Walking and ID accessories
– Along with a retractable leash and a collar for ID purposes, it is highly recommended to have a harness for your puppy.
Toy Poodles (no matter what the age) and all Mini and Standard puppies should have on a harness and not a collar when they are on a leash. When a leash is connected to a dog collar, this can create too much tension on the neck, which can cause collapsed trachea.
The trachea (windpipe) is protected by rings of cartilage…when this happens, those rings collapse in, causing pain and breathing problems. All it takes is for the dog to take a leap and be jerked back by the leash’s end… or even when walking, if the dog runs ahead and the owner does not have time to react quickly enough and the dog is jerked back by the leash.
Using a harness spreads out the contact points across the dog’s chest, underarms and back so that no harm comes to them. These can be purchased at a pet supply store and come in many unique and interesting designs so that your Poodle always looks stylish.
If you are not sure which harness would be best for your Poodle puppy, you may wish to look to both 'Accessories' and 'Clothing- Harness' in the Poodle Specialty Shoppe