As a trainer, I hear people say all the time, “Oh, my dog never gets loose” or “He wouldn’t run away from me.” But they’re wrong. The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. One in 3 pets will become lost at some point during their life! Frightening statistics. Yet the internet (and Pet Finder) is full of pleas for someone’s lost dog or cat who slipped out a door, spooked during fireworks, or ran out of the yard chasing a squirrel. The risks are real.
Microchipping helps – but having a visible I.D. tag saves valuable time and doesn’t require someone to take your dog to a vet to find out who he belongs to. My dogs all wear “Road I.D.” collar identification tags. They’re noise-free, mount securely on their collars, and contain up to six lines of text. (I always include two phone numbers in case of emergency.)