Dogs on the move

PET ID TAGS

Microchips are an effective, convenient and useful form of ID for your pet. They are small, usually can’t be removed, inert and don’t cause problems for your pet. It is a law in every state for dogs to be micro chipped, and a law in most states for cats too.

However, microchips should always be paired with an ID tag. The primary reason for this is that microchips can’t be seen with the naked eye. Nobody knows that your pet is micro chipped until they run a chip reader over the pet, which means that in order to find out your pet’s name and who it belongs to, whoever finds your pet has to take them to have their chip read. This relies on many things from the person who finds your pet. To name a few, they must know and understand what a microchip is and how it works, and not assume that because the pet doesn’t have a visible tag that it does not have an owner.

The fastest and most risk free way to help your pet find its way home is to have an external ID tag fitted to the collar to accompany the microchip. This way, whoever finds your pet can easily see the pets name and your contact details, and quickly contact you direct.

RESTRAINTS IN CARS

Failing to restrain your pet in a moving vehicle can face serious consequences. If caught, you will be fined and face loss of demerit points, not to mention the danger you place on your pet if you get into an accident. Restraining your pet creates a safer travelling environment for both you and your pet.

Rules, demerit points and fines differ slightly between states, however the following general rules are best to follow:

  • Pets must always be restrained when in a moving vehicle
  • A driver must not drive with an animal in the driver’s lap.
  • A motorcycle rider must not ride with an animal between the handlebars and the rider.
  • Animals should be seated or housed in an appropriate area of the vehicle.
  • Dogs on utes should be restrained either via a tether or cage, so that the dog cannot fall off or be injured when the vehicle moves.
  • A driver, motorcycle rider, bicycle rider or passenger must not lead an animal, while the vehicle is moving.
  • Pets should not be put in the boot of a sedan type car. They can travel in the cabin of the car or behind a cargo barrier in the back of wagon / SUV type vehicles.
  • When travelling, pets must be provided with adequate ventilation. Containers must have multiple ventilation holes on at least three sides of the container.

There are many ways to restrain your pet when travelling, which include car harnesses, crates and carriers, seat belt straps, and ute straps. To find the most suitable method for you and your vehicle, speak to your local Just For Pets expert.

To find out the laws that apply in your state or territory, contact your state or territory transport department.

HARNESS VS COLLAR

To collar or to harness? We have put together some points both for and against collars and harnesses, to help you decide which method is best for you and your pup

Harnesses:

  • It’s an effective training tool, especially for puppies.
  • Harnesses are great for specific breeds. Those with respiratory problems, such as pugs, will benefit from a harness that doesn’t restrict their airways any further.
  • They provide control over your dog because it discourages pulling and jumping.

However

  • Some dogs will not like the feeling of a harness and refuse to move, or make it physically impossible to get it on them
  • Long hair can get caught in harnesses which makes it very hard to fit and could be painful for the dog.
  • Harnesses can become irritating for all day use

Collars:

  • They are less invasive and if worn from puppy stage your dog won’t fight wearing it
  • A collar is less likely to get caught in long hair
  • Collars can be left on all day with comfort

However;

  • Pulling can increase likelihood of a neck injury
  • Excessive pulling on a collar will restrict the airways

An important thing to note is that just because you might use a harness to walk your dog, this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t wear a collar. Your pet’s ID tag is attached to their collar, and it is an easy way to grab onto your pet if for some reason they break free of their harness.  Think of the harness as the controlling mechanism and the collar as the accessory!

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