Quick Guide to Pet Tags

It’s one of the things we put on the list of things we need when buying a new puppy or kitten. A good pet tag can last for years, and the best bit is they come in all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes.

In Britain, according to the Control of Dogs Order 1992, any dog in a public place must wear a collar with a tag on it, and you’re required to put your name, address (the postcode is optional) and phone number on the tag. Most tags however don’t have enough space on them to put a complete address, so on my dog’s tag I simply have my name, house number and postcode (e.g. 33, RH10 1EG) and phone number.

Do I put my pet’s name on the tag?

Anyone who finds your missing pet can call them by name, which can be beneficial to relax your pet while you’re contacted to collect them. However, with the recent escalation in British dog thefts we also want to make it as hard as possible for thieves to get to know our beloved hounds. Some dogs, like mine, respond to being called by name no matter who is talking to them – it could be me or a complete stranger, he’ll wag his tail enthusiastically all the same.

It’s a personal choice, but with microchips that contain all the information needed to get your pet safely home to you, I prefer not to include my dog’s name on his tag.

Our tags are very kind to the pocket, made from hard wearing metal and therefore long lasting. We engrave tags while you wait in store. We’ve even had a couple of customers buy them to use as funky key rings too (completely true)! An alternative to the classic engraved tag is the tiny metal capsule that can be opened to contain a scrap of paper with your details inside. Don’t forget to have a new tag engraved or change the scrap of paper with your new address and postcode on if you move house!