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.
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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?