The chip contains a series of numbers that will tell all the necessary information on the database. The chip is scanned with a special device, which is available in the services (veterinarians, border guards, etc.). Especially chipping of dogs is required for traveling abroad and exhibitions. But, it is recommended for everyone, since this is the dog's identification code, which firmly binds the animal to the owner.
I am calm now. If, God forbid, my dog gets lost, all the data is in her withers. Indifferent people will pass by, most often they are not in the know. And those people who will show mercy and pick up a dog probably know that first of all the animal needs to be shown to the veterinarian, where they will check the presence of a chip with all the necessary information that will help return the dog to the owner's hands.
The stigma of a dog is a tattoo on the ear, or stomach. A set of numbers and letters, which, like the chip, binds the dog to the database. The stigma is good because it can be determined without any electronic scanners. The stigma can be found immediately on the spot. But, there are also disadvantages - the tattoo tends to collapse over time and eventually becomes illegible, unreadable. Some make the dog both a brand and a chip. In a word, the past.
dog's address book
No matter what, I hung an address book on my dog's collar. This is a pendant, most often metal. The most necessary information about the dog is engraved on the pendant: name, address, phone number of the owner. Address tags are varied, most often look like decoration. They come in the form of a flat metal form (bone, heart, flower) where information is placed on both sides by engraving. They come in the form of a metal drop that can be unrolled and placed inside a piece of paper with the necessary information. Than droplets are better: if you have changed your phone number or address, you can rewrite the information on another piece of paper and replace it. And they are not expensive, compared to individual engraving, which must be specially ordered.
An address tag for a dog is a necessary attribute, I think. Regardless of whether it has a brand or a chip, the address book will immediately indicate where to take the lost dog. Besides, it looks very nice.
The command "to me"
If the command “to me” is well fixed in the mind of the pet and commanded in time, there is a high probability that she will hear you, go towards you and, as a result, will not get lost. Most often, pets are lost precisely when the attention of the owner over the dog is lost. Then it remains only to scream, as in the forest. Don't lose sight of your pets. By the way, it is not necessary to fixate the dog on the “come to me” command, you can simply teach it to respond well to its name, etc.
Fear of losing the owner
Are you wondering how not to lose your dog? Try to make the dog think how not to lose you. One of the great ways to avoid losing a dog is to develop in it the fear of losing the owner. To do this, you need to hide a couple of times during the walk, while she was distracted by another bush. Let the dog get nervous about losing you. And then you will not need to follow the dog, but the dog itself will follow you so that you do not get lost. But, be careful not to hide for a long time, otherwise the dog will get lost while he is looking for you. She will think that you went home without her and will run after you, getting lost in the city, identical high-rise buildings.
Of course, there is a possibility that you may not hold on to the leash during a sharp movement of your dog, which was stung in the ass by a wasp, and she began to run away. But, nevertheless, walking the dog on a leash, you minimize the loss of a pet. But keeping your dog on a leash all the time is also not recommended. The dog needs to feel that you trust him. In addition, a few minutes of walking without a leash is a reward for a dog for good behavior while walking.
When can a dog get lost?
- may be frightened by the explosion of a firecracker and drape wherever his eyes look;
- can run after another dog;
- an attack on a dog by a pack of other dogs;
- it happens that he turns on his instinct of a bloodhound and follows the smell;
- can run after another person who looks like you (hair, jacket);
- run towards the house (there can be many reasons for this) although the house is on the other side;
- run away because of the owner’s bad attitude towards the dog (including during training), dogs are like children - they don’t run away from good parents;
- the dog may run away during an accident that happened to its owner (for example, got hit by a car);
- and much more.
I don't know why, but I very often look through the section "lost and found" on Slando. There are a lot of announcements about the loss and discovery of dogs, as well as other animals. Sometimes I even try to match two ads “I lost my dog” and “I found a dog”, looking for similarities in the appearance of the dogs in the photo. I noticed that German Shepherds, Dachshunds and Alabai are most often lost. Do not pass by a lost dog, examine it, perhaps it has a brand, an address book. Of course, the animal can be scared. First of all, you should talk to him. Also, keep your pet safe. After all, you already know how not to lose a dog.
I would love to read your thoughts on this in the comments. Thanks a lot!