Buying accessories like a collar for your dog is more than just a trend. It’s an obsession for many pet parents and their furry friends. If you love your pup, you already know it is difficult to resist any cute addition he needs for the home. But before you jump in and make that purchase, here are some Dos and Don’ts on buying dog accessories to keep in mind.
Do Your Research
The internet is a great resource for finding out what other pet owners think about different products. Whether you are looking for dog booties or a new collar, always do your research before making a purchase. Several websites review and rate dog toys, beds, and accessories, so you can always check there before purchasing. You can also talk to other pet owners about their favorites – chances are they’ll have some great recommendations!
Make Sure the Material is non-toxic
Many dog accessories are made from materials that aren’t necessarily good for your dog. And to ensure that you come across quality and suitable products, do only buy from reputable sources. You may get a good deal on a website you’ve never heard of before, but you never know what you’re getting when buying from an untrusted source.
That’s why always make sure you’re dealing with retailers who are transparent about their products, return policy, and more. If you are buying from a physical store, look at the product tags and see what it is made from, or ask the store clerk.
This is particularly important when it comes to toys, as dogs have a tendency to chew on things and may accidentally ingest harmful materials. Also, when shopping for grass patches for dogs, avoid artificial turf made from hard plastic as it may cause skin irritation. Instead, choose natural grass patches or synthetic materials that are safe for your dog.
Do Pay Attention to Sizing Charts
If you’re buying clothes or beds, make sure you know the exact measurements of your dog. However, there’s also a downside. You may know your pup’s size, but the manufacturer might not be using the same measurement system as you are.
Therefore, if possible, take your dog with you when you shop so that you can try things on him before making a purchase. And when shopping online, check out product reviews – either via the retailer’s website or websites like Amazon. This will give you an idea of whether the product’s sizing is accurate.
Do Remember Dogs can be Sensitive About their Clothing
Not all dogs like to wear clothes. It can make them feel uncomfortable, restricted, and hot, especially if they have a heavy coat already. For example, if you want to dress up your dog on special occasions, you can choose breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, and wool for dog apparel. You also don’t want to dress up your dog every day because they will get sick of it and not cooperate.
Many dogs also have sensitive skin, so keep an eye out for wear and tear. If you notice any damage from chewing or catching on something, remove your pet’s accessories right away.
Do a comparison shop
While dogs may not understand material things, they still appreciate them – and we all enjoy getting a good deal. If you comparison shop, you’re likely to save money on items you buy regularly and devote those savings to other pet-care expenses. The internet has made it easier to compare prices from different retailers and find great deals in one place.
Don’t Buy in a Rush
The first rule of thumb is before even considering buying something for your dog, ask yourself whether it’s necessary or not. If you’re in a mall and you see cute dog accessories, don’t buy them on a whim! There is a difference between buying accessories for your dog and overdoing it.
Therefore, plan and list all the items you need before going out. It is also advisable to take your time when making a purchase. See what suits you and your dog the best possible way. As long as you are doing this, nothing can go wrong.
Don’t Assume Your Dog Likes It
Every dog is different, and you need to be aware of what your dog likes. When you buy toys, collars, leashes, or other accessories, consider your dog’s preferences.
If you buy a toy that your dog won’t play with (or worse, is afraid of), that toy will end up collecting dust in the corner of your house. The same goes for any dog apparel like costumes and shoes; don’t let your pet wear something that might hurt them or cause discomfort.
Don’t Forget to Factor in Quality
Every pet owner/dog lover wants to give their dog only the best stuff around. However, it is not always easy to distinguish between good quality products and inferior ones. It might also be tempting to buy something that looks good for a low price.
To help you find the best stuff for your precious pooch, here are a few tips:
- Look for quality items that come from reputable brands.
- Don’t be fooled by cheap knock-offs.
- Always ensure that it is made of durable materials that will last a long time.
Don’t Fall for Trends
If you’re thinking of investing in some accessories for your pup, heed this advice: Don’t Fall for Trends. Trends come and go all the time. And when it comes to dog accessories, that advice is especially true.
The pet market is inundated with lots of new products, and many items are revolutionary but don’t have any practical use. Don’t fall victim to a fad and waste your money on an accessory that will be out of style in just a few months (sometimes even weeks). Ask yourself if you need it or just because everyone else is buying it!
Don’t Buy Too Many Accessories
Buy things in moderation. You may be tempted to buy every accessory you see in the store as soon as you bring your new puppy home, but this is not a good idea. If you want to ensure that your dog gets what he needs without overdoing it too much, start with essential items first.
Look for food and water bowls, collars, leashes, and toys. These are necessary for a dog to live comfortably inside your house, especially if you only intend to keep them as indoor pets. Then, slowly upgrade these items as time passes by.
Just like pet owners, dogs also need accessories. The basic needs are food and water, but their lifestyle is not complete without accessories. As a dog owner, you will have to understand that buying the right accessories can make or break your pet’s mood.
You also have to remember that a happy dog is a well-balanced dog. With this in mind, it would be best to know the do’s and don’ts when buying accessories for your furry friend.