Seriously, volunteering at a shelter as I have for so many years, I can tell you, it’s the best thing to have your dog chipped. We have seen many dogs come in who are returned to their homes because of it. They end up at animal control as strays, are scanned for an identification chip and then go home.
Collars with tags are great, too. They can help a lost dog skip the trip to animal control. A tag with a phone number is great; someone who sees your dog wandering can approach carefully, check for a phone number and call you to come get your lost pooch.
I have mixed feelings about putting your dog’s name on the tag however. Because people steal dogs, I tend to prefer to have the “owner’s” name (don’t like the term “owner”, so let’s call them dog parents) on the tag with a phone number to call. This way if the person “finding” your dog is up to no good, they can’t call the dog by name and make them feel more comfortable to go along with a stranger.
When ID chips were first introduced, there were some incidences of the chips migrating and causing problems. That problem has since been solved. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and what they did to anchor the chip is to put a small hole in it. The tissue grows around the chip and into the tiny hole anchoring it so the danger of it migrating is solved.
Important to note is that you need to update the contact information on the chip. If you move, or if you re-home your dog, be sure to update the name, phone number and address. For example, my neighbors adopted a dog, went to their vet to have him chipped and found out he had a chip (they adopted him from a private source or a shelter would have scanned for a chip and found it), but the contact information was no longer valid. No need to chip him again; they just needed to update his information with their contact name and number.
Chipping your dog is the best way to ensure he will come home if he becomes lost.
To Your Dog’s Good Health!