Lets face it, training a dog isn't easy. If you have a plan in mind it isn't super difficult, but it is still time consuming. With that in mind over the years there have been devices developed to make the job a little easier. There have been devices developed to take some of the dog's strength away, devices that help mark when the dog does the right behavior and so much more. Continue reading to see how some of these devices could benefit you!
This is something I recommend to just about all of my clients. They work well for leash walking and also take all the pressure off of the dog's neck. Since the leash attaches where the dog's chest is, and stays there, anytime the dog tries to pull, it results in the front of the harness being turned back in the direction of the leash. While this won't stop pulling all together, it removes at least 50% of the dog's strength. Currently my favorite kind is a Freedom No Pull Harness.
A head halter is another tool that is used for walking. When you're dealing with a dog that is just too strong, this is what I would recommend. A head halter for a dog is the same concept as a head halter for a horse. If you control the head, you control the body. This is something that can help with your training. Once your dog is doing well in this, I then recommend switching to a front hook harness. Below is a video that helps teach your dog how to walk without pulling.
A clicker is just a great tool all around. This is something that can be used to mark when the dog does the correct behavior. The way it works is your dog starts to associate that the click means a treat is coming after. So when you are working on stuff, and your dog gets it right, you click and treat. This can be used to help teach sits, downs, coming when called, walking on leash, and so much more! Below is a video showing how one can be used.
Worried that your dog won't come when you ask? This is a great solution. I recommend the use of one of these to all of my clients. A long lead gives the dog what feels like freedom, even though we are still "in control." They come in different lengths. I recommend starting off with shorter ones and then graduating to longer ones. Below is a video that shows how to use one.
This is a fantastic tool that can be used to teach a dog how to settle. It also can be used as a place to cue them to go and lie down. I teach this cue so that the dog goes there and stays until released. You can also get fancy with these. In the video below I am showing how it can be used when visitors arrive at your door. Check it out!
A 4-6 foot training leash is a fantastic tool. It's fantastic because it keeps your dog close enough and gives you enough control. This is a tool I recommend for walking and also for overall control. Below is a video showing how one can be used to help teach your dog how to greet people politely.