Safe Dating Tips

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Safety tips for online dating

As is the case when meeting someone new, whether that be online or not, it’s important to keep a few safety precautions in mind. We at Puppi Lovers don’t conduct criminal background checks on users, so it’s crucial that you determine if you are comfortable with meeting up with someone you met through Puppi Lovers. It’s also important to remember that if you do experience sexual assault or violence while using the app or meeting up in person, it is not your fault.

These safety tips will help you increase your security when interacting with others through Puppi Lovers, whether that be an online chat or in-person meeting. Like any safety tips, these are not a guarantee, but can help you keep more secure.

Keep safe when connecting online

Use different photos for your Puppi Lovers profile. It’s easy to do a reverse image search via Google. If your Puppi Lovers profile has a photo that is also on your Facebook or Instagram page, it’ll be easier for you to be found on social media.

Wait to give out personal information. Never give your personal information to someone you haven’t met in person. This information includes your home address, credit card details, bank information and workplace. Puppi Lovers will never send you an email asking for you to send us your username and password information. If you receive a request for your login details, delete it and report it.

Report suspicious profiles

Avoid connecting with any suspicious profiles. If the person you matched with has little profile details filled out and has only posted one photo, be weary. It’s important to use caution if you want to connect with a user you have little information about.

Block and report any suspicious profiles you find. If someone has acted suspiciously or has been inappropriate towards you, make sure you report them to our team. Just like with any personal interaction, it’s always easy for people to misrepresent themselves. Trust your instincts about whether or not someone is representing themselves truthfully.

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Requests for financial assistance

Never respond to a request for financial aid no matter how compelling or convincing their reason may appear. If you do get such a request, make sure you report it to us immediately.

Safety when meeting in person

Puppi Lovers allows you to have a video call with your match before meeting in person. Once you have matched and started messaging with a new potential date, schedule a video call before meeting up with them in person for the first time. This is a great way to help make sure your match is who they claim to be. If they’re strongly against having a video call, that might be a sign of suspicious activity.

Let a friend know when and where you are going on your date. Send a screenshot of your date’s profile to your friend. If you continue your date in another place you hadn’t planned on, text your friend about this change in plans. It might also be helpful to text a friend partway through the date or as soon as you get home to check in.

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Meet up in public

Avoid meeting your date at your home or workplace, and instead opt to have your first date somewhere public. Meeting up at a café, restaurant or dog park can help you both to feel more comfortable, and there will be plenty of other people around.

Stick with what you are most comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks on a first date, just be mindful of your limits and don’t let yourself feel pressured to drink just because your date is drinking. We also suggest you do not indulge in recreational drugs before or during a first date with someone new, as drugs can alter your perception of reality. Puppi Lovers is strongly against this behaviour and if any member misuses our policy, they will be permanently blocked from the Puppi Lovers platform.

Trust your instincts

If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, enlist the help of a waiter or bartender. They can help you call the police, create a distraction or order you a safe ride home.

If at any time you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, trust your instincts. It’s okay to leave a date early or cut off communication with someone who makes you feel unsafe. Don’t worry about appearing rude; your safety is utmost important, and your date should understand that.

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