You might call my Bluetick Coonhound, Zoey, an escape artist. She’s leaped out the window of a moving car (twice). Snuck out the gate at a dog park in the middle of the city (followed by a, thankfully, failed attempt to run up an interstate off ramp). And jumped over a five-foot fence without a running start. Needless to say, pet ID tags are a must.
Unfortunately, many pet tags come with some, well, annoying qualities. They’re noisy. Some of them don’t hold up to canine adventuring. They can get caught on things. And the list goes on. Luckily, I’ve discovered four ways to make pet tags less annoying, so it’s easier to keep my rowdy dog safe just in case she manages to make another escape.
1. Eliminate JTS (Jingle Tag Syndrome)
You’re trying to catch up on your Netflix queue. Or sleep in a little late on Saturday. Except your dog’s tags keep making those annoying jangling noises every time he moves around, which seems like constantly. It’s enough to make you take off that collar altogether. Except it’s all too easy to forget to put it back on later.
The solution? Silent pet tags. ROAD iD makes a pet ID that threads onto your pet’s collar with two elastic loops. The ID tag lays flat against the collar—instead of hanging down—for noise-free peace of mind. And totally quiet Netflix viewing.
2. Pass the Coonhound Durability Test
Zoey doesn’t actually go hunting, but as a Coonhound, she pretends she’s hunting whenever we go hiking. And, trust me, she has all the energy and drive of a working dog. This makes it a challenge to find custom hunting dog tags that pass real-world testing. Long hikes in the woods. Walks through the city. Swimming in lakes. Playing at the dog park.
We’ve beaten up and broken many a doggie ID. In the process, I’ve learned it all comes down to durable materials to achieve best quality dog ID tag status. Think surgical stainless steel that’s water resistant (fresh, chlorine, and saltwater, please). Those tiny circle metal fasteners tend to bend apart under constant canine adventures, so alternatives like rubber and elastic fit the bill for keeping the ID firmly attached to the collar.
3. Take the Work Out of Custom Pet Tags
Who wants to stand in the pet store while you get your dog ID tags engraved? First, there’s the stress of deciding what to put on the tag. Your phone number? Your significant other’s phone number? Wait, should I put my name and my dog’s name? It’s a lot pressure when you’re standing in front of an engraving machine in a big box store.
Luckily, when you order your customized pet tags online, you eliminate all this on-the-spot decision making as you figure out Spot’s tags. Instead you can obsess over what info to fit on all those little lines from the comfort of your own sofa. Then the finished product magically shows up in the mail without you ever venturing out.
4. Avoid the Tag Snag
My dog is a cuddler. This means she’s managed to catch her tag on my favorite sweater and leave a snag. Those hang-down metal tags also smack on our hardwood floors when she flops down for a nap. And bang against my new kitchen cabinets when she tears around a corner on the way to the backyard.
A lay-flat dog tag—one that’s right against the collar—nearly eliminates these tag-snag scenarios. It’s also one less thing to get caught on a branch when we’re out for a family hike in the woods or hit a dog-friendly beach.
Do you need adventure friendly, annoyance free dog tags, too? Try the ROAD iD Pet ID on for size.
Michelle Taute is a writer and content marketing strategist. She’s written for USA Today, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman’s Day and many others.