by ROAD iD Staff February 14, 2019

You and your favorite pooch—let’s be honest, possibly the best dog ever—are ready for new dog ID tags. But now comes the hard part: What exactly should you engrave on that tag? Sure, your phone number is a no-brainer, but as ourROAD iD Pet ID customers know, exceptional dogs need exceptionally good tag information.

We’ve rounded up the basics about what to put on engraved dog tags, as well as some smart extras inspired by what our dog-loving customers choose for theirlaser engraved pet tags.  Read on to make your dog’s tag just as awesome as the look on that furry face when you come home after a long day.

Give me Your Digits, Please
The most important thing on your dog identification tag is the most obvious: a working phone number to a human BFF. Make sure to choose the phone number for the family member who’s most likely to answer or regularly check voicemail—and least likely to change phone numbers. Even the best tags can’t help you if that found dog voicemail lingers for hours on end. Include your name, too, to make the call easier for the good Samaritan who found your pup.  

Say my Name, Say my Name
You’re buying personalized ID dog tags for a reason—to put your pet’s name on them! This allows the person who finds Fido to build an easy rapport, and it’s also a chance to make someone smile. Create a fun introduction, with “Hello, my name is Scout” or “Hi, I’m Buster”. Or throw in an honorific. Who could be mean to Mr. Bear? Or Miss Snaggletooth? Adding your last name as your dog’s last name can help, too.

Not-so-free-range Dogs
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a dog is lost or just allowed to wander around the neighborhood a bit. To avoid confusion, consider adding a short and sweet message to your dog ID tags. Many of our customers choose things like “I’m lost if I’m outside” or “Please help me get home” to alert any friendly types that you’re not a free-range pet parent. Adding microchipped can help, too, in case critical info is scratched off the tag or unreadable.

Special Needs, Special Skills
Just like people, sometimes dogs need their version of amedical ID bracelet. We’ve seen this added to dog name tags with “needs medicine” or “needs daily meds to live.” It gives the person who finds your dog a sense of urgency, and hopefully, helps you reunite with a lost pet faster. On the flip side, some dogs have special skills, and you can add those to a tag, too. Examples include “autism therapy dog” and “assistance dog in training.” This signals that your pooch has an important job it needs to get back to doing ASAP! Or that perhaps there’s an owner nearby who might need a hand, too.

Collect Your Reward
We’ve all seen those DIY fliers hanging up picturing lost pets and often another line that says, “Reward if found.” Some pup parents choose to put this same message on their dog tags. We’ve seen “Reward if found” or simply “(reward)” after the dog’s name. It’s not a must by any means—most folks are happy to help reunite pets and owner—but it can be a nice extra.

Now that you’re ready to engrave the best dog tags on the block, it might be time to take a celebratory trip to the dog park. Or, you know, order a ROAD iD Pet ID.