At least one collar, leash and ID Tag is an essential for your new pet, even for a cat if you plan on taking him or her outside. For the fashion conscious, having a variety of collars and leashes is ideal because you can dress your pet up to match your own fashion or for special occasions to increase everyone’s enjoyment with your wonderful bundle of fur. How to choose the perfect sets for your pet will depend on the size of your pet and lifestyle. The most critical part of choosing the perfect collar and leash for your pet is to get the right weight and right size so your pet will be comfortable and safe.
Puppies do best with a soft nylon collar and a lightweight leash. Kittens, unless you are going to take them outside with you really don’t need a collar right away and can be dangerous as these little tigers like to jump and climb and are at risk for hanging themselves if their collars catch on something. So, it’s best to just keep the collar off unless you are using it to transport your kitty.
In order to properly fit the collar, make sure two fingers slip easily between the collar and your pet’s neck when the collar is on, and if your pet is still growing, check that fit often and adjust as they grow.
Types of Collars
Collars have buckles or snap closures. Buckles are best, especially for larger breeds as they are assured of staying on where snap closures have a risk of unsnapping.
Nylon collars are the longest lasting. They are washable and comfortable for your pet to wear. Also, since they are generally more affordable, it is fun to get an entire wardrobe of nylon collars for them to change in and out of. Remember to get additional ID tags so you can make sure your pet has one a tag in case they get lost.
Leather collars are durable but shouldn’t be washed the same as nylon collars can be. While many of them feel stiff, they become softer as your pet wears it more often. Rolled leather collars are the perfect choice for dogs with long hair because it will keep their fur from matting.
Training collars such as “choke chains”, “pinch” collars and “head collars” should only be used for training purposes and never to hurt your pet, only to apply pressure. Avoid these collars unless you are going to be with your dog the entire time they are wearing them.
Harnesses are the best if you are worried about your pet choking because the harness goes around the chest and ribcage, not the neck. Having a nylon collar on hand for walks helps with dogs that pull a lot when you are walking them.
Types of Leashes
The best leashes are four to six feet long and which length you choose is up to you. Lightweight nylon leashes are the best choice for puppies because there is really no sense weighing you or your precious bundle of fur down with a heavy chain leash. Thicker, heavier leashes are best saved for larger dogs. If you want to allow your dog to have more space, you can always get a retractable leash, but having a shorter one handy is perfect for walks and going to the vet. Of course, matching leashes to your pet’s collar is always the best fashion statement, so having a variety of them can be a fun way to make sure your dog is looking great.