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Keeping Your Dog Safe

What can you do to keep your dog safe?

Have your dog microchipped and tattooed. Both methods are painless and cost around £9-£35.

All dogs should wear a collar and tag by law. Avoid including the dog’s name. Include your telephone number/address – use a tracking company’s details if you don’t want to include your own.

Have clear photos of front and side profiles of your dog. Make a note of unusual markings.

Train your dog not to go out of your sight on walks. Use an extending lead if the dog does not comply.

Beware of strangers – don’t give details about your dog.

Vary your walk times and routes.

NEVER tie your dog up outside a shop.

NEVER leave your dog unattended in a car.

Fit a cow bell to your gate so that you can hear trespassers.

Ensure your fencing is adequate and check it regularly for wear and tear.

Keep your dog in view when you leave it in the garden.


The UK's National Lost Pet Microchip database and Lost Pet & Found Pet Reunification service. We are here to help stem the rising tide of dog theft and rural crime in the Thames Valley area. With thanks to Dogs Trust for their support. The UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. DTA is pleased to support Pet Theft Awareness, a campaign which highlights the danger faced by owners of all pets and horses. Please support them! With thanks to Our Dogs for their support.