- 6 foot nylon lead
- Front clip harness, such as Sense-ation or Freedom.
- Treat Pouch that clips on to your waistband
- Mat – bath mats work great for this. Find something with a non-slip underside that your dog can comfortably lie on.
- Clicker – Not required – you can also use your voice, but clickers are a great tool
- Training treats – Best treats are things that can be cut into very small pieces such as Ziwi Peak dog food (it’s high quality and makes a great training treat) , Red Barn Dog Food Roll (I prefer the beef), Blue Buffalo Dog Food Roll and ready-to-go training treats such as Zuke’s. These are great for everyday behaviors. When working on fear or aggression, higher value foods include roast beef or other deli meat, roast chicken cut into tiny pieces, cheese or hot dog.
- Long line – 20′ – 30′ nylon long line for hiking and exercise.
- Crate. Your dog’s crate should be just large enough for them to stand up, turn around, and comfortably lie down. This is a terrific tool for house training and general management, and makes a great place for your dog to rest when he needs to get away from all the action.
- Baby gates. These are a terrific general management tool for all puppies and dogs.
- X-Pens. Another great management tool for puppies, especially during chew training.
- Recommended reading:
- “Culture Clash” by Jean Donaldson“The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy, Well Behaved Pet”, by Jolanta Benal. Available on Amazon.com
- Peaceable Paws “Dog and Puppy Training Guide”, available from me or at Peaceablepaws.com. (This is the class manual for Basic and Advanced Manners)
- “The Power of Positive Dog Training”, 2nd edition, by Pat Miller. Available at Peaceablepaws.com and Amazon.com
- “The Other End of the Leash”, by Patricia McConnell.
- “Play With Your Dog”, by Pat Miller
- “Plenty in Life is Free”, by Kathy Sdao.
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