The thought of your dog being taken from you is unimaginable to most, but with pet theft consistently on the rise, dog owners need to practice caution when it comes to their pups. Consider the following tips to keep your dogs safe and protect them from theft.

1. Microchip your pup.

Collars and tags can be removed, so make sure your pet has permanent ID with a microchip. Always keep your contact information current with your microchip recovery service provider so you can be found should your dog be recovered.

2. Never let your dog outside unattended.

When your dog is left alone in the yard, he becomes an easy target for pet thieves — especially if he is visible from the street. Be sure to always supervise your dog’s time spent outside.

3. Keep your dog close.

Keeping your dog on-leash and close to you during walks will reduce the chance of him wandering off and possibly catching the attention of thieves.

4. Don’t give out too much information.  

If strangers approach you to admire your dog when you’re out, be careful with how much information you reveal. Don’t disclose how much your dog cost or details about where you live.

5. Don’t tie your dog outside a store.

Leaving your dog tied outside of a store can seem like an invitation for a pet thief to steal your dog. If you need to go shopping, be sure to go to dog-friendly stores or leave your dog at home.