– Do not leave your dog alone and tied up outside a shop or in a car.
– Make sure your dog is microchipped and they are wearing a collar with an identity tag. Don’t forget, this is a legal requirement. Many owners do not put the name of their dog on the tag, but their surname.
– Have plenty of photos of your dog from different angles to show distinct markings and photos of you with your pet to prove (should you need to) ownership.
– Make sure your garden is secure – maybe connect a bell to the gate so you can hear if someone enters.
– Be cautious of strangers stopping to ask you questions about your dog.
– Vary the times and routes of your walks so you are never predictable.
– Now we are allowed, it’s worthwhile walking with a friend.
– Practice recall – so you know if you let your dog off the lead you can guarantee their return on your command.
– Avoid adding tags of locations on social media.
– You can add GPS trackers to your dog collar – this can provide essential information about where your dog is.
– Instead of a clip to attach your dog’s collar to their lead – use a carabiner (as mountain climbers use) – these take longer to unclip.
– Don’t forget to take your phone with you.
– It’s worthwhile taking a personal alarm if you have one, or a whistle.
How sad to have to post this, but our dogs are our most treasured possessions
The level of detail we can now see, even compared to the last machine we had from 5 years ago, is amazing
She is a very dear old cat who is showing signs of her age
He looked different; he’d gained weight & his face looked sad. I couldn’t believe this was Bertie