There have been increasing news reports of dogs being stolen. We thought we would write a few tips to help keep your dog safe.
- Do not leave your dog alone and tied up outside a shop or in a car.
- Make sure your dog is microchipped and they are wearing a collar with an identity tag. Don’t forget, this is a legal requirement. Many owners do not put the name of their dog on the tag, but their surname.
- Have plenty of photos of your dog from different angles to show distinct markings and photos of you with your pet to prove (should you need to) ownership.
- Make sure your garden is secure – we advise connecting a bell to the gate so you can hear if someone enters.
- Be cautious of strangers stopping to ask you questions about your dog.
- Vary the times and routes of your walks so you are never predictable.
- Now we are allowed, it’s worthwhile walking with a friend.
- Practice recall – so you know if you let your dog off the lead you can guarantee their return on your command.
- Avoid adding tags of locations on social media.
- You can add GPS trackers to your dog collar – this can provide essential information about where your dog is.
- Instead of a clip to attach your dog’s collar to their lead – use a carabiner – these take longer to unclip.
- Don’t forget to take your phone with you.
- It’s worthwhile taking a personal alarm if you have one, or a whistle.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your local branch to speak to your Registered Veterinary Nurse.