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Various training equipment for Dogs

Training equipment can be very important for dog training purposes. Dogs respond well to these types of things when they are implemented correctly, so be sure to take your time to learn to use each one properly. Here is a brief overview of several types of equipment you may encounter in your journey towards making your dog mind.

Dog Collars or Harnesses

Dog collars are important for a number of reasons and not all of them are for training. A dog collar can provide people with the information needed to get your dog safely home when lost. A dog collar can prevent a dog catcher from having your dog put to sleep by accident. They also can be used, however, as a training tool if you know how to use it. If you have a dog and they do not have any types of throat problems, they will likely wear a dog collar of some sort. There are many different types of collars out there. They include:

Classic Collars

These are the regular collars that you see most often. They connect with a typical buckle or quick connect fastener and they are the primary choice for the majority of trainers and dogs. Some dogs have break-away collars so that the collar releases in the case of choking or hanging. This is disabled if you are walking them with a leash, so they do not get off the leash. Both of these types of collars are effective and typical where your dog training experience is concerned.

Limited Slip Collars

These are popular for dog owners that have breeds with heads and necks about the same size. These tighten a little every time slight pressure is applied. There is an automatic safety to prevent the collar from tightening too much, but it still keeps the dog within the collar when necessary. This is a very popular choice among greyhound dog owners because of their unique head and neck shape.

Slip Collars (Choke Collars)

These are usually made of chain or nylon and they slide over the head and squeeze the dog’s neck when the dog pulls too hard. This antiquated method of choking your dog into submission is largely dismissed in most dog training circles. There are more effective and humane ways to train your dog.

Head Halter

This is one of my personal favorites because they automatically correct a dog that pulls. The leash wraps across the nose and over the head to clasp to the leash under the chin. This design makes the dog turn their head back in order to pull making it an uncomfortable proposition.

Pinch Collars

See choke collars above to know how I feel about these. They essentially put pain in the dog’s neck when they pull too hard making them inhumane in my view. Most dog trainers will not use this outdated equipment.

Electronic Methods

These can be used in concert with underground or electric fence training to help a dog learn not to bark, go outside boundries, etc. Every time they go outside that are or perform the undesirable behavior, they get an electric shock or buzzing sound to correct the behavior. Generally these are not used by positive reinforcement trainers because of the trauma it can inflict by overzealous or uninformed individuals.


These are ideal for a number of uses, but they generally wrap around the dog’s upper body and work great for dogs that have problems with their throat. If a dog pulls strongly with this type of harness, the individual can be overwhelmed by the dog’s body weight. In these situations, however, you can get a front clip harness like the one mentioned with collars above. This makes it much harder for the dog to pull.


How in the world do you know what type of leashes to buy for your dog training? They come in a million links, styles, colors and materials. Generally speaking, the stronger and wider the leash, the bigger the dog breed intended to use it. Most all leashes will attach to some type of harness or collar on the dog.

Most leashes are about six feet long and they are used to keep your pet under control. This length makes certain the dog is at a reasonable distance to control. Retractable leashes are also out there but they should only be introduced when dogs are used to standard leashes. The variable distances can easily confuse your dog and make training much harder.

Dog crates

Like dog houses, crates allow a dog or puppy to have their own territory in which to take it easy. Crates are popular because you can use them anywhere and they can even go portable when necessary. This is also a great training tool.

Plastic crates are a bit more private but give something away where durability is concerned. A wire mesh crate can be great for a dog that wants a bit more space and visibility. It really depends on the breed and what they prefer. This is their space after all.

Crates should be bought with adult sized dogs in mind. This prevents you from having to upgrade and also keeps the dog in familiar territory throughout. A dog should be able to lie, sit and turn around with comfort.


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