8 Ways To Protect Your Dog Against Thieves
Sadly lots of dogs get stolen every year for a number of reasons. For dog owners, having your dog stolen is one of the worst things that can happen. You don’t know what has happened to your dog and if you will ever get them back. It’s difficult to stop and control dog theft but you can protect your dog. There are a few things you can do that will put off thieves and other things that just might help your dog to be found again.
Get your dog microchipped, in a few years time it will be compulsory anyway. Having your dog microchipped will give them a better chance of being identified if they are found. They can have their chipped scanned and the information will lead them straight back to you.
- Avoid a strict routine
Don’t stick to the same pattern every day, for example going to your local park at exactly the same time. Thieves might be on the look out and will make a note of your routine so they can figure out the easiest way to snatch your dog.
- Keep your dog closeby
Don’t let your dog wander off too far away from you, even if you know they will come back. Keep your dog closeby so that you can keep a close eye on them at all times. If you allow them to wander off on walks then you are making it much easier for thieves to snatch your dog.
Do not let your dog off the lead in the first place if their recall isn’t good enough. You need to be confident that they will come back to you when called. If a thief is hanging around and your dog is ignoring you then they will be vulnerable to being stolen.
- Keep an eye out for suspicious people
It’s fine to chat to other dog owners about your dogs, this is completely normal. However, it’s important to always have your guard up and be aware of strangers asking a lot of questions about your dog. People thinking of stealing your dog will often ask questions to determine whether they are worth stealing. If your dog is an expensive pedigree breed then don’t willingly share this information with people you don’t trust.
- Never leave your dog unattended
Never leave your dog on their own without supervision. So many people leave their dogs outside of shops thinking they will be safe, but this makes them so easy to snatch. Don’t even leave them in the car or unsupervised in your garden. Thieves will do whatever it takes to get to your dog.
- Collar and ID tag
It’s a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and ID tag. This is another form of identification that should help your dog to be identified if they are found. People can contact you quickly and let you know that your dog is safe.
- Have your dog neutered
It’s a good idea to get your dog neutered as it can make them less vulnerable to theft. Many dog thieves steal dogs to use them to breed from, and getting them neutered takes away this appeal.