1st March marks the start of meteorological Spring and I’m sure we’ll all be glad to leave the gloom of winter behind us. It’s been tough for all of us but hope springs eternal and there will soon be a Spring in your step!
No more excuses to stay on the couch; now is the time to get out there and walk those dogs. The countryside starts to look ever more beautiful and we’ve already noticed some very optimistic daffodils and crocuses pushing their way out into the new Spring world.
But we are also aware of the pitfalls that can await us, the most prevalent at present being the high number of dogs being stolen. So be careful, keep your eyes open and remember these tips:
- Avoid leaving them tied up outside a shop, making them a vulnerable and tempting target for opportunist thieves.
- Don’t leave them alone in the car, even for a few minutes. Thieves can easily break in.
- Make sure they are microchipped and that you keep their contact details up to date.
- Your dog should always wear a collar and ID tag with your name and address on it. Pet 24 can provide this.
- Make a note of any distinguishing features and take clear photographs of your dog from various angles.
- Train them to come back when called and never let them off the lead in public until you are sure they will obey your call.
- Make sure your garden is secure and fit a bell tot he gate so you hear if anyone opens it.
- Keep your dog in view in the garden. Don’t leave them outside unsupervised.
- While out walking be wary of strangers asking questions about, or filming your dog.
- Vary the time and route of your walks. Some dogs are targeted and snatched during routine walks.
- And last but not least, keep your dog in sight wherever you are. As a dog warden once told us, if you can’t see your animal you are not in control of your animal.