Thanks for checking out this store. Below you'll find links to all of the different products that I personally use with my dogs. These are affiliate links for Amazon and the prices may vary from what I have listed since they change the prices regularly (I believe it's one of their marketing tactics. Lol!) Your purchases help support my YouTube channel—so I can continue to make weekly content. Thanks and you rock!
Below you'll find some of my dog's favorite toys. I'm a huge fan of Chuck It and Kong brand products since they always make strong reliable toys. For example, the frisbees are made out of soft rubber, so it doesn't injure your dog when they catch it.
Once a month I like to take my dogs to get their teeth cleaned, but daily they love chewing on the Arm and Hammer dental toys. My dogs have all three, they love it and I like that it helps freshen their breath (Haha!).
If you enjoy using toys during obedience, then I would suggest a ball on a rope or a tug toy. Both are great options to build drive and motivation while training. My dogs also love the Jolly Balls, but be careful as they can easily chew off the handle.
You may notice that I don't have any nail clippers below, and that's because I don't use them. For the most part, my dog's nails stay trimmed simply by exercising them every day. However, If I do need to clip them, I just take them to a groomer.
If you like your dog to smell fresh and clean, then I would highly recommend the waterless shampoo. It's much better for your dog's skin than giving them too many baths. I like to spray mine and give them a quick brush. Also, quick tip! If you feed your dogs a raw diet, they'll also shed less, which is awesome!
For treats and food, I like to keep it simple: The vital essentials freeze-dried dog food is what I use when I'm training my dogs. Since they are already trained, I don't have to use as many treats. However, with a puppy or a new dog in training, I will often start with Stella and Chewy's freeze-dried coated kibble. It's great food and most dogs love it!
I also like to give my dogs and dogs in training raw goat milk from Answers to further ensure my dogs are getting enough quality nutrition.
For a healthy snack that will also keep them entertained, my dogs love raw bones and bully sticks. These are much healthier options than the common rawhide bone.
Here you'll find three bowls that I like to use. Since I also like to use the bowl as a place command, I prefer the ones with the rubber bottom. If you're training on a hard surface, then the feeder pan works great for that. Lastly, when hiking or camping, the Mighty Paw collapsible bowl works great! Just keep in mind if you're too rough with it, over time it can start to tear.
As far as leashes go, I like to keep it as simple as possible. For basic training, I like a plain nylon 4 - 6 ft leash. I favor the 4 ft though as it's easier to handle when doing leash pressure training. The long line is perfect for recalls, fetch training, and beginning stages of off-leash obedience. The only other leash I’ll use is the retractable leash: I like to use these for recalls and sit front exercises. These are nice because unlike the normal long line, it's less likely to get tangled up if you have a dog that performs a fast recall. You can see my friend Bethany demonstrating the recall in this video.
When training dogs, we always need to keep in mind the science behind dog training. Using corrections (compulsion) is not mandatory and you can get a really well-trained dog only using three out of the four quadrants of operant conditioning.
However, with that being said, if you want 100% reliability, then using compulsion becomes necessary. When I start adding corrections to a dog’s training routine, I first start with the martingale collar. If I correct the dog with a leash pop on the martingale collar and the dog continues the undesired behavior, then we have to move up to a prong collar. The reason for this is that you can only pop the leash so hard before you would start physically harming the dog. Since we don’t want to harm our dogs, we must move to a collar that is designed to give a higher correction.
You'll also notice on the list is a remote training collar by Dogtra. I've trained both my dogs on remote training collars and this is my preferred make and model. I cover the full training process that I follow in my dog training manual (version 3). However, if you prefer to watch training videos, then I would highly recommend Michael Ellis’ online remote-collar training course. When done correctly you'll have a happy dog that is reliable off-leash. Check out this video of my dog Arih at the beach with her remote collar on.
If you have watched my YouTube training videos, then you have probably noticed my training vest. If you would like one similar, just click on the link below. You'll also see the heeling stick that I use with my dogs when I'm trying to clean up the focus heel.
I'm also big on using markers during my training. A marker is a word or sound that predicts a reward. I prefer to use the words, "yes" and "free". However, if you prefer, a clicker makes an excellent marker, which is available as an accessory below.
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Below you'll find 4 books that I recommend. Of course, my manual is one of them :).
If you want to feed your dog a healthy diet, but would prefer to prepare it yourself, then I highly recommend Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats. She is the best in the industry when it comes to canine nutrition. She also has an excellent YouTube channel and is featured in the documentary "Pet Fooled".
If you're interested in becoming a professional dog trainer, then the next two books will add some great value to your toolbox: Advanced Schutzhund was written by Ivan Balabanov who is considered by many to be one of the best dog trainers of our generation.
And next is Tom Rose's book, Dog Training with the Touch. Tom Rose is an exceptional dog trainer and his name became widely recognized in the dog sport world when he became the first American to score a perfect on an FH track. He shares his secrets in this book. However, keep in mind that Tom Rose’s book was written about 18 years ago. This means that he's changed some of the techniques since then, but the book follows the science of dog training and will most certainly add some valuable concepts to your dog training toolbox.