How to Attach a Nameplate to a Dog Collar

Attach a Nameplate to a Dog Collar
Attach a Nameplate to a Dog Collar (Image: Jpctalbot)

The benefit of a dog tag is its ease of installation. However, the dangling tag can be noisy, unsightly and prone to catching on things. This can be a particular problem if the dog is a hunting dog, who may get his tags caught in bushes and shrubs. A nameplate on a dog collar can solve these problems, but the tags themselves are a bit tricky to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Rivets
  • Rivet gun or ball peen hammer

Line the rivets up with the pre-drilled holes in the nameplate. Use a rivet gun to attach the nameplate to a dog collar. If you do not have a rivet gun, continue to Step 3.

Push the rivet through the tag and collar, snugging the pre-shaped head against the tag. Allow the side without the head to stick through the collar.

Rest the heads of the rivets against a solid metal or hardwood surface, with the unfinished rivet ends pointing up.

Smack the unfinished rivet ends with the flat surface of a hammer. Use the ball peen hammer to further shape and refine the rivet heads you just made.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rivet guns require hollow rivets, which are less strong than solid rivets. If your dog is large, heavy or spends a lot of time in areas that might catch a collar, you might choose rivets that are solid and cannot be used in a rivet gun. Also, if you do not own a rivet gun and have no interest in purchasing one, choose rivets that are solid and not rivet gun compatible. Select rivets that are the right diameter for the pre-drilled holes in the dog's nameplate.

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