Recommended products and resources from Waggin’ Tails Ranch

Body Harness

We recommend a body harness for dogs, to take pressure off their necks. A well-fitted harness should also allow for freedom of shoulder movement. The Freedom No-Pull Harness works well for most dogs. The RuffWear Front Range Harness has more padding, but the front clip might be too weak for big pullers.

Treat Pouch

A treat pouch makes it easy to pack rewards with you, so you always ready to reward good behavior!

Food Dispensing Toys

Feed your dog’s meals from food dispensing toys to keep your pup busy and mentally challenged.


Hands Free Leash System

A hands free system can work great in classes as well as on walks or jogs with your buddy. There are a variety of them on the market. We don’t have a favorite, but look for something with sturdy stitching and attachments.

YouTube Channels with positive trainers

That Dog Geek – good body language videos

DogKind – good husbandry videos and help for fearful and reactive dogs

Kikopup – loads of general training videos

Dogs That, Susan Garrett – podcasts and videos

Recommended Reading

Life Skills for Puppies, Laying the Foundation for a Loving, Lasting Relationship. Helen Zulch and Daniel Mills, Veloce Publishing Ltd 2012

Puppy Training for Kids: Teaching Children the Responsibilities and Joys of Puppy Care, Training and Companionship.
Colleen Pelar, Barron’s Educational Series 2012

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Training: Puppy Training to Advanced Techniques Plus 50 Problem Behaviors Solved!
Teoti Anderson, i5press, 2014.

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs.
Karen Pryor, Sunshine Books Inc, 2005

Train Your Dog Like a Pro.
Jean Donaldson, Turner Publishing 2010

Do Over Dogs – Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life.
Pat Miller, Dogwise Publishing 2010

Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy a Multi-dog Household 2nd Edition.
Patricia McConnell Ph.D, Karen London Ph.D. Dogwise Publishing 2008

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, Zazie Todd. Greystone Books 2020. This easy to read book distills the latest in canine science to help you make life happy for both you and your dog.

Culture Clash, Jean Donaldson.
Dog Wise Publishing 2013. This is one book I recommend to all clients and require all my staff to read. Debunks most of the myths we have about dogs and dog behavior and helps us understand dogs as dogs.

Dog Sense – The New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.
John Bradshaw, Basic Books 2001. Not a “How-to” training book, John explains the evolution of dogs, why positive reinforcement training is the most effective way to control behavior, and encourages us to look at dogs as individuals rather than breed stereotypes.