2. Think Like Your Pet
First of all, what kind of pet do you have? Is it a cat that slipped out of your front door when you weren’t looking? Or did your dog dash off in chase of a squirrel at the park and now he can’t be found? Whereas some dogs, especially larger ones, can wander a great distance in a relatively small amount of time, a house cat probably isn’t going to go too far.
So, start by considering how large of an area you should search in for your lost pet. A block or two might be more than enough for a cat gone astray whereas owners of a Alaskan sled dog might need to widen their search a considerable distance.