Training & Behaviour
3 Useful Accessories for Training Your Dog
Posted on: July 17 2013
Ever wondered what might help to train your dog? Rupert tells us about his experience of thes most useful accessories that helped him train Oscar, our resident Cocker Spaniel product tester!
Dog crates or cages
Dog crates are an extremely useful accessory for any dog owner, and they certainly helped to train Oscar. They let you transport dogs in comfort and security as well as having several benefits. Perhaps the most useful one is how easily they can be cleaned! If your dog is covered in mud, crates or cages can help keep the mess off your upholstery. They can also be particularly useful for new dogs and puppies; untrained dogs are rarely going to obey your commands to "sit", "stay" or "stop jumping around the backseat of the car whilst I'm driving" so a crate can help whilst you're still training them.
Training lines or extended leashes
When you're training a puppy, one of the hardest decisions to make is when it's ok to let them off the leash in a public space. A training line can help with that, making it easier to give effective recall training and allowing you to give your dogs a little more freedom during training without sacrificing security. This helps you build their confidence, particularly in socialising puppies and young dogs with other animals and people - whilst you're still in control, you're not stood right at their shoulder, letting you ingrain better natural habits outside of your presence. I used a trainling line for Oscar and he thoroughly enjoyed it and is now a very well trained dog.
Dog whistles are a trainers' best friend. Outside of training, they get your dog's attention without having to compete with background noise. This is obviously useful for when you're just exercising or playing with your pet in public areas - but its also extremely useful for dog training, when your pet might not have learnt to respond to your voice. Beyond this, they can also be used as a disciplinary measure to discourage negative behaviour. Humans can't hear the notes caused by a dog whistle but dogs are fairly sensitive to these frequencies; extended use of the whistle won't bother you or anyone around you but the sustained noise will cause your dog some discomfort. Generally speaking, this was far more effective with Oscar than a rolled up newspaper!
What accessories have you found useful? Leave us a comment below.
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