The Importance of ID Tags & Collars for Pugs

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When Ref was younger, I didn’t think it was all that important for him to wear a collar with an ID tag. To start with, he hated wearing a collar and would do nothing but scratch at it. And then of course there was the fact that he was an inside dog. At our old house, there was no way for him to access outside without someone being home. The house was secured so I didn’t see the need to put a collar on him.

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I do have to admit though that he was a naughty pup and would try and slip out the front door when he could. I was extremely grateful for the fact that we lived in a quiet cul de sac. He couldn’t go too far. When we moved a few years ago, I grew more concerned with him slipping out the front door or side gate when one day he snuck out without anyone knowing. He had no collar on but thankfully he just wandered around the street and was seen by my dad coming home. But what if my dad wasn’t the one to find him in the street? Who would know who he was or who to contact when he was found? I could have lost him forever. And that freaks me out.

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It’s not a 100% guarantee of getting your pug back if they go missing but a collar with an ID tag will certainly increase those odds. And I realised that is what was needed for Ref, even if just for peace of mind. So I invested in a collar, cause he didn’t have one, and a new ID tag. I realised that it really didn’t matter if Ref didn’t like wearing a collar, he would get use it and just needed to wear one. And I’m sure there are many of you who have thought the same about collars & ID tags at some point. But all in all, I’m sure we can all understand how important it is for our beloved pugs to wear ID tags. We want to give our pugs the best chance to get back to us if they do go missing. And did you know that your pug going missing can not only be distressing, but it can also be expensive with some local Australian councils imposing a range of fines that can cost you thousands of dollars

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Some useful tips :

  • Have your pugs name clearly displayed
  • Have your current contact number displayed
  • If you have a mobile phone number, use that as your contact
  • If you get a new contact number, be sure to get a new ID tag with it on it
  • Consider a more detailed ID tag to include your Suburb & State along with your name
  • Keep your pets microchip details up to date as well
  • Make sure your dog is registered under your local council
  • If your pug is fashionable and has multiple collars, have an ID tag for each one so your pug always has an ID tag
  • Consider having additional ID tags for harnesses as well

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Some great ID tag options:

  • froid ID – for just $18.95, you can get a fun style ID tag that contains your pets name, your contact number and a special website just for your pug that contains additional info. Check out this post to read more about it.
  • Charity ID tag – pick up an ID tag like the Oscar’s Law ID tag from ID Pet Australia that is not only stylish and practical but 50% of profits go towards Oscar’s Law.
  • Something fun – like an ID tag that shows support for your sports team or one that looks like a drivers licence. Etsy has an amazing range of fun ID tags. Just keep in mind the cost if they are coming from overseas.
  • Something simple – you can get a simple ID tag and have it engraved with your details at your local pet store or engraving shop.

Does your pug wear a collar and ID tag? What kind of ID tag do they wear? What information do you include on their tag? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Kerri Leach on January 8, 2016 at 8:21 am

    My Hugo loves his collar but always hated having a tag. I have now purchased a collar with a stainless steel buckle that has his name and our mobile number engraved on it. It was cheap ($9.00 on line and for that they sent us 2), and he has been wearing them for many months. When on holidays he went for a walk by himself (who could blame him it was on Moreton Island, we have a house there so he is classed as a local) and I wasn’t nearly as stressed as I could have been because I knew he was wearing his collar. Needless to say he was only gone for minutes but the piece of mind was wonderful.

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on January 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Kerri. The collar with details on it is great idea especially for those who don’t like ID tags. I’d like to see harnesses with somewhere to put ID tags at the front like you see it on a collar.

  2. Avatar Amanda Littrell on June 3, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Pugs aren’t supposed to wear collars, but a harness instead, due to their sensitive trachea.

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on June 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Absolutely yes they should wear a harness whilst walking on a lead. However, a harness shouldn’t be worn at all times so a collar for ID purposes is important. If a pug gets out of the home and doesn’t wear a collar, they have no identification to help them get back to their humans quicker.

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