Sometimes Fido may just wander off and sometimes Fido is snatched by a bad guy. Every day tons of dogs are either coming up lost, missing or stolen. Of course situations out of a dog owner’s control might take place, such as a car accident or a break in theft, but most of the time, owners can take precautions to avoid their dog going missing or being stolen.
No Outside Alone Time
It’s so easy just to open a door and let the dog go outside for a potty break. Perhaps you even watch from the door way or a window. The truth is, even the most well behaved dog can be tracking a scent and get so involved that they will soon wander away from your eyesight.
You may even feel comfortable because you have a fenced yard. Dog-nappers have no problem reaching across a fence to snatch a dog and it only takes a second. What if the last person out the gate forgot to latch it properly? The only way to know for sure that the dog stays in your yard is to be out there with him.
Stay at the Groomers
There have been many instances when a dog has run off from a groomer. Groomers have even handed the wrong dog off to customers who came to pick them up. If you take your dog to a groomer, make sure it is one that allows you to sit and wait. Some pet owners drop their dog off in the morning and pick her back up in the evening. That leaves the entire day for your dog to get away or be given to someone else. Dogs have even been stolen from groomers.
Do not use groomers that put your dog in a kennel and let them wait for hours to be attended too. A good groomer should set an appointment time just like a hair salon. You may have to wait a bit, but you should never leave your dog at the facility for hours, especially if it’s a busy place with multiple workers. That leaves more room for errors.
Rules to Leash By
Leashes and collars wear out over time. If you take your dog for long walks, make sure that the leash is in good shape. A frayed leash and one big lunge by an excited dog could leave you holding the leash as your dog runs free. If your dog is in unfamiliar territory this could be a problem as he runs around exploring, excited by his new found freedom.
Never drape your dog’s leash over something to free your hands to do something else. If you are sitting in a park, do not leash your dog to a bench while you walk away to use the restroom or toss trash away. He may manage to slip loose, or someone just may walk past and let him loose and even grab him.
Never tie the dog to a pole while you take a quick look inside a store, even to grab a quick drink. If your dog cannot enter a building with you, just don’t go in. You may think you can see the dog through the window and that’s fine. But if someone quickly grabs your dog, can you get back outside fast enough to do anything about it?
Dog Park Dangers
Just as people may lurk at schools to kidnap children, dog-nappers will lurk at dog parks. Don’t let your guard down just because the dog park is in a fenced secure area. Do not sit on a bench and read the paper or text your friends while your dog plays and runs with other dog pals. Keep your dog in your sight at all times.
Is someone being overly friendly to your dog or paying a little bit too much attention to him? This could be a warning sign that your pet is being “scoped out.” Does this person even have a dog with them? The only way you know these answers is if you are out there playing with your dog, or at least keeping a close eye on her.
It’s terrible that in this day and age we have to take every precaution to avoid having a lost or stolen dog, but it is happening a lot these days. If you think it won’t happen to your pet, you better think again. Many of those that are now searching for their lost or stolen dog, probably never thought it would happen to them either.