When your pet dog is out an about in public, they must have your identification information on their collar (be it on the actual collar itself, or via a tag or name plate). Not only will it help get your dog back to you quickly should they get lost, it is also a legal requirement.
All pet dogs need ID on their collar, even if they are microchipped. The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that:
any dog in a public place should wear the name and address of the owner either inscribed on the collar or a name plate or disc attached to it.”
Failure to comply with this rule is an offence. If your pet dog is away from home without proper identification, they could be seized and treated as a stray dog – and the owner subject to a significant fine.
Information Required Legally
You must include the following personal details:
- Your surname;
- House number and street;
- Your contact phone number(s) is recommended.
- “Scan Me” or “Microchipped” is useful.
- The dog’s name is not required and, in fact, the Kennel Club advises not to put your dog’s name on the ID.