The Tools of the Trade

Introduction to Training Tools
There are many tools used in training our dogs. Some of which many of us are already using now. Here is a list of a few examples of tools you are probably already using on a daily basis:

  • – Voice

    – Treats

    – Praise (Petting and Verbal)
  • praise dog

Some other training tools that can be used for more advanced obedience and can very useful when implemented correctly in training dogs are:

Prong collars: Prong collars are excellent tools for training because they can be used as a personal correction from us to our dog. They are also great tools for a dog that does not respond to a regular leash correction or treats. Prong collars are an awesome tool when used properly for dogs who have aggression.

Place board: Place boards are typically little trampoline looking objects for our dogs to learn the “Place” command on (“go to your place!”). Place boards are awesome tools for training because they teach our dogs impulse control, boundaries, and can build a dog’s confidence. A “place” command comes in handy when you have a dog that jumps up on house guests or begs for food!

E-collars: E-collars are great tools when used correctly and explained by an experienced trainer. Do NOT go buy an E-collar, throw it on your dog and then try to use it on your own. Always consult with an experienced trainer first. E-collars are intended to be a little tap on the shoulder for our dogs and are great for off leash obedience. Most E-collars are waterproof and work from a good distance.

Now, some dogs will require all tools listed and explained above. Some dogs may only need food. This just depends on what exactly you are looking for in your dog and the issues you are looking to fix. One thing is certain: if you are looking to fix aggression, food alone will not work. Any method you choose to use you must be careful not to rely too heavily on one tool, this will make it hard to wean your dog off it in the future. This applies for food, prong collars, and E-collars.