By Suzanne Alicie
For most pet owners, our dogs are a part of the family. We do everything we can to provide them with a happy, healthy life and a secure area to play outside, but there are people out there who steal animals. They take dogs right from their yards if they are left unattended. Or if a dog gets out of his yard, instead of attempting to find the owner they simply keep the dog.
Some pet thefts are for nefarious reasons while some people take pets to “adopt” them, and others will sell pets to make money. No matter what the reason, it is heartbreaking for you and your family. While there is no absolute guarantee besides never letting your dog out of your sight, there are a few things you can do to help prevent pet theft.
Secure Your Yard
The first thing is to make sure your yard or play area is secure, where your dog cannot get out and where people are not tempted to go in. While it may look unsightly, a bit of barbed wire across the top of your fence can be a good deterrent. A tilted ledge can keep people from being able to reach in and grab your dog’s collar or climb in to take your dog. A locking gate is also important, as well as a “no trespassing” sign. Believe it or not, thieves feel that if it’s not posted they are free to wander in as they please.
No matter how secure the area may seem to be, always check on your dog frequently while he’s playing outside. Never go away for the day leaving your dog in the yard; put him inside where he will be safe from thieves and from any outside dangers while you aren’t there to keep an eye on him. If you go to a dog park, keep your dog on a leash to avoid giving thieves an opportunity to make off with him when he goes to fetch a ball. Keep unleashed play restricted to your yard.
Get your dog micro-chipped and also attach a tag with contact information on his collar. Many times if a dog gets loose, a kind stranger will look for a tag or even take your pet to the vet to check for a microchip before taking him to a shelter. It’s imperative to keep your contact information current so that people are able to locate you quickly if your dog goes missing; it could mean the difference between life or death for your dog in some situations.
You may think that only purebred dogs are at risk of being stolen, but there is a market for all types and breeds of dog. It’s up to you as a responsible pet owner to do everything in your power to ensure that your dog is protected from thieves. Small or large, fluffy or short haired, our pets are part of our family and need to be protected just as children do.
Keep in mind that there’s more to being a responsible pet owner than feeding your furry friend a quality dog food like CANIDAE Pure Elements. You are responsible for their health, happiness, vet care and safety. too. Take every step you can to prevent pet theft and keep your dog safe at home with you!
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