Beware the Dog Thieves

Dognapping happens more often than you think.

Criminals these days aren’t really what you expect; they dress well, look presentable, and even have this aura of niceness.

BUT DON’T BE FOOLED! They may take advantage of you and take your dog from right under your nose.

Read on for advice on how to prevent your dog from getting stolen. This could save your dog’s life.

  1. Keep your dog on a leash
    Off-leash dogs are more likely to be a target for thieves. It’s much easier to take a dog that’s wandering around on its own — even under your supervision — than one that’s physically attached to you by a leash.
  2. Don’t leave your dog unattended outdoors
    Unfortunately, a fence is not enough to deter thieves, so the safest place to leave you dog when you’re not home is indoors. This is especially true if your yard is visible from the street.
  3. Lock your gate
    If you must leave your dog in the yard, you can make it more difficult for her to be stolen by ensuring your gate is always locked. And avoid signs like “Warning: Mastiffs” because it may actually draw the attention of those seeking a particular breed.
  4. Be wary of strangers too interested in your dog
    Most of us love sharing details about our pups, but don’t share detailed information about your dog’s breeding, cost, or where you live.
  5. Don’t leave your dog alone in the car
    Not only is there a risk of overheating — temperatures rise much faster in an enclosed car than outdoors — but it may also attract pet thieves. Additionally, you run the risk of someone trying to steal another valuable item, such as your GPS unit or purse, and then allowing your dog to escape.
  6. Don’t tie your dog up outside a store
    Your dog will be vulnerable to potential thieves, particularly if you frequent a location often. Instead, stick to only dog-friendly locations or take someone along with you who can keep your dog company while you go inside.
  7. Get a microchip
    That dog tag isn’t enough. It can easily be removed by someone with bad intentions. But an up-to-date microchip can provide absolute proof of ownership, and it is standard procedure for shelters and veterinarians to scan for a microchip upon receiving new dogs or new canine patients. Having your dog microchipped greatly increases the chances of a reunion. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Lord et al, July 15, 2009), dogs with microchips were returned to their owners over 52 percent of the time, as opposed to less than 22 percent for dogs without microchips.

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