I have seen some lovely collars on a website, which feature your dog’s name and a telephone number. Do they meet legal requirements? Or will my dog still need a dog disc? She has been microchipped.

Alison Logan advises…

I would refer you to the Control of Dogs Order 1992, which states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. It makes sense to also have your telephone number on the collar or disc, especially a mobile number, as you are more likely to be out looking for your dog than sat by your landline, waiting for someone to ring with news.

It has been a legal requirement for all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales to be microchipped since 6 April 2016. It is not just the physical presence of the microchip that is required – the information logged against it must be kept accurate and up to date. A microchip, and an identity collar – or dog tag – is only as useful as the information it holds.

I am a firm believer in not including your dog’s name on any collar or tag. Imagine if your dog wanders up to a stranger who sees the name and can then use it to gain your dog’s trust and ultimately lure him or her away. In the worst case scenario, if challenged then that person will know your dog’s name and can pretend to be the owner. You would not put your child’s name across a sweatshirt for the same reason.


  1. When I got new tags for my dogs I added a web address that goes to a page with multiple ways to contact me, details of our vets and the page is updated if any of them are on any medicines or need any special attention.


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