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Tips for Leashes — September 15, 2017

Tips for Leashes

Since I live in the city, leash is a necessity. And with huge selection from the stores, how do you know which leash to get? It all comes down to preference.

I prefer nylon leashes. They are durable, don’t easily stretch and are easy to clean. When choosing the right leash, consider the following:

  • Does it feel comfortable in your hand?
  • Does it slip out of your hard easily? If yes, than this is not your leash.
  • If the dog were to suddenly pull, would the leash cut into your hand?
  • Are the clips durable and easy to open/close?

For city dwellers, the leash shouldn’t be more than 4-feet long. It should be long enough to keep your dog close to you and out of danger, yet let it feel unrestricted. If you live in a more remote location, than you can give your dog a little more wiggle room, as you aren’t limited by space

Difference between Collar vs. Chest Harness — September 10, 2017

Difference between Collar vs. Chest Harness

Collars vs. Chest Harness                                   

I’m not a big fan of collars. I feel as if I am dragging my dog around by its neck, rather than allowing it to comfortable walk. Don’t get me wrong, there are pros and cons to both. However, as a personal preference, I love chest harness. I know that no matter how much the doggy pulls the leash, chest harness will never “choke” the dog. After all, when I go for walks with my pooches, I let them control where they want to go. If I see an obstacle, I can always redirect them, knowing full well, that they will change direction with a gentle tug of a leash.


*** Do not leave harness on your dog for more than 2 days. It might cause shaving and loss of hair. ***


So what’s the difference between collar and chest harness?  If your dog walks in zigzags, constantly tangling you in their leash, or squirm around a lot, than you can better control it with a collar, simply because they cannot twist around to all sides. However, as the collar sits on their neck, be sure that your dog doesn’t have an injury in the vicinity of a collar or trachea.

Chest Harness on the other hand, is more for dogs, who have mastered basic obedience skills. The harness should be well padded and fit the dog accurately, to avoid being too loose and to avoid chafes.

Click here for a helpful diagram about different chest harnesses, by Planned Urban Life.

How to make your new dog feel welcomed — September 9, 2017

How to make your new dog feel welcomed

My fur-family is about to get bigger. I can’t wait to welcome another pooch into my circle.  And while we are on a topic of a new poochy; here is the list of basic things to get, so your pooch feels extra special.

  • Water dish
  • Food bowl
  • Dog food/treats
  • Food mat (think of this as a bib for your floor. Puppies can be messy eaters)
  • Sleeping bed (I have one in each room of the house)
  • Collar with dogs name and your phone number
  • Leash
  • Brush/comb
  • Toys, toys, and more toys (better it chews on a rubber toy, than your shoes and cables)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste – I’m not kidding
  • Tick Tweezers
  • Old towels