Though you may have no problem with a jingling pooch, the sound may be driving someone else in your household up the wall -- especially if that person is extra sensitive to noise. The jingle jangle may also prove disruptive if you work from home, during the night when you're trying to get some shuteye, or if you don't want anything to wake a napping baby. Whatever the reason, if the incessant metal-on-metal clinking of dog tags makes you or someone else in your house want to howl, silencing them is a relatively quick and easy task.
Purchase silicone dog tag silencers from the pet supply store. These rubbery bands hug the outside of the dog tags, effectively preventing metal from clinking against metal. Take your dog's tags to the store to make sure that you choose silencers in the right size and shape.
Secure the tag to the collar itself so it doesn't hang loose. You can do this in one of two ways, the first of which is investing in a collar with a built-in tag. If you don't want to spend the money or wait for a collar to be customized for your dog, you can simply secure your dog's existing tags to his collar. Wrap either string or a rubber band around both the tag and the collar so that when the dog moves, the tag stays wrapped tightly in place. Alternatively, a dab of hot glue will also secure the tag to the collar -- just don't try to do it while the collar is on your dog, of course!
Make a simple DIY silencer out of felt. Cut a small swatch of felt that is just big enough to wrap around the dog tag once or twice. Wrap it around the tag and secure it in place using string or a rubber band. This cushions it and prevents it from making noise when it swings around.
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Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.