Dog safety: How to prevent dog theft and which breed is most at risk

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Prevent dog theft from your home

Consider dog cameras, CCTV, and video doorbells.

Be vigilant when dogs are playing in the yard and secure yards with high fences.

Dog owners should lock and alarm gates to deter intruders, and regularly test their home alarm to make sure it’s working.

Outdoor kennels should also be alarmed and locked.

Leaving a light on when the dog is home alone can also deter intruders as it gives the appearance of someone being home.

Plus, turning on an outside light for nighttime bathroom visits means you can see your dog at all times.

Dog owners can also make their path or driveway gritty, making it difficult for intruders to approach discreetly.

Lock your dog door when not in use and do not leave the window open in the room where your dog is.

As tempting as it may be, avoid presenting new puppies online as they are particularly attractive to dog thieves.

Theft prevention by dog ​​type/breed

Chip your puppies: Puppies that are not chipped are more valuable as they don’t have ID.

Be especially vigilant with pedigree dogs as they are the most valuable and therefore prime targets.

Neutered dogs will deter thieves as some dog-nappers try to breed stolen pooches.

If you are selling puppies, have another person present: limit the number of people and only show them in a secure area to protect your dogs from theft.

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