dog collars, harnesses, leashes and ID tags

Essentials for Out-and-About

Dog essentials like collars and leashes can help keep your pet safe and secure. They can also be stylish too! Because these essentials are the bread and butter of dog supplies, the variety and options within their selections can feel a little overwhelming. However, as long as you consider the needs of you and your pet, you'll be able to find the right collar, harness, leash and ID tag in no time.

Collars

Collars are made from a variety of materials and come in many colors, patterns and styles. There are all kinds of options, but deciding on a few factors can make your choice simpler. You should find a collar with the right size, weight and fit for your dog.

  • The collar should be neither too heavy nor too light for your dog. Large, strong dogs may require heavier, wider collars while puppies and small dogs need lighter, thinner varieties.
  • The fit should be snug enough to not slip off but not too tight. You should be able to fit two to three fingers comfortably between the collar and the dog's neck.
  • Adjustable collars let you create a best fit for your dog. Buckles work like a belt so you can make small but secure adjustments. Adjustable slides let you make small and large changes to the collar's fit.

Once you decide on the right size, weight and fit, you can decide on material, features and accessories that best suit you and your pet.

Collar Type Description
Nylon Collars
  • Machine-washable, holds up in water
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Come in a variety of sizes, weights, colors and patterns; matching leashes sometimes available
  • Ideal for dogs of all sizes
Leather Collars
  • Durable and long-lasting with care
  • Soften naturally from the oils in your dog's skin and coat
  • Rolled leather collars don't flatten, mat or break the hair of long-coated dogs
  • Usually features a buckle
Reflective Collars
  • Features light-reflecting materials or accents
  • Can make your pet more visible in low light situations like night walks
  • Usually made with nylon
Personalized Collars
  • Embroidered or laser engraved with identification information
  • Add your pet's name, your phone number, etc.
  • Can help prevent your pet from being lost for long

Harnesses

Harnesses fit around your dog's chest and rib cage. When your dog pulls, the force is distributed over the harness and your dog's body rather than at the neck. Harnesses can be great solutions for dogs with neck, throat or breathing concerns. Harnesses typically have d-rings to which you can attach leashes and ID tags. Harnesses come in all sizes so you can find the right one for your dog.

As with collars, you need to find the right harness for your dog by deciding on the weight, size and fit.

Harness Type Description
Nylon Harnesses
  • Durable, machine-washable, holds up in water
  • Easy to maintain
  • Fully adjustable
  • Come in a variety of sizes, weights, colors and patterns; matching leashes sometimes available
Padded Harnesses
  • Breathable and lightly padded for your dog's comfort
  • Fully adjustable
  • Variety of patterns and colors available
  • Usually made with nylon
Non-Pull Harnesses
  • Specially designed to reduce pulling on leash
  • Can be used as a training aid for pet parents
  • Secure, gentle and effective
Personalized Harnesses
  • Embroidered or laser engraved with identification information
  • Add your pet's name, your phone number, etc.
  • Can help prevent your pet from being lost for long
Car Harnesses
  • Protects dogs, drivers and passengers
  • Keeps your dog secure on the road
  • Can be used as their everyday harness when not in the car

Leashes

Like collars and harness, leashes come in a variety of sizes, colors, materials and patterns. Finding the right one for your dog requires determining the size and strength you need for your pet. Finer and lighter leashes can be great for small dogs and puppies while large dogs may need a thicker, stronger leash.

Leash Type Description
Nylon Leashes
  • Durable, machine-washable, holds up in water
  • Easy to clean
  • Come in a variety of lengths, weights, colors and patterns; matching collars sometimes available
  • Some varieties are reflective or padded
Leather Leashes
  • Durable and long-lasting with care
  • Flexible yet strong when broken in
  • Elegant look and feel
  • Softens naturally with handling and use
Personalized Leashes
  • Embroidered or laser engraved with identification information
  • Add your pet's name, your phone number, etc.
  • Can help prevent your pet from being lost for long
Retractable Leashes
  • Expands to allow your dog more freedom
  • Spring action controls length of the leash
  • Braking system lets you stop or lock leash
  • Available in a variety of lengths, colors and styles
  • Be sure to read manufacturer guidelines for proper use and safety
Hands Free Leashes
  • Adjustable design keeps both hands free
  • Can be worn at the should or waist
  • Great for activities like running or hiking
Training Leads
  • Available in varying lengths
  • Specifically designed to help with training
  • Usually longer than a regular leash
  • Made with durable, flexible materials

ID Tags

While collars, harnesses and leashes help you keep a hold on your dog, an ID tag will help with a safe return if your dog ever gets away. ID tags can contain some or all of your contact information so that, if your dog escapes, a good Samaritan can easily reach you and return your dog.

The type of ID tag you choose depends on the amount and type of information you want to keep with your pet. Some tags can hold just the basics while others can save things like important medical information.

Tag Type Description
Engraved ID Tags
  • Customized with your pet's information
  • Include pet's name, family name, phone number, address, etc.
  • Character limit ensures legibility
Lost Pet ID Tags
  • Includes a personalized ID number – your private info is not visible
  • Phone number connects good Samaritan to agency that will help recover your pet
Electronic ID Tags
  • USB interface
  • Durable, water-resistant case
  • Load with pictures, contact info, vet info, health concerns, etc.
  • Can be updated easily