We all recognize the jingle jangle of our dogs’ collars. You’ve probably also been startled by the clang of your dog’s tag slapping against the dog bowl.
While these noises can be ignored or written off, your dog may have a harder time ignoring the constant noise. If you’re searching for a noiseless option, a collar with a nameplate is a great way to keep your dog safe while making the clanging and jangling a thing of the past.
dogIDS Personalized Nylon Dog Collar
Top 8 Tag-Free, Nameplate Collar Choices
Using a tag-free collar seems like a no-brainer, especially since these customizable collars are about the same price as normal collars. When you factor in the price of a collar plus a tag, they’re usually less expensive, actually.
It’s odd that it took so long for them to become popular. But now that they are, there are plenty of tag-free and nameplate collars available to buy.
Choosing the right one for your dog can become daunting since not all collars are created equal. We’ve picked out our favorites for a wide range of pooches, prices, and styles.
1. dogIDS Personalized Nylon Dog Collar
It’s hard to go wrong with a nylon collar. They dry quickly, they’re bright, making your dog more visible in the woods and at night, and they last.
DogIDS’s collar comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes (all for the same price). This nametag collar also earns a top spot since they allow up to four lines of text. This means you can include your address and a note like “I’m deaf,” which can make a huge difference if your dog becomes lost.
Best for: almost any size dog or activity level
2. TagME Personalized Leather Dog Collar
This collar is constructed to last. From the high-quality leather to the durable buckle and grommets, this is an excellent choice if you’re partial to leather.
The bright nameplate stands out and won’t rust. You can also customize up to three lines of text.
Best for: Medium to extra large dogs
3. GoTags Sporting Dog Collar with Personalized Nameplate
If you have a hunting dog or you take your dog hiking or camping all the time, this collar was designed for you. It only comes in hunting orange but is the most visible nameplate collar you can find.
It’s waterproof and extremely durable. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about your dog going missing.
With four lines of text, you can include your address or other information if you like.
Best for: Hunting and adventure dogs
4. Joytale Personalised Dog Collar
This personalized nylon collar is simple, straightforward, and affordable. It’s also reflective and padded. Joytale allows you to add up to four lines of text. This is an excellent option for day-to-day use.
Best for: Most dogs (not XL) and daily wear
5. Outdoor Dog Supply Reflective Center Collar with Brass Name Plate
If you need a heavy-duty collar for a large or extra-large dog, look no further.
This collar features a highly reflective strip around the center, so you (and drivers) can easily spot your dog in the dark. And for dogs that can’t help but play in the water, it’s nylon but coated in poly, so it doesn’t absorb water and stay soaked.
While the brass nameplate doesn’t stand out as much as some other collars’ ID plates, it is durable.
Best for: Large and extra-large dogs that like to swim
6. Beirui Personalized Dog Collar with Name Plate
We had to include some cute and stylish options for those dogs that dress to impress.
These adorable collars feature an engraved metal buckle rather than a nameplate, which cuts down on the hardware. These are perfect for smaller dogs that don’t pull since they’re made from thicker fabric rather than nylon.
They do tend to get a bit dirty, but they easily wash clean. My Beagle uses this collar, and she loves all the compliments she gets.
Best for: Small dogs
7. Personalized Name Plate Dog Collar by Yellow Dog Design
This poly-coated nylon collar is great for choice for most dogs that like to swim. You can expect it to last for several years and it’s made in the USA.
It has a large riveted nameplate that is easy to read from a distance and comes in some really attractive patterns and colors. It does tend to not last as long if your dog frequently swims in saltwater, though. It’s also designed for medium to extra-large dogs.
Best for: Freshwater swimming, medium to extra-large dogs
8. Personalized Dog Collar by Sinobear
Personalized options without nameplates
The main purpose of this article was to show you our favorite picks for dog collars that have built-in nameplates as opposed to dangling name tags.
However, there’s another option: collars with stitched text. We’re not going to make a list of them all, but here’s one of our favorites that you may be interested in checking out.
Are noiseless dog collars better for dogs?
Fact: dog owners want the best for their best friends.
So, is a tagless collar a better option than a typical hoop-and-nametag option? The clear conclusion is yes! How can switching to a nameplate collar benefit your dog?
Dogs have very sensitive ears. Very sensitive ears. They can hear sounds both higher and lower than we can. In fact, they can hear noises as high pitched as 65,000 Hz while we can only hear sounds as high as 20,000 Hz. This is why our dogs respond to dog whistles while all we hear is silence.
Furthermore, their ears can distinguish slight differences in sounds that we cannot. This means that their brains ignite and respond to sounds and subtle variations in tone that we cannot even hear.
This means that the constant noise of your dog’s tags can cause him relentless annoyance and irritation. Tagless collars can provide your pup with much-deserved peace and quiet and do wonders for dogs with noise sensitivity.
When it comes to our dogs, their safety is always a priority
Typical tags attach to collars via flimsy loops. These loops present several safety issues that are difficult to ignore.
First, the chintzy keyring loops that hold our dog’s identity and contact information to their collars often break off. These rings either get caught and stretch to a breaking point or age and weaken, eventually falling off.
This leaves your dog vulnerable should he go missing since an ID tag is the first and quickest way for whoever finds your dog to contact you.
Additionally, ID tag rings tend to catch on things. As your dog is running along, his ID loop can get snagged on a branch, yanking him backward, potentially hurting his neck and getting him hung up in a bush.
I’ve also seen my dog get his dewclaw stuck in his ID tag loop. Of course, he panicked, crying out while hopping on three feet and pulling his collar tighter and tighter around his neck.
Nameplate collars eliminate these safety concerns and noise. There’s also the bonus for dog owners of not having to listen to the jingle of your dog scratching his neck.
Are there any drawbacks to nameplate collars?
For the most part, not really. One concern we’ve come across is that from afar, a lost dog with a nameplate collar may not appear to have contact information, which may deter some people from catching your dog should he escape the yard.
If your dog is still jingling around, it’s time for a change. Remember to measure your dog’s neck to find the best fit and allow a little extra time for customization. There’s a collar out there with your dog’s name on it, just waiting for you to order!