Lost dogs need help to get home to their families. If your dog wanders off, people might tell you some of these myths. It’s very important that you don’t believe them – keep looking for you dog! Some tips of what to do if your dog goes walkabout can be found here.
Myth One: Just wait for your dog to come home
Around 20 percent of lost dogs find their way back home, and it is a good idea to have someone at the house in case your pet shows up. However, the vast majority of lost dogs don’t come home on their own. That means you’ll never see him or her again if you don’t go out and look.
Myth Two: Old dogs go off to die
Old dogs wander off for many reasons. Intending to die alone is usually not one of them – lost old dogs who are found are generally extremely relieved to be found.
Elderly dogs often have diminished sight or hearing, they can be confused, have trouble with their balance, suffer a stroke, or have problems with their back legs and fall. They don’t mean to wander off any more than a human with dementia really means to leave home. If you have an older dog, always watch him or her.
Myth three: Your dog was killed by a Coyote
Over the past decade records on missing dogs show over 70 percent were found, and fewer than 3 percent were killed by coyotes. This myth is much more dangerous to dogs than any predator, because if people believe it, they stop looking. Almost any other explanation you can think of is more likely than your dog being killed by a Coyote.