We know that dogs have acute hearing. In fact, many of us envy dogs sound-detecting abilities. One drawback of such a wonderful sense is that loud sounds can be overwhelming, annoying, even frightening. We can’t always protect our dogs from gunshots during hunting season, the fireworks on the Fourth of July, a car backfiring, or thunderstorms.
Still, there is one simple way that so many of us can make our super-eared dogs happier and make their daily lives better: Protect them from the incessant jingling of their tags. It pains me to see so many dogs wearing up to a dozen licensing tags with the continuous clanging that results from this pile of tags. I’m certainly in favor of dogs wearing tags—they can be life saving by helping to reunite people with a lost, wandering dog.
So, how can you keep your dog from the experiencing the constant irritation of those tags rattling together? First of all, only keep the most up to date tags on your dog. With an ID tag, a city license, and a rabies tag, a dog has three tags. As you get these updated each year, toss the old ones rather than making your dog into a percussion section. (Besides the extra noise, the extra weight around the neck is not a plus, especially in smaller dogs.) Another option is have a flat ID tag attached directly to the collar so that fewer tags are available to jingle. Finally, the tags can be secured so that they do not jingle at all. There are actually products like Quiet Spot’s Pet Tag Silencer that can hold the tags all together in one pouch. A quick but similar solution is to use some electrical tape to secure the tags into one silent mass. It’s not as chic as Pet Tag Silencer but it is effective and inexpensive.
It pains me to see a dog with clinking tags, especially if it’s a dog who I know has sound issues, or even if it’s a breed that is likely to be sound sensitive. Preventing this irritation for your dog is a quick and easy way to make your dog’s daily life a little more pleasant, which is something they do for us all the time.