Beware! Prevent Your Dog From Being Lost Or Stolen

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One of the most terrifying aspects of pet ownership is the disappearance of your dog. For most dog owners their pets are members of the family, loved and cherished every day. Some dogs are simply lost because they got out of the yard or ran off to explore not finding their way home. Devastatingly, others are stolen, especially a purebred dog.

There is a black market for purebred dogs for sale and thieves often steal these dogs only to resell them to someone else. There are measures dog owners can take to prevent their dog from falling victim to theft. Below is a list of the ten breeds thieves look for:

Breeds Most Likely to be Stolen:

Pit Bull Terrier – American Labrador Retriever Chihuahua Yorkshire Terrier Pomeranian Shih Tzu Boxer Bulldog – English German Shepherd Siberian Husky

The best prevention is first, be a responsible dog owner. Of the many tasks dog owners must do, the most important is protecting your dog. Always know where your dog is at all times; are they playing in the yard – then where in the yard, where are they in the house – in their crate or curled up in the corner.

Ensure your fenced in yard is secure and your dog has not started digging a hole somewhere he/she could climb under. Never let your dog run off-leash in a non-fenced in area. Beware when opening your door; small dogs can be sneaky just waiting for the opportunity to run outside. Do not leave your dog unattended in the car while you run into a store; a minute is all it takes for a thief to break-in your car and steal your dog.

Make sure your dogs’ tags and license is attached to his/her dog collar and their current. If your dog should get loose from the yard and become lost a Good Samaritan, can take them in and call you. Ensure the dog collar fits well – too loose and it could slip off.

Microchips are a wonderful way to prevent theft as well as recovering a lost dog. These are about the size of a grain of rice and are embedded under the skin. There is a service that you must subscribe to and keep current when using these microchips. There are also GPS dog collars available that come with a hand held locator for the owner. Both are well worth the price if your dog is on the list above.

When traveling, plan ahead. If you are taking your dog with you on your next trip, make sure you have a dog harness that doubles as a dog seat belt. This will prevent your dog from jumping out of the car when reach your destination or stop at a rest area. Always keep your dog on a leash and if your visit an off-leash dog park keep a steady eye on where your dog is at all times.

The single most important part of protecting your dog is obedience training. A solid understanding of the basic commands of “sit,” “stay,” and “come” will keep your dog safe and secure while giving you the confidence knowing only you can command your dog.

Lastly, if despite your best efforts your dog becomes lost or if you suspect stolen, act quickly and rationally; contact the local authorities, animal shelters, and animal hospitals. Post signs along your dogs walking path everywhere you can and talk to neighbors. Above all, do not lose hope.

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