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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
My friends moved here from Ohio. They have a yellow lab who lives inside. This morning the dog got out of the house and now is running loose all over the place. They live on the corner of a side road and the main one going out of this community. I went over and tried to help them catch her. She is just thinking it is a game and pays no mind to someone calling her. Finally he had to go back to work and she left for a dr. appt. My husband went out there and stayed about an hour but couldn't catch the dog. I saw a white pickup out there in front of their house for about fifteen minutes. I think they either hit her or stole her. I have looked in my binoculars and can't see her running round out there anymore. Now I am scared to go back because I don't want to see her dead in the road or hurt and she is so big and I am a little person.
I couldn't lift her. Anyone with a magic solution to this problem.
post #2 of 18
My dog is very naughty if she gets loose, too! Every other dog I have owned will jump in the car if you call them from the car, hoping they would get a ride. Misty just runs from you! But eventually she comes home.

If she would jump in a car thats a good idea, but you have to see her first! If you have a cell phone, you could go look for her, and call for help if you find her injured.

Maybe check the pound to see if she got turned in there?
post #3 of 18
If she was hit by a car and hurt, you can't just leave her lying there! Go and take a look. If she is hurt, knock on doors till you find somebody who can help you get her into your car and to a vet ASAP.
post #4 of 18
I agree! If she is hurt, you can't just leave her there to suffer! You must go check and see and call someone if you need a vet asap. Please don't let her suffer if she was hit. Good luck!
post #5 of 18
Any updates?
post #6 of 18
I hope the silly puppy is okay!

Bugaboo1, please post and let us know when you have the chance. I think this thread will accumulate a lot of worriers like me.
post #7 of 18
And me!
post #8 of 18
The only way to get a dog to recall off a lead is to make it really worth their while coming to you. If you get home and see this dog, you need to entice it to you with treats, lots of praise and loving and lots of encouragement - I'm sure you've already tried this, but it's the only thing that will work.

Chasing a dog - especially a lab, which are very playful breeds - will only make it run because it thinks it's a game, as you said.

If you do think it has been hit, I know it's awful but I think you should go back and check, just for your own peace of mind if nothing else.

I hope he's ok!
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Oscarsmommy
And me!
And you.

I freak a bit every time I see an animal or child cross a street. I've had a few close calls with getting hit myself.
post #10 of 18
Oh I know. I had a thread from yesterday about a little chihuahua I saw run across a state route in downtown Medina.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Sorry to be so late with this update. I went back out there to try see if she was hurt or gone. When I drove up in the yard, my friend had just got back. The dog had tired of the game. It was no fun when we all left and there was nobody trying to get her. She was laying down behind the house. When she saw me, she ran right over to me.
The owner was getting out of the car. I took the dog by her collar and put her inside their porch. She was unhurt. When we got on the porch, I scolded her and made her lay down. She had this hurt look on her face and she knew she was in deep trouble.
I think they will go ahead now and put up some chain link fence out their back door.
I am so glad this dog did not get hurt. When I came home this morning after we had tried to get her, I was so upset because I thought she would get hit. But the Lord watched out for her and all is well.
post #12 of 18
I'm so glad she's okay! And getting a bit of fencing is a very good idea.

Bad doggie!
post #13 of 18
Well i`m glad this story turned out so well...bet that was sacry though...They better put up a HIGH fence for a dog that size!
Linda
post #14 of 18
my old dog did that when she was a puppy, it was such a pain to get her. she thinks its playtime, while we are frantic to get her. try food. that works once or twice. before the pup wises up to it
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by stampit3d
Well i`m glad this story turned out so well...bet that was sacry though...They better put up a HIGH fence for a dog that size!
Linda
I'm relieved the dog is okay. My mom has two Labs, and they sailed over the fence (there's a maximum height of 3 ft. allowed in the neighborhood). My mother had to portion off part of the yard with a 6 ft. fence, well inside the property line.
post #16 of 18
Glad the dog's OK! A tall fence is a good idea, with the fence buried about a foot down under the dirt to discourage digging out.

It's nearly impossible to chase down a loose dog because they think it's a game. Often, if you run away from the dog, it'll turn and chase you instead. Or, you can act like you've found something really interesting on the ground, and the dog may come over to see what you're looking at. That second trick works on my cats if they get outside.
post #17 of 18
So glad that your story had a happy ending. Some critters sure love the "chasing game". I had a workman let my horse out once, and he had a blast running up & down the street - I was both worried & embarrassed but the horse was having the time of his life, head & tail up, galloping so happily back & forth. And he couldn't be lured with any kind of treat, not even bran mash or sweet mix. But a couple of ranchers happened along, and tried to halter him with a halter that they carried in their truck, and the horse got scared, and ran back to me and tried to hide his face in my armpit, his tail tucked tight against his hindquarters. Those ranchers had a good laugh over the horse that "was taught not to talk to strangers". I was grateful that they were so easily entertained - it diverted me from strangling that workman
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by catsknowme
a couple of ranchers happened along, and tried to halter him with a halter that they carried in their truck, and the horse got scared, and ran back to me and tried to hide his face in my armpit, his tail tucked tight against his hindquarters. Those ranchers had a good laugh over the horse that "was taught not to talk to strangers". I was grateful that they were so easily entertained - it diverted me from strangling that workman
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