Providing your dog with identification is an important step to ensure their safety. Dogs find themselves away from home without supervision for a multitude of reasons, and proper ID can make the difference between finding their way back or not. Even the most careful people can find themselves an owner of a lost dog.
A collar with an ID tag is a good step to take. Make sure the collar is not too tight around the dog’s neck. If you can slip a couple fingers under the collar, you probably have a good fit. On the identification tag, include your phone number at the very least. Your name, address and email address are other good pieces of information to have on the tag. These tags can be custom made at your local pet shop fairly quickly and inexpensively.
Microchipping your terrier is another good measure to take in case the collar goes missing. This procedure, done by a veterinarian, inserts a microchip about the size of a grain of rice just under the skin. Your pet is given a registration number, which is stored in one of several pet registries. If your dog gets lost, a vet can use a handheld scanner to find the registration number and the phone number of the registry.