#1 – Keep ‘em on leash
A dog that is attached to you on leash is safe and secure. It’s easy for someone to scoop up a loose dog. One attached to your wrist or waist? Not as easy.
#2 – Have proper fencing
Make sure your backyard has a sturdy fence that is tall enough that someone can’t reach over and pick up smaller dogs. Gates should have a lock on them.
#3 – Don’t leave your dog unattended in the yard
Unattended dogs in the yard are a target for thieves, especially at night. Make sure you keep an eye on your pet.
#4 – Don’t disclose value
While it’s common knowledge some breeds are sold at high prices, don’t go around telling people how much you paid for your dog. This can attract a pet thief’s attention, especially if they are looking for a ransom or a breeding dog.
#5 – Alter your dog
Dogs that are altered (spayed/neutered) won’t be targets for pet thieves looking for breeding dogs. For dog breeds commonly used for fighting, it may save them from being a target for the ring, too.
#6 – Don’t leave them visible
If you are gone all day for work, it’s best if you can have your dogs in a part of the house where they can’t be seen from the street. If you have a doggie door to an outdoor run, make sure it’s as safe and secure as possible, with high fencing and locks.
#7 – Don’t leave your dog outside a store or restaurant
People do it all the time and dogs get stolen frequently! Don’t tie your dog up outside a restaurant or store. If you don’t have someone with you to hold your dog, don’t go in, or leave your dog at home.
#8 – Don’t leave them unattended in the car
It’s easy for thieves to break into your car to steal your dog, and it does happen.