Lots of us have welcomed a furry friend into our lives in the past year. With lockdown meaning that many of us are spending more time at home, the demand for puppies and dogs has skyrocketed.
Unfortunately, the popularity of pooches has led to a rise in dog theft, with thieves looking to cash in while demand is at an all-time high. Thankfully, there are lots of preventative measures you can take to reduce your dog’s chances of being stolen.
We’ve put together our best advice for keeping your dog safe. We’ve also included a helpful infographic that you can save and share on social media to keep other owners informed.
Be vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour. Although no two thefts are the same, there are some telltale signs that dog thieves are operating in the area.
Leaving your dog unattended can make them vulnerable to dog thieves. Take the following advice into consideration to help keep your dog safe.
Of course, thieves aren’t the only reason that dogs go missing. Sometimes a dog’s adventurous nature can get the better of them. There are several useful things you can do to ensure your dog has the best chance of returning to you safely if they ever go missing.
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If your dog does go missing, you should report it immediately. The sooner that you get information out there, the better. Here’s a checklist of who you should inform:
If you post online or make a poster to put around your local area, you should include a recent, clear photo of your dog.
Share as much information as possible: details of when and where your dog went missing; if they have any distinctive markings; if they were wearing a harness/coat.
Leave your contact details so that people can reach you if they have any information.
Please save and share our helpful infographic on social media to keep other owners informed on how to keep your dog from being stolen.
For more help and advice on keeping your dog safe, contact us for more advice.
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