Training Equipment Guide

There are a ton of training aids out there and choosing the ones that work best for you can be a challenge. I know how overwhelming that can feel, so I made a categorized guide to get you started. 

Selecting the right tool is important, but I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't tell you 2 things about some of the things out there (not necessarily on this list): you need to know how to use the tool properly for it to work and be safe, and using a tool to make up for improper or insufficient training will not get you the best results. 

Training Aids

These are great basic collars with a "limited slip". They are affordable so you can size up as your dog grows. This is the home of your dog's tags, and where you can clip your leash when going out.

A gentle leader is the power-steering of dog equipment. It is like a halter that you clip your leash to. *If you choose to use a gentle leader, I highly recommend learning from a trainer how to properly use this piece of equipment.

I use tie-downs in various situations, such as teaching a dog to hang out in one place, placing a young puppy on one when I'm not able to pay full attention to them, or for a dog that is pestering other dogs in the house. 

 

Treats

 

I like to rip these up into smaller size treats and use them as lures when teaching a new command or behavior.

Small Batch Beef Jerky          

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 kibble as my main source of training lures or rewards, and may add in a different type than they normally eat to make it more interesting without getting them too excited.

Grooming

This is the one most closely associated with the clipper I use.

Easy to use and has a safeguard that’s nice if you are concerned with cutting too much nail off.

This is my preferred style of clipper, as 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 to use and portable, 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, though 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 after bathing.

 

Equipment

 

Beginner 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

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