How can I prevent dog theft?
If you’re worried about dog theft, there are 10 things you can do to reduce the risk, which include:
1. Don’t leave your dog in the car.
An unaccompanied dog in a car with the windows slightly open is a sitting target to thieves. It’s easy for a dog thief to open the window and steal your dog.
2. Don’t leave your dog outside a shop.
It’s a common thing to nip into your local shop to grab a newspaper and leave your dog sitting outside. However, many dog thefts happen in this situation. Therefore, make sure your dog is always accompanied by a friend.
3. Collars and tags.
Please don’t write your dog’s first name on their collar. Including a dog’s first name will give the dog thief the ability to call your dog over. A tag on a dogs collar should only include the following information:
- Second name
- Your Telephone number
- Your Address
- State that your dog is microchipped
A microchip contains a unique code that matches up with the details of your pet. It can also help if your dog is stolen and later found as part of a police investigation. A dog thief can remove collars, but microchips cannot be removed without evasive surgery.
5. Secure your garden.
Don’t let your dog roam in your garden if it’s not secure. A simple fence can prevent your dog from escaping or a thief from strolling into your garden.
6. Train your dog for recall.
Excellent recall can ensure your dog will come back to you quickly, which can help if you think your dog is in immediate danger.
7. Keep an eye on your dog.
Don’t let your dog wander around the neighbourhood, and if you can’t trust your dog off a lead, don’t risk it.
8. Report incidents.
If you see any suspicious behaviour or feel anyone is acting strangely around dogs, report it as soon as possible. By taking action, you can stop an incident of dog theft from happening in the first place.
9. Be wary of dog sitters/ walkers.
If you need a dog sitter or walker, make sure you check to see whether they’re registered with any bodies (iPET) or received any qualifications.
10. Keep documents safe.
Keep all your dog’s insurance and important documents somewhere safe. That way, you can easily access them and provide proof of ownership in an emergency.