Summer is just about here and that means it’s time for you and your dog to gear up! From the basics like collars and harnesses to specialized stuff like goggles and booties, check out our guide to summer gear for dogs:
Essential summer gear for dogs
1. Collar (with identification tags)
2. Leash (nylon or leather, ranging from 4 to 8 feet long)
3. Harness (with the leash clip on the front rather than the back)
Helpful summer gear for dogs
1. Long lead (ranging from 16 to 100 feet long, depending on available space, for recall and distance training)
2. Muzzle (one that allows the dog to eat, drink and pant while wearing)
Specialized summer gear for dogs
1. Coat (particularly for short-haired dogs and dogs in cold climates)
2. Cooling vest and collar (particularly for brachycephalic dogs and dogs in warm climates)
3. Booties (to protect paws; see 7 Things to Know About Dog Boots)
4. Protective eye wear (particularly for dogs in sunny climates)
5. Personal flotation device (for pools, natural bodies of water and boats).
Tell us: What is your must-have dog gear?
Thumbnail: Kumfy Tailz cooling harness (kumfytailz.com).
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Dogster magazine. Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Dogster magazine delivered straight to you!
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