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Having your dog stolen is a terrible experience for both owner and pet. It is important to prevent this, as it is hard to recover a stolen pet if you have no idea where the person that took it is. Read this article and take safety precautions to ensure your pet stays safe.
Ensuring your dog is identified
Provide identification.A microchip can be inserted under your dog's skin. It is painless and holds data that can identify your dog and it's owner. Along with this, you should provide your dog with an identification tag for its collar. It is possible that a stranger could find your dog and not know how to contact you, so they keep the dog. However, you should not put the dog's name on the tag, as a stranger could learn it's name and call the dog to them.
Take photos of your dog that are just for the purposes of identification.This means taking clear shots of the head, the sides and back of the dog. Take close-ups of any patterns or unusual features that might help to identify the dog in the event it goes missing. Keep these images in a specially marked folder on your computer just in case they're needed quickly; this saves you from having to search through all the standard candid shots of your pet, when you'll likely be panicked.
Provide a decent and well maintained enclosure to keep your dog in.Make sure your fencing/ yard does not have any holes the dog can get through/ squeeze through. If they are a digger, take the necessary precautions to ensure they will not dig under the fence.
Be careful when leaving pets alone.You shouldn't leave your dog outside when you are not home, unless he is in a secure kennel. Not only could he be stolen, but he could escape.
Keep an eye on your dog when he's playing in the front yard by himself.If there is a possibility someone could lean over the fence and pinch him, it might be a better idea to only let him play alone in the backyard. However, even then the dog may not be safe and you should ensure that it is very difficult for an outsider to get into your backyard, by using fencing, padlocks, etc.
- If your yard (and hence your dog) is visible from the street, then the dog may be a target of theft.
Do not ignore your dog's barks.If your dog is barking a lot for no known reason, check it out. It could be that there is a stranger trying to dog nap your dog.
Out and about
Keep your pet on a leash.While going for a walk, you should always keep your pet on a leash. Even a well trained dog could run after an animal. Not only could he be stolen, but hit by a car, injured, etc. You should always make sure you can see your dog.
Be cautious around suspicious strangers.If a stranger seems oddly interested in your dog, you should not brag to them about it being a purebred, well trained dog, show dog, etc. Do not allow a stranger to carry your dog, or walk your dog where you can't see it. It is okay to let a stranger pet your dog, but if the person acts suspicious or want to try carrying or walking your dog, kindly decline and say you have to go.
Never leave your dog tied outside a store.Even if you'll just be gone for a few minutes, you should not leave your dog tied outside a building, especially on a busier street. It is easy for a stranger to take the dog and drive away.
When leaving a pet alone in a car, be sure the windows and doors are locked securely.Do not leave your dog alone in a convertible or the back of a truck, he could easily escape or be stolen.
- Never leave a dog alone in a hot car, or on a hot day. The heat will kill the dog quickly (hyperthermia). Equally, never leave a dog alone in freezing temperatures either, as the dog can freeze to death in a car (hypothermia).
QuestionHow manny padlocks do I need for protection again? 5 wasn't enough, even for the front gate.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you want EXTRA protection, go for 10 padlocks.Thanks!
- If you think your dog has been stolen, contact local animal welfare agencies, animal control (if relevant) and the police. Give them all the identifying details, including the microchip information.
- Consider offering a reward if your dog goes missing. You can also put photos of her online, using lost and found sites, etc.
- Highly prized breeds are at greater risk of being stolen than mutts, so take extra precautions if you own a dog of such a breed.
- Lock your dog away or have her pet-sitted if you have tradespersons visiting your home for any reason and you won't be home.
- Why do people steal dogs? Reasons vary, including wanting to on-sell a valuable breed, wanting to hurt you for some reason and for using in experiments or as "bait dogs".
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