Whether you are a long time dog owner or a new one who is about to welcome a new fur member of the family, along with welcoming your new puppy or dog to your home is to work with him on his manners. So, before your dog arrives, you should also get the basic dog training supplies so that you are also ready to train your dog from day one.
Here are some of the important dog-training tools, including some extra items that you might want to have in your stash.
1. Get A Clicker
A clicker is a device that can be used to mark your dog’s desired behavior, both in response to a cue and when it occurs naturally. Clickers also come in a variety of shapes and styles which also includes handheld ones and those which have wrist straps. There are also some leashes that come with built-in clickers. There are also available clicker apps for your smartphone and clickers that are also designed for training multiple dogs which have different and diverse sounds for each dog.
2. Get A Target Stick
Using a target stick is helpful when you are teaching basic dog behaviors like walking nicely while on a leash, or some other complex tricks like spin or bow. The targets vary from a simple, fixed-length stick, or something that is fancier like a stick with a built-in clicker or one which collapses so that it is easy to store. You can also make a do-it-yourself target like a serving spoon or a wooden spoon or you can just skip the equipment altogether and then teach your dog to touch and follow a hand target.
3. Get Treats
Treats are the rewards that will keep your dog interested and motivated. The preference for treats will depend upon each dog, but, in general, soft and meaty treats are the usual canine favorites. The size of the treats should be small, like the size of a pencil eraser or a blueberry. There are also some treats which are pre-sized for training while others may be broken apart or cut down to size before the training.
4. Get A Portable Mat
Having a portable mat or bed provides for a safe space for your dog to settle in, no matter where he is. A foldable, washable bed, mat or blanket can be easy to transport and is also ideal for outings. There are other varieties like those which have a sticky bottom that will provide increased stability on slippery surfaces.
5. Put A Leash To Your Dog
Training your dog in leashes will vary in length, usually, it is between four and six feet. Ideally, a long leash is to provide your dog with a slight slack as when your dog will stay close to you during your walks that then being pulled tight all the time. Putting on a waist-clip leash will enable you to keep your hands free when you are in your training sessions. You should also store your dog’s leashes in easy access locations by having hooks near the door.
6. Place Collars And Harness On Your Dog
It is important that you place a flat collar which holds your dog’s ID tag so your dog will carry the necessary information when he gets out on his own. You can also clip a least to a flat collar, and having a front-clip harness is a better option for most dogs because it can help deter pulling and also making it easier for you to guide the movement of your dog. If your dog is difficult to control, you can use a head halter as an option. It is also important to note that the use of corrective is not recommended for dog training.
7. Have A Long Line
When you find that your dog is now ready to practice behaviors like having long-distance stays and come when they are being called, have a long line is a safe and simple alternative when they are off their leash. Long lines will allow exploration during training breaks and also to provide for an extra room to walk out for activities like scent detection. The standard long lines vary from 15 to 30 feet.
8. Place Barriers
You can place crates, pet gates, pet pens, and playpens because these can be useful when you need to contain your dog in a certain area especially for situations like house training or chewing management. Having a barrier can also be of help when you are keeping your dog away from difficult areas like stairs or the front of the door.
9. Have A Training Carryall
You can also consider designating a bag or storage container so that you can have something that will hold all of your dog’s training equipment. This will also make it easy for you to access the training equipment and make it readily transportable. You can also include a collapsible water bowl, treats, toys, portable bedding and comfort items for outings.
10. Provide Your Dogs With Toys
Playing and giving toys to your dogs are excellent rewards for them to use especially if you have playful canines in training. The best types of toys will depend on what appeals to be specifically interesting for your dog. You can also keep your dog’s favorites on hand so that it will serve as a reward for a job well done.
11. Have A Treat Bag
Having training pouches can provide a simple way to keep the treats on hand so that you can immediately reward your dog when they show their desired behavior. These treat pouches vary in sizes and attachment style, and these may be made with neoprene or other easy-clean materials. There also some pouches have extra pockets with zippers and Velcro so that it can contain other essentials like cleanup bags including your keys and cellphone.
12. Give Your Dog Food Puzzles
Having food puzzles can provide your dog with physical and mental exercise because this can help in deterring unwanted behavior. This can also enable you to help your dog in learning to relax and settle in when he is in his spot or crate.