Some advice from Thames Valley Police to protect your dog from theft

•	Ensure your dog is microchipped and the contact details for you are up to date. 

•	Where possible, do not leave your dog tied up outside a shop, business or play park.
•	Vary the times and routes of where/when you walk your dog.

•	If you notice anyone or anything suspicious, report it to us ASAP.

•	Have photographs of you with your dog so it is easier to prove ownership should you need to. Also make a note of any distinctive markings on your dog.

•	Never leave your dog alone in a vehicle even if you are quickly running into a shop. 

•	Consider having your dog spayed/neutered as this makes them less attractive to thieves as they cannot be used for breeding.

•	Avoid displaying “Beware of the dog” signs outside your property as this advertises that a dog lives at the address.

•	If your dog is off the lead, make sure they are well trained at responding to commands and has a good recall. 

•	Do not leave your dog unattended in the garden. Consider putting a bell on your garden gate which would alert you to someone opening it. 

•	Avoid putting your dog’s name on its collar tag. Knowing a dog’s name allows anyone to be able to call them.

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