A dog parent’s worst nightmare is when they lose their dog to dognappers. Media might not be covering it as much as it covers human kidnapping, but dognapping happens and for a dog parent, it’s the most terrifying thing that can ever happen.
Why do dognappers take dogs? They want to make some quick money so they steal dogs and sell them for ransom, others go online to sell them, and some use our dogs for dogfighting rings. Fortunately, there’s a bunch of things you can do to protect your dog from dognappers.
1. Microchip your dogs. Collars and ID tags can be easily removed, but not a microchip. Please visit your vet and find out how you can microchip your dog to protect them from being stolen. So many dogs have been found because they were microchipped.
2. Don’t allow your dogs to run in the neighborhood without a leash. Keep a close eye on your dog at all times and even if the entire neighborhood loves him, they won’t feel the pain you di if something happens to your dog. Besides dognappes dogs can hurt themselves if they’re off-leash outside your house.
3. Even if you have a fenced yard, never leave your dog unattended. As we mentioned earlier, it might not be a dognapper that hurt your dog, but something else altogether. If you dog is outside your house, you must keep an eye on them to make sure they’re safe.
4. Never leave your dog unattended in the car. A dognapper can easily catch your dog and if that isn’t the case, heat can drain your dog out. Please never leave your dogs locked in the car. The safest place for your dog is your home or beside you when you’re out together.
5. Never tie your dog outside a store if you’re going to go inside. If possible, leave your dogs at home, but if that’s not an option bring a relative or a friend to look after your dog if the store doesn’t allow dogs to enter. Don’t leave them outside unattended.
How many of you have protected your dogs? Let us know in the comments. Watch out for Part 2.
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