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Prevent your Dog from Becoming Stolen or Lost

Stolen Dog
Stolen Dog

Prevent your Dog from Becoming Stolen or Lost

Dog theft is on the rise all over California and we’re finding that thieves are usually out to make a quick buck by reselling them. Especially purebred dogs, smaller, specialty breeds, hunting dogs and those with unique abilities bring a higher price tag than others. As instances of dog napping continue to grow, it’s important that dog owners take more precautions so they aren’t becoming victims of this frightful trend.

When a dog disappears, sometimes it’s hard to tell if they simply ran off or were taken by a criminal depending upon the circumstances. In either case, dog lovers should be extra vigilant so their precious pooch doesn’t go missing.

There are preventative measures, such as having your dog wear a study collar 24/7/365, yes I know sounds silly, however it’s very difficult to get a hold of a dog that is loose without a collar on.

A. ID tag such as a ID Tag from K9Tags   Make sure that if your address or phone number were to change to replace your dog’s Id Tag.

B. Microchip that has been Registered such as Home Again Microchip Make sure you keep your information up to date if your address or phone number were to change.

C. GPS Collars – Several to choose from. I suggest you do your own research on what type of GPS Collar for your Dog. Make sure you keep your information up to date if your address or phone number were to change.

D. Tattoos – Tattoos serve a variety of purposes on pets. Spay incisions are sometimes tattooed by veterinarians so if the scar fades, the tattoo is still visible. An incision tattoo can save your lost spayed pet a second surgery if she finds herself unclaimed in a shelter, looking for a new home.  “Identification tattoos” are registered markings that can also help your pet find their way home. However tattoos can fade and become difficult to read. They can go unnoticed if the person who finds your dog doesn’t think to check an ear or the inside of a thigh for a tattoo. Even if your pet is tattooed, a collar and ID tag and a microchip with current information will get your pet home quickly. There’s no such thing as “too much ID.”

However there are many other ways we can help to protect our dogs from being Stolen or Lost. Let’s take a look at eight of them here:

Obedience Training

Teach commands such as “Back” and “Wait” at doors, practice doing this training exercise, while your puppy or dog is leashed and unleashed.

Teach Recall – come when called, practice recall in your backyard with a lead on and off, at the dog park off leash, in a park with a long lead. Value Dog Training can teach your dog not to bolt out the front door, car door, gate, along with teaching recall for off leash training, contact value dog training for a one hour session. Debi 916-201-7080

Fence Fixes – If your dog spends their days in a fenced, back yard or other enclosure, don’t assume that it’s safe simply because it’s standing. Be sure to regularly check for things like loose boards, cracks or other problems with the walls. Sometimes it’s unavoidable to leave them unattended in a back yard, but consider this is still a dangerous environment for them.

Locked Gates – If the gate to this fenced area simply has a latch to keep it closed, consider putting on a more permanent device like a lock. Also check to ensure the hinges are tight and in good working order.

Tied Up – It’s fairly common to see a friendly dog tied up in front of a business like a bank or store. This is an open invitation for a thief to easily walk away with your leashed dog.

Car Trouble – The same is true for leaving a dog left inside an unlocked automobile. You wouldn’t leave a child alone in a car and the same should be true for your pet.

Stranger Danger – Be on the lookout for people who don’t belong in your neighborhood. It may seem like a stretch, but these strangers could be looking for animals worthy of stealing.

Be Neighborly – Most pet owners who walk their dogs regularly will run into other animal lovers when they’re outdoors. Be friendly, introduce yourself and your dog. Should your pet go missing, neighbors and other people in your community will be your first line of defense when looking for your dog should they go missing.

Social Standing – While this is true for most dog owners, be sure you have plenty of pictures of your pooch, especially on social media. Again, these people will be the ones you reach out to in case your dog is lost or stolen.

Be Aware – If you take your animal to a dog park and they’re off leash, pay extra close attention to them at all times. If you think no one would take your dog from a public place in broad daylight, think again. Remember that purebred dogs and those with unique abilities are at a higher risk for abduction compared to other animals. For thieves, these pets can fetch a hefty price when sold. Don’t be a victim of the loss or theft of your dog when you could do more to protect them from foul play.

This information is brought to you as a public service by Value Dog Training – In Home Dog Training. For more information, contact us at 916-201-7080.Value Dog Training – Mission is to improve the quality of life for dogs, and the people who love them.

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