Whether you’re a new dog owner or you’re finally getting that training program started, it can be a little daunting as you may not know where to get started. So here’s a list of ten dog training essentials to enhance and make your training sessions a positive experience for both you and your dog.
Themost important training tool of all time: highly coveted dog treats. The virtues of a desirable training treat include: (1) small and requires minimal chewing, and (2) meaty for the satisfaction. You’ll want to look for low-calorie treats like (Small Batch andGrandma Lucy’s have great ones!) for your pup to train without any extra weight gain. Alternatively, you can opt for natural options such as boiled chicken or vegetable sticks.
Clicker training and positive reinforcement often produce spectacular results when used together. The sharp, recognizable sound produced by a clicker makes it easy for dogs to identify and recognise when you mark desirable behaviours Clickers likeStarmark’s are portable, inexpensive, and makes training on the go a lot easier!
3. Treat Bag
Since a strong positive training program requires a lot of treats, a good ol’Ezydog treat bag will come in handy, especially when you’re outside. You don’t want to be fumbling for treats and miss the moment your dog displays a positive behaviour. A treat bag makes it a lot easier to access treats and also saves yours pockets from smelling like extra pungent kangaroo offals.
Your dog’s collar is like his identification card, almost. It carries all the valuable information about him like his IDs, proof of vaccinations, licenses, etc. There are many different types of collars out there, but a martingale collar likeRed Dingo’s is very popular as it prevents choking - just make sure to have it properly adjusted.
Harnesses are an effective training tool for dogs who tend to pull the leash and also a safer option as it doesn’t introduce any risk of damage to your dog’s neck. A front-clip harness fromFREEDOM have the leash attachment in the center of your dog’s chest which lessens the pulling on the leash and gives you more control of your dog’s movement. Be sure to get one that fits right, as improperly fitted harnesses can cause chafing around their legs.
Training leashes have varying lengths, so find one that works for your leash training lessons. The ideal length (most go for ~2m) is one that allows a little slack to prevent pulling, but short enough for your pup to stay close to you during walks. A hands-free leash fromRuffwear facilitates your training nicely as it keeps your hands free. Avoid retractable leashes as those will only teach your dog to wander at will.
7. Pee Pads
If you’re housebreaking your dog, then you know how important it is to have pee pads around. A highly absorbent one likeHoney Care will aid you greatly during the housebreaking phase. These pads, when paired with a Naturvet training spray, reduces the number of accidents that happen around the house, simply place them at her designated potty spot and direct her there whenever nature calls!
8. Interactive Toys
Treat dispensing toys are great for dealing for common dog behaviour problems such as destructive chewing. ThisKONG interactive toy will keep your dog busy and away from the boredom fueled urge to chew and destroy furniture. Fill the toy with treats and it’ll keep your dog busy for hours on end!
Chew toys are a fun way to mentally stimulate your dog and keep him from chewing on the wrong stuff. Leave him with aBarkshop toy or aZeal natural chew, and you no longer have to worry about that expensive couch! Plus, it’s always an extra teeth cleaning session!
10. Patience & Consistency
Each dog learns at a different pace, which is why patience and consistency across all training sessions is very important. Don’t give up just because you don’t see results in a few sessions, persevere and work together with your dog to establish a bond and trust - the results will come soon after.
Kim is an avid dog lover, serial guac and chips eater, and thrill seeker - all in one body. Currently chillin’ with her dogs.