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  1. #21
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    Its a small dog with a small collar, right? Why not just slide the ring the tags hang from through the whole collar? The tags will still fall to the lowest point on the collar (in front of their neck). They won't be lost unless the collar is unbuckled and off the dog. I have a lot of grooming clients who do that with their little dogs.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HPFarmette View Post
    Slightly off topic but please make tags not jingle....
    I solved this problem with a couple wraps of electrical tape. Anyone who needs to see the info can just peel it off easy as pie. In meantime, no jingle-jingle-jingle everywhere.



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    BUT you still need your rabies tag and your license tag (and something to hold them).
    If you really want your rabies and license numbers kept on the dog in a safe way, just get the relevant numbers engraved onto your riveted-on plate or slide tag. My slide tags all have the vet's phone number as well as mine, and if anyone has an urgent inquiry about rabies shots, they'll want to talk to the vet anyway about getting the actual legal certificate instead of just accepting the metal tag as proof.
    You don't need the actual tags to be on the actual dog. If the dog has contact info, like your phone number, or the dog's microchip is read (hopefully your dog is microchipped and you keep the contact info up-to-date) you can produce these tags immediately if necessary (after you get your dog back) if and only if you didn't hang them on the actual dog.
    If you do put them on the actual dog, you risk losing your tags, or having them rendered illegible by banging into each other. When I used to put the rabies tag on the collar, it was always rendered completely illegible from banging into things within a few months, or it was rapidly lost completely- within 6 months I had no readable rabies tag. Much safer to just put it in a drawer.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wendy View Post
    Much safer to just put it in a drawer.
    ...or leave it with the vet. I have my vet keep the tag in the file.

    Granted, my dogs don't wear tags at all, and I am terrible with my filing, so having the vet keep it made the most sense for me.



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    This isn't the case everywhere, but in Wake County, NC there's a legal requirement that your dog have the rabies tag attached to the collar and the collar on the dog:

    § 91.32 INOCULATION TAG AND PROOF OF VACCINATION FOR DOGS AND CATS.
    (A) Upon complying with the provisions of §§ 91.30 through 91.39, there shall be issued to the owner of the animal inoculated a numbered metallic tag, stamped with the number and the year for which issued, and indicating that the animal has been inoculated against rabies.

    (B) It shall be unlawful for any dog owner to fail to provide the dog with a collar to which a current tag issued under this section is securely attached. The collar with attached tag, must be worn at all times, except during the time the dog is hunting or is performing at shows, obedience trials, tracking tests, field trials, schools or other events sanctioned and supervised by a recognized organization.

    This isn't how it works where I live now, but before you just toss those tags in a drawer, you probably should check and see what your local jurisdiction requires. Just sayin'...



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    I dont switch collars much so dont have that problem. But I have small dogs and hated how the S hooks caused the tag to fall and the jangling. (I keep license and rabies tag attached this way.)
    So I had a very low-tech solution. Twist-ties! I took a length from my gardening supplies, put it through both tags and then put the tie through the ring on the collar. Twisted it so it was reasonably snug and it has held up for the year. Having it snug means very little jingling - they dont usually wear their collars in the house anyway (another debate, I know)



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    zip ties.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wendy View Post
    If you really want your rabies and license numbers kept on the dog in a safe way, just get the relevant numbers engraved onto your riveted-on plate or slide tag. My slide tags all have the vet's phone number as well as mine, and if anyone has an urgent inquiry about rabies shots, they'll want to talk to the vet anyway about getting the actual legal certificate instead of just accepting the metal tag as proof.
    You don't need the actual tags to be on the actual dog. If the dog has contact info, like your phone number, or the dog's microchip is read (hopefully your dog is microchipped and you keep the contact info up-to-date) you can produce these tags immediately if necessary (after you get your dog back) if and only if you didn't hang them on the actual dog.
    If you do put them on the actual dog, you risk losing your tags, or having them rendered illegible by banging into each other. When I used to put the rabies tag on the collar, it was always rendered completely illegible from banging into things within a few months, or it was rapidly lost completely- within 6 months I had no readable rabies tag. Much safer to just put it in a drawer.
    It may work in some places to just have your license number engraved on a nameplate but in my state (as bdj mentioned that it is in her state) it is the law that dogs have their municipal license tag attached to their collar or harness and must be worn at all times when off the owner's property.

    And while the rabies tag is not specifically ordered to be worn at all times like the license tag, doing so just helps a lost dog stay out of harms way (especially if there was a bite involved - either to a human or between animals). And of course no one would accept a simple tag as *proof positive* that said dog has been innoculated against rabies but it does provide the *trail* (place of innoculation and phone number) so that the official records can be checked (does dog match description on file for that particular rabies tag/certificate).

    So whether you have multiple tags or just the one license tag - if you want to swap collars you will need a good way to to that if you live in a state that requires tags to be worn at all times.



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    I got some similar to this one

    http://www.petco.com/product/113754/...eCat=LookAhead

    a couple of years ago at Petco so I could put my therapy dogs' TDInc tags on just for therapy visits, then take them off again easily.

    I do see that the one I linked to has bad reviews. The ones I have must've been another brand they carry/have carried because I'm very pleased with them, and they have a MUCH sturdier fastener. But the concept might work for you if you can find a well-made one. You can wrap the loop around the collar itself.



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    Boomerang tags are the best, hands down. They do NOT come off. Last time I bought a new collar, I had to cut the old one in half to get the tag off. (And it was a Lupine collar, so I had to use gardening shears! )
    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry



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