Collar and Tag Tips !

From an early age, train puppies and kittens to wear a collar and walk on a leash. Lost pets without tags… especially cats, often don't get reclaimed. Slip collars (aka choke chains) are for training or walking only; pets should wear flat or rolled buckle collars for everyday use and tags should be attached to the buckle collar.

Forget the "S" hook or "O" ring that comes with the tags, these are to weak to prevent the pet, (especially if they rough-house) from losing their tags. It's best to use the split ring type that are used on key chains and put all the tags on the split ring, then attach the split ring to the collar. Split rings can be purchased at any lock and key shop, craft shops and Walmart. Be sure to use a split ring small enough that the pet won't get a toe caught in it.

Does your dog have a wardrobe of different collars? If so, put all the tags on a split ring as describe above, and attach a small snap hook. Then it's a "snap" to change the tags from one collar to the next.

For active dogs whose tags are unreadable long before they expire, cover the tags with several coats of clear nail polish before putting them on the dog.

Hate hearing your pet's tags jingle? Attach the rabies and license tags back-to-back with masking tape or super glue. If you have more than one pet, use colored key identifiers (sold at lock and key shops) to color-code each pet's tags. This will also keep tags from jingling.

If your pet loses its tags, get replacements right away. Remember, in order for the tags to protect your pet, your pet must be wearing the tags.

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