How To Buy Dog Training Supplies

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A new puppy or an older dog in a new environment may need new training. Because you love your furry friend, know how to buy dog training supplies that are safe and humane.

Step 1: Go to the Humane Society website
Go to the Humane Society of the United States website as a starting point for tips on buying leashes, collars, crates, and other common dog training equipment.

Step 2: Consider different leashes
Consider different leashes. Common leashes are 6 feet long. Retractable leashes give your dog more freedom, but have less control in an emergency.

Step 3: Know about types of collars
Know about types of collars. Break-away collars keep dogs safe from strangling. A limited slip Martingale collar tightens to the size of your dog’s neck.

For “difficult” dogs, a prong or other type of aversive collar must be fitted by an experienced trainer.

Step 4: Consider crate training
Consider crate training. Dogs are ‘den animals’ and won’t soil their own dens. Crates serve as dens. A dog must be able to stand and turn around in a crate.

Step 5: Buy dog toys
Buy toys to keep your dog active. Toys that are too small can cause choking. The Humane Society recommends hard rubber toys, rope toys, and tennis balls.

Even recommended toys can create choking hazards if they’re worn out.

Step 6: Find an experienced trainer
Find experienced trainers near you at the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors website. He or she can fit a ‘problem’ dog with safe equipment.

Did You Know?
Dog trainer Rudd Weatherwax turned Pal, a “problem” collie that wouldn’t stop chasing motorcycles, into the first movie Lassie.

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