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 included your postcode. It is worth considering including your mobile phone number. For instance, if your dog gets lost, this makes reuniting him with his owner much easier.

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

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.

In conclusion, the majority of dogs need to wear a collar based on this law.

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