Our condolences on the loss of your dog.
The good news is that you have a good chance of finding him/her. The bad news is that you may be looking in all the wrong places.
So what should you be doing and where should you be looking? That depends on a number of factors:
1. Why did your dog leave? The three most common reasons why dogs become separated from their families are opportunistic journey, wanderlust, and blind panic. Find out more here.
2. How far did your dog go? There are six major factors that influence the distances that a lost dog will travel: Temperament, Circumstances, Weather, Terrain, Appearance, and Population Density. Find out more here.
3. The Human Factor: Owner behaviors that create problems and rescuer behaviors that create problems. Find out more here.