This is my first post here, and I am not a dog owner, but have a dog-situation.
This afternoon we were out for a walk when a couple drove by us to report they had lost their dog. The dog was hit by a car approx. 1 mile away several hours before, got spooked and had been running around the woods (northern NH) all day. We helped the couple look for the dog by driving around. We saw the dog, sprinting in the road approx. 1 mile from where she was last seen. I jumped out of the car in time for the dog to whiz by me, into the woods at full speed. I had no hope of catching her.

It is now dark, snowing heavily and quite cold (20 degrees). This dog is going to be in the woods all night. She is reportedly a shepard/rottweiler mix, and NOT from this area - they are visiting, and was just adopted from a shelter 6 months ago.
My question is, will the dog survive the night, is there anything that can be done to "calm" the dog if we see her again, why would she be so spooked all day long to the point of running furiously through the woods? Is there any hope?
Thanks,
Meghan
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My question is, will the dog survive the night, is there anything that can be done to "calm" the dog ... she be so spooked all day long to the point of running furiously through the woods? Is there any hope?

A dog in pain, having been hit by a car, in a strange place & without its people is enough reason for it to be spooked. See if you can get the local news stations to put out a blurb about the dog and the last known location. Hopefully animal control and all the local shelters/humane societies have been notified.

Tara
My question is, will the dog survive the night, is ... of running furiously through the woods? Is there any hope?

A dog in pain, having been hit by a car, in a strange place & without its people is enough ... the dog and the last knownlocation. Hopefully animal control and all the local shelters/humane societies have been notified. Tara

Thank you Tara. Unfortunately we live in a very rural area and there are literally no local news stations! The best we have is the weekly newspaper, and posting flyers. I just got back from driving around again looking, but no sign of the dog. I HATE that she has to be outside, hurt and scared all night! The owners just called me and they are devastated.

Does anyone know how dogs react this kind of situation? Will she stay in the general area (even though she is not familiar with it) or will she just keep running and running?
Meghan
The dog should be fine in 20 degreesF assuming the injuries arent so great that they immobilize the dog, but that doesnt seem to be the case. 20 deg is not too cold for a dog, but rest assured the dog will be shivvering all night with nerves and cold weather causing it, i assume.

You should have the owners go to the point where you last saw it and wait for it. In the meantime leave word with any neighbors in that area and leave yours and the owners phone numbers. Put some signs up in the area. There is no telling if the dog will stay in the area.
I would look in the direction of the dogs home, and all around where she was last seen, and at the nearest town, or where the good food can be smelled closest by in the direction that the wind was coming from. Head into the wind unless there was something really nearby that smelled of good food, otherwise the wind may have carried some smells for her to look forward to eating. chances are she will be looking for food.

Hopefully she wont try to go home, but you didnt say how far. Some dogs have an uncanny sense in finding home, even if it is 50 miles away. Sometimes they use the smells they smelled along the roads that they came up on, of course if there is smokers in the car, or a sealed environment, or a strong scent in the car, the dog will have no scent memory of how to get back home.

Bottom line, if the dog is really smart and or took well to its owners, it may stay in the area and hide until the owners return from the LAST PLACE THE THE DOG SAW THE OWNERS, if the dog is lacking smarts or is a wanderer to begin with it may head in its favorite direction, and in that case, i would go by the last direction i saw it heading in and look that way.

a note on cars; If the owners are driving a rental car, the dog may stay clear when it hears a car coming (ie. keep hiding behind foliage) and the owners shoudd yell very loud and frequently when searching, assume the dog is behind every bush, if it is their own car, the dog should be used to the sound, but still cautious as it got hit by a car.I assume the dog may have ran a bit, but may be in the immediate area hiding, but it will get hungry and some of its fear will go away when the adrenaline settles. It may get desperate and start wandering for food however. time is of the essence. Its real quiet at night, i would go to the location last seen, shut down the engines and all noises and be absolutely silent, and have the owners call loudly, many many times, pause for a couple minutes, call a few times more, pause(gives the dog time to run towards voice) call again a few times(dog will stop and get bearings, then start runnign more towards voice) if you spend 15 minutes doing this in each suspected place, you may get him back! Be sure and listen for howling incase the dog is too sore to come to you, it will start to agonize him hearing the owners voice, and he will start crying or howling.

IF no luck, you will need to put some adds in the papers(free for lost dogs), also the recycler.com(couldnt hurt) and contact any news station that you recieve on your local TV's, they should help you. you may want to do that anyway, you dont need local news to try to get them to help you. ask neighbors what news stations everybody watches, contact the news station, tell them your situation and that the whole community watches their station, they should budge.
God be with the dog and its family, you, and all who help!

Wolf
Oh, if you see the dog again, dont worry about calming her as much as have your joggin shoes and follow her(lol) so nobody loses her. have cell phone in pocket. call a dog catcher.
What i would do, is use a soothing voice, and dont let her see that you are following her, stop when she looks back, and crouch on one knee and pat the palm of your hand on the ground as to call her, and call her soothingly, females work best for this, unless the dog is afraid of girls for some reason. Remember, talk to them as if they were going to listen to you, not as if they arent obeying, theres a difference between "COME HERE!" and "come here, or come here boy/ girl, its ok, come on, thats a good dog, its ok" etc.. If you give it a reason to be frightned, it wont come obviously.

Wolf
in thread "Meghan" (Email Removed) whittled the following words:
can spooked

I know of someone who just recovered their dog in a VERY rural area. They had 1000 wire political type yard signs made up by a professional sign maker. With a reward. A picture of the dog. He distributed these yard signs everywhere, and those yard signs DID get his dog returned. Recovery costs were over $2000
But he got his dog back
Just realized you said she was one mile form where last seen, i would still follow the advice i gave you, the dog may return when it finds out it cant find its guardians, but at the same time, ask if it was in the direction of food possibly, or in the direction of the dogs actual home, or in the direction of town, in teh direction of a place that the dog visited earlier in the day, or no apparent reason for the direction she was seen?

wolf
im sure he used some of that money to pay someone to plant alot of the signs for him.
wolf
Wow! Thanks Wolf.Unfortunately the dog's home is about 200 miles away. Cell phones don't work here. Local police have been notified, and it's such a small town hopefully that means word of mouth will spread until the flyers go in mailboxes tomorrow morning. The owner informed me tonight that they will have to return home tomorrow. I can't imagine leaving with my dog in the woods, but who knows what has to be done. I will certainly not stop looking because I can't get that image of the dog sprinting away from me out of my mind.

I refuse to be the last person to see this dog alive. Supposedly she is a very good dog, but now obviously completely terrified by cars. I do take consolation in the fact that I spotted her, like 4 hours after it happened, near a road. As long as she doesn't stay in the deep woods, she has a chance.
You did answer my main question though - how to calm her in case I see her. It was just unfortunate timing that two trucks were going by just as she ran past our car.
Meghan
in thread "Wolf" whittled the following words:
im sure he used some of that money to pay someone to plant alot of the signs for him. wolf

That was just for the printing at $2 a piece.
It's very costly to get fast coverage out. But the more eyes you have working for you, the more likely you will find the dog. He spent more than that because he ran full picture ads in newspapers, and made billboard signs for placement and advertized on the radio, as well as leaving full color photos at humane societies and vets and dog pounds.

He got his dog back in extreme cold weather.
His method that ultimately worked was the political type posters that he had people at work (a large college) distribute for him for free.
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