Useful equipment and tools for training a dog

In Report Dogs we give information on how to train dogs, how to educate them to do different actions and to be obedient. But to carry out these canine training some tools are necessary; Some very well-known, and others not very popular.

The following is a list of useful or basic tools for dog training and education:

Collar or harness for dogs:

If your dog is large or medium, a collar is the best option, although if you have a small dog, with a harness may be enough.

The prices for a harness can vary considerably, from € 3 to € 35, while for necklaces between € 5 to € 60 the most sophisticated.

Note also that there are punishment necklaces, necklaces, etc. But are not recommended to use them without having a good knowledge of their use.

Strap for dogs (regulation and long):

We may need a standard strap and a longer strap. The regulatory strap measures two meters for the natural, while the long strap measures more than five meters. The two straps will serve as a safety measure, so that the dog does not escape.

It is recommended that the leather strap or nylon strap (they are more resistant). The long belt is not that important, let alone the beginning of training a dog, since it is used only for long distances and is more so that the owner / trainer has a little more safety. Therefore, the long belt is not “necessary”, but it is a great help.

We can not confuse the long belt with the extensible straps (those of wandering). The long ones have an exact measurement, and can be simply a string.

The price of a standard strap can vary between 5 and 50 €, depending on the characteristics and material.

 

Pieces of food:

The bits of food serve to “congratulate” the dog and show him when he is doing well the training exercises. They have to be small pieces, to be able to perform many repetitions in the training sessions, and for the dog to eat it quickly.

It is important that the food you use is very much like the dog, whether it be your regular meal, treat … or if this is not enough, usual food for humans such as sausages, cooked meat, etc.

 

Toys:

Dog toys act as enhancers, along with food, but also serve to increase the speed of your dog’s response, as they will lead the dog into a state of enthusiasm.

Some examples of toys may be balls, strings or objects to bite. But obviously, the toy to be used is the one that the dog likes best. There is a great variety of toys, and you have to keep in mind that they can not be very small (you could swallow them) or toxic!

 

Waist bag or small bag:

You will need a bag or belt where to hold the pieces of food, and it is important to carry it on, to give the “prize” to the dog just when necessary. These bags are called “rewards bags”. The price can vary a lot depending on what we want, but it is not an expensive object.

 

Blanket or bed for dogs:

To teach a dog to sleep in a certain place, or to stay in place, we may need a blanket or a dog bed.

Notepad, pen, or writing utensils:

Many people do not give importance, but from Dog Report we recommend to write down all the training sessions, to keep track of how the dog learning is evolving. Any tool for scoring is valid, either pen and paper or with some electronic device (mobile, Tablet, etc.).

Clicker:

The clicker is a small box with a metallic foil that emits a double sound when you press it (“click-click”, hence the name). It is not a mandatory tool but it can be very useful. Your job is to inform the dog that you have performed an exercise correctly, and would replace the words (“OK!”, “OK”, “Yes!”, “OK!”, Etc.) that we used to tell Dog that has done it well.

The function of emitting a sound can also be performed by ourselves with the mouth, for example.

With the clicker we can get much better dog reaction times than with other methods.

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