Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, while on a public highway or in a public place, every dog must wear a collar. The name and address of its owner should be inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.
Exceptions to this rule are:
- Packs of hounds
- Dogs used for sporting purposes
- Dogs used for driving/tending cattle and sheep
- Dogs on official duty with HM Forces, Customs & Excise or the police
- Dogs on emergency rescue work
- Registered guide dogs for the blind.
If the rule is broken, an owner of a dog or any person in charge of it and any person allowing the dog to be on the highway or in a public place, would each be guilty of an offence.