Training Aids

Clients are always asking me what products to buy for their pets to help with training.  I've tried to give some general recommendations- no good training aid causes pain or discomfort, it should be durable, and it should produce the results you're trying for.   Now I've hand-picked some of the best training aids available.  I'm an Amazon Affiliate which means you will be redirected to Amazon to complete this purchase.  I didn't want to buy and warehouse a ton a products in my home so this was the best option.  You get the exact right product that I recommend, pay your regular Amazon price, and I get a little commission.  Thank you for shopping!  

Treats and Pouches

Treats are the basis for positive training.  These tiny treats are the perfect size, all-natural, and have very few calories per treat.  I love them also because they don't bounce around like hard treats, so you can toss them to your dog and they'll stay where they land.  This is great for teaching stay!  Pouches are perfect for keeping your hands free while training.  

Zuke's Naturals Mini Training Treats

Peanut Butter and Oats 16 oz

Zuke's Natural Mini Training Treats

Salmon 16 oz

Zuke's Naturals Mini Training Treats

Variety Pack: one of each flavor 6 oz each

Find out which flavor your dog loves most!

Laney Treat Pouch with bowl and clicker

PVC coated drawstring cloth bag is easy to use and clean.  Clip onto belt or use waist/shoulder strap. Perfect for travel!

Zuke's Naturals Mini Training Treats

Chicken 16 oz

Zuke's Naturals Mini Training Treats

Rabbit 16 oz

Inovo Pet Lickety Stix Smokey Bacon

Perfect for teaching dogs how to heal, or for those reluctant to walk on a leash

PetAmi Treat Pouch

Carry on shoulder, around waist, or clip to belt.  Has 3 pockets to store treats, phone, keys, etc.

Zuke's Natural Mini Training Treats

Duck 16 oz

Zuke's Naturals Mini Training Treats

Pork 16 oz

Inovo Pet Lickety Stix Peanut Butter

Perfect for teaching dogs how to heal, or for those reluctant to walk on a leash

Petacc Silicone Pet Treat Pouch

Food-grade BPA-free magnetic closure treat pouch with belt clip.  Perfect if you're using real meat to treat your pet-  easy to clean!

Blue Buffalo Mixed Pack Soft Cat Treats

2 oz each of 4 flavors

Find your cats' favorite flavor!

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Whole Life Pet Healthy Cat Treats

Freeze Dried Crunchy Variety pack 5 flavors 10 oz each

For kitties who like crunchies!

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Leashes and Collars

Leashes are important for training because they communicate with the dog while keeping them safe.  

I recommend at least 2 different leashes for every dog.  The 6 foot leather leash is the most useful for beginning training, as well as walks in town, hanging out at pubs, veterinary care, and trails where they restrict the leash length to 6 feet.  I highly recommend leather because you will be using this leash a LOT and it will last forever.  I still have my original leather leashes from 25+ years ago!

The second leash is a long rope, 30-50 feet, for recall work.  You always should train your dog to come when called.  This leash helps accomplish that task.

The final leash is one you may not need- a flexible leash.  I hate these things except for exactly ONE purpose- potty training.  If your dog is already potty trained, never ever use a flexible leash.  Once your dog is potty trained, donate it to a shelter or someone with a new puppy- just get rid of it.  They are terrible for training, break on a regular basis, and are dangerous when in polite society.  

You'll notice no prong, shock (or e-collars as people who don't like to think they are shocking their dogs call them), citronella, or choke collars on this list.  That's because positive training doesn't involve hurting, scaring, or otherwise corrective measures.  

Logical Leather 6 Foot Dog Leash

Available in multiple colors.

This leash should last a lifetime or more for your dog.  A great value!

Mendota Trainer Check Cord

Strong 30 foot leash also available in Black. Great for recall work.  

Vinyl Coated Heavy Duty Waterproof Collar

Odor-resistant, "virtually" indestructible collar.  Available in multiple sizes and colors

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GoodBoy Dog Head Collar

I like this head collar because it has the padding on the nose and an extra safety clip in case your Houdini gets the snout part off.  

2 Hounds Design No Pull Dog Training Harness with Leash

The best way to train your dog to walk on a loose leash without pain or force.  Multiple colors and sizes available

Lupine Dog Collar 1"

I LOVE that these collars are guaranteed even if your dog chews them.  Excellent quality.  Available in all kinds of fun patterns.  

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Sleepypod ClickIt Sport Harness

The best darn harness available anywhere.

Crash tested car harness AND fabulous walking harness.  Worth every penny!

Heavy Duty Reflective Waterproof Collar

The perfect collar for dogs who go in water often and are strong pullers.  Multiple colors and sizes available.  

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