The first thing to understand is that there are two types of dog collars. There are those made out of metal and plastic which have been used since the early 1900’s. These type of collars will not fit your dog at all. They do not even come close to fitting a large breed like a Great Dane or Labrador Retriever. The second type of collar is one with no metal parts, but rather leather straps attached to it so they can be worn around the neck. These type of collars will fit most breeds.
A dog harness is a piece of clothing worn over the shoulder by your dog. A harness is usually made from nylon or other synthetic material and consists of several pieces, including a front pouch, a back pouch, a leash loop and buckles.
There are many different styles of dog harnesses available today. Some are made to fit your specific size and shape while others are designed to accommodate all shapes and sizes.
Most dog harnesses come in three main varieties:
1) Collar-type harnesses.
These are the most common type of dog harness. They consist of a small buckle fastened to a strap around the neck and another strap secured to the collar. The buckle is usually sewn into place, although some are adjustable. Most collars have loops at both ends where you attach your leash.
2) Front pouch style harnesses.
These consist of two straps that come over the shoulders and a third strap that runs under the chest and stomach. The straps are then secured to each other on the dog’s back using a buckle or hook and loop fastener. These harnesses are often used to assist dogs with spinal problems or weakness in their rear legs.
3) Vest style harnesses.
These have buckles that are secured around the dog’s front legs and chest. The harness includes a leash loop around the dog’s chest and sometimes another on the back.
It is important to make sure that your harness fits your dog properly and that you can adjust it as he grows. Dog’s grow quickly, especially if they are large breeds. A good fit will ensure that your harness isn’t too tight or too loose and doesn’t restrict any of your dog’s movements. If it looks like your dog is straining to pull the harness on, you should probably move up a size.
You do not want your harness to be too big, however. A good fit will ensure that everything stays in place and does not cause any sort of injury to your dog.
If you are getting a collar or harness make sure that you adjust all the straps before you walk away from the counter. Nothing is worse than finding that your new pet supply doesn’t fit when you get home.
Like people, not all dogs are created equal. Some dogs are just more active than others and have greater endurance. If you own a greyhound or whippet, you probably will not need to buy the same kind of harness as a Siberian husky or Alaskan malamute.
Before you leave the store, make sure that you can return any items you do not like or do not fit. The pet store should have a reasonable return policy regarding dog collars and harnesses.
Buying a dog bed can be just as frustrating as buying a collar or harness for your pet. Not all dog beds are created equal. Some beds are better suited to certain breeds of dogs than others, much like the items mentioned above.
Some dog beds are as simple as a piece of carpet while others are as intricate as a human bed. The most common type of dog bed is made up of a circular cushion that is stuffed with some sort of padding material, usually cotton or Styrofoam pellets. These circular dog beds are usually filled with stuffing and fastened to a circular frame. These frames can include metal bars, plastic pipes, wooden planks or even inflatable rings around the edge.
The type of frame your dog bed has depends on the materials used in its construction.
The second most common dog bed is made up of a rectangular cushion and is usually filled with cotton or foam pellets. Some are stuffed so full that they resemble a giant bean bag chair while others are quite firm. These rectangular dog beds are fastened inside a wooden or plastic frame with a covering made from fabric or vinyl. Some beds include pillows and blankets to provide extra comfort for your pet.
Other dog beds are much more than just pieces of fabric or Styrofoam. Many beds are as simple as a piece of carpet while others are as intricate as a human bed. Some canine sleep sofas look like small couches with high backs that can hold two or three dogs at once. These pet sofas can be covered in expensive, Italian leather or some designs use faux fur to create a cozy sleeping space for your pet.
These beds are usually placed in a room by themselves so that your dog can lie down on it.
When buying a dog bed, you should always buy the biggest one that you can. Some dogs like to curl up inside their bed while others like to stretch out and not have the bed push up against their belly. You should also consider your dog’s personality when buying him a bed. If you have a rowdy dog that likes to play rough you may need to buy a bed with a thicker frame so that it does not get destroyed during one of your dog’s playful moments.
You can buy most dog beds at your local pet supply store or you can order one on-line. When buying a dog bed on-line, make sure to measure your dog’s favorite sleeping spot so you know what size bed to buy. Most dog beds are priced from $20 to $500.
There are many options for buying your dog a bed but the main thing to remember is to buy the biggest, toughest bed that you can afford. Consider your dog’s personality and sleeping habits when you are choosing a dog bed because, after all, you want your dog to be as comfortable as possible.
Sources & references used in this article:
Non-choking strain-reducing dog harness by MJ Krauss – US Patent 5,383,426, 1995 – Google Patents
Leash-controllable dog harness by JS Sporn – US Patent 5,329,885, 1994 – Google Patents
Leash-controllable dog harness by JS Sporn – US Patent 5,359,964, 1994 – Google Patents
Non-choking strain-reducing dog harness by MJ Krauss – US Patent 5,325,819, 1994 – Google Patents