With the pandemic, the new gold rush is the dog rush. Recently, good family dogs have been stolen and people wanting to adopt a dog have been ripped off in various ways. Honestly, it makes me nauseous. Why all the circus and how do you protect yourself as a dog owner?
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We hear about dog thefts in the media. It happens when the dog is left alone outside, in the backyard or tied up in front of the convenience store or another business, but it also happens differently: people on snowmobiles or trucks picking up your dog while he walks freely a few meters in front of you. It is the horror. But why ? To resell it at a high price. To reproduce. No doubt, but sometimes also, it must be said, the dog has simply run away and the owner is screaming at theft!
What’s the topo?
Right now, everyone seems to want to adopt a dog to counter the boredom of confinement. People want one now and now. No question of waiting! And a lot of people are willing to pay a heavy price. Totally unreasonable prices, by the way. This is why the crooks are doing so much now. They smelled good business and easy profit … And thefts of all kinds are increasing. And with a shortage of dogs in shelters, and conscientious breeders unable to produce puppies any faster, scammers thrive. They sell you a mirage and leave with your money! They offer you (at a high price) a stolen dog or a puppy full of genetic defects from a puppy mill that you will pay dearly more. Far be it from me to alarm you, but let’s be careful anyway.
SOME IDEAS OF BEHAVIOR TO ADOPT IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES:
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times, even in large, secluded and quiet spaces. Less chance that the dog runs away. Also remember that thieves recently arrived by car or snowmobile to kidnap dogs.
- Do not leave your dog alone and unsupervised, in the yard or elsewhere. It is too easy prey for a thief and you will have an eye on it if he tries to run away …
- Vary your route and walking schedule to outsmart a potential thief.
- Beware of people who ask you too many questions and take a little too much interest in your pet – unless it’s your vet, of course!
Other initiatives could discourage thieves or help you recover your pet if it were stolen. For example, there are collars for hunting dogs that have a GPS used to track them.
SOME IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE ADOPTING A DOG IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES:
- Do not buy an animal on the internet. Scams are more than frequent there, especially now.
- Do not transfer money as a deposit for the eventual purchase of a dog. You might not see your money back and not get a dog either.
- Allow yourself to put off your plan to have a dog until later. This would undoubtedly be the best option in the current context.
Did you know ?
Installing a microchip, which is not a GPS, serves to identify the animal and could help prove that you own it, whether it is stolen or running away.