Best Way To Engrave Dog Tags

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Tags are useful while travelling because they contain your pet’s identification and contact information, which may be used to find them if they go missing. Get creative and make your tags if you aren’t satisfied with the ones available at your local pet shop. You may make your own using a blank metal tag and a metal stamping kit, or seeking help from professionals like The Engraving People. This is a great way to get started working with metals creatively. The stamping is simple, and the finished product is stunning.

Metal Dog Tag Engraving

Things You’ll Need

  • 1/4 inch Alphabet metal stamps
  • Steel bench block
  • Tow inch blank brass tag
  • Black permanent marker
  • Jewellery polishing pad
  • inch Split key ring
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Inkpad
  • Masking tape
  • Hammer

Step #1

Decide what you wish to say with your tags, then stamp the phrases on paper using alphabet stamps. Each word should be cut out.

Step #2

Find a piece of paper to trace your blank tag on. Examine the words for suitability. Paste your cut-out words in the desired order on the tracing. If the words don’t seem to fit, try switching them up or changing the phrasing.

Step #3

Remove the tacky backing from the metal tag and place it face up on your steel block. With a piece of masking tape, hold it in place.

Step #4

Place your first letter stamp on the tag and strike the top of the stamp with a hammer using your paper design as a reference.



You may only strike the stamp once, so aim carefully. Keep your pinky finger on the steel block to steady your hand while striking the stamp.

Step #5

Continue stamping the phrase in this manner, utilizing your paper design as a guide. If you have more than one line of text, remove the masking tape and replace it on another part of the tag while you work.

Step #6

Once you’ve finished stamping, use a black permanent marker to trace over the letters.

Step #7

Use a jewellery polishing pad to scrub the tag. The extra ink from the permanent marker will be removed, but the words you stamped will be more visibly dark and legible.

Step #8

Slip the split key ring through the tag’s hole and attach it to your dog’s collar.


What Should You Put On Your Dog Tags?

According to the ASPCA, as many as 67 per cent of pet owners fail to apply identification tags to their pets. The possibility of your missing pet being returned home is extremely small if you don’t have identification. If your dog is microchipped, nevertheless, he will require an ID tag since this is the first thing that anyone sees if they find your pet. Include contact information, as well as the name of your pet and where you reside. A rabies tag should be placed on the dog’s collar. Rabies vaccination is required and, in addition, a tag with proof of immunization must be attached. Consider attaching another tag with the microchip company’s name and phone number if your dog is microchipped.


There are a few different ways that you can go about engraving your dog tags. The best way to do it will depend on the material of the tag and what you want to put on it. If you’re looking for a permanent solution that is easy to read, we recommend using a laser engraver. This will create a clean, crisp engraving that is easy to read.