How to keep your pets secure

Posted on April 25, 2021 at 9:21 pm

Recently there has been a lot in the news about pet security, particularly dogs. When the UK first went in to lockdown the prices of dogs and puppies shot up to an all time high. This was partly due to the increase in demand as lots of people who were furloughed or working from home decided now would be a good time to get a puppy. Also breeders where not able to meet to breed their dogs so there were less puppies available. Breeds of puppy that were previously going for a few hundred pounds suddenly sky rocketed to in excess of a thousand pounds. Some breeds were even achieving over three thousand pounds per puppy. Criminals noticed this trend and many of them decided to take advantage of the price hike.

Puppies all over the country are being stolen to sell on to make a quick buck and this has left pet owners scared and worried about the security of their pooch. Dogs have been stolen from gardens and parks when off the lead but also taken from owners who are walking them on the lead. Criminals have many different ways of taking the puppy quickly before the owner has even had time to react. Homes have been broken in to and puppies stolen if criminals have found out that they have recently had a new litter. This is a scary time for breeders and owners and many that have recently had a puppy has displayed their upset of not being able to take them out without worrying.

There are a few ways you can try and protect your dog, although no way is completely secure. Try not to leave your dog out in the garden unattended and make sure they cannot get to a fence where someone could reach over and grab them. When taking them out on the lead try and have a lockable carabiner clip on the collar or harness as this alone can sometimes act as a deterrent. Try not to walk the dog on your own especially late at night or in areas where there are not many people about. Try and keep your dog close to you and avoid people touching them as much as possible. If someone starts to stoke your puppy, you may wish to pick them up so that you have hold of them. Some owners have even bought personal alarms that they can pull should someone try to snatch their puppy from them.

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