As humans, we know how important it is to carry ID. Without it, we wouldn't be able to drive, buy beer, get healthcare, or be indentified if anything was ever to happen to us. Dog's don't know these things (and dogs can't buy beer), but ID for dogs is just as important, if not more so. Dogs can't speak and tell us who they are, or who they belong to - so it's our job are dog parents to Identify the crap out of our dogs. This isn't because we expect anything bad to happen, this is because we are PROACTIVE. You can be the most diligent person on the world.. but just to give some examples to convince you that you need to use ID for things out of your control.
- What if you were in a car, got in an accident, and the dog ran off in a panic?
- What if you were walking and medically something happened to you and you lost consciousness?
This isn't about carelessness.. accidents happen and dogs get loose. So we need to equip them with the power to be found.
My Suggestion for How to Properly ID
Of course, by putting ID on your dog in general - you are taking a step in the right direction. However, this is what I suggest to just totally protect your dog.
Designate a collar for ID ONLY.
This collar is never to have a leash attached to it. This is for ID tags, and ID tags only. I personally choose to leave my dogs ID collar on at all times, even when we are at home sleeping. I just think the benefit outweighs the cost (their "comfort").
This is because if they slip out of their harness or leash when on a walk, they still have obvious ID on them. Here are 3 examples below of dog's who do this already. Stan wears a cushy harness, but has a collar with his ID. Leroy has an EZ walk, but his ID is on his own collar. Misiu, you have to look carefully, but she uses a martingale collar and has a separate collar for her tags. All perfect examples. Frankie and Sadie both wear Freedom harness, and have a separate collar.
Get your dog microchipped
This is becoming standard practice more and more, but honestly - I have 2 dogs and only 1 is microchipped and it's only because she came like that. I am getting Frankie microchipped ASAP. It is nearly painless, and it places a unique chip with a number. If your dog is lost you can call in that number, and any found dogs will be scanned and compared to that. It is just another method to identify your dog. Toronto offers microchipping in a variety of locations - and it is around $35.
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Want to smile again? Here are some ways to make ID tags super fun!
I will admit, this is a pretty depressing topic. It makes you think of all the what ifs that are out there, and its sad. So, here are some awesome ID tags you can get for your dogs.
I found these "bad" boys while creeping around on instagram, and fell in love. I immediately bought Sadie one that says "Shady Bitch" and Frankie the "Lil Fuck" one. The backside is completely customizable and you can enter the text that you would like. Their name, phone number, etc. The shipping does take about a month, though.
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