The DogHorn Campaign
A NON PROFIT CAMPAIGN | WORKING AGAINST DOG THEFT
Improving Dog Theft Awareness
Providing Anti-theft products
Connecting the Dog Community
Gifts to Other Dog Causes
Home of “The DogHorn Yellow Lanyard Campaign”
If you already have a large dog community that you are connected with and would like to form a DogHorn Facebook Group for your local area where you can spread the word about the DogHorn anti theft advice, get the DogHorn Yellow Lanyards Campaign thriving, and help with getting donations back to the Campaign to build it further, then check the page here. If you want to do some thing smaller, then you can simply direct people to our Store or our Tactics page or you can simply buy a Campaign Pack and distribute lanyards yourself.
Join the Campaign
There are many things to join in! Here, through this website or our Facebook Page or with Volunteer Facebook Group. We also help with doggie petitions, producing educational videos, and link with other lost/stolen dog groups. We’re always looking for people to help get the message and products out.
About The DogHorn Campaign
RISING DOG THEFTS
In 2020, in Northumberland alone, dog thefts rose by 248% over the previous year. That figure is well over twice as many as the reported and successful dog thefts for just nine months’ worth of reporting. What hasn’t been included in this figure is unsuccessful or unreported thefts that will inevitably raise the numbers even higher.
Whilst there are many support groups to help owners track down lost dogs, they don’t help reduce the numbers stolen. After-the event support only comes after-the event and doesn’t stop a theft taking place.
There is plenty of advice on preventing dog theft such as not leaving dogs outside of shops, keeping them on a lead when walking and not leaving them in a car or garden unattended.
WHAT ISN’T BEING ADDRESSED
But what comes into question with all these support methods is the speed of response, in particular with a stolen dog. A thief will typically be well out of the area by the time any
message has been sent, let alone responded to. The process of a thief engaging with a dog, lifting it, getting it into a vehicle and starting a getaway will take as little as one minute. The earliest that an owner, having experienced a dog-napping, can get hands on assistance is, on average, twenty minutes. In this time a thief and his assistants will be well gone and possibly ten miles or more away from the scene.
CAN ANYTHING BE DONE?
But the real question here is can anything be done to bring attention and positive actions into that first precious minute that has a chance of slowing down, possibly apprehending thieves safely, and recovering a just-stolen dog?
It should be clear now that the interest lies with the immediate help that could be around a dog theft victim and how assistance can follow with a “Cascade” system of alarms, sirens, car horns, shouting and whatever else is available to raise an alarm.
THE PROPOSED “STOLEN DOG SOUND”
The simplest part of the strategy is the sound and the code, condensed to become the “DogHorn Code”. It is a unique sound that should be easily distinguishable from other sounds. It includes a short sound and a long sound, each identifiable as shorter or longer than the other. It completes with a short sound that signifies the end of the code, followed by a period of silence.
The sound proposed is this in morse . _ . (Dit Dah Dit)
On a car horn it would be Bip Beep Bip
- To have 50,000 DogHorn responders, with Lanyards across UK by the end of 2021. Help us by spreading the word and getting others to join the campaign.
- To bring the confidence back to dog walkers that, if better prepared and part of a larger dog team, then it is safer to walk in public.
- To provide training, education and theft prevention advice directly on this site, and improve understanding through online DogHorn training sessions.