You’ve already picked out a cute dog leash and collar for your pooch, which means the next step is ordering blank dog ID tags and getting them engraved with your dog’s information. With your new furry bundle of joy now eating up every second of your day, it may be tempting to put this task off for another time, but statistics are clear on why this isn’t a good idea. The Humane Society reports that over 10 million pets are separated from their owners in the United States every year. Moreover, only 15 percent of dogs without ID tags or microchips are reunited with their people.
To help keep your pup safe, we’ve put together a simple guide on what to put on a dog ID tag. Read on for a list of the necessary information to put on your dog’s personalized ID tag, along with answers to common dog tag questions.
Dog Tag FAQ
Before you get your blank dog ID tags engraved with your pup’s info, you may have a few questions. Here’s what you need to know.
Are dog ID tags necessary if my dog is already microchipped?
In a word, yes! Research shows that microchips greatly increase the likelihood of a lost pet being reunited with its owner — but they aren’t foolproof. In rare instances, microchips can fail and go undetected by a scanner. Additionally, many owners fail to keep their pet’s microchip information up-to-date, which can dramatically lower the chances of their pet’s safe return home. Dog ID tags are an inexpensive but potentially life-saving aid that can serve as a backup if your dog’s microchip goes undetected.
How often should I update my dog’s ID tags?
As with microchips, dog ID tags are only effective if the information on them is up-to-date and accurate. Therefore, if you move or get a new phone number, you should update your dog’s tags ASAP.
Should my dog wear ID tags with a harness?
Absolutely! If you’re walking your pooch in a cool dog harness from Beast & Buckle, you can transfer their identification tags over to the D-ring located on the back. Another option is to have your pup wear their collar and harness at the same time.
What if I don’t like the noise they make?
Three words: dog tag silencers. Nowadays, there are many types of dog tag silencers available, from individual plastic silencers to dog tag pouches designed to protect your dog’s tags while keeping them quiet.
What to Put on a Dog Tag
Ready to engrave your blank dog ID tags? Here’s a helpful breakdown of what to include.
- Dog’s Name – If your dog gets lost, they may be frightened or confused. Having your dog’s name on their ID tag can go a long way in building familiarity and trust in the people who are trying to help them. On the flip side, putting your dog’s name on the tag can make it easier for thieves pass off the dog as their own, preventing stolen dogs from being found or reclaimed. This is up to you to decide based on your home design, the layout of your neighborhood and the size of your city.
- Cell Phone Number – Though you may still be partial to using a landline, it’s a good idea to put your cell phone number on your dog’s ID tag. That way, the person who finds your dog will be able to reach you no matter where you are.
- Medical Needs – Does your dog have allergies or need daily medicine? Make sure you include that information on their tag.
- Address – Try to fit your entire address on your dog’s ID tag. If someone finds your dog a few blocks away, having them safely returned to you could be as easy as walking them down the street.
Most dog ID tags only have room for three to four lines of text, so you may not have room for everything on this list. Consider what information would be most helpful for ensuring your dog’s safe return and prioritize those things first.
Ensure Your Pet’s Safety with Dog Id Tags
Nobody wants to think about the possibility of their dog getting lost or stolen, but if that happens, a dog ID tag can make all the difference. Fortunately, getting dog tags for your four-legged friend has never been easier — or more stylish!
Whether you’re looking for a cute dog tag to match your pup’s harness or a stand-alone design, Beast & Buckle has stylish dog tags that reflect your pooch’s personality. Shop our blank dog tags for pets and make sure your pet is protected today!