September 8, 2016

5 Things You'll Need Before Training Your Dog

Robin here!

As a dog owner who uses positive training methods and has much interest in the world of dog behavior, I decided to list five things I personally believe you should have on hand when it comes to dog training. At the end of each recommendation, I'll put a link for you to get that item. You have to start somewhere, right?

1. Your Dog

This is a very, very, very obvious thing you'll need to train your dog: your dog! It's important that you know your dog's personality well before training your dog so you know what methods to use, but I'll get more into that in a later post.

(Um...if you need a dog, click here to visit Petfinder and locate a nearby rescue pup for you!)

2. Treats

Without the power of tiny bite-sized treats, Christmas wouldn't be the obedient, well-mannered, and attentive dog he is today. Not all dogs are motivated by treats, but it doesn't hurt to have some nearby during training sessions. At the end of the day, treats are what makes most dogs the attentive family members they are.

(Click here for some great treats to use during training!)

3. A Clicker

I have taught Chris some commands, tricks, and manners without a clicker, and it isn't a necessary thing to have while training, but it will surely speed up your training! If you're wondering what clicker training is, why it's effective, and how to use it, click here to read a previous article of mine.

(Click here for the dog training clicker I use!)

4. A Leash

Even if you aren't training outdoors and even if your dog is very attentive to you during training, it doesn't hurt to snap a leash onto your pup's collar to control him better and lead him back to you if he tends to become distracted. Your dog might be more into the training if you put on his leash because he knows you're in control of him and there's nothing else to do! There's no harm in doing so!

(Click here for a great, simple leash!)

5. Your Dog's Toys

Assuming your dog has toys that he seems to enjoy, preferably not something like a bone, but a tug toy, ball, or stuffed toy, this could help your training! Even with healthy and bite-sized treats, your pup might have eaten too much in a training session and rewarding with brief play sessions will make a great substitute reward. Some dogs are more motivated by play by treats, so pulling out your dog's toys doesn't always have to be a last resort. It could be what saves your training for a mysterious pooch!

(Click here, here, and here for a few examples of toys to use for training!)

Well, I hope this post will help you prepare for future training sessions! What are some things you have on hand when training your dog?


  1. Hari Om
    some excellent basic tips there Robin! YAM xx

  2. sounds good - although clicker is optional - I the Reilly dog know over a 100 tricks and we have never used a clicker :)

  3. Christmas you are one lucky pup to have such a smart mom
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Good tips! Hoomans don't realize how easy it is to train doggies. We just need some consistency and the right communication!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. Great tips friend especially those treats
    Lily & Edward

  6. Awesome tips, Christmas! Mama has been giving me a "refresher course" lately!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  7. We immediately thought of TREATS as number one, but you're right, you need a dog.

  8. I like to use a clicker, it's just a small effort to get one but the results can be huge, if we are patient and work as a team :o)

  9. Lets not forget a good mood. If you or your doggie isn't in a good mood, training won't be very productive. Great list! I have never heared of those treats before but I'll have to try them sometime.

    1. That's actually what I'll be posting about soon! This list is of 5 physical things you'll need, but my next training post will be about 5 things to know before training your dog.


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