Silent dog tags are becoming increasingly popular amongst pet owners who don’t like regular dog tags.
The reasons for this can vary, but below are some common examples:
- Small breed dogs and dogs with short legs can often find normal pet tags annoying when they dangle down from their collar.
- Regular dog tags also tend to tangle, which can sometimes be a safety risk, depending on your circumstances.
- Many people simple don’t like listening noisy tags in their home.
The good news is that you can avoid all those problems by simply getting a silent dog tag (from $22.95 at Paws Up Club) for your pet.
What is a silent dog tag?
Silent dog tags slide on the collar, rather than getting attached with a clip or split ring.
Typically there a two types of silent dog tags:
- Metal-only slide-on tag
- Silicone and metal slide-on tag
We tested both, and preferred the silicone slide-on tag (pictured above).
At first, the metal-only silent tag (pictured below) may look like a better choice to some. But metal is a very hard material, which in this case comes with downsides.
Downsides of metal-only silent tags
- Because metal can’t be bend, it’s tricky to put it on a collar (the silicone silent tags are a lot more elastic, meaning you can stretch the opening when sliding the tag on a collar).
- The edges are hard and a bit sharp, which actually scratched (damaged) our collar while fiddling it through the opening. This worried us because it means there’s a risk it could scratch the skin of our dog too.
How durable are silicone silent dog tags?
Here’s a stretch-test video from the Paws Up Club: