Dog Training Aids
Trainers have invented very innovative dog training aids. These aids may really baffle a new trainer, whereas they may prove to be highly useful to those who are well versed with the training process. Some training aids are quite effective and good substitutes for dog training.
Though as a trainer you may find all the dog training aids quite effective, but be sure to use the tools with discretion. The most gentle collars or training regimes can sometimes harm a dog or sometimes even cause skin injury or twist the dog’s claw.
This is an excellent training device and the small instrument is a palm-sized hand held plastic piece with a metal unit that emits loud click –clack sounds when released or pressed. This device reduces the trainers stress while training a dog. Generally a trainer uses a clicker to attract the dog’s attention when the dog gets distracted during training or when he or she wants the dog to demonstrate the desired behavior or obey a command.
In the market there are numerous leashes and collars to choose from. They are available from the two feet control leashes which are usually the leather and nylon variety, to the 30 foot extendable leashes made of retractable nylon cord. These training devices really help while exercising commands like “sit”, “stay”, “come” or “don’t go”. Extendable leashes are favored more by trainers because they are very useful if the owner wants the dog to obey commands. Dogs should always obey the person who trains and understand that the ‘alpha’ always leads.
Dog Collar Training
There are various types like the spike, snap, and leather, buckle combinations. Many trainers detest the use of spiked collars as they feel that they might injure the dog during training and some trainers also fear the bigger collars. Though snaps and nylon collars are of good quality, they should be adjusted well or they may slip off easily when the dog is being trained or tries to run. Although dogs have broad neck muscles, the dog may bruise or hurt the trachea when the owner suddenly tugs at the leash.
This training device is similar to the leash and a full vest or chest is also called the ‘halter leash’. It prevents sudden pressure, however if the vest is not of the appropriate size, then the dog experiences discomfort while being pulled and this hampers the training process. Originally, vests were considered to aid and support the dog and the chest halter was used to promote the tug.
This training device is very useful to control dogs that bite or bark. This device handles interim barking and biting issues. The device is used to suppress the dog’s barking and ultimately it becomes a substitute and a difficult long-term solution for the trainer.
Other than these training devices, there are dozens of dog training aids like, chemical sprays, no bark collars, electric fences and head collars. These training devices are used more as control devices than for training. There are various other dog training aids that are highly effective favorites as these devices don’t hamper the animal’s well-being. So before choosing any training device, think of the dog, as your companion and then it would be easier to motivate the desired behavior. Dog training aids are basically used to train dogs to display certain basic behavior patterns. The success of any dog training depends on the way the trainer handles and understands the dog’s actions. Hence, a trainer should be very patient and consistent while training.