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    Help catching stray dog

    Percy and I found what might be a stray on our walk. No one in the neighborhood knows it but several say it's been running around for about a week. I lured it to my house with some food but couldnt get it over the threshold ---then he ran off again. Oh, and he's hard to see because of the dark (he's black), so I've lost him temporarily.

    It's cold (supposed to get in the teens tonight) so i'd like to get it in for tonight but am having no luck. It will come up to my dog, but won't let me get close enough to touch, much less catch him. he won;t let me get close to him with a slip leash either.

    Any advice? I put some food on my porch, but think he ran up the street away from my house, so i don't know if I can get him down here again without luring him.

    Oh...and I'm already calling him Hansel (or gretel if he's a girl) because he is following my bread crumbs!

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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    Maybe get your neighbors to help. Sometimes the local PD will help out too. Good Luck and keep us posted.
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    I have no suggestions but I want to wish you luck. Keep trying and keep us posted.

    Hope he/she comes back to your house soon.. you're right, it's too cold to be out there.

    ETA: If you called the PD or a local trainer.. maybe someone has one of those snatch poles... not sure if that's the name.. but the pole with the 'slip lead' at the end...
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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    Will Animal Control loan you a live trap? That would be safest for you and your neighbors. You don't want to get bit by a stray fearful dog. Those darn Rabies shots are so painful if they cannot find the dog. Hm, does this mean if this fearful dog actually is homeless it will maybe have a home? I love how you think. LOL Can you trap him in a garage? At least then it cannot get too far away and you might be able to slip a lead over him/her.
    Cat food in a live trap usually works quickly.


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    If you warm the cat food up a bit it helps the smell to spread too lol
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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    Quote Originally Posted by mastiffmama27 View Post
    If you warm the cat food up a bit it helps the smell to spread too lol
    I never knew that... what a great idea....


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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    Haven't called AC yet. May go out a little later and see if Percy can lure him out again. He seems very friendly and keen to play with dog, but he's wary of getting too close to people.

    I had a neighbor helping me and we almost got it in a laundry room in her house, but the little bugger was keen to the trick. Eventually we gaveup and I thought Id have more luck at my house (HA!) so I lured it down there. He was too happy to fallow, so long as I strew kibble in my wake, but at the very last he ran off again. I turned to get some more temptingtreats and he had disappeared into the night. I imagine I'l have to walk a block or so to find him again.

    I think he might just be lost (or newly abandoned). I can't see a collar or any tags, but he has long black hair. He looks in ok condition, but some of his fur is just starting to mat.

    Don't have cat food, but I do have lots of stinly we dog food....nothing will stay warm out there for long though!

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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    Warm hot dogs have worked well for me to lure in stray dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renoman View Post
    I never knew that... what a great idea....
    I've had to catch my share of strays....no dog I have EVER met could resist warmed up canned cat food
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    My two sure can't resist cat food of any kind....good luck catching him. I got Penny just by putting food down and she came right over and I was able to pick her up. I don't really know what I would have done otherwise. Maybe if you can get close you can slip a leash around his neck while he's eating?
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    have you tried luring him into someone's back yard? peanut butter, hot dogs, wet smelly dog food.. might work. do be careful though because you never know if a stray dog is scared or upset and will turn on you. my good samaritan SO has tried twice to rescue stray dogs and both times they turned and snapped at him. I would be calling AC to see if they can help.

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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    Well, I went out again to try and find it but no luck. He has disappeared into the ether. Walked and called and shook kibble until my toes were numb, to no avail. Tried calling animal control too, but they won't come out after hours.

    I scattered kibble down the road to my house and have put food out on my porch. If I can get the garage to stay partly closed, I might try leaving some wet food in there. Even if I can't catch it maybe it can at least get a meal.

    He might be owned by someone who lets him run and went home...I hope so anyway.

    There are a lot of rental properties about a block and a half from my house, so who knows what his story is. All I know is the people who were out tonight have seen him running around for about the last week. No one tried to catch him and most just shooed him away. Maybe I'm a sucker, but if I see a dog running around and don't know where it belongs, I go out of my way to try and get it and see if it belongs somewhere. People who don't, drive me nuts!

    He's really cute. Loks kinda like a sheltie, only he's black, so I figure he's something else. I feel bad for the poor fellow being out tonight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Annamarie View Post
    have you tried luring him into someone's back yard? peanut butter, hot dogs, wet smelly dog food.. might work. do be careful though because you never know if a stray dog is scared or upset and will turn on you. my good samaritan SO has tried twice to rescue stray dogs and both times they turned and snapped at him. I would be calling AC to see if they can help.
    D$&^! I didn't think about the back yard. I'm sure I could have at least got him there. I was great following me outside, it's the house that freaked him. Well, if I see him again I'll try that instead. Thanks for the idea.
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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    Here's the update. I couldn't find it again last night. I left food out, but it never came and I didn't see it at all as I was driving to work this morning. Maybe it has a home. I might call animal control today, or may just go out after work and see if I can track the little fellow down.

    I hate to call animal control and have him end up at the shelter...I'd hope to catch him and either convince BF to let me keep him (a bird in had is harder to say no too ) or turn him over to a rescue if I couldn't find his owners. If he goes to the pound, I know I won't be able to convince Tim to let me get him out and I'm not sure what his chances would be. He's cute as can be, but also black and very skittish.

    Then again, I hate to not call them and have the little guy running around in the cold...although it is getting warmer. What do you guys think?

    Hopefully, I was jumping the gun and he has a home.

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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    I've had a couple of strays jump into the car when I opened the door. Quite a few dogs love going for a ride. Others I've lured with food and water. How you approach the dog is crucial....I usually let them come to me by not facing them, talking softly and 'inviting' them to walk with me.

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    So Close but STILL Need Help catching stray dog

    Update:

    I am sooooo frustrated. I looked for the dog this morning but didn't see it. Decided not to call animal control as I wasn't dfor sure he is a stray. Then, as I was driving home from work, I saw him. Tried to get him in my car...no luck. Sped home and got Percy (bait) as well as kibble, yummy treats and and stinky wet food (lures). I ran Percy up the street asking people as we went if they'd seen the dog...several had. Finally found the dog, and with much effort, lured him a block and a half to my house. Then children playing around the corner were squealing (hate kids!) and scared him off. Lured him down the block again and into garage (tried yard, but he wouldn't go on grass) 4-5 more times but always at the last minute he got spooked and ran off and I had to lure him down the street again.

    Along the way asked several different neighbors to help and none would. I am so mad about that. Finally, after it got dark and my kibble/food ran out I lost him again in the night (he is black) and I had to give up. Will try again but am very discouraged.

    Got a better look at him and definitely think he is lost or abandoned in last week or two (just starting to look skinny and fur is getting more and more matted). Will try again tomorrow but am very discouraged. No one will help me. BF is out of town for work. Percy is at once a help (as dog likes to play with him and comes when he sees him) and a hindrance as he thinks all the treats and food should be for him. I feel like if I lived a block further up the street I could catch him easily, but I don't so there is nothing I can do about that.

    I am soooo frustrated. Not much advice anyone can offer I think, but needed to vent. Why am I the ONLY one one trying to help this dog? Why is it so easy to ignore him? Had several people say...."he's probably just lost!." as an excuse not to help...Well, no S%^& Sherlock...that is why I am trying to catch him, so he doesn't stay lost in the middle of a cold spell! ARRRGH!!!!

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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    just wanna say you're awesome for trying to get him, and that yea the warm cat food sounds like it will work. I think that's gonna be your best bet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by petsure View Post
    just wanna say you're awesome for trying to get him, and that yea the warm cat food sounds like it will work. I think that's gonna be your best bet!
    Thanks! I;m using wet dog fod but it is really stinky. He really likes it, and follows for it great.....up to my my garage...then he suddenly realizes where he is and runs off before I can gethim into the house or close the door. URGH! If I had a second person to act as a herder to my lurer, I think I could get him...but my neighbors SUCK!!

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    Re: Help catching stray dog

    when he's following you, are you able to slip a leash over his head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annamarie View Post
    when he's following you, are you able to slip a leash over his head?
    If he sees you coming near with a leash, he shies away or runs off. Looked for him today but could not find him, although some people saw him a little before I was out. Will try again later...he seems to come out a dusk and night the most.

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    I know this sounds cheesy, but how about you get a large box propped open with a stick, then tie a super long string to it then put alot of stinky wet cat food or dog food and wait. When he goes in to get the food, pull the string and run over to weigh it down.


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