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!
IMPORTANT: Please do NOT introduce your dog to the head collar before our first class!
Neither of these options restricts panting, drinking, taking treats, or otherwise obstructs their ability to use their mouth.
*Pugs and other flat-faced dogs can not use a head collar & should see the instructor.
*Those that wish to pursue their Canine Good Citizen title through AKC should also see the instructor.
This is generally our preference. However, it may not fit toy breeds under 4 months (but may fit them over 4 months!). It is also NOT ideal for dogs that rush the end of the leash hard.
- This is the only choice for tiny dogs, under 4 months & in the toy group (size of a chihuahua 2-4 at months).
- This option is also best for most dogs that rush the end of the leash.
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.
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.
Choose any stuff-able toy, sized appropriately for your puppy. Kong's are great, but Bionic's 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
We highly recommend a 2-handled leash (linked) for superior control! However, any 6' leash is okay.
*NO retractable leashes allowed!
REQUIRED for S.T.A.R. Puppy only.
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.
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).