A dog owner’s favorite sound is hearing their pet’s ID tags jingle as you enter your front door. The pooch comes bounding around the corner to greet its master, and suddenly the stresses of the day melt away. But if your dog doesn’t like the sound their tags make, or their tags at all, then there’s a problem.
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Keeping Our Furry Friends Safe
It’s easy to understand why our dogs don’t like their tags. Imagine if you had to wear a clinking, clanking necklace all-day-every-day that made a grating, metallic sound every time you moved. The sound would get frustrating and after a while, you’d probably want to be rid of it too. Even though they don’t like it, our dogs still need to wear some form of identification should they get lost or picked up by a stranger. Of course, getting your furry friend microchipped will help the two of you find each other again should you be separated. Unfortunately, an ID-less dog is less likely to be picked up by a good Samaritan, putting your dog in danger of being lost, or worse.
Dog-training company, Unleashed Unlimited, writes on their blog that there are easy ways to reduce ID tag jingle, keeping your four-legged family member comfortable and happy. Let’s look at a couple of their suggestions and others to learn what would work best for your dog.
In an ideal world we’d have our dogs run around in vast outdoor spaces without any kind of ID tags, but it’s just not a perfect world. ID tags list pertinent information about your pet, including their vaccination records, local municipal registration and your contact information. If you want to make sure that your dog gets home safely, their ID tags are your best bet. It’s hard forcing your pet to do (or in this case wear) something they don’t like, but it only serves to protect them. To protect your dog and keep them happy, Unleashed Unlimited recommends that dog owners get the dog ID tag silencer. Made of a soft rubber material, the ID tag silencer fits over your pup’s tags and stops the tags from making jingling noises whenever they move. You can purchase the silencer ready-made or make a special order.
There is a way to avoid the ID tags altogether, and that’s with the brass nameplate. The nameplate is attached to your dog’s collar using rivets, keeping the nameplate in place and giving your dog an updated look. Remember when listing your contact information not to include your dog’s name. The only information you should include on your dog’s ID tag or nameplate is your address and phone number. Well Minded Pets warns that including your dog’s name on their tag could potentially put them in more danger by allowing Michael Vick types and other nefarious characters to call your dog by its name and get them to obey commands.
The Embroidered Collar
If a nameplate isn’t to your liking, you can also have personalized embroidered dog collars made by companies like Hot Dog Collars, who specialize in providing quality pet collars to caring pet owners. Like the nameplate, the embroidered collar can (and should) include your contact information, whether it’s your phone number or address.
The ‘Finding Rover’ App
If the worse should happen and your dog should somehow have removed their collar or ID tags, the Finding Rover app can help you locate your dog using facial recognition technology. To use the app, all you have to do is take a front-facing picture of your pup. After marking the eyes and nose using drag-and-drop tools, Finding Rover verifies the picture using their facial recognition technology and will scan the dog’s features and hold them on file. Should your dog go missing, Finding Rover will contact dog organizations like shelters, pounds and rescues to help you find your dog.
We want to keep our furry besties safe. A way of doing that is by outfitting them with our information. Don’t take the ID tags off, just modify them.