Keeping our furry friends safe is so important and a dog ID tag can help with this, it is also required by law in the UK in The Control of Dogs Order 1992. So what details should be included on a dog tag by law in the UK? The law outlines that ‘every dog while in a highway or in a place of public resort shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it’. The full legislation can be read on the government’s website. An example of this would be:
1 High Street
1 High Street
However, in addition to what is required by law in the UK, we also recommend including a contact phone number or even two and this is also recommended by the RSPCA. Our dog ID tags are made of solid brass or chrome and have space for three lines of information on each side, so there is plenty of space to include what is required by law and an additional phone number or two. Because our dog ID tags are deep engraved this means that your dog’s details will be clear to read, which is important.
What to Consider Not Including
Most dog owners love to put their dog’s name on their ID tag, although this is not required by law and it is not always recommended. We love seeing dogs names engraved on our tags (because we get to find out their names!), but it is worth considering not including it because if your dog is stolen, the thief can use their name to gain trust, which could also help if they try to sell your dog. Unfortunately dog theft is common in the UK so it’s important to help keep your dog safe and make sure they have an ID tag with the correct contact details.
It’s also a requirement in the UK for all puppies over eight weeks to be microchipped, so it’s also important to keep your contact details updated on the microchip too, as this can help if their ID tag is missing or has been taken off. The Blue Cross also recommend some other steps to help keep your dog safe, such as not leaving your dog tied up outside a shop or alone in a public place, making sure you don’t leave your dog alone in the car (we’ve written here about not doing this for other reasons too!) and also making sure your home and garden is secure. We hope that these tips will help to keep your dog safer and if in the worst case scenario something does happen, the correct information on their ID tag and microchip should give you a better chance of being safely reunited.