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What should I write on my dog's tag?

The realization almost makes your heart stop: Your dog has disappeared. Someone left a door open, your dog dug a hole under the fence, or the roofer forgot to close the gate. Whatever the reason, it is not an uncommon occurrence.

You can prepare for this daunting possibility by having an ID tag engraved with your contact information. Many local laws require dogs to wear an identification tag, so you may need one to comply.

It happens to all of us. No matter how careful we are or how secure we are in our enclosures, one day our dogs will try to escape. And sooner or later they will succeed.

Fortunately, technology has improved our chances of finding a lost dog through things like microchips, social media, and yes, even dog-tracking apps. Still, the American Humane Association reports that one in three dogs will be lost at some point in their lives. Don't let this happen to you. Avoid lovesickness by providing your pet with a real, personalized ID tag. Your mind will thank you later.

Why is my dog's ID tag so important?

Let's take a look at how your dog's brand keeps him safe.

Unfortunately, there's a real chance your dog will run away at least once in their lifetime. And while technology has increased the chances of a reunion, tagging your dog is the easiest and cheapest way to prevent them from being lost permanently.

While microchipping your pet is advisable, a good old-fashioned ID tag is a quicker and more convenient way to get in touch with you. To get the chip, your dog would need to be taken to a veterinary clinic or shelter, and let's face it, some people don't want to go to the trouble of it.

Even if your dog is not a creature of habit, you must be prepared for things like natural disasters or accidents that could separate you from your dog. If he has a mark, he's more likely to be brought back to you. It's that simple.

Wearing a tag also makes your dog more approachable to strangers. It shows that your dog is not a stray, which may prompt someone to take protective action.

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What should be on your dog's ID tag

So your dog needs an ID tag. Roger that. But what should it say? Of course, space on the stamp is limited, so you need to choose the right information carefully. Note the following:

  1. Your pet's name - a sure-fire success.
  2. Your phone number - Enter a number that you are likely to call. You can also give a friend or neighbor's number to increase the chance of being found.
  3. Your city - if space allows, enter your full address.
  4. Medical Needs - If applicable, the phrase "requires medication" can convey a sense of urgency.
  5. Microchipped information - it's a good idea to include a line saying your dog is microchipped.
  6. Personal Message - Something personal can be a nice touch. "I'm friendly" or "Please call my mom" or "If I'm alone I'm lost" are all good options.
  7. A reward - if you can set it up, a reward could persuade someone to bring your dog back

Of course, you can't fit all of these points in the few lines you have. Take what applies to your situation and customize your dog's tagging to make it work for you.

The pros and cons of an ID tag for your dog

Like anything you buy for your dog, a dog tag has its pros and cons.

Benefits of dog tags

  • They are inexpensive.
  • They are easy to acquire and customize.
  • They are easy to read even without technology.
  • They are the quickest way to identify your dog and ensure the quickest return.

Possible disadvantages of dog tags

  • There is a choking hazard. Choose a collar that fits well to reduce the risk of her snagging on something. A good rule of thumb is that two fingers should fit underneath.
  • Collars are loud. While this is a valid issue, there are ways around it. Try tag silencers, which are pieces of plastic placed around the tag to minimize noise. You could also try laminating the labels.
  • Your dog is reluctant to wear a tag. The key to this is gradually getting your dog used to their new brand. First, try putting just a collar on him. Once he gets used to it and associates the collar with good things (like treats and rewards), you can add the tags.

If he's still reluctant to add jingling charms, you can have a custom collar embroidered with your contact information.

What types of dog tags are there?

  • Material:Most are made of stainless steel, brass, aluminum or brightly colored plastic. Some are more durable and last longer than others.
  • Shapes:There are basic shapes like ovals and rectangles, but also bizarre shapes like dog faces or bones.
  • Embellishments:You can decorate the pendant for your dog with rhinestones, enamel, semi-precious stones, etc. Or get a charm with an embossed shape on one side (e.g. a teddy bear on one side for your 100 pound bear).
  • Custom Artwork:If you're willing to spend the extra money, you can purchase custom hand-engraved pendants or one-of-a-kind artwork.
  • Slide-On Shields:These shields slip over the collar and have no connectors to break.

Where do you get your dog's ID tag?

You can order an individual brand in our online shop. Just enter your details and voilà - you have an easy way to protect your dog! Here is the dog tag

If you are looking for something really special, you will find an adorable, unique charm for your stylish pet with us. With such a simple and affordable option, there's no reason to skip a custom dog tag. With this simple purchase, your dog is safe and you can sit back and relax.

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