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Here’s a list of some dog items that your friends and family (or even yourself) may find useful for dog training.
A 6-foot traditional length, or try a 10 or 15-foot leash if you have safe areas to allow your dog more room to roam on walks.
The Seattle Balance harness (by Lori Stevens, a professional dog trainer) remains one of the top quality harnesses. It includes attachments on the back, and front for reduced pulling.
The i-click is great for indoors and handling comfortably. The box clicker may be less ergonomic to handle, but produces a louder sound, which provides utility for outdoor training depending on your distance from your dog or other ambient sounds.
Target training is fun to implement and can apply to many different training scenarios. The Treat&Train box comes with a target (see below).
This is an ingenious device created by the late Dr. Sophia Yin, a veterinarian and animal trainer. Its basic function is to dispense treats either on demand with a controller, or on different pre-settings: such as set amounts of time (e.g., every 10 seconds), or on a variable rate (e.g., on average every 10 seconds). It provides many different strategies for training.
I have occasionally used the Treat&Train as a slow feeder to dispense my dog’s normal kibble meal. Rather than her eating it in a few seconds out of a bowl, she gets the food dispensed in different amounts of time, so it acts like an enrichment puzzle toy. Because of its design, this product is a bit pricey at about $100. It also needs a separate purchase of batteries.
These are always a great choice of gift, and dogs will love them. Look for softer treats in smaller sizes or easy to break apart treats for training. In addition, there are even Advent calendars for dogs now that provide a treat a day for December 1st-25th.
The Doggone Good treat pouch is excellent for holding treats and clickers. The magnet that closes the pouch works better than the treat bags with hinges, which rust over time.
Some quality enrichment toys include:
- Squirrel Dude
- Kong Wobbler
- Nina Ottosson puzzles
- Buster Cube
- Kong Satellite
- Snuffle Mats
- Green Interactive Feeder
By Dan Raymer
Here is a relatively quick recipe for creating some tasty dog training treats. I’ve used this successfully with many dog training clients, and all of the dogs so far have approved of the taste.
One additional note to consider:
This particular recipe may contain ingredients dogs should have in limited amounts, so use it sometimes, but not in large doses on a daily basis, and always check with your veterinarian if needed, or if you have concerns about the ingredients or amount you should feed your dogs.
I’m also grateful for one of my clients who used chicken instead of tuna. So that is another option as well.
- 12 oz of tuna with the canned water (do not drain)
- 2 eggs
- 1 to 1.5 cups of flour
- Mash tuna and eggs in a bowl or pan – add water as needed
- Pour into a pan, add flour, and mix
- Spread into cookie sheet or keep in pan
- Bake at 350 for 15 minutes – it will be the texture of putty
- Cut into tiny squares (about the size of a pea or dog food kibble). These can be frozen for storage, or refrigerated for more immediate use.
- For chicken fudge, simply substitute canned chicken for tuna.
By Dan Raymer