Small Dog Collars And Clothing

Important Small Dog Collar Facts

Dog Collar Styles

Small dog collars come in the widest choices of styles than those collars for dogs of other sizes. You get …

  • Rhinestone collars, velveteen collars, nylon collars, leather collars
  • Training collars, charm collars, Swarovski crystal collars, woven collars, and
  • Faux pearl collars … in general they fall into the categories of fashion, leather, nylon, and training

Dog Collar Considerations …

When you purchase a collar for your small dog there are two critical factors to follow, outside of your individual taste:

  • safety
  • comfort

Some circles of society might like to add fashion to the list, but fashion is not a required factor for the right collar for your small dog. Although you will find that one of the delights of small dog collars is the wide assortment of charming and glamorous collars to keep your little dog the talk of the neighborhood.

How do you figure out if the collar you are considering is safe for your small dog?

The material should be strong enough to withstand your dog’s energetic pulls.

Any adornments should not be situated to pose a hazard to your little dog in the event your pet’s head hits against its chest.

All rivet ends on the inside panel of your dog’s collar should be smooth and without sharp edges.

When fastened, the buckle’s tongue should be long enough so there is no chance it will slip out of the frame upon sudden force from your puppy or adult small dog.

For your dog’s safety, the collar should be neither too snug nor too loose around your small dog’s neck.

Method for determining proper collar fit:

  • Fasten the collar around your little dog so it is snug, but a little loose.
  • Test if you can fit two fingers between your small dog’s neck and collar. Use the 2-finger rule to determine if you have the proper fit for your canine.
  • If you cannot get your 2 fingers between the collar and your small dog, the fit is too tight and can restrict the breathing of your small dog, provoke coughing, or interfere with swallowing.
  • If the slip of your dog’s collar fails to pass through the buckle’s keeper, even if it meets the 2-finger rule, that collar is not properly secured and is too small for your little dog.
  • Check to be certain the collar is not too loose so it can slip over your dog’s head; if you can fit more than 2 fingers then it is too loose.

A loose collar poses another risk for your little pet: every year pets die from accidental hanging from loose collars snagging on objects. As your small pet’s caretaker and human parent, you need to safeguard your darling against any potential dangers and stay clear of any unsafe collars.

Give Dog Treats Wisely

Dogs love dog treats for the same reasons as humans like certain things like candy and chocolate as treats. An occasional treat does not harm your dog, but as with overdoing human treats, an excess of dog treats can make your dog both unfit and unwell.

As you will probably know, a dog will readily eat as much food as possible, if it gets given a chance. So you can imagine how easy it is to give your dog too many dog treats.

From a training and obedience point of view, the idea of a dog treat is as a reward. The dog learns quickly that if it does something you are pleased with, it will be given a reward, but if you give a dog treats all the time, then the treats have little or no meaning.

Before giving your dog a treat, take a look at the ingredients on the packet, particularly the number of calories the treat contains. Ideally, you should try to reduce the calories you give your dog for its main meal to compensate for the number of calories in the dog treat. An excess of unused calories will eventually turn to fat and your dog will become overweight and unfit.

There are hundreds of different dog treats on the market, but in terms of their overall consistency, you tend to find there are three main types; hard crunchy treats, soft chewy treats, and a combination of both. Dogs love treats because they are effectively over-flavored; for example, they can be very sweet or very salty. Hard crunchy treats are good for your dog’s teeth; indeed there are many treats on the market that are made specifically to clean teeth. Soft chewy treats can be used to hide a tablet or other medicine that your dog may not eat on its own, but do remember that soft chewy treats are likely to have high sugar content, so don’t give it too many.

You probably are also well aware that your dog is perfectly happy to enjoy human food and will look upon it as a real treat. Human food should only be given to your dog as a treat and then sparingly. Many types of human food are not good for your dog and indeed a lot of human food does not contain the right minerals and nutritional ingredients, so while your dog will readily eat it, the food may not be doing your dog any good it could be doing it harm. Try to avoid giving your dog human treats that contain sugar and avoid grapes and raisins if you can.

Finally, always remember, if you intend to give your dog chocolate as a treat, only ever give it chocolate made specifically for dogs.

Never give your dog human-type chocolate as it contains an ingredient that is poisonous to dogs, but your dog does not know this and will willingly eat it.

Another great alternative to giving treats that they eat is to replace them with treats that they chew. A good chew toy or a solid long-lasting antler or bone will give your pet a lot of enjoyment.

How To Select The Right Bed For Your Small Dog

Pretty pug sleeps on his lounger. Folded feet.

There are eight important items you must consider when purchasing a bed for your dog:

  1. Does it provide proper support? …

Your small dog obtains the same benefits as you from a bed that offers proper support; his skeletal system maintains a proper alignment. A bed that sags or is lumpy is not supportive, putting your little dog at risk for neck and back problems.

It is as unhealthy for your small dog to have his neck up at an angle on a plush bed that does not allow him to lay his head down, as it would be for you to spend the night with your head at an 80-degree angle all night long—talk about a neck crick! You should put the same care of getting a supportive bed for your canine best friend, as you would for yourself.

Intermittent lying on an overstuffed, beanbag-type bed, will not have any long-term problems for your pet, as long as it is restricted to short periods during your pet’s waking hours. However, unsupportive, body-hugging beds as these should not be his regular bed, due to the unhealthy angles your dog’s neck is subjected to.

  1. Does the dog bed shield your pet from the hard floor?

In the wild, canines slept in beds of leaves or soft dirt, and likewise, your little dog’s body was not meant to lie on concrete or tile flooring 24-hours a day. It is important you give your pet a bed that allows him to respite from unyielding hard flooring for the sake of your pet’s joints over the years, and to protect him from developing unsightly pressure calluses on his body.

  1. Is the material right for the surrounding temperature?

Lambswool is practical for cold climates, but when summer arrives, you should have a bed with a cooler material, such as canvas to prevent your pet from overheating.

  1. Can it be easily cleaned on a regular basis?

Some dog beds are too difficult to strip and wash. A pillowcase can remedy that. If the cover of your dog’s bed cannot be removed, delegate two pillowcases or sheets as the covering. The area surrounding your dog’s bed and cuddle beds can be a breeding place for fleas and require routine washing to rid yourself of flea eggs.

  1. Can your dog stretch out comfortably, if he wants, and shift positions?

For your pet’s health, you should not put him in a bed where he cannot stretch out his full body length on a level surface and is restricted to only a curled position. If the bed is a cuddler or bolster, it should be large enough so when he does lie down in a regular full position, the sides of the bed do not obstruct his breathing.

Do not take for granted your small dog will adjust himself to a healthier sleeping position. You need to shield your pet “child” from any potential risks, such as your pet’s nose jammed into the side of a bed due to constricted space, clearly preventing your pet from getting the proper oxygen he needs.

While some dogs may choose to sleep curled up, you need to provide your small dog with a large enough bed that allows your pet to shift positions as needed, and not restrict him to a single forced position.

  1. Does it have an odor your dog would accept?

Cedar odor is touted as repelling fleas, but some dogs are also repelled by the strong odor. Remember, your little companion has olfactory senses many times heightened to yours: Would you want to sleep on a bed that reeked of a strong cedar scent? Dogs do not normally bed in areas with strong odors, and a cedar bed is best used only as a temporary resting spot, and not as your pet’s nighttime bed.

  1. Are the sides of the dog bed too tall for your little dog to provoke separation anxiety in your dog?

Another important point to consider when purchasing a bed for your small dog is that while dogs like a sense of security, your small dog is a pack animal and will experience distress when he cannot view his surroundings or his human ‘parent’ because his bedroom walls are too tall.

  1. Is the dog bed suitable for your little dog’s height?

A bed that requires your small dog to jump to get into is too high. You do not want a bed that could subject your pet to injuries, getting in or out of it. At any time a jump could lead to a herniated disc. And a bed that requires your dog to jump to get on it could be a bed your dog falls from during the night. Dogs, like children, have been known to fall out of unprotected beds and suffer injury.