THE Bathurst community has been asked to keep an eye out for a bomb detection dog missing in the district for almost a week.
The springer spaniel, named Suki, fled from her owner after being spooked near Perthville last Thursday.
She is part of Dog Force Australia and was visiting the Perthville area with her owner when the incident occurred.
"I don't know what scared her, whatever is was was obviously something pretty severe," Arthur & Co Pet Detectives owner and founder Anne-Marie said.
"She is in one of the worst states of flight mode I've ever seen since I've been doing this."
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Anne-Marie said Suki was no threat to livestock and urged people not to call her or try to catch her.
Instead, locals are asked to contact Anne-Marie on 0406 834 001 if they spot Suki to help monitor her location.
"When a dog goes into this fight flight survival mode, they lose the ability to differentiate between familiar faces and sounds," Anne-Marie said.
"When a dog goes into that mindset we have to attempt to keep them as safe as possible, not chase them, not approach them because they will run.
"Chasing and calling out will cause her to stay in this survival mode."
With rain and snow predicted to fall over the next few days the urgency to find and return Suki in good health is increasing.
"We're really up against it time wise before the weather temperatures plummet and the rain comes through and potentially snow," Anne-Marie said.
Security and bomb detection dogs are highly trained animals who assist at any large-scale events.
In addition to having a very specialised set of skills, Suki is a much loved pet.
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