How to reduce the risk of losing your dog – prevention can reduce lots of anguish and worry
Losing a dog that goes missing, no matter for how long, certainly makes you more attentive, more cautious about your surroundings, and also to take less risks regarding their safety. During my dog walking sessions, I often come across a dog that appears to be lost, or separated from its owner. If only they had followed some of these simple steps to safeguard their dog, they wouldn’t have been in a panic, and stressed about the whereabouts of their pet.
Be aware – dog loss can happen in a number of ways
There are many reasons why a dog will go missing; they can be a known sprinter who will use any opportunity to escape and run; attack by another dog; a gate being left open; thunder and lightning or fireworks; unexpected events, visitors to the home and of course, theft.
There are many preventative measures you can take to minimise the risk of losing your beloved pet, so take some of these actions and protect your dog.
An ID tag that fixes onto his collar is a cheap and easy method of identification should he become lost away from home and it is also law for your dog to be tagged both at home in case it escapes and when out on walks. Compulsory microchips are also a permanent way to identify your dog. In the UK, since April 2016, all dogs are required to have their details registered on an authorised data base, and to be fitted with a microchip, with many organisations, such as the Dogs Trust, offering free or subsidised microchipping, however, you still need a dog tag
For those pet owners who like to use technology, you can purchase a GPS collar, which has a tracker device installed, to track and locate using your mobile phone, so you always know of your dog’s whereabouts.
DogTrac provides ID tags on collars, plus a scanning service to locate your missing pets. More info here – https://www.dogtrac.com/scanangelsearch
Security at Home
Check your home and garden, carry out a risk assessment to see if it’s possible for your dog to escape from your property, given the opportunity. Check that your boundary fences are solid and secure, with good gates that have a secure closing system fitted.
Get your dog neutered or spayed
Dogs have a natural instinct to roam and mate, so by neutering or spaying your pets, you will eliminate this desire, making it easier to keep them safe and content at home.
Don’t leave your dog in your car
Apart from the safety aspects of the health of your dog if left inside your car, a thief will see this as an opportunity to smash the lock and steal your pet. If you go to the grocery store, don’t tie up your dog outside, as this is an open invitation to any opportunist passing thief.
Take photographs of your dog
There are many people who have only one or two pictures of their favourite pets, but in the event of a dog going missing, there is nothing as good as a decent photograph of your dog to aid in the search. You can print onto posters and share your missing pet’s photos on social media to get the word spread amongst friends and neighbours quite quickly.
Prevention really is the key to keeping your dog safe.
When your dog is with Finchley Dog Walker we always make sure they have a name tag and that contact can be easily made