10 Tips For Not Getting Your Dog Stolen
Everyone has heard cases of a stolen dog . In recent times, there have even been many gangs specialized in stealing dogs, especially dogs of famous and highly sought-after breeds, whose sale is simple to be done. There are also many cases of pet abductions. If you don’t want to have your dog stolen, follow this advice.
When dogs are stolen, the kidnappers know that the owners put up signs to find them and take advantage of this to ask them for large amounts of money and only then return the stolen dog, just like a kidnapping.
Some tips for not having your dog stolen
Faced with this wave of dog theft, it is necessary to take precautionary measures. We’ll name a few for you to follow:
- If your dog is in the backyard of your house, it is important that you make sure there are no gaps for him to escape through, or if there is a grate that faces the outside, that he cannot pass through the bars.
- It is very positive to exercise with your dog so that he gets used to being suspicious of strangers. That way he won’t let himself be bribed with treats he likes to eat a lot, toys, etc. There are trainers who specialize in these types of lessons.
- A nameplate is very useful in case the animal is lost, or stolen and escapes from thieves and simply disappears.
- We must never let our friend leave the house alone, although we know he may know the way very well. It is very important that he only goes out with someone, so we will avoid his theft.
- The strap we use on our pet is an excellent safety item. We should never take our dog for a walk without its leash, especially in isolated places and at night.
- A bad habit is that some people have to leave the dog in the car, whether to go shopping, something else apparently fast, etc., this is the time that many criminals will be able to take the opportunity to steal your dog.
- Safety must be the same for the pet and for the owners. It’s good to avoid dark alleys, narrow and sparsely traveled streets, any area that looks suspicious. While we may believe that we have all the protection in the world in the form of a Mastiff dog, this is not always the case.
- It’s not only pure breeds that attract offenders, “crossbreed” dogs are also very attractive to bandits.
- If you have the possibility, you can implant your pet with a microchip with GPS. With this “gadget” you’ll be able to track the location of your furry if it gets lost or stolen.
- We should never trust strangers to accompany our dog alone, whether to carry out any activity.
The microchip, high technology to locate our pets
The way to implant the microchip is subcutaneously, under the skin of the neck of the dog, cat or ferret. Thus, if the animal is lost, it is possible to read the data with a device similar to the one used in stores to read bar codes. This system allows you to locate the pet owner more easily.
In the supposed loss of the animal, and also in cases of abandonment, the microchip is the best tool to locate the owners and get the pet to return home.
On many occasions, those who steal dogs or ferrets have the ability to hide the microchip data so that the owners cannot locate the furry best friend.
In Europe there is already a database for the entire European continent, called Europetnet. This initiative consists of a group of associations that share the identification records of all pets that have a microchip. This is a unique registration, valid for all animals in the European Union. It is a place where all data has been centralized.
If our pet is lost in any European Union country, it is possible to enter the microchip number on the Europetnet website to obtain a list of associations, shelters or kennels where the pet has passed.
In Spain, for example, there is the Spanish Network for the Identification of Companion Animals (REIAC), which is a data file with the microchip codes of all Spanish autonomous communities. This file makes it easier to locate a dog that is lost in a different region of the community where it lives. This way it becomes much simpler and safer to travel with your furry best friend.