For the love of dogs dog theft

For the love of dogs

We’ve all heard the saying “A dog is for life, not just Christmas” and it’s one I fully concur with. 

But it’s not just deciding to get a cute puppy as a Christmas gift that can lead to regret once the decorations are back in their boxes, and the excitement of the new arrival has worn off. 

So how can you, as a trained and registered implanter help potential owners? The answer is in education. Before making the commitment to buy a puppy, most prospective owners will do some research. They may ask your advice about the breed they are considering. At this point, you can educate them not just about their breed of choice, but also on wider issues to be considered. 

The impact of dog thefts to owners

Losing a much-loved dog to unscrupulous thieves can be devastating. Dog thefts have increased significantly over recent years, and a quick search online soon returns numerous headlines about pet theft, puppy farming and dog smuggling. In fact, the explosion in ‘designer’ breeds over the last decade is likely to be, at least partly, responsible for the increase in these illegal activities. 

Dogs are commonly stolen for breeding or resale – but always for profit! And sadly, it’s the unsuspecting owners who suffer as a result of these practices. 

According to results of a survey by insurance company Direct Line (https://www.directline.com/pet-cover/dog-theft) in 2019, the top 10 dogs most likely to be stolen are:

1.     Staffordshire Bull Terrier

2.     Crossbreed

3.     Chihuahua

4.     French Bulldog

5.     Jack Russell

6.     Pug

7.     Bulldog

8.     Cocker Spaniel

9.     Labrador

10.  Terrier

Reducing the risk of dog theft by educating new owners

As an implanter, it’s likely that you will come into contact with many new owners who have never owned a dog before. There are some simple things you can do to help them reduce the risk of their dog being stolen. Some of the tips might seem obvious to us as experienced professionals but a polite reminder to your clients could prove to be a big help! 

Tips you might like to share are:

·       On dark winter mornings and evenings, they should think carefully about where and when they walk their dog – as well as the wisdom of letting them off the lead if they won’t be able to see them!

·       Varying their routine will make it harder for the dog to be “stolen to order” as thieves won’t know where and when they can find the dog. 

·       Suddenly attracting a new friend whilst walking their cute new puppy, who then asks lots of questions about the puppy and the owner – should ring alarm bells!