10 Must have items for every dog!

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In accordance with the Control of Dogs Order 1992, it is now a legal requirement for any dog in a public place to wear a collar with the name, address and postcode of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a pet tag.  Although a telephone number is optional, it is recommended as this may be the quickest way of reuniting a lost dog with its owner.

A fine of up to £5,000 can be imposed if your dog is not wearing an identification tag.

An example of what to put on your pet disc would be:

17, TN24 0TL
01233 502080

If you don’t have a dog tag and are looking to purchase one, take a look at our extensive range that come in many designs, colours and sizes.

Even though your dog may be micro chipped, it is still a requirement for him to have a collar and tag.  The only dogs exempt from having to wear a collar and tag are:

    Any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
    Any dog while being used in emergency rescue work.
    Any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, HM Customs and Excise or the police.
    Any dog while being used for driving or tending cattle or sheep.
    Any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin.
    Any dog while being used for sporting purposes.
    Any pack of hounds.


The law states that when a dog is out and about he needs to wear a dog collar, and of course a collar is the ideal place to attach your pet disc!  It is also the first place people will look if your dog becomes lost!  When choosing a collar, make sure it is going to be fit for purpose, and that it will be robust enough, particularly if this is the only place the lead will be attached.  You need to ensure you can slip two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck, checking regularly if your dog is still growing, this way the dog cannot ‘pull out of the collar’ and neither is it too tight.


Leads are great for helping keeping your dog under control in public places Make sure the lead you choose is strong and sturdy enough for the size and weight of your dog.


Your dog should have a bed of his own to sleep on.  Different dogs will obviously prefer different types of beds; some may prefer a firm base, others a soft furry one or one with supportive sides.  Whichever one you opt for, try to ensure it’s away from the busy areas of your house and out of draughts!  Allow him to have a peaceful 40 winks!

Food and Water bowls

It is always best to let your dog have its own food and water bowls, rather than sharing yours!  There are many different styles to choose from, made of stainless steel, ceramic, and plastic.  Some dogs prefer raised bowls as this not only aids with digestion it is also beneficial for larger breed or older dogs who find it difficult to bend!  It may be an idea to avoid plastic bowls if your dog loves to chew!

Travel bowls are also a must if you are planning a long journey with your dog.

Grooming and first aid kits

Whether you have a long or short haired breed of dog, it will benefit from daily grooming.  Not only does this ensure that the skin is kept healthy and the coat tangle free; it’s an ideal way to check for any lumps, bumps, injuries or signs of parasites such as fleas and ticks.  First aid kits are good to have; whether you purchase one or put one together yourself!


Toy Box

Your dog will need a selection of toys to play with; his favourite ones should be kept away until times when you are interacting with him, this makes them special and more desirable!  Keep toys in a box or tub so they are not in your way when your dog isn’t playing with them!   Different dogs will obviously prefer different types of toys, whether it’s a chew toy, an activity game to stimulate them mentally, or a toy filled with treats for your him to recover!


Chews are great for dogs.  Not only is chewing good for exercising teeth and gums, and helping to keep teeth clean, it also releases calming ‘feel-good’ chemicals from the brain – so can be fantastic stress busters!

 Poo Bags

Don’t forget to take bags with you when walking your dog.  There are many types of bags available; some even come in their own trendy holdall now!  Failing to pick up after your dog may result in a hefty £1,000 fine.  You can even get specially purpose made ‘poop scoopers’ if you are not keen on picking it up yourself!

 Most of all, give your dog a happy loving home!


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