So you love your dog and want to do everything possible to protect them from getting lost right? There are many tools to help you prevent losing your pooch, and in this article we'll explain the pros and cons of each one of them.
Now the simplest and probably most important one to have is the dog tag. It's readily visible, and is the most common thing people look for when they find a lost dog, but it isn't the perfect tool. A dog tag needs to be updated every time you change contact info. (i.e new number or change of address if it's on there). Also if you have a very active pooch, the tag may get caught in a fence or something of the sort and they might end up losing it. Ironic no?
This is also a MUST HAVE on any pooch. It's a tool your dog cannot get rid of making it a permanent identifier. The microchip is small in size and the procedure is virtually painless for your dog. You should inform your vet or the microchip registry of any changes in contact info to keep it updated, the chip needs no batteries or chargers, it has an operating lifespan of 10+ years. The only downside to this is that unlike the dog tag, the microchip is not readily visible and requires a microchip scanner to read it.
EMBROIDERED DOG COLLARS:
It's not very common, but a great tool for a dog that constantly loses his ID tag, or a pooch that is always trying to rip it off if he doesn't like tags. The collar basically has stitched into it your contact info. It's neat but like a tag it can still get caught in a fence and be ripped off, it also needs to be updated every time your contact info changes, and since it's not that common, most people overlook it when they find a lost dog.
This tool is intended mostly for dogs that are not home bodies, dogs that love to be outside and it's PERFECT for dog's that constantly get lost. Some pooches are easily distracted and may lose their way. So the GPS is perfect for locating those type of adventurers. The downside to the GPS is that it does require batteries or at least a charge, it requires a cel phone signal to work, and they are very bulky and uncomfortable for some dogs.
So what's the best dog loss prevention tool for you?