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! This harness 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.
3 in 1 Petsafe Harness
The PetSafe harness is also fantastic but tends to be a little loose around the neck for some dogs.
Blue 9 Balance Harness
The Blue 9 harness tends to fit more dog shapes better. If you worry about fit, choose this harness.
Choose ONE of the types of headcollars below.
IMPORTANT: Please do NOT introduce your dog to the head collar before our first class!
- 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 generally our preference. However, it may not fit toy breeds under 4 months (but may fit them over 4 months!).
This is the only choice for tiny dogs, under 4 months & in the toy group (size of a chihuahua 2-4 at months).
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 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.
Choose any stuff-able toy, sized appropriately for your puppy. Kong's are great, but Bionic's are easier to clean!
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.