We know dogs can be deterrents for would-be thieves – that’s why NHW SA’s mascot, Watcher Jeff, is a canine – and a safe and connected community includes everyone in that community, including our four-legged friends.
Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day, so Watcher Jeff decided it would be a good opportunity to shed some light on how we can keep our non-human neighbours safe by being responsible owners. Watcher Jeff and his buddy Fergie teamed up to make a community announcement video
Did you know?
- As of July 1 2018 all dogs and cats are required to be microchipped. Microchipping is one of the most efficient and effective ways to be reunited with a lost pet. Always make sure your dog also has a good collar with an identification tag.
- In order to stay healthy and fit dogs need both mental and physical stimulation. A normal healthy dog will benefit from two exercise sessions a day. Off-leash exercises in the garden, playtime in the park, swimming, running and walking are all perfect ways to keep your pup in shape.
- Take your dog to a qualified trainer who can help you teach your dog appropriate behaviours in a humane and effective way. Read up on positive reinforcement training techniques and get your whole family involved.
- Even if your dog is well trained and well behaved, always keep him or her on a leash when you walk in a public place. Dogs may be distracted by other animals or unexpected noises, or may be drawn to something further away from you.
- During the warmer months we must pay particular attention to the needs of our pets, as dogs can easily overheat. Dogs need constant access to clean cool water, and shade and shelter from the sun.
- When the temperature drops dogs must also be protected from the cold. During extreme weather pets should be kept inside.
- Make sure that your dog has lots of human interaction every day. A happy dog is a good dog. As social animals, dogs thrive on social interaction and love to be a part of the family.
- Dogs are expert jumpers, diggers, and all round escape artists. It's great if you have a garden for your dog to play in, but you still have to take precautions. Ensure that your garden is well fenced and that your dog cannot easily jump or dig out of the yard.
- Your dog may be susceptible to nasty bugs such as fleas or ticks. These can make you and your pet's life miserable, and can seriously affect the health of your dog. Ensure that your dog has had all his or her shots and gets regular visits to a vet.
- More than anything, you need to know your dog. As its owner you should learn what your pet likes and dislikes, what makes it nervous and what makes it happy. In the end the ultimate responsibility for your dog’s health and safety lies with you.
Do you wish you had your own pup to be your best friend? Why not head to either rspcasa.org.au/adopt/ or awl.org.au/adopt and consider adopting!
Dogs aren't the only thing to help deter opportunistic thieves. Get some other helpful personal safety and home security tips