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Canine Accessories 101

May 16, 2011

Want to make your dog the hippest canine on the block? There are many ways to do that – the canine accessories market is a big one, with endless options for the fashion forward pooch.

photoIf you’d like to add some bling to your pet’s wardrobe, there are some things you need to know first when it comes to the relationship between dogs and accessories.

Bring the bling

For starters, not all dogs will be too keen on sporting canine jewelry. While you’ll probably be able to get away with a rhinestone studded collar, your pet might not be open to putting on a tiara. In addition, accessories may not be suitable for younger puppies as they will be curious and likely chew on jewelry items. Worse, they could even swallow them!

Now with those in mind, let’s take a look at the different accessories you can dress your dog up with!

Collar. Most dogs should be fine with a bejeweled collar since they’re used to having something around their neck.

Necklace. From a collar, your dog can easily transition to sporting a necklace. A simple canine necklace is similar to a collar and shouldn’t bother your pet.

Pendant or ID tag. Once you feel that your dog is ready, you can add a pendant or ID tag to her collar. Though keep in mind that not all dogs like having something dangling from their collar or necklace, so remember to watch your pet to make sure she’s not trying to chew it off.

Hair bow. It’s best to start with a bow if you’d like for your pet to wear hair accessories. Due to its light weight it can get your dog to get used to having something on her head. Eventually you can try letting her wear a bow with a gem or other adornments.

Hair clip. Because a hair clip is more substantial and heavier than a bow, it can take your pooch a while to get used to it.

Tiara. Tiaras are the heaviest of all canine hair accessories – your dog will definitely know that it’s on her head! Not all pooches can wear a tiara as it needs to be placed into the fur with a hair comb; thus, tiaras are most suitable for long-haired dogs.

Be sure to send us photos of your pooch in their cool accessories!

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