Our pups’ daily wear should be comfortable and functional. Daily wear should serve a purpose and not hinder your pup’s ability to run, jump, and play. As much as we love that cute bow tie and funny costumes, those are best reserved for special occasions. When it comes to our pets’ accessories, we are never short of options. With so many designs, we do not have to sacrifice function for fashion. You can have the best of both worlds with the right gear – fashion and function, style, and comfort. So, whether you're looking for a gift or replacing a necessity, here are our top picks for fun and functional dog accessories.
A vibrant collar
Your pup’s collar is no doubt his most-worn accessory. In fact, most of us do not remove our dogs’ collars unless they’re getting bathed or groomed. That means you need one that is safe and comfortable for everyday wear, whilst showing off your pet’s sense of style every day in every setting.
There are different types of collars with the most common being the flat collar and the martingale collar. The flat collar is great for everyday use, such as holding ID tags and for daily walks, provided your dog is not reactive or a puller. Your basic flat collar offers you many choices: leather, nylon, polyester; in solid colors, patterns, floral, embroidered, reflective, glowing, padded; and with buckle or snap fasteners. A properly fitted flat collar allows you to slip two fingers under the collar (perpendicular to the dog’s neck).
The martingale has a loop that allows the collar to tighten somewhat but isn’t intended to choke or give “corrections.” The primary purpose of this collar is to prevent your dog from backing out of the collar, as some dogs will do with a flat collar. The loop allows the collar to hang comfortably until the dog pulls back, then the loop tightens just enough to keep it from sliding over the dog’s head. The martingale collar should be fitted so that when the dog pulls it tightens just enough to prevent the dog from backing out of it, but not so tight that it chokes or restricts breathing in any way.
Our pick for a colourful, vibrant collar is the Loyal.D Lisu Tribal Martingale Dog Collar. This collar is made from top quality nylon webbing and lined with a bright yellow cushioned neoprene padding for added comfort. It’s great for those who like bright prints while still looking for that cushioned comfortable control over their pooches that love to pull.
A chic harness
Restrain your pet, not their style, with a chic body harness. A safe and stylish way to keep them by your side no matter what. Harnesses are not only essential for daily walks, but they also add a pop of colour and fun to your pet’s look. Our pick for a chic, functional body harness is the DOG Copenhagen Comfort Walk Pro Harness. The harness comes in many pretty colours like wild rose, ocean blue, purple passion, and other classic colours.
The Comfort Walk Pro™ Harness from DOG Copenhagen is a strong and lightweight everyday harness made of durable, water-resistant materials with soft breathable padding. The harness has four points of adjustment to ensure optimal fit and comfort for each dog. It has an easy-grab handle and two leash attachment options, one on the dog's back for everyday walks and one on the dog’s chest for better control and flexibility. This harness meets all the requirements of being fashionable and functional.
A cool bandana
This FuzzYard Cooling Bandana For Cats & Dogs is not just a fashion accessory but it helps to keep your pets cool in our hot Singapore weather. The bandana uses a top-of-the-line crystal polymer technology that activates by simply soaking the bandana in cold water for 10 minutes. This will cause the crystal beads to absorb the water and expand to become icy cool. Gently remove excess water and tie the bandana around your dog’s neck. This helps to provide them with refreshing coolness and lowers their body temperature in a hot environment. When the cooling effects wear off, soak it in the water again and reuse it.
All Fuzzyard Cooling Bandanas are made with eco-friendly cotton. They come in colourful, fun prints and your pup will be staying and looking cool in the warmer months.
A cozy body hugger
It can be tough to watch your normally calm pup get stressed out during a thunderstorm. While some dogs show mild signs of stress, like licking their paws, other dogs can get so worked up during storms they may get destructive. When there’s a thunderstorm and your dog starts to get nervous, swaddle him with this stylish body hugger - Thundershirt Anxiety Relief Vest For Dogs.
ThunderShirt is the original, vet-recommended, natural calming solution that may reduce anxiety in dogs in a drug-free way. Like swaddling an infant, this dog anxiety vest's patented design hugs the dog and applies gentle, constant pressure to calm all types of anxiety and fear. ThunderShirt is recommended for thunder, fireworks, separation anxiety, travel, & vet visits. Now you can treat your pup’s anxiety in style!
A stylish rain jacket
A well-fitting dog raincoat does more than attract compliments on your dog’s fashion sense. The jacket keeps your dog dry and warm in cold, wet weather. When it comes to picking the right raincoat, do check if the raincoat is made to be water-resistant or water-repellent (waterproof). It is a common mistake to assume that all raincoats are waterproof. Water-resistant fabrics can resist water to some degree, but not entirely. If worn in rain long enough, or in heavy rain, water will soak through. Water-repellant fabrics are typically treated with a coating designed to repel water, making them less penetrable by rain.
Take note as well if the raincoat easily accommodates a leash or a harness, without compromising the coat’s ability to keep the dog dry. Our pick for a fashionista’s raincoat is the Ruffwear Sun Shower™ Reflective Lightweight Dog Raincoat. This raincoat is waterproof and windproof. It is designed with an oversized storm collar that can be folded up for additional weather protection. This jacket is a relaxed fit with side-release buckles for easy on/off and extended vest coverage over hips and thighs. With this stylish, highly functional raincoat, your pup will be the next trendsetter in the neighbourhood.
There are plenty of functional accessories for our pooches and we do not have to sacrifice function for fashion or vice versa. Have fun picking pup accessories that serve a purpose and showcase your pup’s personal style!
Katherine is a Pet Nutrition Specialist and GDP’s Pet Wellness Advisor. She is committed to helping pet owners make informed dietary and lifestyle choices in nurturing healthy pets. Katherine is also a practicing Nutritional Therapist (human nutrition) and has been helping hundreds of clients to heal naturally with nutrients.