January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day but since not everyone may find the same level of amusement in that as I do, (my level of amusement of dogs in clothes is quite disturbing) I thought we could focus on “accessories” for your dog that you’d use in your everyday life.
One of the first things you do when you get a dog, is start shopping for a leash and collar. There is something about the leash and collar ensemble that officially makes the dog yours and your dog feels as much pride in that (if not more) than you do. Who could forget the scene in Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” where lady gets a collar for the first time.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 questions you may have regarding accessorizing your dog.
- Should I purchase for fashion or for function?-While I’m a huge fan of dogs in clothes and accessories (for brief amusement and photos, not long term torture), when you’re making a purchase for staple item (leash, collar, harness, etc.) you should purchase for function first. If you have a large dog that will be walked frequently make sure you purchase a sturdy leash and collar and a harness if necessary. If you have a teacup sized dog you are going to be primarily carrying, be mindful of the “stylish” accessories and make sure any bedazzlements are secure, you don’t want those “diamonds”, pearls, rhinestones etc. to turn into intestinal obstructions later on.
- What type of collar should I purchase? If your dog is going to come to Camp (and every dog should!) make sure you purchase a quick release collar. These are the only type of collars permitted at Camp for safety reasons, why? Because they do exactly what they say…”quick release”. If a dog should get stuck on something or someone and the collar needs to come off, we can release it with a pinch, literally.
- What is a martingale collar? A Martingale collar provides an extra loop that will tighten the collar around the neck if your dog starts pulling. This collar helps with leash walking and is also ideal for those tricky dogs who like to sneak out of their collars on a walk. Even small dogs can benefit from this style collar as it provides an even pressure around the neck to deter from pulling.
- What type of leash should I use? The style of leash is really a personal preference but we love leashes with a “traffic handle”. The traffic handle is an extra loop that allows you better control of your dog in those (literally) tight situations. Traffic handles are ideal for those times when another dog is passing by, a stranger is approaching or the mailman is on the same route as you! For general everyday use and training class purposes, we usually find a standard 6′ leash does the job.
- Do I need a harness? There are many types of harnesses and each type has a slightly different function and style. Our most popular selling harness is the Easy Walk Harness. This harness is easy to put on and take off and applies pressure on the chest as opposed to the neck which gives you optimum control without the risk of injuring the neck. The leash clasp goes in front, so when your dog starts to pull, it turns them around the opposite direction. This harness also helps slightly restrict the movement of the front arms, which can help prevent jumping. If you have a fence hopper at home you may want to consider a harness for a little bit of extra security in the back yard!
You don’t have to break the bank to get quality accessories for your dog. Stop by our Camp retail store to pick up a leash, collar or harness from 2 hounds design. We have a variety of colors and sizes to choose from and we can even help you find the right size.
- Collars $13.00 + tax
- Leashes (6′) $15.00 + tax
- Easy walk harnesses $24.99 + tax
To learn about loose leash walking and other training tips, ask about our next level one basic obedience class!