Identity Tags for your dog

Why should your dog wear correct I.D. ?

Number 1 – because the law says so

Number 2 – so that your dog can be returned to you if it gets lost.
Even if your dog is micro – chipped it does not help the person who has found your dog get in contact with you and reunite you both.

Re: number 1 – The Law.

Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that ‘every dog whilst 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’.

Penalties –

Your dog may be seized and treated as a stray.

You could be liable to a £5,000 fine if you do not have I.D.

N.B. Please be aware that there are already enforcement officers out on the streets and there will be more in the future.

What you need to be legally compliant.

– On the tag you will need to have –

– Your surname

-Your flat number ( if you live in a flat)

– Your house number or name

– Your postcode

It is also a good idea to have the following –

– Your home phone number

– Your mobile number and any family members that you deem necessary

– If you have a dog walker ask to have a disc with their details put on your dog when in their care.

Micro-chipping your dog becomes a legal requirement from April 2016.

In the case of dispute of ownership as  it can be proved that the dog is yours.

A tag can always be removed but not a microchip.

You can also have inscribed on your tag ‘ please scan me’.

When ordering your tag it is a good idea to get a spare and that way you will have a back up.


Your name

Your house number/name and flat number if you live in a flat



Landline and mobile phone numbers

Here is a very good site that offers a prompt service for dog tags –

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