High value food rewards,
I suggest Sojos freeze dried meats. I break these up into small pieces. They contain just 1 ingredient and have a wide variety of meats to keep your dog interested and avoid food allergies. Freeze dried treats immediately soften when they touch dogs saliva. www.sojos.com/freeze-dried-meat-treats
Happy Howie’s food rolls are a very high quality reward. I cut these into little cubes, it has a firm non mushy or greasy texture that make it very easy to work with. www.happyhowies.com/product-category/premium-meat-rolls/. High value food rewards create a high level of motivation, motivation is needed to teach new behaviors and provide greater reinforcement for all behaviors. Treats that are soft, small and smelly are always good. I suggest treats with a minimal amount of ingredients and high meat content.
High quality dog food, whether you feed raw food or kibble make sure you choose a good brand. Meat should always be the first ingredient on the ingredients list. Some very good brands have meat as the first few ingredients, followed by a meat meal and usually vegetable proteins. Some great brands of food are Acana, Orijen, Solid Gold, Wellness and Fromm. I recommend training your dog for his daily meals, this makes us accountable for training our dogs and makes us practice. Dogs have to eat right? Dogs sometimes get bored of their daily meals, I suggest sticking to the same brand and rotating proteins to keep them interested. I use daily meals to practice basic obedience and to reinforce known cue’s. For training more complex behaviors use high value food rewards.
Toys, I suggest using interactive toys for training. Toys such as fire hose tugs, shammy style tugs, chuck it, tennis balls. For a lot of dogs out there toys are more valuable than food and can add speed and precision to obedience behaviors. I suggest checking out leerburg.com for a good selection of toys.
Chews and time management toys, I suggest using bully sticks, horns, kongs and nylabones for your dogs alone time. These products help your dog stay stimulated during times when you are not around or paying attention to them.
4 or 6 ft leash, I prefer leather leashes, but this is all personal preference.
Herm Sprenger prong collar, I suggest Herm Sprenger prong collars due to their high quality manufacturing. Pawmark makes a version that snaps together like a seat belt for easier use. Search pawmark herm sprenger prong collar on amazon
Mendota slip lead, for dog’s that are too sensitive for a prong collar, I suggest a Mendota slip lead. 6ft length, diameter depends on the size of the dog.
Electronic collar, I suggest e-collar technologies et mini 300. You can find these on amazon or ecollar.com. Not all electronic collars are created equal. Do not buy a cheap electronic collar, they will do more harm than good. E-collar technologies uses electronic muscle pulse technology, this is the same stim used by physical therapists. They have 100 levels that go up by increments of 1, this allows us to find the perfect levels for our dog without being too harsh.
Treat pouch, I suggest the Petsafe large treat pouch. Treat pouches help us be quick with food delivery and to be proactive and prepared.
Dog crate, I suggest using a wire dog crate. Wire dog crates are sturdier and harder to destroy than plastic or canvas. Crates help with potty training, destructive behaviors and are a great management tool for when you can not pay attention to your dog.
Dog bed, I like a variety of beds. Cots, plush and orthopedic beds are all great. I do not like beds with 1 entry way and big ridges on the other 3 sides, dogs have a harder time getting into them.
Corrective tools, depending on the dog and it’s temperament, I suggest using a bonker ( a rolled up hand towel with rubber bands on each end) or compressed air ( I suggest the pet corrector brand)