5 Best Training Tools for Dogs.

Training a dog can be difficult. We hope these training tools and tips make the process of training your fluffy friend a little easier. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your friends here at Ruffger’s. We’d be happy to help in any way we can.

Dog Treats.

Dog treats are essential for anyone who uses positive reinforcement methods of dog training, such as clicker training. Use of treats is an inexpensive way to keep dogs motivated and the perfect way to reward your dog for good behavior. Dog treats come in many different varieties so it’s easy to find something that your dog loves and is willing to work for. Training treats should be small and easy for your dog to eat quickly.

Dog Crates.

Dog crates play an important part in training a dog. Crate training is one of the quickest and easiest methods of housetraining a dog. Crates also allow you to confine your dog to a safe space when you are unable to supervise him. In this way, it prevents your dog from developing problem behaviors, such as inappropriate chewing and other destructive behaviors. Your dog’s crate can and should be a happy place of comfort for your dog.

Clickers.

A clicker is a small device that fits in your hand that you can use to make a clicking sound when your dog performs a behavior you like. You follow the sound of the click by giving your dog a treat. This process, referred to as clicker training, is a fast and easy method of dog training. While a clicker isn’t absolutely necessary for training a dog, it does help to ensure that you are getting the exact behavior you want from your dog. That’s because your dog associates the sound of the clicker with a reward. Therefore, you can quickly tell your dog what he has done is correct without the delay of handing him a treat.

Leashes.

Leashes are another must-have item for dog training. A dog who learns to walk on a loose leash is much more likely to get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. These things are the stepping stones to good behavior for your dog. When choosing a leash for training, avoid retractable leashes. These only teach your dog that it’s okay to wander at will. Instead, choose a standard six-foot lead and keep your dog close.

Chew Toys.

Like treat dispensing toys, chew toys and bones provide entertainment and stimulation for your dog. They also provide something your dog is allowed to chew. Left to their own devices, many dogs will chew on furniture, shoes, toys, and anything else they can get their jaws around. By providing your dog with plenty of chew toys, you keep him from developing the bad habit of chewing on inappropriate items.

 

We hope these tips and tools help you during the process of training your fluffy friend. If you think your dog may need additional help- consider enrolling him in one of our Dog Obedience Classes. You won’t regret it.