No one likes losing a family pet. It can be devastating to realize that your family dog has run away or is lost. Many times you come home to realize that something simple like the gate not being shut properly has led to your pet becoming lost. The panic sets in and you hope that you will see your dog again. There are some techniques that you can use that will help your dog come back home more quickly.
The first thing that you should do as a preventative measure is to try to contact your local pet organization. This could be something like a humane society or the local animal shelter. Typically these services get lost pets when people find them as it's a good place to drop them off. If they have a good description of your pet and know your number, you will be notified if they find your pet. This helps you get your dog back more quickly.
Typically your dog will be running around the neighborhood with the intention of coming back home later. When you start off on your neighborhood search, be sure that you grab something that your dog loves like a squeaky toy. This sounds can be heard far away and will notify your pet that you are close by.
When you are doing the neighborhood search, try to ask those around if they have seen an animal that fits the description of your pet. This doesn't have to be every neighbor. Everyone once in awhile ask those who are outside if they saw your pet that day. This can help narrow down the search area.
If you haven't found the pet in the initial day that he or she has run away, turn to the internet. Use local community services to put up posts of your missing pet. This could a community website or even the local Craigslist site for your area.