Many dogs are stolen each year because their owner has made a simple mistake. When approached by a friendly stranger, they brag about their dog's purebred heritage. As the stranger and owner converse, the dog is learning to trust this friendly person who is petting him. The owner readily tells the dog's name when asked. The stranger may also ask if the owner has ever considered breeding their dog, indicating that they might be interested in purchasing a puppy. The owner may give some general information thinking that they have a prospective buyer for a future litter of puppies. However, this friendly stranger may actually be a dog thief who will steal their pet and sell it to a puppy mill for breeding.
Following these tips can save your dog's life. Be cautious around strangers and never brag about your dog.