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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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can your dog be stolen?

Hi all,
This is my first post. Not sure if this is the right place to ask or this question was asked by someone before (if not, please direct me to the correct place), but this is something I would like to know.
Do you think someone can steal your dog. Can someone, other then family member take your dog by the leash and walk away with it. Will your dog resist? Did it happen before to any of you? How do you teach your dog NOT to go away with a stranger?
I have 18mo GSD - Uma. She is really smart, but at the same time I am not so sure that she wouldn't walk away with someone. I guess I have to test it with someone whom she didn't see before. I know we're trying to socialize our dogs, but when is it too much?

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 09:12 PM
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I seriously doubt that Stosh would allow a stranger close enough to take him by the lead or collar. Our last gsd Omy never let anyone touch her other than family. My brother used to say that the safest place for an extra house key was on her collar. Your girl is still very young and I imagine with time she'll become more standoffish towards strangers
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Somone coming into Sage's yard or house and taking him without me there? No not going to happen easily. I would never leave him outside unsupervised.

A stranger taking him with my permission yes...Think Vet, trainer, groomer, etc..

If you ever want your dog to pass a CGC part of the test is leaving your dog with a friendly stranger.

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While I would never leave my puppy unattended, I have no doubt that she would walk away with a stranger. She is a young puppy and is incredibly friendly to everyone. Personally, I am hoping that she will continue to remain this way.
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Maybe . . . If they had a blow dart full of tranquilizer! But, he would be ditched as soon as he woke up. I am pretty sure the thieves would realize what they had gotten themselves into as soon as he wakes up.

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Maybe . . . If they had a blow dart full of tranquilizer! But, he would be ditched as soon as he woke up. I am pretty sure the thieves would realize what they had gotten themselves into as soon as he wakes up.
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I can't imagine Brutus going ANYWHERE with a stranger. Not without a fight.

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Mine is only a 13 week old pup, so I'm sure she would easily go with a stranger, particularly if they bribed her with food. It won't happen though because she's never left alone.

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Be responsible. Don't put your dog in the position to be stolen. Don't let the dog just roam around the backyard for hours on end.

If the dog is constantly being supervised... you really don't have to worry about things like this happening.

And to answer your question... yes... dogs can easily be stolen. Especially cute puppies who aren't being watched by their owners. It's never happened to me, but I'm sure it's happened before.
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My aussies, most likely, my shepherd, it would not be an easy task.

By "force" on a leash, out in public, she would not go willingly with a stranger and that stranger would most likely end up with some wounds. Off my property? well she's never outside unsupervised, if a stranger broke in and I wasn't around, don't know and hope i never do.

If I am home and strangers come the door, she is alert/quiet and watchful, will let anyone in the door/on the property. If I'm not home, again I couldn't say.

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