Whether they’ve got the scent of something interesting or they’re afraid, some dogs run off the instant you’re not keeping an eye out.
In such situations, it’s best to remain calm and not call after the dog in a panicky voice. That’s because dogs can hear the panic in your voice, and this might only make the frightened animal stay away.
Instead of running after the animal, it’s also best to remain where you are. Dogs often return when the object of their interest has disappeared. And if the owner starts looking somewhere else and the dog comes back, it might then really start to panic.
Ideally, owners should also call for back-up. Then one person can wait in the place where the dog ran away and the other can look in likely hiding places.
Often your pet won’t be far away but, if it’s frightened, then it won’t come out of its hiding place.
If the animal still hasn’t returned after a while has passed, it’s a good idea to start ringing local animal homes, hospitals and vets. It can also be worth speaking to neighbours and passers-by.
The next step is to make posters with a recent picture of the dog and a description, as well as your contact details. – dpa