For many of us, our pet dogs are like our own children. We spend time and resources on them and in turn, they shower us with love and attention. Because of this, it is almost unthinkable to imagine them getting stolen or harmed in any way. And yet, many dogs are cruelly separated from their owners by people hoping to capitalize on them.
Unfortunately, there are many people out there whose only concern is to make money through whatever means necessary. They don’t really care about you losing your dog and the heartbreak that would cause if they can sell your pup for a good sum of money.
The good news is there are plenty of ways for us to protect our dogs, such as the ones described below:
1.) Spay or neuter your dog.
The thing to remember about dognappers is that they are hoping to make money off your dog. Dogs which haven’t been spayed or neutered generally sell for a much higher price, so unless you are a dog breeder, it might be a good idea to neuter or spay the dog. Apart from keeping thieves at bay, spaying and neutering have several health benefits, such as preventing certain cancers for your dog.
2.) Microchip your dog.
There have been so many technological advancements in pet care, and the microchip is a great way to get acquainted with them. They make your pup traceable at all times and are small enough to be installed using a syringe. Microchips are little technological wonders which have also evolved into more sophisticated models over the years. They contain all kinds of information about your dog. With its ability to help find your dog in the event of a dognapping, it can also locate and ultimately apprehend the thieves. For any inquiries about microchips and how to install them, just consult with your local vet.
3.) Never leave your dogs unattended.
This may seem obvious, but plenty of pet owners can be surprisingly lax about their dogs, leaving them in cars or public areas. While it is true that dogs are able to fend for themselves, we should never underestimate dognappers. They are likely trained to deal with dogs and may even use sedatives or other means to make it easier to steal them. In addition, leaving dogs in the car allows dognappers to see them, putting them at higher risk of getting stolen. The risk escalates even more when you leave your car windows open.
4.) Be wary of suspicious people or cars.
Stay aware of your surroundings as dognappers can pose as authority figures to gain access to the dogs. If you see cars or people suspiciously lingering around your area, report them immediately to your local police. This holds true for any kind of thief, not just the ones intending to steal dogs. Also be careful of people asking you too many questions about your dog, such as their breed, the price, or whether they’ve been spayed or neutered.
5.) Be very careful when shopping for dogs.
Many animal lovers advocate the “Adopt, don’t shop” principle, and you may want to consider doing the same when getting your next pet. With sites like Craigslist, before you know it, you may be supporting a dog napping ring. In case you do decide to buy your next fur baby anyway, be sure to look at only reputable sellers or breeders. Be particularly suspicious of people who sell dogs for exorbitant sums of money. One of the motivations of dognappers is the profit margin, and the sooner we stop enabling them by buying expensive dogs, the better.
6.) When at home, secure your dogs.
Being at home is not a guarantee that your dogs will be safe. As much as possible, keep your dogs hidden from strangers’ view with a fence and by keeping them safely indoors at night. The key is not to tip off any potential dognappers that you have a dog that would be worth stealing.
The key to ensuring your dog’s safety is to anticipate what a potential dognapper would do. With the right tools and situational awareness, you can keep your dogs safe and can continue to enjoy their company for the years to come.