The Law And Dog Tags – What You Need To Know

When it comes to fitting a dog tag and collar to your pooch; many aren’t aware that it’s actually a legal requirement for all dogs in a public space to be wearing one. The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place is required, by law, to wear a collar which specifies:

– Owners Name

– Owners Address

– Owners Postcode

Many dog owners simply assume that there’s a requirement for their dogs to be tagged so that, in the event of them going missing, it’s easier to return them. In reality, however, whilst that’s the case, it’s the law and those who fail to tag their dogs in a public place could face a fine of up to £5,000, something which is, on regular occasions, enforced. Of course, simply tagging your dog is one thing but it’s also absolutely vital that it displays the correct information in the right way. This, of course, is one thing which many dog owners are unsure of. As such, we caught up with, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of personalised engraved dog tags.

What Needs To Be Displayed?

In terms of the best way to display the information required on your dogs tag,  it’s important to remember that, in the UK, it’s perfectly acceptable for an address to be displayed simple as a house name or number and a postcode. As such, a great way to have your dog’s tag engraved is:

Mr J Bloggs

34 NW11 3FB

020 123 456

That way, you still get all of the required details in whilst also leaving space to add in your phone number which, although you’re not legally required to display, is something which comes strongly recommend given that this can make it even easier for your pet to be returned to you if they become lost.

Should You Include Your Dog’s Name?

One question which is commonly asked about dog tags is whether or not your dogs name should be engraved on and, as far as we’re concerned, there’s a very simple answer to this; NO! Should your dog be stolen (which, unfortunately, isn’t completely unheard of) the thief would be able to attract their attention by name; something which can make things a little more difficult. As such, best practice is always to ensure you don’t engrave their name and simply add your name, address and phone number.

At the end of the day, the law does state that you need to ensure your dog wears a tag when in public (and as of April next year, they’ll be legally required to be microchipped as well) however it’s all for their safety and something which should be taken seriously. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to opt solely for a boring, plain dog tag, however and so long as the details are displayed clearly, there’s no reason why you can’t go all out and have a little fun, ensuring your dog has something stylish and enjoyable! Practical, yes but fun and stylish as well! Go on…see what you can find!


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