Find out what treats motivate your dog most, and stock up on 'em. Also, have a mix of "regular" treats and "high-value" treats—the latter is good to use when teaching important commands, like come. Get tips on picking treats here.
Stuffable dog toys
A distracted dog is a well-behaved dog. Stuff these toys with everything from kibble to peanut butter, and freeze them to make the fun last longer.
My preference is for a treat bag that has a drawstring, and can be clipped onto your belt, pocket, or waistband. In the interest of being totally hands-free on a walk, choose one with a zippered pocket to hold your keys, money, or cleanup bags.
Most sets come with six poles, an adjustable tire and regular jump, a pause box, a tunnel and chute, carrying bag, vinyl tape, and instructions. Many of my obedience students buy these and become hooked on competitive agility—consider yourself warned.
My personal and professional choice is a flat or braided leather leash. I’ve been purchasing high-quality leather leashes since 1985 and can vouch for their strength and durability.
No, not the soda—I mean the small, leash-type object that helps you keep control over your “almost trained” dog. It works by giving you a short handle that can be left on your dog when he’s not wearing his regular leash around the house.
It does double duty as a dog bed and a housetraining mechanism. Choose one with durable construction, generous stuffing, and a removable, washable cover so that both you and your dog will love the bed! Here are tips on picking one.
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