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Dog Training Products

There are lots of dog training products out there — some goof and others not as good.  This is meant to help you by good stuff, but not all dogs and people are the same, so your preferences may differ.

Dog Training Products- Harnesses:

Front clip harnesses are useful for training your dog to walk on a loose leash.  The clip in the front by the heck helps to redirect the dog to you when he pulls.  A harness also reduces your dog’s chances of getting hurt from pressure on the trachea when pulling.

My favorite harness is the Walk-in-Sync harness and leash combination.  I find it easier to put on than other styles and it does not impede the movement of the dog’s shoulders, which could be bad for puppy bone growth.  It sits further back on the body too so is less likely to chafe under the arms.  Dogs are less likely to slip out of this style, too, in my opinion. It comes with leash that has a snap on the handle so you can attach the dog to your waist if need be. The leash handle is a little bulky but that doesn’t bother me.

Another harness that I like is the Sense-ation harness, by Soft Touch concepts.    It tightens and puts pressure on the dogs shoulders when the dog pulls.

Head Halters:

The Gentle Leader is  lightweight and redirects the dogs head.  The Walk N Train Head Halter is more sturdy and in addition to redirecting the dog’s head it, closes around the dog’s mouth when the dog pulls.

Chews and Toys:

My favorites are the original Kongs.  The black ones are better for stronger chewers.  For puppies and dogs just learning about stuffable toys I like the Holee Roller – you can stick a whole biscuit or piece of jerky inside and the dog quickly learns to get the treat out.   It can be destroyed by some dogs, however.  I also love the Kong Wobbler for more advanced dogs.

Bully sticks, cow hooves, and antlers cut down the middle lengthwise to expose the interior are also pretty good.  I like to shove some Natural Balance into the tip of a hoof.  Raw, meaty marrow bones that are a few inches long (usually femur) are good, too.  I scoop out some of the marrow because too much can cause diarrhea in some dogs.  And the bones can splinter, so do supervise.  My dogs love have loved these most.

All dogs are different and you should select chews based on your dog’s teeth, health, and digestion, chewing strength and preferences.    All  toys and chews can be destroyed, and all have their pros and cons so be careful and supervise to prevent the dog from swallowing pieces of the toy.  They should not be small enough to swallow (f they can fit the whole thing in their mouth its usually too small).  Supervision while chewing is wise.

Beds:

I find the Kuranda Bed useful for some dogs when training them to go to their place/bed.  Because it is raised, the boundary and distinction between on and off the bed is very clear.

Baby gates:

I like the metal ones that swing open in the middle without having to remove them.  You will need to measure your door width.  Some of these do damage the paint on the door frame.

Other:

My favorite chew deterrent is Grannick’s Bitter Apple.

If you want even more information, including evaluation of prong and pinch collars, see this great article by the wonderful Dr. Sophia Yin.

About Laurene

Laurene von Klan is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer serving West Los Angeles
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