Your dog needs tags for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, tags tell strangers your dog is yours and that he’s been vaccinated. If your dog is picked up for any reason, the shelter is going to use the tags to let you know he’s safe. This is why engraved dog tags are so necessary; unfortunately, they can jingle obnoxiously when the metal pieces of your dog’s tags and his collar bump together. Here’s a few ways you can silence his tags:
Use Silicone Dog Tag Silencers
Silicone dog tag silencers fit around your dog’s tags and keep them from making noise. The rubber silicone is flexible, and stretches to fit around the tags. They’re easily found in most pet stores and online, and they’re typically very inexpensive. Silicone silencers are easily the best method for solving this issue.
You’ll need to choose a fairly standard shape for your dog’s tag to fit it with a silicone dog tag silencer. If the dog tag is a star shape or some other sort of odd shape, you’re not going to find a silicone cover to fit it. Choose dog tags in a circle, oval, or square shape, such as the Pewter Friend ID Dog Tag, the Doggie ID Tag with Paw, or the Pewter Square Best Friend ID Dog Tag.
Make Your Own Dog Tag Silencer
There are a few ways you can DIY a dog tag silencer, including the easiest method which is to hot glue your dog’s tags directly onto his collar. Because of the coarseness of nylon or braided collars, this method won’t typically work on those collar types. You’ll need a flat material collar, such as leather or faux leather, to affix the tags. Allow the glue to dry fully before you put the collar back on your dog.
Another method is to wrap the dog tags in braided paracord. The cord can be found in most hardware sections, including at Walmart and Target. Simply wrap it around the edges of the tags, and then hot glue or tie off the ends to keep it secure. It’s small enough to keep the lettering visible, but thick enough to ensure no obnoxious sounds are heard from metal-on-metal clanking.
The final DIY method is to wrap string around both the tag and the collar. Wrap the string so tight that the tags don’t move even when your dog is in motion, but don’t use so much string the words on the tags are no longer visible.
Check Pinterest for even more DIY dog tag silencers, but avoid the ones that ask you to make a tag bag because the bag obscures the writing on your dog’s tag, which may confuse someone who comes across your dog.
Use a Brass Nameplate
Nameplates are a bit more effective than hot gluing your dog’s tags directly onto the collar. They cost more than DIY, but are guaranteed to last a bit longer and won’t fall off when the glue wears off. The nameplates attaches to the collar using rivets, and because the tags are no longer hanging, there’s no noise. Nameplates are sold in pet stores and online.
Overall, there are a number of ways to eliminate the obnoxious jingle of clanging dog tags. A dog’s hearing is so much stronger than a human’s, it can be assumed if the sound is annoying to you it’s even more annoying to your dog. By silencing the jingle, you’re doing your dog a favor too.