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Excessive Jingling of Dog Tags
A pet peeve worth stopping

Large numbers of dog tags jingling on a dog’s collar drive me crazy and probably bother most dogs even more. For sound-sensitive dogs in particular, noisy tags may negatively affect their quality of life. Seeing dogs suffer the constant clanging and additional weight of wearing all that metal activates my pet peeve sensors like few other avoidable irritations. I even had a little rant about it recently on another blog.

We can minimize the number of tags by pitching expired ones and by getting a flat ID tag that is directly attached to the collar. That leaves just a city license and a rabies tag for most dogs, which cuts out a lot of the sound. Or, the jingling can be eliminated completely with The Quiet Spot’s Pet Tag Silencer that holds all the tags in one pouch. Less chic than the Pet Tag Silencer but effective and inexpensive is using some electrical tape to secure the tags into a single silent mass.

Dogs make our lives better in a thousand small ways each day. Lessening the irritation of heavy, loud tags on our dogs’ collars is one small way we can repay the favor.

Is your pet peeve quite different from mine? Do you have a remedy that will make all our dogs’ lives better?


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Dale Wyrick | August 5 2009 |


There are personalized dog tags that are made of aluminum and coated in a printed plastic. These tags are really light and do not make the loud noises you talk about.

My labs wear tags from www.DogTagArt.com and I have been very pleased with the tags. The say the tag is guaranteed to be readable for life and they have some pretty stylish and funky designs.

Submitted by becky | August 10 2009 |

I have to say I don't like the noise much either but have found it invaluable since we adopted our terrier mix munchkin a year ago. It turns out she has siezures and they usually happen in the middle of the night so the jingling helps me wake up if she's having one. Medication has helped but not eliminated them so I'm thankful for my warning jingles! Becky

Submitted by Carol | March 12 2013 |

Hi Karen,
I also share your pet peeve of loud tags and have just started a company, Macazu, that will make a product, TagPodz, to solve the problem of tag noise. If tag noise bothers you, image how loud it must be to your dog's ears as they are very close to the source of the noise!

In addition to tag noise, TagPodz will also prevent tag wear and tag loss by keeping tags securely encased on the dog collar, and eliminate unsightly fur staining. We will be launching TagPodz this spring (2013). For more information, check us out at www.macazu.com



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