I feel pretty certain that I speak for most of my readers when I say the thought of my dog going missing is a nightmare. Even worse is the thought of someone taking her. I can’t imagine what I’d do if that were to happen.
Did you know that all over the world,
That’s a shocking statistic, especially when you consider that pet theft can be prevented.
The 5 most popular breeds that are targeted by thieves are Yorkshire Terriers, Pit Bull mixes, Maltese, Pomeranian, and Labradors. Even if you don’t own one of these breeds, it’s still crucial to educate yourself about pet theft so that your dog doesn’t become a statistic. Take a look at this infographic, and we’ll chat some more below.
More than 50 percent of dog thefts occur right in your own home or yard. That means it’s up to you to provide a safe and secure home, and pet parents can drastically reduce the odds of their dog going missing by taking these 5 precautions:
- Never, ever, ever leave your dog unattended. I can’t tell you how strongly I believe this. There is absolutely no reason for your dog to ever be left alone in the yard, in a parked car, or anyplace where you’re not right there with her. Period.
- Make sure your dog has an ID tag with current and accurate information. Even if she is microchipped, an ID tag is still a must. Have you heard the story of how an ID tag saved my dog’s life?
- Build a secure fence around your yard. I like a fenced yard because it provides my dog with a contained play area but again, I strongly advise never leaving your dog alone in the yard.
- Keep your gate locked at all times. Keeping your gate locked makes it even harder for a stranger to enter your yard. This gives added security not just for your dog, but also for your home.
- Keep an eye on strangers. If you see people you don’t recognize in your neighborhood, be aware of them. Report them to the police if they exhibit shady behavior. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
There you have it: these 5 ways to prevent dog theft are so simple, and losing a pet to thieves is totally preventable when we know what to look for and what to do to keep them safe.
Do you have any tips for keeping pets safe from thieves? Leave me a comment and let’s chat about it!