Due to this threat to our furry friends, experts at PuppyHero.com have compiled a list of top dog theft prevention tips and provided owners with some useful information about the crime.
The service has also listed the most common breeds targeted by thieves, which your chad has compiled for a gallery below.
How to protect your pooch on walks:
Practice recall and/or use an extended leash: If your dog is in an emergency or in danger, it’s important to make sure he responds to your calls. Try giving your dog tasty treats, as this will greatly aid in recall. Avoid Routine: This makes it harder for dog kidnapping gangs to track you down and figure out when to intercept and steal your dog. Go for a walk with a friend: If possible, opt for safety in numbers, a friend will provide an additional witness and support should you encounter a canine snatcher; Don’t give out your dog’s name: Putting your dog’s name on their collar, harness, or ID card makes it easier for strangers to lure them in; Be aware of your surroundings: keep an eye on your dog and avoid distractions like cell phones. Try to always have a charged phone with you and not wear earplugs when walking your dog; Being seen and heard as an owner: to make everyone aware that the dog is yours and that you are keeping a constant eye on it, to deter rodents, populated areas where you can be easily seen; Follow Your Instinct: If you suspect someone is following you or if you suspect someone, leave the area quickly.
How to protect your dog on the go:
Avoid location tags on social media: This prevents thieves from finding out your address or where you regularly hang out with your dog; Extra Vigilant: Report any suspicious activity you see; GPS Tracking Collar: Consider investing in a GPS tracking collar so you know your dog’s location at all times; Be careful when strangers ask you lots of questions: Always be careful when a stranger asks unusual or constant questions about your dog (both online and offline); Dog walker/kennel/groomer services: Always conduct full and thorough reviews to determine if they are trustworthy and reputable; Note emergency SOS shortcuts on your phone: these can help if you feel threatened or unsafe. Wear an alarm device: These can help startle attackers and attract attention; Refuse help from strangers: Avoid offers of help from strangers with your dog unless it is absolutely necessary. Stain your car windows: Dognappers have been known to steal canines from cars; Keep your dog on the building side: lead him away from the curb; An adult should always be in control: ensure children always walk dogs in the presence of an adult, as dog snatchers are more likely to target those they believe will be less defensive; Find local dog-friendly shops: How to make sure your dog doesn’t have to be left outside or in the car.
Prevent dog theft from your home:
Protect Your Home and Secure Your Property: Consider dog cameras, CCTV, and video doorbells. Dogs are easily taken out of gardens: especially front yards, so make sure you secure your yard with high fences; Airlock and alarm gates: to prevent unwanted intruders; Leave a light on when your dog is home alone: This can be helpful in the evenings to make it appear like someone is home. Also, always turn on an outside light when you go to the toilet at night so that you can see your dog at all; Outdoor kennels should also be alarmed and locked: for all dogs kept outdoors, ensure kennels are adequately secured; Gravel your path or driveway: This makes it difficult for intruders to approach discreetly; Test your home alarm regularly: to make sure it’s working; Lock your dog door when you are not using it: and do not leave the window open in the room where your dog is; Don’t Present New Puppies Online: Be careful about sharing new pets too much, puppies are especially valuable to dog sleepers.
Theft prevention by dog type/breed:
Puppies that are not microchipped are more valuable as they do not have ID: take extra care in protecting the puppies as they are the prime targets; Be especially careful with pedigree dogs: they are the most valuable and therefore the optimal targets; Neutered Dogs Will Deter Thieves: Since some thieves try to steal pets to breed, a neutered dog is less of a target; If you are selling puppies, have another person present: limit the number of people and only show them in a secure area to protect your dogs from theft.
Proof of ownership:
Proof of Ownership: It is important that you have proof of ownership to ensure there are no disputes should your dog be lost or stolen; Keep ID collar tags up to date: make sure your current mobile phone number and other contact details are on the tag; Have your dog microchipped: This will be done by your veterinarian, it will be relatively painless for the dog and inexpensive. This is a legal requirement in the UK before the dog is eight weeks old; Be sure to take photos of your dog: remember to capture many angles and all identifying features. Also take a photo of you with your dog and before and after grooming; Your dog’s DNA: If you’re really worried about dog theft, consider collecting their DNA to match later if needed. There are services that can help with this.
Dog breeds most likely to be stolen and their average price: