How to Put a Dog Tag on a Collar

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Chances are that you love your dog more than anything else in the world. They’re your companion, by your side at all times—always smiling, always appreciative. For such reason, it’s one of your top priorities to protect them, as you’d feel at a loss without them in your life. 

One of the simplest ways to protect your dog is with a custom dog tag. It might not sound like much, but a personalized dog tag can be a lifesaver if your dog ever goes missing. 

But what do you have engraved on a custom dog tag? And how do you properly put a dog tag on a collar? Let’s take a closer look. 

First, what should you engrave on their custom dog tag?

There’s particular information that should be engraved on your dog’s ID tag, first and foremost. This information is pertinent because it can allow your dog to be returned home safely. Here’s some of what should be included: 

  • Your personal contact information
  • Your address
  • Secondary contact information
  • Behavioral quirks of your dog
  • Medical specifications
  • A reward offer
  • Your dog’s name

It’s imperative you have your contact information and address included, as it will allow a stranger to reach you upon finding your dog, whether that’s by phone or arriving at your residence. Secondary contact info is equally important, as it will allow a second person to be contacted in the event that you are not available. 

Personality quirks and your dog’s name are both essential, as it guarantees a stranger will be able to communicate and interact with your dog in a safe way—knowing their boundaries and comforting them at the same time. 

Lastly, why a reward offer? The unfortunate truth is that pet theft happens. Listing a reward is a simple way to convince someone to not steal your dog—as sad as that reality is. A cash reward can heighten their chances of returning your dog versus taking it for themselves, whether to keep or sell.   

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How to put your dog’s tag on

Now, how do you put a dog tag on their collar? It depends on the type of tag you’re using. Traditional dog tags will hang from the little metal hoop at the end of your dog’s collar. You’ve seen—and heard—this type of dog tag before. There’s a joyous dog running around at the dog park and all you hear is the sound of their tag clanging against their collar. 

Worst of all, these traditional tags easily get caught on things. That could lead to injuring your dog. It could also lead to injuring yourself, such as ring avulsion—which you dearly want to avoid. 

A secondary option is the Pet ID. First, forget clanging, as this tag attaches directly to any existing collar. No sound, no fuss, no snagging. And installation is incredibly easy. Featuring two silicone band loops, the tag slides simply onto any dog collar, allowing it to be placed and worn in mere seconds. 

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If that still doesn’t feel right, our dog collar ID is another option. Forget having to even slide a dog tag onto your dog’s collar. Instead, it comes pre-installed. Jingle-free and firmly placed into the collar, this collar is the most secure, straightforward option for dog owners and dogs alike. 

All you need to do with this collar is simply place it around your dog’s neck. The added high-visibility stitching helps protect your dog in low-light conditions, too, making it easy for them to be seen by fellow dog walkers and any cars passing by. 

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Getting your dog the perfect collar

While our engraved dog tags are a serious step up from the traditional dog tag, there’s an even better option. Worried that your dog’s ID tag might not fit their collar perfectly? 

Our dog collar ID is the perfect solution, as it features seamless construction between the tag and collar. Easily ID your dog without any extra noise or worry about it getting caught on nearby objects. 

Your dog is like a child to you. Treat them like it. Protect them by ensuring they can be identified in the unfortunate event that they ever go missing.