I’ve trained many dogs in my life and the best thing about training dogs is that you’re always learning something new every single time. Every breed is different and every single dog needs its own attention. I’ve become the go-to person in my friend’s circle for training puppies.
Luckily there are some tools out there that I use again and again to make my life easier when it comes to training a new pup.
The following tools are the must have dog training tools for dogs of all sizes and breeds. I’m sure you’ll find one useful here!
Every professional dog trainer knows that a good dog treat pouch is the key to success when it comes to training a pup. My all time favorite is this budget friendly one by barkOutfitters. It’s under $11 and it gets the job done. I love how
it’s made with washable nylon materials as well. I’ve tried training without a dog treat pouch and my pup just never feels as motivated.
A treat pouch is basically a container and it makes it easier to access treats while keeping hold of the leash and clicker. If I could only have one item when it comes to training my pups, then it would be a dog treat pouch for sure.
Another must have tool for training your dog. This Starmark Dog clicker is the most affordable and well-known dog training clicker out there. The well-designed clicker fits comfortably in your hand, and the clicker element is made of stainless steel, so it won’t rust.
One of the best things about this product is the price. You can purchase it for less than $5, and it even comes with a step-by-step training guide that shows you the basics of clicker training. That’s less than a Big Mac meal!
The clicker itself is actually quite small, so you can attach it to your keys or your belt for easy convenience. I purchase these in bulk and have a few around my house.
For all of those dog owners out there that are in the process of house training a puppy, these training pads are perfect for you. The last thing you want is “an accident” around the house right? Well, these will prevent that for you!
These AKC Training Pads have a 6-layer composition so they absorb and dry quickly, preventing your pup from tracking their mess all over your house. They have a built-in smell that attracts your pet to the pad to help prevent accidents on your floors and rugs. We all know that dogs have good sense when it boils down to smell!
In addition to all that goodie, these pads are designed to provide 24 hour urine protection for dogs weighing up to 50 pounds. This means that these pads aren’t only made for young puppies but can work for elder dogs as well.
Must have around the house especially when you’re training your dog!
This is a great product to have for puppy training. This Adaptil dog collar mainly helps with helping your puppy control it’s emotions when it isn’t used to dog training. The other alternative would be an electric collar, but that can scare the heck of your dog, so this collar is the best.
The collar works with the dog’s body temperature. It’s important to place it as close to the dog’s skin as possible so that the dog’s body heat can warm the collar.
These collars can last up to 4-5 weeks. After that you will need to replace it, but it’s less than $20, so I consider it to be budget-friendly.
Slip lead is one of my most recommended training supplies for a few reasons. Slip leads look like a regular flat leash, except they have a metal ring on one end instead of a clip.
Slip leads allow you to gain more control of your dog. Some dog owners would argue saying that slip leads can cause injuries on the dog, but I’ve never had a problem with that.
The Mendota slip lead is loved by many dog owners and it’s the one that I use.
Here’s what I love about the Mendota Slip Lead. It is made of colorfast, waterproof, durable multi-filament polypropylene solid core roping, and it features all brass hardware and oil tanned leather splices. These leads are handcrafted in the USA.
This one runs for about $10.
We wrote an article a few days ago on “The Best and strongest dog crates for your dog” where we went over the different types of dog crates and their benefits. We also gave you the top reviews for the dog crates that we use.
A dog crate is a must have when training your dog. It gives them a place to go when you are not home to keep them safe as well as protect your belongings. You should always train your pups to feel comfortable in their crates because you might have to travel with your dog someday and they will need to be in a crate.
Crates come in different sizes for different breeds, so make sure you read the post that I linked to above to see which dog crate is best for your dog.
I love thundershirts, not just for training, but for almost everything. These snug-fitting shirts target various pressure points, creating a sensation similar to swaddling a baby.
It helps keep my dog calm when I’m training him. Another big plus is that my dog looks sort of cute in this thundershirt as well.
It can be a shock to your dog when you first train it, this is why any tool that can help with calming down your dog is a must.
There you have it folks, the top must have items for training your dog. Other people have requested that I put other items such as bell potty and more, but those aren’t my must have items.
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