Bringing your Great Dane puppy home is an experience you’ll want to make as special as possible. However, despite all of the fun you’ll have welcoming your puppy into your family, there are certain aspects you will need to take care of to ensure your dog stays safe and will always be able to find his way back to you when lost. Your Dane needs ID tags and registration.
The most popular form of identification for your Great Dane puppy is ID tags. Identification tags are an easy way for others to identify your dog should he become lost.
ID tags come in a variety of styles, shapes, colors and sizes. Therefore, you will be certain to find a tag that with suit the needs of your dog, as well as your own personal taste.
Although ID tags are a great form of identification, the disadvantage when using tags is they can fall off the dog or be removed. Therefore, if you feel you need a more permanent method to ensure the safety of your Great Dane puppy, you can consider Microchip or tattoo methods.
Microchips are contained inside capsules no bigger than a grain of rice. These capsules are inserted under your dog’s skin with a needle. The procedure is quick and no more bothersome to your dog than a regular vaccination. All of the information in relation to your dog is programmed inside the microchip, and is also placed in a national database. If your Great Dane should ever become lost, it will be easy to identify your dog.
The disadvantages of micro chipping your dog is not every shelter or rescue that may pick up your dog will have the necessary equipment need to scan your Dane’s chip. Furthermore, chips may be hard to detect, as they are known to move around your Dane’s body. If chips move, this will not harm your dog.
Tattoos are another form of identification. However, you need to know that this form of ID should not be done until your Great Dane puppy has matured into an adult. The reason is because you don’t want the tattoo to become distorted if skin should stretch during growth.
The ID number tattoo your Dane receives should be placed on an area of the dog’s body that will not be concealed by fur. Two ideal places include your dog’s inner thigh or earflap. Make sure you register the number with a national database, and check it every few years for fading.
Finally, regardless of the ID method your select for your Great Dane puppy, it is imperative that you always keep your contact information up-to-date. Should you move, make sure you contact the national database your dog is registered with, or if he has ID tags, get new ones.