Did you know that by law (Control of Dogs Order 1992) any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name, address and postcode of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Your telephone number is optional (but it is highly recommended).

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.

At SCOC we recommend that you do not put your dog’s name on the tag. Unfortunately dog theft is a real danger and if the thief knows the name of your dog this may help them pass on the dog to the unsuspecting new owners because it appears they know the dog because the dog responds to its name.

An example of the information to put on a dog tag is:

Surname

House No, Postcode

Mobile number/landline number

If you have room, its worth including your vet’s phone number.  

MYTH - Some people are of the opinion that if their dog is microchipped, they do not require a dog tag with their contact details on it. THIS IS INCORRECT. You should always have a dog tag on your dog’s collar no matter if they are microchipped or not.  You can only read the details from the microchip by using a scanner.  

If someone finds a lost dog, it is much quicker to reunite the dog with its owner if it is wearing a tag with contact details.