The very simple answer to this is YES. 100%. Your dog needs to wear a collar. It is the law. Here we look at what the law says and the implications.

Why does my dog need to wear a collar?

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 stipulates that every dog in a public place must wear a collar. In addition, it also states that the name and address of the owner must be inscribed on the collar or on a tag or plate attached to it. Therefore, if your dog does not wear a collar you could be fined a substantial amount of money.

Do all dogs need to wear collars?

There are some exceptions to the Control of Dogs Order 1992. Above all, it clarifies which dogs do not need to wear collars and apply mainly to working dogs. The list can be found here. But in general, most dogs must wear a collar.

What information should be on my pet tag?

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 says that your name and address should be on there. Similarly, you should also include your postcode. It is worth considering including your mobile phone number too. For instance, if your dog gets lost, this makes reuniting them with their owner much easier.

You do not have to put your dog’s name on the tag. There is a school of thought that says if your dog falls into the wrong hands, it’s actually better that your dog’s name is not known.

Do dogs have to wear collars if they are microchipped?

All dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped, which should include ownership details that are registered on an authorised database. Even if your dog is microchipped, they must still wear a collar. If your dog doesn’t have a microchip, you could be fined.

Where can I buy a collar for my dog?

Here at Oscar & Hooch we have a great selection of collars and leads to suit little to big dogs. All our products are lovingly handmade in the heart of Somerset. In addition, our ranges include machine washable suedette collars, machine washable fabric collars and wipeable, waterproof collars. Check out our ranges here. Alongside our collars, you can also find leads, training leads and harnesses.

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Dog Collar FAQs

Can my dog wear a harness instead of a collar?

Some dog owners prefer using a harness, as it can be less harsh on your dog’s neck. However, dogs wearing a harness must wear a collar with an ID tag.

Do dogs have to wear collars all of the time?

A collar is not designed to be a 24/7 accessory, and shouldn’t be worn all the time (if you’re at home). It’s a good idea to remove it at night, as non-stop wear could cause irritation or infection.

What is the two-finger rule for a dog collar?

The two-finger rule means you should be able to slide two of your fingers between your dog’s collar and their skin. This is to ensure the collar is comfortably snug and not too loose.

Can I get fined if my dog isn’t wearing a collar?

Yes. If your dog isn’t wearing a collar, or if the collar doesn’t contain the appropriate information, you can be subjected to a fine.