Recommended Training Aids
Most of the items listed on this page are items that I personally use and recommend to my clients. I am also a bargin hunter so the ones that I’ve listed are priced really well. You don’t have to buy exactly these but at least you will have an idea of what to look for when you are making your choices. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
A great way to mentally stimulate your dog is to use interactive toys. I personally use the tricky treat and put Mattie’s dog food in there. I don’t have to worry about him getting into trouble and he loves working for his dinner. These types of toys are a great way to keep your dog busy doing something productive rather than destructive. They are also a wonderful way to get your dog to engage it’s brain and start to think. Mental stimulation can be just as tiring as physical exercise especially on those days when taking them outside to exercise isn’t possible due to extreme weather conditions. Bring home one of these and both you and your dog will thank you! Not all of them are indestructible so make sure that you supervise those strong chewers.
I use this along with some essential oils (Lavender, Peace and Calming or Trauma Life) when a thunderstorm is coming. It seems to help Mattie be able to calm down and relax until the storm passes. His anxiety is not as high as his cousins. Check back for the test we do with Puppy and Fireworks!
Harnesses To Stop Pulling
Does your dog pull you down the street? These are really great tools that really works on dogs who tend to pull. I’ve used both of them and recommend both. I know they look odd and as if they wouldn’t work but they are both effective in helping to reteach your dog how to walk nicely. They are amazing, in my experience, the difference that it makes with dogs who have a tendency to pull. I’ve used both of them and they’ve both made a HUGE difference with Mattie. In fact, I wondered why I didn’t start using one or the other sooner. Just look to the sizing chart to figure out which is best for your pup. If your still not sure then do the in between sizes like a small/medium or the medium/large. And if you don’t feel comfortable doing that then don’t hestitate to contact me and I will help you.
HELP!! My dog marks in the house!
I am happy to say that Mattie has never done this in my house or anyone else’s. But I know that it is a frustrating problem for many people. Here are a few tools, the Belly Band and the Tinkle Belt, that you can use to help deter this behavior in both your home and your friends homes. If used consistently (almost all the time while indoors for a few months) your dog should learn that peeing inside is not as fun as it used to be, in fact it downright sucks!. The best way to use these items are to wrap it around your dog and have them wear it like a diaper. By applying a sanitary napkin (half of one) on the Belly Band or Tinkle Belt it will save you from having to wash it since your pooch will be peeing on the pad. A client told me that and I truly think its a BRILLIANT idea!! Here are two types of bands below that are geared towards male dogs. Female dogs you would purchase the one that looks like a diaper. Buy them from here or use them as a guide. If you have any questions or need further help please feel free to contact me.
Looking to introduce your pooch to the pool or water in general? Then you should consider getting a life vest for them. Not all dogs can swim and not all of them can float. Having your pup feel like they can float may actually help them to learn to enjoy the water rather than try to get out as fast as they can. Swimming is a great and easy way to exercise your pup and if you can get them to enjoy it even better! Either way this is a great way to keep your pooch safe when in the water.
We all know how our pets enjoy the sound that plastic bottles make as they crinkle, what we don’t like is how the bottle gets broken. I know that whenever mattie would chew a bottle I would love how it kept him busy and out of trouble but it always make me nervous that he would be eating plastic. This type of product is great because it allows for the crinkling noise without the worry. These may not all hold up to heavy chewers but at this price it’s probably worth trying.