You probably landed on this article because you are a new dog owner and are wondering how to attach a dog tag to a collar or you are wondering if there is an easier way to do it.
Typically, a dog tag will come with what is called a “jump ring”.
I’m not sure how these got this name but what they are is a metal ring with several coils of wire close to each other.
Think of them as a few coils of a spring compressed so that each coil fits tightly against the other.
This is what you use to attach your dog’s tags to their collar or harness.
UPDATED: January 17, 2023
How Dog Tags are Traditionally Attached to a Collar or Harness
To attach your dog’s tags to a collar or harness, you must use your fingernail to pry apart the outer ring of the coil (at the cut end) and slip that gap over the metal ring, or D-ring, on your dog’s collar or harness.
This is most easily done when your dog is not wearing the collar or harness so it’s easier to see and you can pull at the ring at all angles if needed.
Once the gap between the outer and inner rings has been fit over the metal ring on the collar or harness, you need to spin it in the direction opposite of the cut end.
This works the metal loop on the collar “further down” the coil until it pops into the center of the jump ring.
The multiple coils of wire on the ring are necessary to reinforce it’s strength so that it doesn’t come undone if your dog’s tags accidentally snag on something.
However, the extra strength can make it difficult to execute this procedure, especially if you have big fingers or the ring is really small.
If the ring is too small, and the metal ring on your dog’s collar or harness is thick, you might not even be able to get the jump ring around it.
So how do you get the tags onto the collar or harness in that scenario?
Why Use An Alternate Technique for Attaching Your Dog’s Tags?
If the jump ring won’t fit around the metal ring on your dog’s harness or collar because it’s too thick, you will need a different way to attach the tags.
Now, while one solution is to get a larger jump ring, attach the tags to that, and then put it on your dog’s collar, that is a hassle.
It also doesn’t help if your dog has multiple harnesses in different styles like mine and you need to be able to easily move the dog tags from one harness to another.
You may also want an easy way to quickly remove your dog’s tags at night so you don’t hear the jangle if they are wandering around.
So what is a different, easier way to attach your dog’s tags?
Use a Pet Tag Quick Clip Instead
Unattaching your dog’s tags from their collar or harness does not have to be a pain.
I no longer use the jump ring to attach my dog’s tags directly to their collar or harness because it would be frustrating and difficult to do so.
Instead, I use a pet tag clip accessory that I first attach the dog tags too.
These clip accessory is basically a mini carabiner that securely clips to the D ring on your dog’s collar, harness or whatever, after you’ve attached your dog’s tags.
You can open the clip and unhook it when you want to move them. I also take their tags off sometimes so Chester and Gretel don’t clang around the house.
Now, doing this does entail the jump ring/coil procedure above but it’s typically easier because the tags attach to a jump ring already attached to the clip accessory.
Once the dog tags are attached to this clip accessory, all you have to do is clip it onto the metal ring on your dog’s collar. Easy, peasy!
Then when you need to move the tags to a different collar, or remove them at night, simply unclip them.
One note I do want to make before I suggest some pet ID quick clips is that the clip does add extra length between the collar and the bottom of the tags so they hang down lower.
This can be an issue with short dogs because, if they hang down too far, the tags could annoyingly bang your dog’s legs or drag on the ground.
Therefore, the dog tag clips I’m suggesting will have a note by them if I am sure they will be small enough for use on a miniature Dachshund (because I’ve tested them – will be noted as Dachshund approved).
If I do not note specifically that they will work for a Dachshund, it doesn’t mean they won’t. It just means they might not. I haven’t tested them.
Below are the dog tag clips I suggest:
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Rubit tag clip
My favorite dog tag clip, and the one I’ve primarily used since 2011, is the Rubit Curve Aluminum Dog Tag Clip.
The Rubit is a small carabiner-style clip with a jump ring atached.
When attaching your dog’s tags to the Rubit, it’s best to attach your dog’s tags directly to the jump ring on the Rubit or to remove that jump ring and replace it with the one already attached to your dog’s tags.
Another reason to do it that way is because if you attach the existing tag jump ring to the Rubit jump ring, the ID tags will face sideways instead of to the front.
Note: The Rubit comes in different colors but beware that the colored coating will eventually wear off and the hook will be the silver aluminum color.
Kurgo Wander clip
This is the type of dog tag clip I use if I don’t use a Rubit.
The Wander clip is just the carabiner part without it’s own jump ring.
With this one, you would attached the jump ring already on your dog’s tags directly to the Wander clip.
The regular Wander clip size is Dachshund approved, although it is a little longer in length than the small Rubit clip.
There is also a “burly” size for larger dogs.
GoTags pet ID clip
The GoTags pet ID clip is very small and not suitable for larger dogs.
Although I have not tried it, looking at the measurements as compared to the other two clips, it’s about the same size as the small Rubit clip (the clip itself without the included jump ring) so it should work for Dachshunds.
Although the product photos show one being able to slide the clip directly through the hole on a pet tag, I don’t know if I believe that.
While it may be possible, it’s likely that you would have to slide the jump ring attached to your pet’s tags over the hook.
I will say with this clip style, I am a little more wary of the security.
The other two I suggested above have a separate areas where you attach the tags (ad dedicated loop) and where the clip that attaches to the collar is.
The GoTags clip is merely one big clip ring.
It’s a viable option though if you want a different style than the two above.
My dogs have different harnesses for different uses, and they have multiples of each since I have to wash them frequently, so easily being able to attached and detach my pet’s tags is important to me.
I love pet id tag clips. I don’t know how we lived without them before.
The Rubit is my go-to tag clip but I also like the Kurgo Wander ID tag clip.
If you’re looking for an alternative way to attach your dog’s tags to their collar, I highly suggest trying a pet tag clip.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.