According to Stay Boy™ Lock, up to 2 million dogs are stolen each year in the United States. The reasons they, say, include use in research facilities, dog fighting, puppy mills and even being held for ransom. Help keep your dog safe and sound with the following dog theft prevention tips.
#1 – Microchip
We all know microchipping can help a lost dog be returned. It can also help if your dog is stolen and later found as part of a police investigation. Collars can be removed, but microchips cannot without evasive surgery. They are a good “first step” in protecting your pet.
#2 – Don’t Leave in Yard Unattended
There are many reasons to not leave your dog in your yard alone – but risk of theft is one of the scariest. There are many news stories where dogs are taken right from their yards. Do not leave your dog unattended, even if you are home.
#3 – SafeSpot Locking Leash
Think of this as a bike lock for your dog. If you frequent your neighborhood coffee shop and have to leave your four-legged companion outside for a minute or two while you order, this is a must-have. PAWZ Safespot Locking Dog Leash has a fully-adjustable collar and leash in one.
#4 – Keep Watch at the Dog Park
Crowded dog parks are a great place for dog-nappers to go. One gets you deep in conversation and distracts you (or you are deep in conversation with another owner), and one nabs your dog. Be smart and watchful at dog parks and keep your dog in sight.
#5 – Keep Gates Locked
If your dog is outside, keep your yard gates locked with a strong paddock and have fences that are tall enough that someone can’t just reach over and pick up your little dog.
#6 – Don’t Advertise Your Dog’s Value
If you have one of the world’s rarest or most expensive breeds, don’t tell every person that comes up to you on a walk and starts asking questions. They might be asking for a reason that is less than honest. It’s best to not tell people how much your dog is worth.
#7 – Spay or Neutering
Altering your dog make them “worthless” to many would-be thieves including breeders, some dog fighting rings owners, etc. It also makes them less likely to roam, another way they can be stolen.
#8 – Keep them leashed
If you walk your dog off-leash and they run away from you or get out of sight, they could easily be picked up by someone. Keep them safe from theft (as well as injury) by keeping them on-leash.
#9 – Don’t Leave Your Dog in Your Car
Leaving your dog in your car, even if it’s locked, can lead to a stolen dog. We all know how easy it is to break into cars—don’t risk it with your dog inside.
#10 – Don’t Let Them Roam
A roaming dog can be hit by a car, attacked by a wild animal or stolen by thieves. Don’t let your dog roam. If you have an escape artist pup, keep them inside unless they are with you on a leash.