Keeping your dog safe
Lockdown paved the wave for an unprecedented rise in people wanting to get a dog, following many spending more time at home. Unfortunately, with the increased demand, led to a rise in dog theft as well. Here’s our tips on how to keep your dog safe.
Keep them in sight
The most important thing to try and do is keep watch on your dog. If you can’t trust them to be off the lead, then don’t risk it. Keep your dog on your property when you’re at home, don’t allow them to wander round the neighbourhood.
Secure their space
Only leave your dog in your garden if it’s secure. It’s worth checking fences for gaps and getting gates put in to stay your dog enclosed. You don’t want them to be able to escape, or for anyone to access your garden easily.
Work on their recall
Take the time to coach your dog to come back to you on command. This helps induce them to return to you quickly, if you think that they’re at risk. It also means they’re less likely to flee on walks or in public places, giving you peace of mind.
Never leave your dog in your car
Leaving your dog in your car with the windows rolled down makes them a sitting target to thieves. They could easily force open windows, reach in and grab your dog, only taking some seconds.
Don’t tie them up outside the shop
For some time, it’s been a typical sight to see a dog tied up outside of a store. Due to the rise in dog theft, and dogs being stolen in situations like this, try and refrain from doing this. If you’ve got to pop to the shops along with your dog take someone with you to take a seat outside with them.
Report incidents and be vigilant
If you see any suspicious behaviour or if you notice anyone asking strange questions about your dog, report it. You could prevent a crime from happening in the first place. Be wary of strangers who admires your dog. Don’t allow them to hold your dog or take photos with them, it might be an imaginative way of distracting you.
Firstly, ensure your dog features a collar with an ID append it. Put your second name, telephone number and address. Don’t put your dog’s name on the tag, as someone trying to steal them could call their name to urge them to come over. Get your dog microchipped and state on their ID tag that they’re microchipped.
Fit an alarm
Get alarms installed or bells fitted to your garden gates to provide you with a warning to any intruders. This may also deter any potential dog thieves.
Keep important documents safe
Keep all of your dog’s insurance and important documents somewhere safe. That way you’ll have them to hand in the case of an emergency.
Do your due diligence
Don’t just hand your dog over to anyone, whether or not you get a recommendation from a friend it’s still worth doing a background check. If you employ a dog walker, try to find out if they’re registered with a registered body and whether or not they hold any qualifications.