Tracking Process

So, how does this all work?

The techniques we use to help locate lost pets may include:

  • Trailing. We start with a scent article from your missing pet. Search begins in the area where you pet was last seen; we try to pick up a track and direction of travel. Time and weather conditions will have a big effect on our ability to effectively follow a trail.
  • Air-scent. We give the search dog a scent article and then walk along likely areas, hoping to cross the scent of the missing pet. This is tried if at some point we lose the trail, or are unable to locate a trail and the owner feels there may be an area that should be checked. Depending on the amount of time the pet has been missing this can be like looking for the proverbial “needle in a haystack.” Sometimes we get lucky and are able to put the dog’s nose where it needs to be.
  • Support. Frequently we can help simply by offering supportive guidance and advice over the Internet or telephone.

What do you need from me?

The Tracker Team will arrange to meet you at your home, or in the area your pet was last seen. We wear bright vests so that neighbors within the search area are made aware of our presence and of our efforts. You are welcome to walk with us if you can.

Please bring a selection of scent articles – a collar, a toy, a bed, or anything else that might have a strong scent of the missing animal, and only that animal. Articles such as toys that might be shared by more than one animal in your household are less effective.

Spread the Word. The main thing you should do, particularly if you have a missing dog, is to get the word out to people who may see, and hopefully detain, your missing pet. Flyers, flyers, and more flyers is what I highly suggest! Also, with cats, the key is often knowing where to set a live animal trap.

Be sure to read the action to take if your pet is lost list and the safeguards you can do today.