dog training, dog behavior, dog health

Important Things to do Before Buying Dog Training Equipment

Every day there seems to be more and more products on the market targeting dog owners, and the more specialised area of dog training equipment is no different. But rather than going out and stocking up with the latest dog training aids, gadgets and supplies, you would be better off if you sat down first and considered your goals and needs. First of all, consider the kind of dog you are going to train, what you want to teach him, and how you will do that.  Then you will be prepared to buy dog training equipment.

The breed of dog you have will make a difference to the way in which you train him. Before you buy or do anything further, go online or find a good bookshop and look for a good book by a reputable trainer or breeder who has experience training the breed of dog you own. From such a book you will discover the most effective methods and what, if any, equipment you will require in order to do the training.

Different people have different expectations of their dogs. Some get a dog as a family pet, some want a good guard dog, some need a hunter or tracker; the range of activities required by dogs is as varied as the breeds of dog. Even within these areas of activity, different people have different expectations. One person’s well trained dog is another person’s untrained mutt! Before you set out to train your animal or buy training aids, decide what it is you want from your animal and how you are going to teach him; then decide the best way of doing this and look into any equipment that might be necessary.

Since dogs were first domesticated, thousands of years ago, the main requirement for training was a length of rope or twine and some tasty rewards. Now we have many training aids available to make the job easier, such as electronic collars and clickers, but all of these require a certain amount of expertise which you will have to learn; before attempting to use them to teach your dog. The main equipment you will need is a good book on training, and today’s equivalent of a rope, ie, a collar and lead. And, perhaps, some tasty snacks for you both!