Protect Your Pet Dog From Going Missing


It does not matter whether your dog was stolen or lost; either way, the event is a terrible tragedy that causes the whole family to endure stress, sadness, and sometimes even guilt. Not to mention the younger members of a family, who often have a hard time understanding what is going on, other than the fact that their cherished pet is no longer around.

The practise of stealing dogs is on the increase, and there are many different motivations behind it, including the desire to return them for a ransom, the operation of puppy mills and the participation in dog fights. It is believed that around 2 million dogs are stolen annually, with more than 90 percent of them never being seen again.

The members of our knowledgeable panel came up with a list of precautions to take so that your pet does not become lost or stolen, as well as steps to take in the event that one of those things does occur.

Don’t Leave Your Dog Unattended Outside Your Yard.

When you have to leave your home, lock your dogs up indoors if possible.  If they are left outside with nobody’s home they are wide open targets for getting stolen.

Don’t Let Your Dog Off The Leash

When out walking, keep your canine on a leash at all times.  If you want to give them a little bit of freedom, invest in good quality, long retractable lead.  They come in various lengths. You should never let your dog roam the neighborhood without supervision.  Apart from being stolen, they will annoy neighbors with fouling and there is always the risk of a dog fight that you will be liable for damages.

Get A Properly Fitting Collar

Make sure your dog has a strong and secure collar.  A collar that is too loose will let your dog pull his or her head out of it and run off if they get overly excited.  Not all dogs are obedient enough to come back when called. Try to buy as good a quality collar as you can afford.  You will need it to attach your pet tag as well as your lead.  You can also get a collar that is not very common, which will also help people to identify your dog.

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Secure Your Yard.

When you are taking your dogs outdoors at home, make sure the gate is closed and padlocked even when they are in the yard or garden.  Make sure your pets are safely confined by having your property fenced in.  If that is not an option, big runs are available from reputable pet service providers and they can be gotten in large enough sizes that your dog can comfortably self exercise in them. 

Even at that, you should make sure there is some family supervision to keep an eye on them whilst outside. Try not to have your dogs visible from the street where they can be watched by strangers.

Pets and their owners can enjoy many benefits from a wireless dog fence. This electric fence will allow your pet to play outside in a safe environment. It is a low-cost option for those people that are looking for an affordable way to let their pets enjoy being outside safely. An invisible dog fence is usually portable and easy to set up in different places as needed.

You will need to dig holes to place the wires for the electric pet fencing underground. The grass might need to be replanted, but your beautiful yard landscape will stay look the same as ever. Chain link fences or stockade fences can take away from your natural landscape, so this is the best option for many people. Dogs can easily get hurt on other types of fences too, but not with the invisible fence.

There is a selection of electric dog fences that do not require digging holes and using underground wire. This wireless dog fence works by alerting your dog by a sound when he or she gets too close to the edge of the fence perimeter.

With the newest products, setting up an electric dog fence can take less than five short minutes. You can also bring these products with you if you go on vacation. They are perfect for campgrounds and other areas.

You can use the wireless dog fence for training. Once your dog learns the boundaries, then he or she will not be as likely to try and get past them. After a while, your pet will understand where to be regardless of whether the fence is on or not.

You can use different settings for most fences. You will have different radius controls along with a receiver for your dog’s collar. You can also use training flags.

The invisible dog face is a safe option for your pet. You can easily keep multiple dogs separated from each other. This device does not use much energy and you can add more than one collar if you have multiple dogs. A wireless dog fence is affordable.

Sterilization

Spay and neuter your animal if you are not intending on breeding with them.  Sterilization neutralizes the hormones that drive them to look for mates and if that instinct is removed, they are more likely to stay home and not wander.

Don’t Leave Your Dog Unattended.

Never leave your dog in the car alone whilst going into the shop.  Apart from the risk of heatstroke in the summer even when you leave the window open, your dog is an open invitation for a thief.  The other thing never to do, is to leave your dog tied up outside a shop. 

You cannot do this with an aggressive dog because of public liability, so it is assumed a dog left unattended outside a shop is friendly enough that anyone can touch him or her.  They are a sitting target for any dognapper.

Positive Identification.

  • Microchip

Make sure you microchip your dog as soon as you can.  Double-check that you have registered the correct information in the databank that the microchip is registered.

  • Pet Tag

Your dog should also have a tag on its collar with its name and your contact number on it.  Some people, however, do not like to put their dog’s name on the tag, saying that it will give a stranger more control. You can read more about pet tags in our article on dog identification.

  • Photos

Try and keep up-to-date photos of your dog.  Make sure to photograph any distinctive markings and spots that can help identify your dog.

What To Do If  Your Pet Got Lost Or Stolen?

  • Call the officials
  1. Call the police officer who will log your missing/stolen report.  If someone finds your dog, they may call there to report a found dog.
  2. Notify the local pound.  Most of the time a lost dog ends up in the pound.
  3. Notify your local veterinarian as well as the groomers, they usually have an ear on the ground.
  4. You can also notify animal shelters and rescue centers, boarding kennels, and other pet care professionals.
  • Act quickly.

The longer you wait, the further away your dog may go.  So the sooner you begin your search, the greater your chances of locating them again.

  • Canvass the neighborhood.

Begin looking for your dog by circling around your block, then gradually widen your circle. Make sure you check all the local parks and any of your dog’s favorite places that he would visit with you when out walking.

  • Distribute flyers.

Make a flyer with your dog’s picture on it.  Mark it clearly with a LOST DOG and REWARD OFFERED if you wish.

  • Keep your phone charged.

Make sure the phones with the numbers that you have put on your dogs’ pet tag as well as the number that you have put on the flyers stay on in case someone does find your dog and tries to contact you.

These flyers can be put up just about anywhere you can think of.  Just be careful that you don’t get in trouble with the litter warden. You can also hand them out.

  • Other media

Newspapers often have lost and found sections. You can place an ad in your local paper.   A very good source is Facebook.  Nearly everyone is on social media and even dog shelters and animal rescues have Facebook pages.  Post on as many pages and tag all your friends.  Put up pictures of your dog with bold words missing written over them.

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