An unfortunate reality for dog owners is that dogs tend to get lost, or run-off. This is why keeping an identification tag on your pooch at all time is so important. This help to ensure your dog is quickly returned by a Good Samaritan or if you dog is picked up by animal control and taken to a shelter, they will contact you immediately. If there is no identification found, the dog will be put on a short waiting period and then either put up for adoption or possible euthanized.
Dog tags, or ID tags, is the simplest identification method used and is typically hung from a dog’s collar. The dog tag should include the dog’s name, your name, telephone number and address. One of the first things you should do after adopting your new dog or puppy is outfit them with a new id tag and collar. There’s no excuse not to have one, especially since they are so easy to purchase. Below are some of the most common dog tags on the market today to help you choose the right id for your dog.
Quick Dog Tags
These dog tags are not only the cheapest available, but also quite effortless. Retail pet stores, such as Petco and PetSmart, have Quick-Tag kiosks that will create a stainless steel, custom-made dog tag in five minutes. The kiosk uses a video touch-screen and has easy to follow step-by-step directions. You can choose from six different shapes and styles; then the computer-driven engraver etches the tag while you wait.
Custom Dog Tags
Another easy way to purchase dog tags is from an online retailer. There are several sites on the internet that specialize in pet identification tags. Simply fill out the order form and then sit back and wait for it to be delivered to your home.
Digital Dog Tags
An alternative to the conventional id tag is the Dog E-tags. Just like metal tags, it’s worn on a dog’s collar, but provides much more information and can be used in several different languages. These tags are water proof, scratch proof and store up to 40 lines of information, including messages such as: “I can’t hear I’m deaf” or “I am nine years old and I can’t see very well”. You can find Dog E-Tags at your local Petco or most online pet retailers.
One-of-a-Kind Dog Tags
If you are looking for something extra special or unique for your pooch, then you might want to consider a handcrafted dog id. There are many websites that offer handmade custom dog tags, but bear in mind that these items can be on the expensive side.