How to keep your Dog Safe
It’s a sad reflection of the world we live in that more and more dogs are being stolen. Some are opportunist thefts, others are stolen to order. Most dogs are stolen for breeding, bait dogs or ransom. Lately, as seen in the press, many working type dogs are being stolen, as a fully trained working dog is worth a lot financially. Litters of puppies have been stolen from their mothers, and dogs have been snatched from gardens and on walks.
There are a few simple things we can do as dog owners to make our dogs a little safer.
- Make sure that your dog wears a collar and identification (ID) tag when in a public place. Include your surname, telephone number, address and full postcode – if there’s room put ‘microchipped’ on the tag if your dog has a chip.
- Microchip your dog so that it is permanently identifiable should the collar and ID tag be removed (this will be law from 6th April 2016) Look into tattooing your dog, this is a quick easy procedure, and details can be found at the Nation Dog Tattoo Register (http://www.dog-register.co.uk/)
- Do not leave your dog tied up outside a shop or unattended in a car.
- Keep all documentation relating to your dog in a safe place, and include clear photos of front and side profiles of your dog. Also make a note of any unusual markings.
- Make sure that your dog does not go out of your sight on walks. Vary your walk times and routes.
- Be cautious when you invite people into your home to view dogs or puppies for sale. Restrict the number of visitors and their access, and always have someone with you.
- Make sure that your dog is neutered as this will reduce the chances of theft for breeding.
- Make sure that your fencing is adequate and check it regularly for wear and tear. Keep your dog in view when it goes out into the garden
( Source: Thames Valley Police)
Some police forces now operate a Dog theft action scheme .This scheme sends email alerts with details about stolen dogs and incidents of note to its members. There are also organisations such as Dogs Lost (http://www.doglost.co.uk/ ) which is a national community of thousands of volunteers and dog owners helping to reunite dogs with their owners. You can even pre-register your dog with Dogs Lost, so that if they are lost or stolen then the details are already there for instant circulation. There are also many groups on facebook that help circulate details of lost or stolen dogs , such as Dog Theft Action (https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/DogTheftAction?fref=ts ). The more places you can advertise the loss of your dog, the more chance you have of recovering it.
Should your dog become lost or stolen, inform the dog warden, all local pounds and kennels, local vets, your local police, register with the as many dog lost and stolen organisations as possible. Use social media to spread the word, put posters up in your local area and shops.
Stay safe and vigilant J