Items in RED are REQUIRED.
Other items are strongly recommended.
The equipment you choose can mean the difference between a productive class and not. If you deviate from this list, your training will be affected.
In the interest of keeping our classes running smoothly, PLEASE come prepared by bringing all the required supplies. Thank you!
You can choose any harness that clips midway down the back.
I like the Hamilton harness and the Halti harness. You can absolutely use the Petsafe 3 in 1 harness that most TTK9 participants already have. *you are not limited to these 3.
Harnesses that clip over the shoulders are NOT allowed.
6 Foot Leash
We highly recommend a 2-handled leash (linked) for superior control! However, any 6' leash is okay.
*NO retractable leashes allowed!
WET & GROSS Treats ONLY!
Bring at LEAST TWICE as many as you think you need! Many people run out!
WET (not just "soft") treats are required, such as small cubed cooked chicken, hot dogs, FreshPet, or other REAL COOKED meat ONLY.
We understand that treats like Zukes, BilJax, pupperoni, and other soft treats work great at home. However, REGULAR DOG TREATS will NOT WORK around high distractions like those at a training facility with other puppies! People that disregard this end up FRUSTRATED because their puppy won't listen!
Our preference is the Doggone Good or PetSafe pouches. However, the type of treat pouch is an entirely personal preference, you don't have to go with this exact one.
You can even use an apron instead! They work FANTASTIC & are under $1!
The only one we strongly discourage is the all-plastic “pop-ware" pouch.
NO purses or fanny packs allowed.
A clicker accelerates learning, making training FASTER and more efficient!
Clicker style is largely personal preference. However, the Clik-R is easier to use than any other.
We discourage "box" type clickers as they are loud and scare some dogs.
*Required for HOME use.
These are MUCH cheaper at Farm & Fleet than on Amazon. You can also bring your dog in F&F!
Dogs under 15lbs: 2 quart feed pan (not pictured).
Dogs up to 65lbs: 4 quart rubber feed pan (left). However, these collapse when dogs jump on them hard. If you're concerned about that, get the one for heavier dogs.
Dogs over 65lbs: 5 quart plastic feed pan (right). However, these slide across the floor. To help prevent that, some people have luck putting the rubber pan (for dogs up to 65lbs) under this plastic pan.
*Required for HOME use.
***HOLD OFF ON BUYING ONE UNTIL AFTER ORIENTATION.
We will discuss options that are appropriate for you, your dog, and your situation. The right long line for Advanced Obedience work matters a LOT, whereas it didn't with foundation obedience.
The leash linked here is great for a long line, but I'd be cautious of using it with large & giant breeds that hit the end of the line hard.
TTK9 advises AGAINST tying dogs out if they are unsupervised!
Collar OR Headcollar
You are not required to have a headcollar or martingale. Front clip harnesses are enough (as long as they have a back clip too!). With that said, some of my picks are listed below.
NO flat-buckle collars are permitted in class as the walking collar (the collar that the leash is clipped on). A martingale is a good alternative.
*A collar (flat, martingale, or chain) is required in a show setting.
This is generally our preference. However, dogs that rush the end of the leash hard should go with the Gentle Leader.
This option is the best for most dogs that rush the end of the leash. Otherwise, go with a Halti.
We recommend the Martingale style collar over all other styles of collars due to HUGE safety advantages!