The Hula Hoops & Bucket Foot Targets are for at-home use. You do not need to bring them to class.

All dogs must wear a headcollar, martingale collar, or a specific harness including the "3 in 1 PetSafe harness" or "Blue 9 Balance Harness" ONLY (harness rules).  No other equipment is allowed. *e-collars are allowed with specific approval from barbara@thethinkingk9.com.

6' Leash

*Required.

We highly recommend a 2-handled leash (linked) for superior control! However, any 6' leash is okay.

*NO retractable leashes allowed!

Treat Bag

*Required.

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.

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WET & GROSS Treats ONLY!

*Required.

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 ONLYNO 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!

*Breakaway* Hula Hoop

We will provide hula hoops for use during class. The one we recommend for at-home use is linked here.

**INJURY WARNING! Dogs can get entangled in regular hula hoops. Only use the breakaway kind.

Bucket Foot Target

*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. 

Clicker

* Required 

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 in class!

We discourage "box" type clickers as they are loud and scare some dogs.

Target Stick

* Required 

There are several options for target sticks, including homemade ones. At a minimum, target sticks must have a ball at the end of a rod. The Clik Stik is our preference. A drum mallet will also work.

Also check out more “Must-Have’s in the Recommendation Products page, for general at-home use to make your life easier!!