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Keeping Your Dog Safe

Keeping Your Dog Safe
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There have been increasing news reports of dogs being stolen. We thought we would write a few tips to help keep your dog safe.



  • Do not leave your dog alone and tied up outside a shop or in a car.
  • Make sure your dog is microchipped and they are wearing a collar with an identity tag. Don’t forget, this is a legal requirement. Many owners do not put the name of their dog on the tag, but their surname.
  • Have plenty of photos of your dog from different angles to show distinct markings and photos of you with your pet to prove (should you need to) ownership.
  • Make sure your garden is secure – we advise connecting a bell to the gate so you can hear if someone enters.
  • Be cautious of strangers stopping to ask you questions about your dog.
  • Vary the times and routes of your walks so you are never predictable.
  • Now we are allowed, it’s worthwhile walking with a friend.
  • Practice recall – so you know if you let your dog off the lead you can guarantee their return on your command.
  • Avoid adding tags of locations on social media.
  • You can add GPS trackers to your dog collar – this can provide essential information about where your dog is.
  • Instead of a clip to attach your dog’s collar to their lead – use a carabiner – these take longer to unclip.
  • Don’t forget to take your phone with you.
  • It’s worthwhile taking a personal alarm if you have one, or a whistle.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact your local branch to speak to your Registered Veterinary Nurse.