“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…”
Dog tags! I absolutely despise them. Must they be so loud?
I bet our dogs can’t stand it, either! Can you imagine jingling every time you move your head?
For ages, I have been looking for a solution. On one hand, I want someone to have a way of contacting me if my dog gets lost and then found. On the other hand, I don’t want this permanent jingle. For the sake of my dogs’ and my sanity.
A few months ago, I bought some leather dog tags with my number on it. I wasn’t expecting much. It’s winter and I have 4 young dogs, so I figured the tags would be broken before the week was over. Nope! They’re still in top shape.
The sound of jingling dog tags is also a warning to other humans and dogs. Many dogs, who react aggressively or fearfully to other dogs on walks, will get triggered by the mere sounds of dog tags. They learn what happens before what happens happens: first they hear dog tags, then they see a dog. So eventually, they react to the simple sound of dog tags.
On top of that, and actually more common, is that the humans will tighten the leash when they hear the sound of jingling dog tags. The tightening of the leash also causes the dog to react and search for the other dog.
This kind of conditioning is not helpful at all and can do more bad than good.
Have you ever tried a leather dog tag or something similar? There are also little pouches you can attach to your dog’s collar and put the tags in.
I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!
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