Chasing a lost or stray dog is simply any forward motion or reaction in the direction of the dog. They immediately view this as a threat and will run away. They don’t take the time to say, hey you are my Mom or Dad, but instead a threat. Also take into consideration you could be chasing a dog out of their safety zone while trying to be recovered by a trained lost pet professional.
These are examples of chasing a lost or stray dog:
- Walking after a lost dog
- Running after a lost dog
- Riding a pedal bike after a lost dog
- Following a lost dog in your car
- Chasing a dog using any type of ATV, UTV, Dirt Bike or Scooter
- Chasing after a lost dog on a skateboard
- Chasing after a lost dog with a group of people/search party unless advised to do so while accompanied by a trained professional
What happens if the dog approaches you first?
Our general rule for lost or stray dogs is, if the dog approaches you first never reach for the dog!! The dog must touch you first before you make any movement to touch the dog back. We usually wait until it happens a few times before we would try to grab a collar or put a leash on the dog. That way the dog has trust with you. If you try and reach when the dog gets close you will chase it away.
I can’t chase my dog, what can I do?
In lost pet recovery we learn how to lure the dog to us instead of going after it. Think of it this way, if someone twice your size and you didn’t know was running after you are going to run towards the person or away? I think most of us would run away. One of the best methods to lure a lost or stray dog you is using Calming Techniques. Below is a video from our mentor and friend Kat Albrecht founder of Missing Animal Response Network. She will demonstrate what not to do and how the Calming Techniques work. Ultimately if you are unsure please contact us for help.