The PAWS Code
P If you see something P is to PAUSE and check. Is it for real? Is someone actually trying to steal, or has stolen a dog. Is it just an argument, or children fooling around? Is someone desperately shouting or whistling? Is it the correct DogHorn code that you are hearing? ( _ _____ _ ) (short long short)
A If the signals are correct then it’s time for the A that you have prepared for. ACT and ACT FAST and INTELLIGENTLY.
W is for WHISTLE. Loud and the code. (Short long short). If possible make it on a car horn. You may just be in a car or near a car or can stop someone and give directions. Try and take images or video. There are many possible responses depending on the situation and how many DogHorn responders are close by. Follow a thief safely, but be cautious. Sound is the key. If a thieves knows the game is up, they will most likely release the dog. Only take more drastic action if you feel you can stay safe and win the confrontation. There may just be enough time to get a police response, but it’s unlikely.
S is to STAY SAFE. Some responders will take greater risks than others: it’s a personal choice. But we can only recommend that, if confronted by determined or vicious thieves, it is essential to back off. Aim to follow at a safe distance, video if possible and if it is legal.