How to Attach a Nameplate to a Dog Collar

Instead of hanging tags, permanently attach a nameplate to your dog's collar.
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A nameplate puts an end to the constant jingling of hanging name tags on your dog's collar without giving up the security of easy identification. It also serves as a backup if you choose to keep the hanging tags on your dog's collar. Although a nameplate is attached with rivets, the process is not intimidating and does not necessarily require special equipment.

Step 1

Adjust the collar to fit your dog's neck, if it is the type with adjustable sliding ends. Skip this step if the collar has a fixed buckle and holes.

Step 2

Lay the collar out flat on a hard surface.

Step 3

Place the nameplate in the desired spot on the collar, at least 1 inch away from the sliding adjustable buckle, or out of the way of the existing holes.

Step 4

Mark the location of the nameplate holes on the collar with a marker or grease pencil and then set the nameplate aside.

Step 5

Punch holes in the collar at the places you marked in Step 4 using either a leather hole punch, drill or nail and hammer. The holes should be approximately the same size as the stem on the rivet.

Step 6

Push the bottom half of the rivet up through one of the holes on the bottom of the collar.

Step 7

Place the nameplate and then the top half of the rivet onto the stem.

Step 8

Turn the collar over and hammer the back of the rivet until the two pieces are secured together. Alternately, use a rivet gun or setter to secure the two pieces together by placing the top half in the concave part of the setter and use the long piece to tap the bottom into place.

Step 9

Repeat Steps 6 through 8 for the remaining hole on the nameplate.


  • Don't hammer on the top of the rivet or you could leave marks on the rivet and the nameplate.


  • Cut the stem of the rivet with heavy wire cutters or nippers so that it is flush with the top of the nameplate if it is too long.

Items You Will Need

  • Marker or grease pencil
  • Collar
  • Nameplate
  • 2 rivets
  • Hole punch, electric drill or large nail
  • Hammer or riveting tool