THE IMPORTANCE OF ID TAGS ON DOGS It is a legal requirement that all dogs wear an ID Tag. This tag should have the dogs name and surname, full address including postal code and a home telephone number minimum. You may also, if you wish, have a mobile number, vets number and whether your dog is chipped. The importance of this..... I was out walking my three tonight on a walk I have been doing for many months so I know most of the dogs around there when we met a strange black labrador. Very boisterous but friendly. At first I thought he belonged to one of the houses as they have labs but they were both present and correct. Eventually managing to calm the dog so I could look as his tag there was his name in big block capitals and the telephone number so minuscule that I struggled to read it as I did not have my reading specs. I tried ringing the number many times but the mobile was switched off. No address so I could not just return the dog and make sure he was secure if the owners were out. In all honesty, I believe that the dog was abandoned as I had never seen him before and none of the locals recognised him nor did he answer to the name on the tag. However, had that dog had the correct information on the tag I could have had him home safe and sound, unharmed. As it was one of the locals offered to take him in and I called in at the pub to leave a message just in case anyone went in looking. PLEASE TAG YOUR DOG CORRECTLY. The best dogs escape and a phone number is not adequate for instant return. The dog may well have been microchipped but by the time I got back to my car it was 6pm and the local vets were shut!