Dog Theft and How to Prevent it From Happening to Your Pet

November 26, 2019

There are various reasons that dogs are stolen…from dog fighting rings to breeding stock to resale opportunists, the fate of stolen dogs is grim.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent your canine companion from being dog-napped:

  • Don’t leave your dog alone in the car, even for a few minutes. Thieves can easily break into your car to steal your precious pet.
  • Make sure your dog is microchipped and that you keep your contact details up-to-date, especially if you move or change your phone number.
  • Your dog should always wear a collar and ID tag with your name and address on it. This is a legal requirement when your dog is in a public place in most Alberta Urban areas. A mobile number is also a good idea, but avoid putting your dog’s name on the disc.
  • Take clear photographs of your dog from various angles, and update them regularly. Make a note of any distinguishing features.
  • Have lots of photographs of yourself with your dog, to help you to prove ownership if needed. Train your dog to come back when called, and never let them off the lead if you are not sure they will come back to you. If in doubt, use an extending lead, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area where your dog may get lost more easily.
  • Take care when choosing someone to care for your dog if you are going away from home or need a dog walker whilst you go to work. Use a reputable company or boarding kennels and check references for people who provide dog or house-sitting services.
  • At home, make sure your yard is secure and fit a bell to the gate so you hear if anyone opens it
  • Keep your dog in view in the yard, don’t just leave him outside unsupervised
  • If you breed puppies for sale, take great care when inviting people in to view; ideally have someone else present and limit the numbers of people you allow in at a time. Show the puppies in one secure area.
  • Decide who owns the dog in your household. Discuss who would own the dog in the event of bereavement or break up and draw up documentation to this effect. This may seem unnecessary, but pets can become the centre of ownership disputes in these circumstances.