Updated: Jan 8
Hi there! I just wanted to share some training products that we use and love. Links will be provided for easy access! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.
DISCLAIMER: Any use of these training products should be done responsibly and used correctly for proper outcome in training. If you are just starting out and wish to use some of these tools I highly recommend doing diligent research and/or finding a trainer. And remember training tools are not one size fits all, there are so many training tools for a reason. So what might work for me and Stormy may or may not work for you!
I am not sponsored or paid from any of these companies. I just love the product and want to share!
Stormy is very picky about her treats, so I like to use soft treats since they have a more enticing smell to her. But she also likes some brands of freeze dried/dehydrated too!
I look for simple ingredients with no added synthetic vitamins/minerals, grains, stabilizers, or fillers. This ensures that what I’m giving her will make her want to work and that it’s beneficial for her.
- Vital Essentials Treats : always very minimal ingredients and freeze dried which preserves the nutrients more.
- Acana Freeze Dried Treats : I like to use the singles and though they are a bit chunky I love the ingredients too much.
- Orijen Freeze Dried Treats : I usually buy the cat version of these treats since they are smaller and are the exact same ingredients. The dog treats are way too big in my opinion but have awesome ingredients.
- Nutri Source Jerky Treats : These treats have very simple ingredients and even have a recipe with kangaroo in it! These treats are easy to break into small pieces fast for rewarding. I can't find these treats too many places so when I find them I always stock up.
- EZY dog snack pack : The size of this pouch is perfect for when I need a small amount of treats for a quick training session. I love the magnet close feature which is awesome for quick treating.
- Herschel fanny pack : Even thought this isn't your traditional treat pouch I like this one because it holds a lot of treats for when I know I'm going to be out all day. It has an adjustable strap so it stays secure and the zipper makes for easy treat access.
- Click-R : These clickers are great for dogs sensitive to loud noises and have a handy little loop for your finger so it doesn't fall off.
- Eco city clickers : If your deaf like me and want a little more punch to your click, these are the way to go. These too have a bungy wrist strap that is very convenient.
Balance, strength, and stability:
- Balance disc : When I want to make her work a little harder with our rear end awareness or stationary front feet with movements I like to use this disc as a touch pad. It engages her muscles so she gets a mini workout in as we train.
- Yes4all mat : These elevated foam mats are great for out rear end feet placement training. I ask her to back until both her back feet are on the mat then mark and reward.
- Yoga blocks : I use to keep her front paws stationary during her transitions through sitz (sit), platz (down), and stand.
- Rubber feed pan : I like to use these for her rear end awareness exercises. I like the rubber pan because it grips to floor and doesn't move all around when she puts her paws on it. I have found that if she puts too much weight on the pan it collapses in the middle. Therefore I use this tool for light weight work.
Collars, leashes & harnesses:
- Herm sprenger Black stainless steel prong : This brand is the only one that dulls the end of the prongs. Other brands are poison for your dogs neck (use this tool properly and make sure you know what you are doing!)
- Slip lead : Whenever I need something quick to put on her or just want to work some leash OB I always grab my Mendota slip lead! We have the tan color and it really pops against the black in her coat.
- Banded Pines : This brand was made to get dirty! The collars are so fashionable, durable, and easy to clean.
- Head lites : Visibility gear is a must have for me. And having a light up collar that lasts forever puts me at ease when we go out at night. This collar's battery lasts forever and there is many color options available as well as the option to add your dog's name.
- Blue K9 harness : though I don't usually use a harness when I do I always reach for this one. I favorite this harness because it is specifically designed to not block the dog's shoulder movement. It has buckles and adjustment straps in all the places to fit any size dog.
- One Tigris : I call this our "leave us the F alone training vest". This is a must for us when I want an uninterrupted training session. I have a handful of patches that say things such as "working do not pet" , "stay away", and "Partner in Crime". This ensures we can have a training session without any humans distracting us.
- K9 tactical 3/8" bio-thane leash : what's not to love about these leashes? They are durable, waterproof, and have so many customization options!
- Small circle trampoline : I use a trampoline because (1) it’s my brothers’ and they never use it (2) i’m broke (3) It is practically the same thing and gets the job done.
- K&H elevated dog bed : This is the one I would use if I didn't have the trampoline!
- Baskerville Ultra Muzzle : Stormy doesn't require a muzzle but it is so important to me that she is conditioned to wear one for any situation that might occur. I like this specific muzzle because it is easy to adjust, comfortable on the dog, and is easy to administer treats through. Stormy is somewhere between a size 2 and 3 but we use a 3 for now so it's roomier for training.
- RTK intermediate & large : I love these kennels so much because of their double latch doors, rattle free feature, and sturdiness. I have a 1 door large in my room as her "house" and an intermediate 2 door with ratchet straps in the car for travel. And they are stack-able which is always a plus!
Retrieval toys :
- CLIX Dumbbell : I use this for my hold training with Stormy. It has a good weight to is and floats in water. I find it a bit clunky at times though which makes it hard for when we take out training outside.
- Retrieve-Rite Puppy Bumper : This is my favorite tool to use for hold training. I personally like the puppy size since Stormy is a smaller dog with a smaller mouth. It's the perfect size to take anywhere so I can work on "hold" whenever and wherever.
I hope you guys found this list useful. I plan to make more recommended product lists like this with many more topics. If you have a specific topic in mind please feel free to comment below. Have a wonderful day and always keep exploring!