Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, every dog must wear a collar with the name and address or phone number of the owner on it. Dogs not wearing collars in public places can be seized and the owner prosecuted and fined up to £5,000. Your dog can also be microchipped or tattooed and this information is entered on national registers and databases.
A tag for your dogs collar can be picked up at any pet shop and can cost anything between £1-£10 depending on the type of tag and the amount of engraving required.
Microchipping costs vary depending on where you go, but many charity organisations will simply recover the cost of the microchip (£10-£15). The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the dogs skin, between the shoulder blades. The microchip contains a unique 16 digit number that is picked up by a scanning device. This number is then given to the database operators, who can give the registered owner's name, address and telephone number.
If you microchip your dog you must keep all your address details and contact numbers up to date otherwise the chip is useless.
All these methods help members of the public or the dog warden to return your dog to you quickly and safely. To prevent losing your dog, make sure your property is secure so that your dog cannot escape and keep your dog on a lead when out walking in public places.