How To Make a Professional Dog Training Kit
Welcome back to our free monthly dog training blog where we tell you the very best trade secrets when it comes to training a dog. This month we are looking at how to make a professional dog training kit so that you and your dog are set up for success.
Dog training kits vary from owner to trainer, but the most important thing is to figure out what works for you and your best friend. That means experimenting with kit and tools.
Dog training kits are not just about a lead and some treats. They are the difference between making it or breaking it with your dog. If you’re reading this, it’s because you love your dog and training together. We all want to connect to our dogs on a higher level and a professional kit is often half the battle.
So let’s dive in!
Not all treats are created equal. Some dogs are gluttons and will chow down on whatever is in your pocket that smells vaguely edible, others need their nose engaged around high-level distractions.
This is the difference between low and high value dog treats. Some dogs need a “higher value” (a fishy, smelly or meaty) reward to persuade them you’re the best thing on a walk. Others might not. Puppies often change their minds so keeping your treat ideas fresh can really help with engagement.
Either way, our dogs love incentive and they need a lot of treats throughout training to get behaviours spot-on. No matter what you’re training for, there should be a food reward on you at all times.
Avoid obesity by using a mixture – 50% of your dog’s food allowance with some high value treats added in for a surprise.
Dog Treat Pouches
Treat pouches are an ideal way to transport your dog’s treats. You’ll avoid making your coat pocket greasy and have plenty of room for poo bags, your phone and keys.
They’re also perfect for training in hotter temperatures when most clothes have rubbish pockets. Often we will use a reusable coffeecup for any treats that need to be refrigerated. No mess, no fuss and best of all – no waste.
Crates and Pens
Dog crates and puppy pens are some of the most misunderstood dog training kit must-haves on the market. Dogs who have a comfortable, cosy, safe den to sleep in are much better at settling independently which equals (you guessed it) a happy, rested and outgoing dog.
Pens and crates can aid with toilet training, self-settling, regulating stress and also keep your dog safe at times when you need to turn your back for 5 minutes. Let’s face it, our puppies are a full time job.
When used correctly they are the number one tool for any dog handler.
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First aid kit
Like a parent, all dog owners should know first aid in case of emergency. Knowing how to handle CPR, choking or open wounds can save a dog’s life.
Keeping a first aid kit in your home and car will ensure that no matter where you are, if your dog has an accident you will be able to help them to the best of your ability.
Most human first aid kits are just as good as their doggie counterparts. We supplement ours with Leucillin anti-septic spray (safe for humans, dogs and horses) and vet wrap bandages for injuries such as nasty cuts or pulled dew-claws.
Dog Tug Toys
1000s of dogs out there do not care one iota about food. They are the “picky eaters” of the dog world and they can and will turn their nose up at freshest steak if it doesn’t take their fancy.
Many of these dogs have other motivations in life. It could be human contact and companionship, but for the majority they adore to chase small balls, squeaky toys and furry creatures. Now, chasing squirrel in the park is probably good fun but it doesn’t aid your recall training.
That’s why these tog toys area complete game-changer! They are a fantastic outlet for prey drive and excite dogs in a way that makes their handler much more interesting. Your dog will struggle to take their eyes off you and their new favourite tug toy.
The best part about this company, is their return policy. If your dog doesn’t like it (which they very much doubt) you can get a full refund.
Get 10% off your first order when you use code JARVIS at the checkout.
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