Tips for Owners of the Ten Most Popular Dog Breeds
Owners of ten popular dog breeds have been warned they are at a higher risk of theft.
More than 2,700 pets were stolen last year as pet thefts hit a seven-year high. hero puppy has put together a list of the best tips for preventing dog theft and useful information about the crime, to help families avoid going through the heartache of losing their furry friend, reports Devon live.
This advice comes from reputable sources including Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, PDSA and Met Police. The dog breeds most likely to be stolen have also been revealed.
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The tips are divided into protecting your dog on a walk, keeping your dog safe while traveling, and preventing dog theft from your home.
Dog breeds most likely to be stolen
- french bulldog
- Yorkshire terrier
Protecting your dog while walking
All dogs need regular exercise, but now is the perfect time for dog theft to occur. Here are the top tips for keeping your dog safe on a walk:
– Practice recall and/or use extended lead : in the event of an emergency or a threat to your dog, it is essential to ensure that he will answer your calls. Try to use tasty treats for your dog, as this will greatly help him remember.
– Avoid routine : This makes it harder for dognapping 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.
– Do not give the name of your dog: Putting your dog’s name on their collar, harness, or ID card can make it easier for strangers to attract them.
– 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 be heard as an owner: in order to make everyone aware that the dog is yours and that you are constantly watching it, to deter potential dognappers.
– Walking in open spaces: if you feel uncomfortable, try opting for open, populated spaces where you can be easily seen.
– Follow your instincts: If you suspect someone is following you or if they arouse your suspicion, leave the area quickly.
Keeping your dog safe on the go
– Avoid location tags on social networks : This prevents thieves from knowing your address or the place where you regularly go with your dog.
– Be particularly vigilant : Report any suspicious activity you see.
– Use a 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 who ask you a lot of questions : always beware of an unknown person who asks unusual or constant questions about your dog (both online and offline).
– Dog walking/kennel/toilet services: always carry out full and thorough checks to see if they are trustworthy and reputable.
– Write down emergency SOS shortcuts on your phone: these 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 strangers’ offers of help for your dog.
– Tinting the windows of your car: dognappers have been known to steal dogs from cars.
– Keep your dog on the construction side: move them away from the sidewalk.
– Athe adult must always maintain 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 house and secure the goods : Think dog cameras, CCTV and video doorbells.
– Dogs are easily removed from gardens : especially front gardens, so be sure to secure your garden with high fences.
– Gates with lock and alarm : to prevent unwanted intruders.
– Leave a light on if your dog is home alone: it can be useful in the evening, so it looks like someone is inside. Along with this, always turn on an outdoor light for late night supervised bathroom exits so you can see your dog at all times.
– Outdoor kennels must also be alarmed and locked: for all dogs kept outdoors, ensure kennels are sufficiently secure.
– Gravel your path or driveway: it is therefore more difficult for intruders to approach discreetly.
– Regularly test your home alarm: to make sure it is in working order.
– Lock your dog’s cat flap when not in use: and do not leave the window open in the room where your dog is.
– Do not present new puppies online: be careful when sharing too many new pets, puppies are especially valuable for napping dogs.
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