We get asked for equipment suggestions ALL the time. These are just some of the things we like, and what we like about them. Happy shopping!
We like a leash that feels good on the hands and doesn’t weigh too much – especially for smaller dogs. Leather is sturdy, there are lots of colorful options in multiple materials, and weather-proof materials are expanding for you hardcore hikers. We also look at clasps that are secure, easy to maneuver, and aren’t likely to pop open on their own. Bonus points for being able to convert to hands free in a pinch!
When choosing harnesses we want to be aware of range of movement. Watch that the straps don’t cross over the dogs’ shoulder joint, as that has been shown to cause injury in active dogs over time. Some like an extra place to grab the dog if needed, and we like to have the choice of front or back clip.
Supervise all new toys with your dogs until you’re sure they won’t ingest it. If your dog gets in “trouble” for chewing, pay attention to what they chew and find toys that mimic that – stuffed toys that can be destuffed (like the rainbow pictured) can be a good replacement for dogs who destroy furniture, wood chewers may prefer sturdier plastics, antlers or bones, and food toys are great for almost every dog and vary a lot in difficulty.
You may notice some of these items are sold as *food* and not *treats* – there’s even (GASP!) people food and cat food on our list. We work with what dogs like best. Keep your quantities low and check with your vet for concerning allergens or other special-to-your-dog dietary needs, and use what makes your dog most eager to work with you! Remember to use tiny sizes for training – think about a size that your dog would be able to swallow quickly and easily without taking time to chew.
There’s science behind what we do, but that doesn’t really matter if it’s not understandable. We like these books because they make our principles clear and relatable, and can help come up with great, force-free techniques for training our furry friends! Favorite authors include Kathy Sdao, Jean Donaldson, Pam Johnson-Bennet, and others.
Cleaning supplies, hiking helpers, treat pouches and other little extras we like are found here! Are they necessary? Well… no. But they’re nice to have, and make life with dogs a little easier. And we all need easier, right?
Cats need love too! The toy market for cats is still in the early stages, but there are already lots of great options that can help fight boredom behaviors and increase your bond with your kitty!
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