Our thanks to Lost Dogs of America for this tip!
Dogs that have been missing for a few days and are still not home will now be starting to look for reliable food sources (usually in the early morning, late afternoon or evening). Make sure you leave smelly food (like canned cat food), water, your dog's bed and an article of your dirty clothing or pillowcase on the porch. Then, look for available food sources where he/she may start to hang out including restaurant and convenience store dumpsters.
Here is a list of other good food sources for lost dogs. Leave flyers at homes and businesses near food sources.
–outdoor cat food (someone feeding barn or feral cats)
–spilled grain around feed bins at farms
–bird seed from bird feeders
–vegetable gardens and fruit trees
–restaurant dumpsters and cooking oil dumpsters
–convenience and grocery store dumpsters
–garbage cans and garbage day in your neighborhood
–trash cans at picnic areas, rest stops, parks and campgrounds
–fire pits at campgrounds
–nuts, berries, grass, horse poop (and other sources of animal waste)
–barbecue grills (they lick the drippings under the grill)
–mice and rabbits, eggs in waterfowl nests, chicken eggs and chickens
–road kill, hunting remains, fish guts and heads
–food processing plants or pet food processing plants
–June bugs, earthworms, grasshoppers