3 Types Of ID Your Dog Needs & Why

A shepherd snuffles the ear of a yellow lab on a brick porch.
Teddy Blue & Maggie | Photo courtesy of Deb German

Lost Dog: A Cautionary Tail

One morning our Shiloh Shepherd, Teddy Blue, was barking nonstop at something just outside the mudroom door—a sweet yellow Lab waiting patiently to come inside.

After downing about half of Teddy’s water in a few sloppy glugs and gobbling down some treats, we checked the Lab for any kind of ID, but her bare collar didn’t have any tags, and a microchip scan at the local humane society came back negative.

With no leads, we put up flyers, crossed our fingers, and waited. About a week later, her family spotted one of the flyers and called us. Maggie the Lab was happily reunited with her humans, who’d spent the past week worried and searching for their escape-artist pup.

Eventually, we found Maggie’s people, but it would’ve been a lot faster if she’d had ID—home would’ve been just a phone call away.

Dog ID: As Easy As 1-2-3

Maggie’s story is a lucky one. Only about 10% to 30% of lost dogs are ever returned to their owners. And without any form of ID on her, the chances were even slimmer.

The best way to help your dog beat the odds is to make sure they’re outfitted with:

  1. A personalized collar
  2. An ID tag
  3. A registered, up-to-date microchip

A personalized collar keeps your contact info handy in case the ID tag falls or tears off, and the microchip is a fail-safe just in case your dog ever gets loose without their collar—any vet or humane society can easily scan for the chip.

Remember: The best ID system for your dog is a redundant one!

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