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.
We're going to hit the ground running next week!! To get the most out of this class, please come prepared by bringing all the required supplies. Thank you!
ONE of these EXACT harnesses is a critical part of the training plan.
We will teach you how this harness will help your dog excel with heeling as well as coming when called!
3 in 1 Petsafe Harness
This harness is fantastic but tends to be a little loose around the neck for some dogs.
Blue 9 Balance Harness
This harness fits a larger variety of dog shapes than the other. If you worry about fit, choose this harness.
6 Foot Leash
We highly recommend a 2-handled leash (linked) for superior control! However, any 6' leash is okay.
*NO retractable leashes allowed!
Choose ONE of the types of headcollars below.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT PUT THIS ON YOUR DOG!
- you have a brachycephalic (short nose) breed. Send a profile picture to your instructor to evaluate the best options for your individual dog.
- you wish to pursue your Canine Good Citizen title through AKC.
Neither types restrict panting, drinking, taking treats, or otherwise obstructs their ability to use their mouth.
This is our strong preference for most breeds. Those with brachycephalic (short nose) breeds should contact your instructor.
Those with Brachycephalic (short-nose) breeds should email your instructor before buying a headcollar. IF your dog can wear a headcollar, it will be this one.
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.
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 hot dogs, FreshPet, or other real cooked meat ONLY. NO sliced lunch meats.
We understand that treats such as 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!
*Required for HOME use.
You do not need to bring this to class. However, a Long-Line will be a great asset for training at home, especially coming when called!
The material you choose is a personal preference (e.g. cotton, biothane, paracord, leather, etc).
* Required for S.T.A.R. Puppy ONLY.
A clicker accelerates learning, making training FASTER and more efficient!
You can choose any clicker. However, you will quickly learn that you need 5 hands to dog train. Make it easier with the Clicker Ring! You can purchase one here & pick it up at class!
We discourage "box" type clickers as they are loud and scare some dogs.
We recommend the Martingale style collar over all other styles of collars due to HUGE safety advantages.
A collar is not required. However, if you wish to pursue the Canine Good Citizen title, you will need a collar.