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Dog badges are a priority in many professions and circumstances. Service dogs used for people with a disability are always recommended to carry a badge.

Whilst law states that proof of certification should not be required from a person who meets the requirements of having a legal disability and whose dog meets the criteria as a service dog, many businesses are in ignorance of this. As a result events such as going on vacation, which should be times of joy and excitement, can result in frustration and problems when it comes to the service dog.

Dog badges provide an excellent measure to eliminate such difficulties. Such ID badges generally include the following details:

– A current photo
– Dog name
– Sex
– Breed
– Date of Birth
– Colour
– Owner name
– Owner details (phone number and address).

In brief such dog badges serve to clearly identify the dog as a service dog. Generally when one purchases a dog badge, two will be provided. One to be worn by the dog and the other to be kept by the owner.

Dog badges have an excellent advantage over the typical vests worn by service dogs in that it calls little attention to either the dog or owner. This advantage is especially important to those with a disability who fear being seen as ‘easy targets’ for crime or theft.

Dog badges are available in a variety of designs and materials. For example the sturdy aluminium badges provide a durable option and come in a good selection of styles.

Dog badges do not just offer benefit to owners of service dogs, sadly many dog owners have despaired when their beloved pet is missing. This despair is only heightened at the realisation that the dog carries no form of ID. For such dog owners a simple solution is a homemade dog badge. Below are a few simple steps:

Take a Photo
Ensure that the photo clearly shows the face of the dog as well as a good section of the body. In addition one should ensure that the light balance is good.

The Details
Make a note of the details to be included on the ID badge, this will include pet name, sex, a physical description, owner name and contact details. In addition owners should include specific medical conditions or other relevant information about the dog.

Design the Dog Badge
Create a simple badge ensuring that the layout is clear and easy to understand.

Print and Laminate
Print at least two copies of the final card and save the template for future use. Dog badges should be updated at regular intervals, including keeping the photo displayed on the badge as a current portrayal of the dog.

Laminate the card and protect with a hard cover. One cannot expect the dog to take extra care and caution when wearing the dog badge so one should ensure that is it in a cover that will not easily be damaged.

Are dog badges a must for all dog owners? Absolutely. Purchasing or designing a dog badge may only take a few minutes but it can save a lot of frustration, problems and heartache in the long run.