We utilize a few different training collars depending on what works best for the handler and the dog. Your training collar work through it's dynamic action. Each of the collars we use tighten when pressure is applied with the leash and loosen when that pressure is relaxed.
Chain Slip Collar
If you use a chain slip collar, the links should be 2.5 to 3mm thick depending on your dog's size, and the collar should be just big enough to slide over the dogs head without having to push hard to get it on. Herm Sprenger is the only brand we use and recommend.
Prong Collar or Starmark Collar
If you use a prong collar, the links should be 2.5mm thick (typically referred to as "medium") and the collar should be just big enough fit snugly at the top of the dog's neck just behind the ears and jaw, the Starmark Collar should be a size small.
Always use a backup collar when using a prong collar or Starmark since they are linked together and therefore can pop open.
The action of this collar is similar to a prong, but with just fabric as the collar, or fabric and chain. We use this collar often as an introductory collar. To communicate properly to the dog, the collar must be fitted correctly. The leash attaches to the ring that controls the action of the collar (it can make it tighten or loosen). The two other rings on the collar that are connected to the action section should NOT be able to touch. If they do, the pressure would not be evenly distributed around the dog's neck and instead would just put pressure in one area (which is what a flat collar does).
Leash and Long Line
Until puppies have passed their teething phases, we use 6' long, 5/8" wide, webbed cotton leashes. They are softer and more user friendly than nylon leashes. If your dog chews through the leash we provide it is your responsibility to replace it. (Amazon or Dog.com often have them).
Please undo any knots in your leash and do not attach anything to it (poop bag holders etc.) They interfere with the ability to properly handle it.
We provide a long line, either 20' or 15', to puppy clients as part of the training package. This leash is also 5/8" wide and is webbed cotton. Please undo any knots in your leash and do not attach anything to it (poop bag holders etc.) They interfere with the ability to properly handle it. If you need to replace this leash you can find them on Amazon or Dog.com. You will be using this leash in any continued training you do with us.
If your dog chews the leash when tethered, etc, you may want to consider purchasing a chain leash as a temporary way to assist you in addressing that issue. This is not a long-term solution, but a simple way for you to allow the dog to correct itself. These can be found easily at most pet stores and online.
We will provide you with a clicker as one of the tools we use to teach your dog behaviors. This tool is generally faded out, but can remain handy. If you would like to have extra clickers on hand you can purchase them via Amazon.
We want to reward your dog with things that they like, and often times food is at the top of their list. Sometimes their kibble is enough motivation and other times we want to use something with greater value. Common high value food rewards are freeze dried beef liver, hot dogs, chicken or deli meat, and peanut butter.
Tether or Backtie
When we practice restraint and relaxation exercises we sometimes need to safely tether or backtie our dogs to something. If your dog chews the leash you may want to consider a chain leash or using chain link, available at hardware stores, when working on this exercise. Please refer back to Handling, Restraint and Tethering section if you are unfamiliar with this.