Make sure your dog always wears a tag – it’s the law
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 (UK) states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner displayed on it. Your telephone number is optional but recommended so that you can be contacted quickly if your dog is found straying.
You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.
Even if your dog is microchipped you still require a tag to comply with the law and the tag will be the first thing people check if they find your dog straying. Without a tag there’s more chance your dog will be taken to the Local Authority dog pound instead of being returned straight to you.
Once a dog enters the dog pound it may be at risk of being put to sleep if not claimed within 7 days, so speed is important if you dog goes missing.
It’s not recommended to include your dog’s name on it’s tag as sadly dog thieves can use this to their advantage and make it seem like they’re more familiar with the dog than they are actually are when they try to sell it on to a new owner.