What to bring to training class:
Updated: Jan 8
If you're starting a puppy class or manners class with Wiserdog or if you're getting prepared for your new addition, this is the list for you! Here's what to pack in your dog's bag for class. You don't have to buy everything at once, I'm just providing some options for you. Disclaimer: I receive a fraction of a penny if you choose to use the Amazon Links below to purchase, the program does not change your price.
A note on equipment fitting:
When it comes to management/containment equipment such as collars, leashes, and harnesses, my rule is that it should be fitted so that they absolutely cannot escape it. Try to pull your dog's harness or collar off over their head like a T-shirt and if you can slip it off then it's possible for them to back out of it. It needs to be adjusted tight enough that the elbows cannot get under the girth.
If you are in my classes and loose leash walking is important to you I encourage you to enforce these two rules:
1) If the leash is attached to the dog's collar, pulling will NEVER work.
2) If you don't have the time or patience to train in that moment use the dog's harness.
I start my puppies in harnesses and when I'm ready and committed to training a loose leash walk I will switch to a collar. This allows the collar pressure to be learned as important information, and not something to ignore.
Typically I start young puppies in a Y style or "Roman"style harness (I don't recommend the type that clips behind the shoulder blades). I suggest using a price effective option as the first purchase since puppies will grow. We will teach them how to behave in a collar later, but we don't want to let them practice pulling in a collar until we're ready to teach them not to do it. My suggestions with links for harnesses are below. Be sure to measure the girth and compare it to the size chart.
Harness Lead - This will fit any size dog and adjust as the dog grows: https://amzn.to/3Acg9ee
Yellow Dog Design Roman Style Harness https://amzn.to/3GqSE2X (lightweight for small dogs)
Lupine Pet Roman Dog Harness - https://amzn.to/3w6DJWw (Pretty color options)
Blue 9 - Harness - https://amzn.to/3MYFED0
The collar needs to be adjusted so that it cannot be slipped over the ears. I frequently suggest a martingale collar as it loosens and tightens when needed. Dogs should wear collars with identification (a tag with your phone number).
For dogs that will grow to 60 lbs or more I recommend a head halter like the Gentle Leader. If you are using a head halter such as the Gentle Leader, the neck strap needs to be fitted as a snug fitting collar, but the snout strap should be loose enough to be comfortable (at least after it's been trained and conditioned).
Martingale Style Collar - https://amzn.to/37ns793