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.
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
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.