30 Aug How to Reduce the Risk of Your Dog Being Stolen
Because the demand for puppies grew so much over the last couple of years, with people being stuck at home, the prices of puppies shot up. This then led to poor treatment of the animals, as well as criminals getting involved in this lucrative way of making money.
Thefts of dogs became more and more common all over the country, beloved family pets were being taken from their homes and whilst out for a walk. To ensure that your four-legged friend is safe, here are some things that you can do to keep them safe from thieves…
Make sure that your dog can be traced – There are ways to ensure that if the worst were to happen and your dog were to be stolen, it would be easier for the police to track. One of these is to ensure that your dog is microchipped. This is done by the vet, and is simple and quick, with the chip being put just under the skin, which has your contact details on it. You can also get a GPS collar for your dog, so that you are able to trace it, which is helpful if it is lost or stolen.
Secure your Home and Garden – Many stolen dogs are taken from their home, often whilst they are out in the garden, even if the owner is there. Make sure that your home and your garden are secure, by fitting alarms and cameras, having a premises that is hard to gain access to – contact someone like these electric gate installers https://completegateautomation.co.uk to make the front more secure, and make sure that your back garden is safe and contained.
Don’t leave your dog alone in public – Many thieves will be on the lookout for dogs that they can snatch whilst they are out for a walk. Don’t let strangers take your dog anywhere and avoid leaving the dog alone in places where you cannot see it. For example, in your car or tied up outside a shop, even if you are just popping in quickly. If you see people who are behaving suspiciously and you suspect they are after your dog, or someone else’s, report this to the police.