West Coast-based pet detective Babs Fry has a couple of tips on what to do if your dog runs away:
1. “Get home and get those doors open,” she says. Dogs are “bonded” to a family’s scent, and they’ll go where they smell you. If you go out looking, you’re spreading your scent around, which may lead them down the wrong trail.
2. When in doubt, try setting a trap with irresistible rotisserie chicken or bacon. “If a dog’s around either of those smells, there’s no denying it,” explains Fry.