Other things to have ready for the arrival of the K9 team:
Posters & hanging materials: Have at least five posters pre-made
and ready to hang. As the search and Investigation unfolds, it may be necessary to get public help when your pet's direction
of travel and location are discovered.
Fliers: Have at least
30 preferably color but at least black and white to hand to people as calling cards as the search proceeds.
Color photo of your pet. If possible place this photo in plastic or have it laminated.
We will use this photo extensively as we continue to find members of the public that can confirm when your pet was in the
area based on the trail. Leads and evidence we are following.
Dress in comfortable clothing and running shoes: We may cover a lot of ground especially with a dog at large so if you are
going to "run behind the big dogs", be prepared.
Bring your missing pet's favorite smelly treat, a squeaky toy, whistle or anything that your pet may respond to that is sensory,
auditory or visual.
Leashes, carrier, collars, harness, etc.
Be prepared with someway to keep your pet contained should we locate him while searching.
If it is believed that the pet is at large and we can ascertain a location, be prepared to set
up a feeding and comfort station as well as have humane traps available nearby.
A car or truck that can transport a Field Agent/Handler and one dog.
trail gets long, hard and fast and it is best if the pet owner can follow or at least have transportation nearby. We have
used golf carts, farm trucks, SUVs and even a sports car. Dogs and people get hot and tired when working a long trail. It's
great to be able to drive back to the base where the van is rather than walking the whole thing. Out in the wilderness we
may not have much choice and walking in and out maybe the only route available.
NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE... Time permitting
Call ALL the local TV news stations and local newspapers.
Make them aware that in the search for your missing pet you have hired an out of area Pet Detective with Pet Detection tracking
dog teams to help look for your missing pet. Create a story angle using facts and anything interesting or heartwarming about
your pet or your situation. At this time most pet owners are able to get news coverage about their missing pets by letting
them know we are coming. (Exception will be if they have reported on something similar recently).