Because of this threat to our furry friends, experts at PuppyHero.com have put together a list of top tips for preventing dog theft and provide owners with useful information about the crime.
The service has also listed the most common breeds targeted by thieves, which your Chad has rounded up for a gallery below.
How to protect your pooch on a walk:
Practice calling and/or using a long leash: In the event of an emergency or a threat to your dog, it’s essential to ensure that he will respond to your calls. Try to use tasty treats for your dog, as this will make recall much easier. Avoid Routine: This makes it harder for dog kidnapping gangs to track you and figure out when to intercept and steal your dog; Walk with a friend: Whenever possible, go safe in numbers, a friend will provide an additional witness and backup if you encounter a dognapper; Don’t Give Your Dog’s Name: Putting your dog’s name on their collar, harness, or ID can make it easier for strangers to lure them away; Stay aware of your surroundings: keep your eyes on your dog and avoid distractions like cell phones. Try to always have a charged phone and don’t wear headphones when walking your dog. Be seen and heard as an owner: to let everyone know that the dog is yours and that you have a constant eye on it, to deter potential dognappers. – Walk in open spaces: if you feel unwell comfortable, try to opt for , populated spaces where you can be easily seen; Follow your instincts: If you think someone is following you or raising your suspicions, quickly leave the area.
Ensuring the safety of your dog while on the move:
Avoid location tags on social networks: this prevents thieves from knowing your address or the place where you regularly go with your dog; Highly Vigilant: Report any suspicious activity you see; GPS tracking collar: consider investing in a GPS tracking collar, this will allow you to know the position of your dog at any time; Beware of strangers asking lots of questions: Always beware of a stranger who asks unusual or constant questions about your dog (both online and offline); Dog walking/kennel/grooming services: always do full and thorough checks to see if they are reputable and reputable; Take note of the emergency shortcuts on your phone: they can help you if you feel threatened or in danger. Carry an alarm device: these can help scare off attackers and attract attention; Refuse help from strangers: Unless absolutely necessary, avoid offers of help from strangers for your dog. Tint Your Car Windows: Dognappers have been known to steal canines from cars; Keep your dog on the construction side: keep him away from the sidewalk; An adult should always be in control: make sure children always walk dogs in the presence of an adult, as dog addicts may be more likely to target those they consider less likely to resist; Find local stores that accept dogs: this will ensure that your dog does not need to be left outside or in the car.
Prevent dog theft from your home:
Protect the home and secure possessions: think dog cameras, CCTV and video doorbells; Dogs are easily caught in gardens: especially front gardens, so be sure to secure your garden with high fences; Locking and alarming gates: to prevent unwanted intruders; Leave a light on if your dog is home alone: this can be useful in the evening, to give the impression that someone is inside. Along with this, always turn on an outside light for late night supervised bathroom exits so you can see your dog at all times. time; Outdoor kennels should also be alarmed and locked: for all dogs kept outdoors, ensure kennels are sufficiently secure; Engrave your path or driveway: this makes it more difficult for intruders to approach stealthily; Regularly test your home alarm: to make sure it is in good working order; Lock your dog’s pet door when not in use: and do not leave the window open in the room where your dog is; Don’t Introduce New Puppies Online: Be careful not to share new pets too much, puppies are especially valuable to napping dogs.
Theft prevention by type of dog/breed:
Puppies that are not chipped are more valuable as they have no identification: be very careful in protecting puppies as they are prime targets; Be very careful with purebred dogs: they are the most valuable and therefore the optimal targets; Neutered Dogs Will Deter Thieves: As some thieves seek to steal pets for breeding, a neutered dog will be less of a target; When selling puppies, make sure another person is present: limiting the number of people and presenting them in one secure place can protect your dogs from theft.
Proof of ownership: it is important that you have a document of ownership to ensure that there is no dispute in the event of loss or theft of your dog; Keep ID Collar Tags Updated: Make sure your current cell phone number and other contact information is on the tag; Have your dog microchipped: this will be done by your veterinarian, it will be relatively painless for the dog and inexpensive to do. This is required by law in the UK before the dog is eight weeks old; Be sure to take photos of your dog: don’t forget to capture many angles and any identifying features. Take a photo of you with your dog too, and before and after grooming; Your Dog’s DNA: If you’re really worried about dog theft, consider collecting their DNA to match later if necessary. There are services that can help with this.
Dog breeds most likely to be stolen and their average price: