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.
If you have a toy breed under 4 months; Measure your dog for the Petsafe harness. If the XS doesn't go small enough, go with the Hamilton Harness.
Harnesses that clip over the shoulders are NOT allowed. Click HERE for an additional, detailed harness guide, including banned harnesses.
Blue 9 Balance Harness
This fits a larger variety of dog shapes. If you worry about fit, choose this harness.
3 in 1 Petsafe Harness
This harness is often a little loose around the shoulders for many dogs.
Choose ONE type of headcollar below.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT PUT THIS ON YOUR DOG BEFORE CLASS!
Contact your instructor if:
- you have a brachycephalic (short nose) breed.
- you wish to pursue your Canine Good Citizen title through AKC.
These do NOT restrict panting, drinking, taking treats, or otherwise obstruct their ability to use their mouth.
This is our strong preference for breeds that aren't brachycephalic. It comes with a safety backup clip, so you don't have to buy one.
Good for Brachycephalic (short-nose) breeds that are able to wear a headcollar. GentleLeaders are required to have a safety backup clip.
Our preference is the Doggone Good 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 a nail apron instead! They work just fine and are inexpensive!
The only one we strongly discourage is the all-plastic “pop-ware" pouch.
NO purses or fanny packs allowed.
Choose any stuff-able toy, sized appropriately for your puppy. Kong's are great, but there are also many more options! WestPaw is one of our favorite brands!
Bring to class on week 3.
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!
6 foot leash
You can choose any style 6' leash. However, we highly recommend a 2-handled leash (linked) for superior control.
*NO retractable leashes allowed!
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! These can be bought in class.
We discourage "box" type clickers as they are loud and scare some dogs.
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).
You are NOT required to have a collar in puppy classes. However, if you wish to get one, we recommend the martingale collars.