Preparing for a New Dog

Posted on July 3, 2015

There is so much to consider when preparing for a new puppy to join the family.  People will think about the breed they would like, how old they would like the dog to be, where to find a breeder and the cost to buy a dog.  But there are other important things to consider before making this long-term commitment.  Sainsburys Bank have put together a nice, easy-to-read guide which is full of great tips and checklists aimed to help you make the right decisions and be well prepared to look after and protect your new family member for the long-term.  Check it out Sainsburys Bank’s tips for Preparing for a New Dog and remember that from April 2016 microchipping will be compulsory for dogs in England, Wales and Scotland.  Of course it is also a legal requirement for your dog to wear ID in public places.  You can choose from our fantastic range at Pet Tags, and make sure you comply with the law by having your name and address engraved on it.  We’ll guarantee the engraving for life!

Makes attaching and removing tags easy! We will donate 10% of all eZeClip sales for the rest of this month to the Manchester Dogs' Home.

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Daisy’s new pups are loving growing up.

Posted on July 3, 2015

It’s scrambled eggs at last for Daisy’s new pups.  They’re so cute!!  See how their spots are coming out?

This was sleep time only a few weeks ago..

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Our popular coloured Crufts tags!

Posted on July 3, 2015

We’ve had an amazing response to our new Crufts tags, part of our exclusive licence with The Kennel Club.  These fun, colourful tags engrave beautifully, and come in yellow, green, blue and purple, and in small and large sizes.

Like all our tags, we guarantee them for life against breakage and fading, so the quality is great.

Check out one of our favourite Crufts dogs, Jake foster, who agreed to model all of his tags in all the different colours.

If you like the Crufts pet tags you can order at Crufts Tags and choose your engraving over 4 lines.  Don’t forget, The Control of Dogs Order (1992) rules that the tag must include the owner’s name and address (at least the house number and postcode) and we recommend a phone number and the word ‘Chipped’ if the dog is microchipped.  That way you can be reunited more quickly if your precious pup  goes missing.



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BBC Watchdog investigates Pets at Home

Posted on June 27, 2015

The BBC 1 programme Watchdog claimed a number of Pets at Home stores have displayed dead and diseased fish and sold animals without performing health checks.  The show aired on June 18 2015 and it was the program’s second visit to the retail giant since 2012.

The undercover investigation within the retail chain’s stores focused on a number of animal welfare issues including the advice given by staff members to customers.

In a statement published on the company’s website Pets at Home CEO Nick Wood said: ‘We have been at the forefront of pet welfare for nearly 25 years and our number one value is ‘Pets before Profit’. That’s what drives us; nearly all of us are pet owners, we all love pets, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to find new ways to get better.  We have looked in detail at every single claim put to us by Watchdog, which are misleading and in many cases simply wrong.  But viewers don’t have to take my word for it. Our stores are open every day and our colleagues will be happy to explain the care we provide for our pets. You don’t need to go undercover; it’s in full view for our customers to see because we have nothing to hide and plenty to be proud of.’

Check out your local Pets at Home store next time you go in and see for yourself.

Avoid the machine ‘engraved’ pet tags on offer at stores like Pets at Home.  While they are cheap and instant, they are made from a low cost aluminium and the engraving will fade very quickly.  This may work for an emergency pet tag (which is legally required on all dogs in public places), but for a lifetime guarantee against fading, choose from our great selection of quality tags here.


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Is the uproar over BGT’s winner a storm in a teacup?

Posted on June 3, 2015

What a commotion after it was discovered that the Britain’s Got Talent winning dog, Matisse, did not perform the tightrope stunt in his winning routine!

Jules O’Dwyer, who performed the routine and also trains guide dogs, revealed that it was another of her dogs, Chase, who walked the tightrope because Matisse is not keen on heights.

The act featured O’Dwyer, dressed as a policewoman, going after Matisse, who had stolen sausages from a butcher, and also featured another of her pets, three-legged Skippy.

The pair beat Welsh choir Cor Glanaethwy and magician Jamie Raven to the £250,000 prize.

We had previously met Chase, when he appeared in the semi-final, but he was nowhere to be seen on stage during the results, leading to the accusations of deception.

Jules O’Dwyer has insisted that she did not cheat the public.  She says she told the BGT production team that Matisse had a stunt double and a body double.  Fletcher, his body double, was at home in Belgium and Chase, his stunt double, performed on the night.  The Producers of Britain’s Got Talent have apparently apologised.

However, I think it was Jules’ clever unique mixture of dog agility and story-telling that really what won the show for her.  So many things could have gone wrong, but the act went perfectly and couldn’t have been more entertaining. The act won by just 2% ahead of magician Raven but had it been known that there was a third dog involved, it might have boosted her votes as viewers could appreciate even more her knack of controlling and training a group of dogs to do exactly what she needed them to do on stage, under lights and in front of thousands in a live audience.

With a peak of 13.4 million views and only 30 people complaining, it’s a storm in a teacup.  Not only did Jules devise a fantastic routine, she managed to get more than one dog to deliver it seamlessly.

We think Matisse, Chase and Skippy all deserve one of our special pet tags.  Check our great range out.  Maybe we can track them down in Belgium!





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It’s National Unwanted Pets Week :(

Posted on May 30, 2015


Over 44 percent of people don’t seek advice before choosing a pet. Wood Green, the Animals Charity, released the results of its pet owner survey to coincide with an awareness campaign. National Unwanted Pets Week takes place from May 25th to 31st, following the organisation’s fears that naivety around pet ownership is leading to abandoned and unwanted pets.

It’s not the first time organisations have called for more education for would-be pet owners. Last year, 67 percent of rescue centres saw a rise in the number of abandoned dogs. The research, which was carried out by and The Co-operative Insurance, found that 56 percent of rescue centres believed lack of education about dog ownership was the main reason for abandonment.

Preventing abandonment and finding new homes for pets is a cause championed by many within the industry. Rescue centres, retailers and veterinarians are just a few of the pet professionals providing leaflets and in-depth advice. Wood Green is attempting to combat the high number of abandoned animals, after having seen a 6 percent rise in stray dogs over the last six months alone.

Sally Stevens, Director of Communications for Wood Green said: ‘What I would urge anyone interested in pet ownership to do, is to please, please do your research first.

‘You wouldn’t purchase something like a smart phone without taking advice or seeking recommendation, so it seems incredible to me – and to the thousands of us which work in the animal charity sector – that potential pet owners would rely on blind faith alone and then be left surprised by the way their new animal fits into the home and lifestyle.’

Of course, some pets can be inadvertently separated from their owners. The most recent Stray Dogs Survey by the Dogs Trust found that 50 percent of stray dogs were reunited with their families. Sadly, not every pet returned home. Around 7 percent were estimated to have been put to sleep because their owners could not be located.  So that your pet doesn’t end up being a sad statistic make sure they are microchipped with up to date details at the registry, and also make sure they wear an ID tag (which is also a legal requirement for dogs).  Don’t forget to include a phone number so that you can be contacted as soon as possible if your pet goes missing.  Here‘s a great selection of tags guaranteed for life and priced from £8.49 with first class dispatch within 24 hours.

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How safe are your pets?

Posted on May 27, 2015

How safe are your pets?

Pet theft appears to be an ongoing problem in much of the UK. Last year an ITV report named London and Kent as the most likely places for dogs to be stolen. The same report suggested that gun dogs such as retrievers and spaniels were most at risk. Gangs may even be targeting specific households. In January, The Telegraph newspaper raised fears that symbols chalked near to houses in Durham may be used by dog thieves to mark the homes of pedigree breeds.

For pet owners, these claims can only be distressing news. As always, it’s important to take the security of your pets very seriously. Most pet owners already take basic precautions, by never leaving animals untended in easily accessible areas and keeping an eye on dogs while they are off the lead.  Microchipping is an important and useful method of identifying pets and reuniting them with owners, and will become a legal requirement soon.

Will an ID tag help to prevent your pet from being stolen?  Obviously a thief can easily remove the ID from the pet, but pets without ID are more often stolen because the thief believes (or decides to believe) that they were unable to contact the owner, whether or not the pet is microchipped.  Stealing a pet and deliberately removing their collar and ID means the thief requires is far more sinister than taking home a dog without identification, whom the thief might decide is not cared for.

While some dogs are stolen for the thief to keep for themselves, many pedigrees are stolen for breeding purposes.  If your pet has been spayed, it is worth showing this on their ID tag.  Any thief looking for a dog to breed won’t be interested in one that has been spayed.

For added security, have your pets microchipped and spayed, and include the words ‘CHIPPED & SPAYED’ on their ID tag. And don’t forget, UK law mandates that you should also include your surname and address (house number and postcode at least) and of course a phone number so you can be contacted as quickly as possible should you pet go missing.

Choose from our fantastic range of pet tags at Pet-Tags.

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Daisy’s getting ready to be a mum again!

Posted on May 22, 2015

It seems like only yesterday that Daisy, our own special Dalmatian who is owned by Natasha (our Admin manager), gave birth for the first time to a crew of gorgeous tiny puppies.