Training Items

These are just a few of our popular training supplies. Many more items are offered.treats

High Value Training Treats – such as Red Barn Food rolls and dehydrated treats keep attention even with high distractions during training sessions.

Clickers – training is all about timing, mark the behavior you want with a click and then treat/praise within 3 seconds.

Training Books – we have books by Patricia McConnell for sale and other books available for loan.

Remember you get what you reinforce not necessarily what you want ~ training is up to you and your relationship with your dog.


Gentle Leader® Headcollar

The principle behind the Gentle Leader Headcollar is one that allows owners to communicate with their pet in a way that dogs instinctively understand. The nose loop encircles the dog’s muzzle and applies light pressure in the same manner in which the lead dogs naturally communicate with dogs lower in rank. Because of the placement of the nose loop, the dog immediately understands his/her place in the hierarchy. The dog considers the owner his/ her leader. You may bring your dog in to be fitted for a Gentle Leader.

  • Eliminates pulling on the leash. With the Gentle Leader Headcollar…steer the dog’s nose and the body will follow. It’s virtually impossible for a dog to drag its handler down the street when his/her head is turned. The GL Headcollar operates on the same principles as a halter for a horse. Knowledgeable horse owners use halters to control the most unruly horse by steering its head. Throwing a rope around a horse’s neck doesn’t offer the necessary control.
  • Offers control for all people, no matter the size. A dog handler only has to compete with the strength of a dog’s neck and head not all of the power packed in the body. Thus, the Headcollar is a great size, age and gender equalizer.
  • Unlike the choke chain or prong collars, the Gentle Leader Headcollar is safe to use on puppies as young as 8 weeks old. There is very little pressure applied to the dog’s muzzle and no pressure on the throat.

Advantages for dogs:

  • Eliminates uncomfortable pressure on the throat. The Gentle Leader Headcollar is a positive, no-pain option for controlling a dog.
  • Because of the placement of the collar, the dog understands his/her place in the hierarchy. The dog considers the owner the leader.

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Easy Walk™ Harness

The Easy Walk Harness is designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling while walking on a leash. You may bring your dog in to be fitted for a harness.

Why it works: Traditional harnesses can actually encourage dogs to pull harder because of the “opposition reflex.” That’s the reflex that makes sled dogs do what they do. The Easy Walk Harness’ unique front-chest leash attachment stops pulling by tightening slightly across your dog’s chest and shoulder blades. The gentle pressure steers your dog to the side and redirecting his attention back towards you. The Easy Walk Harness never causes coughing, gagging, or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone, not on the delicate tracheal area.

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WHY WE DON’T LIKE CHOKE COLLARS: All dogs have a natural “opposition reflex” – if you push against them; they push back. Any collar that puts pressure at the front of the throat actually works against the owner by increasing the dog’s instinct to pull forward. Not only do these products not solve the pulling problem, they can cause choking and pain for the dogs. The Gentle Leader & Easy Walk Harness remove a dog’s instinct to pull forward by eliminating pressure from the throat area.

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shock_collarShock or E-Collars: When used for walking or aggression some things that may be learned…

1) Walks are dangerous. I will do all in my power to pee in the back bedroom and never go out again.

2) Every time I pull toward another  dog I am injured. Using my doggy brain and able as I am to associate 2 things together, it is obvious, even to knucklehead here, that other dogs are dangerous. I’d better start growling and barking at them to keep them away.

3) Ooops! I tried to pull toward the hedge to poop in a good place and got shocked. Pooping bad. Okay, I’ll hold it as long as I can. She can walk me for an hour, but by golly, I’m holding it in if it kills me.

Could it ever work to teach a dog not to pull on a leash by shocking her when she does? Sure. Of course. Sometimes.  Stopping a particular behavior with force, especially one as primal as a shock, usually has a raft of side effects that aren’t so pretty (see above to name a few).

– See more at: Patricia McConnell’s site.

flexi leashNO FLEXI LEASHES. Flexi leashes and others like them encourage your dog to pull due to the constant pressure they feel when on leash. Additionally, these leashes are not ideal for keeping control of your pet in social situations, meeting other dogs, walking in public areas or going into stores. When training your dog opt for a regular nylon or leather lead to diminish bad behavior.