Many dog owners up and down the country are completely unaware of upcoming legislation that requires them to microchip their pooch, a new report has found.

Research from Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found database, revealed that 46 per cent of dog owners did not realise microchipping was to be made compulsory. Of those that were aware, just a fifth knew that this was to happen in England from 2016.

Furthermore, there is a distinct lack of understanding when it comes to knowing how microchipping works, with 12 per cent believing it is a GPS system

Helping to raise awareness of the new legislation and get canine owners prepared, Petlog is hosting the tenth iteration of National Microchipping Month, which takes place over the next four weeks.

It will help to educate those with dogs on how microchips work, highlighting the importance of keeping information up to date and showing how to get the most from the database.

“Microchipping is the most popular form of permanent identification, and has reunited hundreds of thousands of pets and owners in the UK since it was introduced here over 20 years ago, and yet pet owners do not seem to fully understand how the microchip works and why it is so important to keep their contact details up to date," said Celia Walsom, Petlog executive.

"It is important that people understand how a microchip works so that they know how to make the most of it."

She recommends that owners use microchips alongside a collar and a tag and still try to be responsible so that they do not have to call on its services.

The microchip itself is around the size of a grain of rice. Each one has a unique number that can identify the dog when it is scanned. If a welfare organisation, vets, dog wardens or anyone authorised to scan a pooch finds one, it makes it a lot easier to reunite it with its owner.

Written by: Hannah