The Dogs Trust has put together this advice to keep your pooch safe from being pinched:
Keep garden fences secure to avoid your dog escaping and to prevent easy access to
trespassers. Perhaps install a sensor light or bell gate to be alerted of trespassers?
Always keep your dog in sight on walks and in your garden. When out walking your dog, make
sure your dog is trained to respond to a recall command.
Never leave a dog tied-up outside a shop or left alone in a car. If you’re going in to a shop or to
a café, for example, why not check if your dog is allowed inside? You may be surprised!
Ensure your dog is microchipped, has up-to-date contact details, and is wearing a tag with
YOUR name, phone number and address on it. All of these are legal requirements and will
ensure your dog is easily returned, should they go missing.
Have your dog spayed/neutered. Not only does this mean your pet will be less likely to stray, it
may also prevent theft for breeding purposes.
If you plan to use services such as a dog walker, groomers, house sitter or a boarding kennel,
do your research to ensure you are using a legitimate and reputable service.
Do not advertise the fact you own dogs. Avoid placing dog ownership placards or notices on
the front of your property.
If you are a dog breeder, be careful about who you are inviting into your house for viewings.