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.
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.