Training Equipment Guide
You're wanting to up your dog training game but there are sooo many choices out there when it comes to training aids. I understand how overwhelming that can feel, so I made an easy straight forward guide to get you started.
The training equipment guide is split up into different sections so you can easily navigate directly to the section you're most interested in.
With 20 years of assistance dog raising and training, I've used a plethora of equipment, training aids and treats with my dogs and I want to share my experience with you. Let me know what type of equipment you use by commenting on Working Canine Club's Facebook page
These are great basic collars that have what is called a "limited slip", this allows you to make a small correction if needed.
I highly recommend using a gentle leader with your dog. I consider it to be the power-steering of dog equipment. If you decided to use a gentle leader, I do recommend watching some videos to understand how to properly use this piece of equipment.
Another essential item when training your dog. I use tie-downs for various reasons and situations ranging from placing a young puppy on one when I'm not able to watch them closely or a dog that is pestering other dogs in the house.
I like to rip these up into smaller size treats, they are great to use when teaching a new command or behavior.
Great to use when you want to have your dog focus and chew on a treat for a while. I use these when clipping nails, working with a distractible dog, or a visit type command.
I use Orijen's dog food as my main source of treats when working dogs. It mixes it up for them regarding their kibble but doesn't make them super crazy to recieve these treats either.
This is the one most closely associated with the clipper I used tonight. Easy to use and has a nice safeguard that’s nice especially if you are concerned with cutting too much nail off.
This is my preferred style of clipper, I feel like I have more control and can see the nail better. These clippers also have replaceable "cutters" which is a huge plus.
I like using these to round off the nail after clipping them. It is highly recommended to round the edge of the nail if you are performing any of Working Canine Club's Balance & Core Work material.
Easy and portable to use, this is a great tool to quickly trim the fur between the pads of your dog's paw.
Just as easy to use as the cordless hair trimmer but tends to have a bit more power, not as portable. I recommend this if your dog has a really thick coat.
Daily brushing tool for your dog if they have a long coat such as a Golden Retriever. This brush has a button that pushes the hair off the brush for easy disposal.
If your dog has a short coat such as a Labrador Retriever, this is a great brush. This brush is also very useful to spread shampoo or conditioner into your dog's coat when you give them a bath.
An excellent brush to remove the undercoat of your dog. This is not an every day brush but is well worth having when your dog begins to shed their undercoat as the weather gets warmer.
This is a basic saline solution without a disinfectant or preservatives. Note: This is not the same product I was using but has the same ingredients.
Great for cleaning your dog's ears and to put on coat as conditioner when bathing.
Beginning balance ball for your dog when performing balance & core work.
Great for a portable, unstable surface to practice positioning, ups, and other basic commands with your dog