i live in sydney. should I be afraid?
i live in sydney. should I be afraid?
Do you leave your dog alone out in the back yard for ages at a time?
Do you know your neighbours? Especially ones that are home all day?
Does your dog bark a lot when you're not home?
Is your dog desexed? Have a tattoo in the ear to say so? Microchipped too?
Do you padlock the gates to the back yard?
Do you leave your dog tied up outside of the shops or pub while you're inside?
Keeping your dog locked inside your house when you're out helps keep him as safe as possible.
Failing that - locking the back gates helps - it's hard for a burglar to explain they were just in the wrong place if they have to break a lock or jump a gate to get in
And having your dog desexed - makes him unattractive to puppy farmers - who do steal cute looking entire male poodles for their farms.
Microchipping probably won't prevent your dog being stolen by dog fight enthusiasts but does make letting you know a bit easier.
People nick dogs for lots of reasons. Possible the biggest one is the ex nicking their partner's dog. Next is "I just want a cute puppy and it was just there so I" (stole it). After that - you get people who just let your dog out the yard so they can nick stuff or read the meter. And then maybe dog fight people. But dog fight people can just as easily get "free to good home" dogs off gumtree as take the risk of stealing one. And puppy mill people - but if your dog is desexed - they're not going to be interested. Most of them have no ethics or morals - so nicking a dog for breeding isn't much of a stretch. But it helps if it is likely to make cute fuzzy puppies.
The one thing I will NEVER do is leave my dog tied up outside a shop, not even for a minute.
does this kind of thing happen often in sydney and in what areas?
It can happen anywhere in the country
Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.
Very scary stuff!! I agree with MMJ, i will never leave either of my dogs tied up out the front of the shop, just too risky!
I always get nervous about Dodge being stolen, but she because we live so out of the way it isn't really an issue here. If we moved closer to town both of the dogs would be under lock and key! If we moved we should probably get Dodge desexed as well, not only to put off dog-nappers (the amount of people who ask if they can breed their dog to her is ridiculous, they're only interested in her colour) but also to put off male dogs, although any dog that succeeded in getting in our backyard would have to go through Koda before they could even think about getting near Dodge
goggles - you'd have to ask your local police or the RSPCA.
If I was a puppy mill special looking for a cute fluffy lucrative dog - I would go to the upmarket suburbs...
If I was in semi feral neighbourhood looking for a dog - I would probably take something that was close and easy - drug addicts most often rob their neighbours.
I don't think any neighbourhood is immune from thieves - from the professionals who will travel to the most lucrative or easy places, to the dead beats who will steal from their neighbours, and get sprung and then new ferals move in and do the same.
My dog was stolen once from in front of the shops (she was brought back 15 minutes later) but I refuse to let myself become paranoid about it. I live in Canberra and dog stealing is very rare here. I'm sure it occasionally happens, but expensive or rare dogs would be more at risk here. I don't hear anything about dog fighting and there's not much happening in the way of pig hunting etc in this area.
I don't have a padlock on my gate (might get one but it's not a priority) and I still leave my dog outside the shops sometimes. Though we currently have no shops within walking distance, so not very often now. When they finish the ones around the corner from us, my dog will be a regular visitor there.
I know "better safe than sorry" is a very popular phrase these days, but I am personally more a fan of weighing up risk against quality of life. My dog is far more at risk from dying on the back seat of the car than from being dognapped or killed by a burglar. Yet I take her for drives pretty much every day...
I agree with Beloz you've got to weigh up the risk.
We live in an area where there are a lot of dogs roaming freely while owners are out and about. If I had entire purebreeds I'd be possibly a bit more worried but I just can't imagine why someone would go through the trouble of stealing a desexed Bitsa if you can pick them up from gumtree by the dozen. I leave them outside the shops only very rarely though. Mainly because I'm worried about unsupervised kids getting bitten when they try to pet Nero.
Not afraid ...just cautious. Padlocks on gates and never leave them alone in public. Those fake security cameras would be good if you live in a dodgy area.
I'd be more worried about meth heads rolling you or breaking into your car than someone nicking your dog.
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