It is a terrible World we live in at the moment with regards to dog theft and dogs that simply go missing. We probably all know a story of a pet that has been missing for years and the heartbreak it causes to the families. They are part of the family and I for one would be totally devastated if one of mine went missing. Take a look at the following advice on things you can do to help keep your dog safe and stop you from ‘losing’ them.
Microchip your pup
Microchipping is when a chip with the owner’s contact information is inserted into a pet’s shoulder area in a harmless procedure. The ASPCA strongly recommends that dog owners always have their pets chipped. The chip can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters and is a wonderful way to reunite a lost dog with his family. While an ID tag on a collar is very important, if a dog were to run out of the house without their collar on, or if their collar were to fall off as they were running away, the chip will always be there as a second source of identification.
Always keep an eye on your dog
Dogs are mischievous little rascals! No matter how well-behaved your pup is, there is always a chance that something outside of the fence or backyard will interest them enough to run. When you let your dog outside to play, keep an eye on him. Don’t leave him out for an extended period of time without human supervision. Dogs are like teenagers – while they’re self-sufficient, they will also find any free moment with their parent’s back turned to cause some trouble!
Always keep your dog on a good leash
It’s important to find the best kind of leash that works for your pup. Big dogs might need a stronger leash, and small dogs need a leash that is a bit shorter in length. Do some research! A rope leash and a chain leash are both good, strong choices for a dog that pulls. Also, try to keep your pup on a leash at all times. Not only is it a law in most states, but even the most well-behaved dog could get distracted by a squirrel that you don’t see. If you want to let your dog off-leash at a park, make sure it has a fence around it.
Be aware when you open the door of your car
The safest way to travel with your pup is with a doggy seat belt, or in an enclosed area (trunk, crate, etc.) However, if you do travel with your dog freely in the car, make sure to keep the windows shut far enough so that only a breeze comes in. While it’s cute to see your dog stick his head out the window, it can be dangerous! God forbid he gets frightened and jumps out, or his paw hits the window “up” button and closes his head. Also, be aware of your dog when opening your car door. He will be anxious about you leaving him for even just a moment to come around to the other side, and some dogs with try and jump out after you.
Get a good collar with an ID tag
This is crucial! Make sure that your dog’s collar is not too loose and not too tight. Check to see that the material is both comfortable and durable. Also, also make sure that your four-legged friend is wearing both of his tags – one with his name, phone number, and address and another with his vaccination records!
Check the entire length of your fence
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Although this article is endorsed by the US equivalent of the RSPCA there is some pretty sound advice to be had.
Be aware that dog theft is on the increase. If you like taking your dogs for a good run try and keep them close to you. Be on the look out for anyone that is loitering or seems to be taking an interest in your dog. Try and walk where there are other people around, or at least where you know is definitely safe and is probably known to you and a few others. The above information is vitally important, in particular a good recall could prove to be the difference between your dog being snatched and being kept safe.