If you currently own a dog or are looking at getting a furry friend, you will know that training is absolutely essential.
We adopted Amos nearly 4 years ago from RSPCA Queensland, and being our first dog, we have been on a steep learning curve since.
I have learnt a lot in this time and have found there are a few key items that I just can’t go without. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy as I share with you my 5 favourite training items.
TRUE LOVE DOG HARNESS: OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
When we first adopted Amos, he had never been on a lead or even worn a collar before. The best training tool for walking Amos has been a harness and we have used one for almost 3.5 years now.
If you follow Amos, you will know that previously I had used a Haquihana Harness, but I have recently updated Amos’ harness and love it. This harness has both front and back attachments, and since I have recently started working with a new trainer, I now use both attachment points with a double ended lead.
It is extremely easy to put on and there is also a handle on the back, which I love. The handle can be used for the car or also if in the event you need to grab your dog, grab the handle!
Please note that a harness does not stop a dog from pulling, it is merely a tool that I use to help Amos and I manage our walking. Nothing beats training!
LONG LINE SYN TEK 10m x 16mm
If you follow our Instagram, you will know that this is absolutely one of my favourite training items for Amos. I bought this lead nearly 3 years ago and I can’t imagine life without it.
If you have a dog who is not great off lead and/or easily distracted in new environments, then this is the lead for you. This lead is also fantastic for working on recall training. The lead allows Amos to explore and gives him a sense of freedom.
My top points are:
Easy to hold when wet
Very light so it is so easy to manage
Never gets stuck on anything — Amos moves about a lot and the lead just glides along with him
Doesn’t fade — it looks exactly the same as when we first got it.
Available in 3 different colours: orange, black, and purple.
I’ve written a blog post about it on my personal blog, so if you are after some extra details then check it out here.
I physically can’t go anywhere without my treat pouch and my clicker ready and raring to go.
The more I learn about training dogs, the more I understand that I have to capture moments when Amos is behaving the way that I want him to. Hence, I need a treat pouch ready to go and this one makes it so easy to deliver treats. It is also perfect for loose lead walking training and going out on adventures with your dog.
It easily stores your phone and keys along with a large amount of treats for training. There is also an outer mesh pocket for additional storage and it is very easy to attach water and a poo bag holder.
My favourite thing about it is the ease of opening and closing it. You just pop it open! Amos never has to wait too long for his treats.
Now, this is obviously a toy but is such a great training tool and Amos loves it! The puller comes as a set of two purple rings and comes in sizes mini, midi, standard, and maxi. We use the standard size.
It is made of a material that doesn’t damage the teeth or gums and is extremely light. It also floats, so it’s perfect for fetch at the beach or your local watering hole.
The rings are extremely helpful in training the commands to come, leave, and take and we reinforce these commands every time we use them whilst playing tug, fetch, and jumping.
The rings are a great way for you to bond with your dog and improve your communication together.
BASKERVILLE ULTRA MUZZLE
Now Amos is not required to wear a muzzle at all, however, what happens when we get in a situation where a muzzle is needed?
Our trainer recommends that all dogs be muzzle trained in the unfortunate event that if you do need your dog to wear it they will have no troubles. We were advised to purchase the Baskerville Ultra Muzzle due to its flexible fit and that it allows your dog to eat whilst wearing it.
We play games with the muzzle, including recall to the muzzle during a game of fetch.
Price : From $22.95 and up
So tell me, do you use any of these training tools or do you recommend something else that I can add to my list? Tell us in the comments!
My name is Mel and I am the proud dog mum of Amos Pearce. We live in Brisbane, Australia and just love adventuring though life together. Growing up, I used to hate dogs but after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I started to see dogs in a different way. Now I like to think of myself as the ultimate Dog Mum and I love it! I honestly can’t imagine life without Amos. Amos is a rescue from RSPCA Queensland and a proud RSPCA Furbassador. Together we share our most precious moments with you all as part of one big awesome life journey. Our little family rocks!