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is buying a gps collar for your dog to prevent him from being stolen paranoid? 

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20 deviants said no
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1 deviant said <-- my button cause im genuinely considering buying one just to ease my worries njkfdg. he's chipped and everything but there are so many people who just keep the dog instead of turning them to the authorities nndfjkgn
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No deviants said yes

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crywulf4 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
what breed?
you could if you were really paranoid. are lots of dogs being stolen where you live?
id still think theyd just take off his collar at the place or something and youd just come home to find a collar and no dog
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
blue merle australian shepherd, but often confuses for a border collie

dogs arent stolen where i live right now but there are more cases of that where im going to move to in two months

no technique is foolproof when it comes to this, unless you can manage to keep the dog by your side 24/7, but unless theyre going to drag my dog by his neck to the curb or whatever, which will surely raise some attention from people outside if they are, plus my dog isnt the quitest, i dont see how theyd think removing the collar immediately is a good idea

theyd most likely wait until the dog is in the van or somewhere where they can replace the colar without suspicion

(plus im actually going to look into the laws and such when it comes to cameras installed on the front door/backyard so i can prevent something like them breaking and entering too)
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crywulf4 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
nice breed. i assume most merle dogs are australian shepherds because you dont often see many merle border collies

true. im not sure how they do it actually

good luck though in hoping no one will break in or steal anything or anyone!
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
they're in both breeds, but more common in aussie's yea
people confuse them with collies because they're really similar, except collie's are more... well, i guess you can say 'fancier' in terms of their build
they have a lither frame and such

from what i read they mostly just mark homes that have dogs, steal them from the backyard and often just take the leash and run when you're walking them, pretending to be 'interested and petting' the dog
my friend had a person steal the dog from the yard though

actual break ins dont happen that much i believe but nkjfdgnk i dont know i can only assume

and yea yea i definitely hope ;;
im already scheduling with my housemate that someone will be home when i'm not etc
considering i'm a foreigner with no degree it's very unlikely that i'll be getting a job where i'm moving so i'll be home most days at least
im also minimalizing trips and such to just trips where i can bring my dog or just not go at all because i'm too paranoid kekek
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crywulf4 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
yeah, i have a sable collie

whatt that sounds so messed up, like literally running off with someones dog after seeing the owner wtf

thats good haha
once youre more settled in you might feel more comfortable, and itd help once you know your neighbours 
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i think they mostly do that with small dogs that they can just pick up and run away with but yea ;;


yea yea i'll probably be less paranoid when i actually live there haha
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Drakyris Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, it's not paranoid at all. If I had my own dog then I would consider it myself since one of the breeds I am interested in is the husky, and they are escape artists and often run off if not trained.

I haven't heard of any dognapping near me, but in Manchester it happened a lot. Depends on the area. My boyfriend had his dog stolen, but he got it back by intimidation. One of his cousins saw someone walking her in the street and threatened the guy.

But yeah, I support the idea. It will give you a bit more peace of mind. Try and get one that looks like a normal collar maybe, so it doesn't arouse suspicion. Im not really sure what they look like. I was going to say you could padlock the collar on, lol, but perhaps that sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

It would be easier if you had a dog that didn't like strangers/barked at them, but it looks like Ozzy is a big softie. :3
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yea yea definitely

I'm not good with intimidation, so lol
me stuttering every 5 words would botch that up at least haha

Honestly, I don't quite care how they look like (chances are people can't see it anyway because his fur it thick as shit, you can hardly notice his collar on him, as you can see in the latest photos of him i have on facebook haha) but it's going to need a collar of its own regardless (since the ones I'm looking at dont seem to fit on the collar my dog has right now)

Ozzy doesn't bark at strangers no haha, unless they're suspicious and he thinks they might have a dog
it's happened a couple of times where he randomly singles out a person he sees and stalks them until theyre out of his eyesight just /in case/ the person has a dog with him haha
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Drakyris Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ye ye, same here so scratch that. 
Oh yeah I didn't think about that. Heh, a lot of the dogs I know are short haired so I forgot that fluff can hide them. xD 

omg what a weirdo xD
he's so cute nnh <3
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeayea haha

you should see him like
in my neighbourhood theres someone who has a car with airbrushed pitbulls on them
and ozzy is scared as shit for them
he literally will not get close to the car
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Drakyris Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god, aw, I don't blame him xD
pitbulls can be spooky ;m;
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Atkanic Featured By Owner Edited May 27, 2015
Paranoia about them is when you think you will be judged and called abusive cause they look like shock collars lmao I am legit paranoid of getting one simply because they look like shock collars and I'm force-free lol but I seen one that was pretty neat looking and just looking like a collar on kickstarter but dunno what happened to it and finding them in the UK is hell and for some reason they all seem to be regional :< so can't buy one from overseas.

but nope GPS trackers are awesome.Specially if you walk your dog off-lead cause even the most well trained dog can be spooked and run off (like Teddy who is now been missing for 3years).
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
www.amazon.co.uk/Tractive-TRAT…
I found that one to be the one I'm most interesting in

My dog currently has a spiked collar, since he pulls too hard with a regular one, but when he's in the house/garden and outside I'll have him wear an extra collar with that gps system on it

I honestly don't care if they judge me or call me abusive
if they can't see or accept the difference between a shock collar and a gps system then I don't care, all I care about is keeping my dog safe at my side


And yea I saw that with Teddy and shared when I could/it came up my timeline
He's part of the reason why I'm looking into this now, since I really don't want that happening to me
I'd honestly be devastated, my dogs have always been everything to me
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LunchboxAsh Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope nope.

I wanna do the same.
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeayea

like
i get that its not foolproof
there's no foolproof way to prevent it except to be home 24/7 and having the dog right at your side whenever walking etc

but at least it's a preventive way to do it i guess

(not to mention I'm also maybe looking into getting camera's at front and back of the house, but I would have to look into the laws of the UK first before I look for camera options)
i aM JUST REALLY PARANOID ;;;;;;
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SmirkCat Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I... uh, don't thieves remove a collars?
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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/if/ I'm getting one
I'm probably getting the one that has an alarm when the animal leaves a certain distance from a point (like, you know how some released inmates have like an ankle tracker? they're allowed to be inside a certain distance from their house etc and if they leave beyond that distance the police will get notified

replace the inmate with my dog, the certain distance with the front door of the house, and the police with me, and you'll have the same result haha
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well they would but they wouldn't do it right away
they'd make sure to get the dog in a van or something first and then remove the collar and throw it out

or at least that's what I assume they would (hell, its what I would do were I a dognapper)

so, if they /do/ do it like that
the gps would show me the location where they were when the collar was removed and thus the police might be able to search for something in that specific area

in any case, it'd bring more chance of a retrieval than not having one at all and having no clue as to where the dog was last seen I think
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Amadoodles Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
What would your police actually be at all interested in something like that?  

What is the dognapping for? Dogfighting? 

Either way, Id on't think it hurts. Better safe than sorry right. Idk how it would actually help cause I can't imagine having to walk into some weird place on my own to demand my dog back. Pretty sure here at least the police wouldn't be interested 
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont know fhjd
theyre mostly kidnapped for breeding so hhh and considering i dont exactly plan on castrating my dog..
in any case, even if the police arent interested in the info, i could always spread it on facebook as the area where the dog was last seen and hopefully people keep an eye out
i mean hes not an easy dog to miss when someone walks him so jendjdk

having a dog stolen is still stolen property so the police should be as alert on that as when a car gets stolen etc
but yea idk
i dont think hed be alone in the house regardless, but id rather spend the money to reduce the chance and ease my paranoia than risk having him taken away from me without any leads to go on
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Divinites Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely not! I wish the microchips had tracking capabilities in them as well, would solve a lot of problems. They're probably too small, though. 

God forbid anything were to happen and you didn't have a way to track them. We had two dogs either escape our yard or were stolen. We never saw them again. Still kills me that we have no idea what happened to them. 
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yea yea definitely

ive been thinking about ways to minimise the possibilities but this is the first time i actually saw/considered gps trackers

theres one that sends an alert when the animal leaves a certain distance/area so it'll definitely come in handy

plus i feel like police can do more if they know the last location the gps had given and such

im really really paranoid about stuff like this because my dog is considered a beautiful one because of his facial markings, combined with the fact that hes very friendly to humans and has a pedigree it just freaks me out shosnfhdkma
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Divinites Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh definitely! I'm unsure how your neighborhood is but in the old place we lived in, it was quite common for dogs to be stolen right out of people's back yards. It was mostly smaller breeds like pugs and chihuahuas. We weren't entirely worried about our big dogs until the neighbor had his German Shepherd stolen. Any kind of dog that is a recognizable, "popular" breed or mix I'd take extra precaution in protecting. People will do the most disgusting things for a few bucks. 
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iMonox Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My current neighbourhood is fine fine
but I'll be moving to the UK and so far the most things I've seen in the UK are dognappings hhhhh

I've already looked into the last known dognapping incident in the place where I'll be living and that was a few years ago, but like you said, the popular and pretty breeds have a higher possibility than others ;;

I'm already looking into a way to have someone at home when I'm not there (aka my housemate) but who knows if there's an incident where she'll have to leave the house and leave the dog behind or anything like that
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