As a Pet Detective, I’ve dealt with people who will do anything to get their pet back. Often, the owners will resort to trying anything. One such example was a person who had lost her Sheltie. The Sheltie was in the area and for several days she actually came within several yards of it but just couldn’t get her hands on the dog. Her solution? She wanted to drug the dog and then track it until it “dropped”. Not a good idea! This particular person is not alone in her thinking. Many people believe that drugging a dog, either by placing something in its food or using a tranquilizer gun is a good idea. There are, however, numerous reasons why a dog shouldn’t be retrieved in this way. Using drugs to sedate an animal can be complicated. As with people, an animal won’t necessarily behave the way you expect it to when it’s under the influence. Maybe a normally calm dog will dart into the path of danger? Perhaps it’s personality could change and it will become more aggressive? Or maybe the dosages are incorrect and the dog could be poisoned immediately. Also, what’s to say that tainted food is never touched by your dog and a different animal eats it instead? You never know. As for tranquilizer guns, there are major dangers involved. The technique of using traquilizer guns to capture dogs is typically handled by animal control officers, and they receive training in this. It is called chemical capture or chemical tranquilization. With a little patience and smarts, you can get your dog back without resorting to drug methods. After all, you know your dog best and that’s the best weapon you have in finding it safely and bringing it home.