Social "petworking" sites could put members and their pets in danger, experts have warned.
Online communities have witnessed a rise in the number of owners who are revealing breed information, details of their walking routine and posting pictures, while creating profiles for their pets on the Internet.
AdvertisementDebbie Connolly, Animal Behaviorist and Founder of SafePets UK, fears that pet owners may easily be inviting troubles like dog-knapping, if they are not careful enough to limit their information on 'petworking' websites.
"Never mind the dogs, what about personal safety? Most of the users are women. It's a 'please stalk me and steal my dog' site," Sky News quoted her as saying.
But some argue that such websites just offer fun for genuine animal lovers.
Geoffrey Roche, creator of Dogbook, an application from Facebook, said that the "dangers" involved were like anywhere else on the rest of the WorldWideWeb.
He said: "Of course you should be careful, but no more so than anywhere else on the internet. People can put up faux profiles anywhere, and the same sort of things to watch out for would exist for if you meet someone through your dog."