A wide range of training equipment is now available to address training and behavior issues. Special collars, leashes and harnesses can make training easier for both you and your dog, although supervising your dog with patience and consistency is a necessary ingredient for effective training.
Collars are excellent training and safety tools. Check that your dog always wears his collar, and that you have his license and identification tags on it. Even the most loyal and least curious dog can accidentally escape. If your phone number is on his tag, you increase the likelihood of his safe return. Some collars are designed to break if they snag on objects, lowering the chance of your dog choking to death.
Leashes are essential dog training equipment. While on walks, in a non-fenced yard or at the park, you can stay in control of your pup by clipping a leash to his collar. Leashes can help with training, too. Whether inside or outside, Max knows you’re in control when he’s on the leash.
Choosing Dog Training Equipment
Because of the wide selection of leashes and collars available you may have difficulty deciding what types are best for your dog. The following descriptions will help you make an informed decision.
Choke chains are helpful for early in the walking stage, but they can be dangerous if they catch on something while you’re walking. As a result, choke chains should be used primarily for training. Loop the chain into a “P,” and slip it over your dog’s head. If he wanders while on a walk, gently snap the chain by pulling it back in one swift motion to return him to the correct position. Don’t pull hard: you’re not trying to punish your dog.
Nylon leashes and collars are popular, sturdy choices for your dog. Nylon leashes are generally durable and are a good choice for a fun frolic. Harnesses are also popular, and are a good alternative for dogs who may pull too hard against a collar and injure or choke themselves.
Retractable leashes give Spot the most freedom, but should be kept short for training. Many retractable leashes extend up to sixteen feet, so you can play games with your dog while he’s on the leash and quickly retract the leash if when you wish to return him to your side. A retractable leash is a good compromise between doggie freedom and owner control.
Don’t Forget the Treats!
Dog treats aren’t exactly equipment, but are just as essential for training your dog. Treats are a great way to get your dog to pay attention and they provide a nice reward for him when he does what you ask him to.
- a training whistle
- a muzzle
- a dog training book or video.