Besides food and water, the most important thing for your dog is a dog collar or harness. Without this there is no way you will be able to walk your dog or let them out to go to the bathroom. Collars for small dogs are also important to have because this is where you put their identification. If your dog was to ever get lost, this information becomes a necessity.
One of the easiest things for your dog to wear is a dog collar. They come in many different styles, colors, materials, and sizes. Each one has positive and negatives about it. A plain nylon small dog collar is best when you are looking for a simple collar that will hold your dog’s tags and allow you to take them for a walk. You can also get nylon ribbon collars that spice up the regular nylon collars. These often have different designs on them that you can change for the occasion. A small dog leather collar is perfect for those people that want a collar that is going to hold up to a lot of stress and rough housing. Leather collars now come in many colors besides brown and black.
Another option that might work for your dog- especially dogs like whippets and Italian greyhounds- are martingale collars. Martingale collars are like a regular collar but if your dog pulls away from you in any direction, they tighten so your dog can not get out of their collar. Martingale collars come in many different kinds; they can be made of nylon, ribbon, and any combination of these materials.
Another option is a harness for small dogs. Harnesses come in many different styles. You can have step-in, roman, vest, all in one, and figure eight. The most common types are step-in and roman harnesses. Understanding what you need for your dog will help you to determine what harness to choose. Harnesses are great for dog’s that have sensitive throats and get bothered by the pressure applied to them by collars.
Dog harnesses can also come in many different materials. You can have your basic nylon harness, you can have leather dog harnesses, there are ribbon dog harnesses, and lastly you can have cloth harnesses. There are also many harnesses that you can get that look like a dog shirt. These types are great for those people that want their dog to wear a shirt and have a harness.
Along with a dog harness, many articles of dog clothing will also have a D-ring near the neckline. A D-ring is like a harness in that you attach the dog’s leash to d-ring and you can then walk the dog like you would if it had a harness or collar on. One thing to make sure though when using the D-ring is that the piece of clothing that it is attached to is securely on the dog and will not come off if the dog pulls.