Updated: Nov 26, 2021
January is "National Train Your Dog Month", and we're back and starting off 2021 sharing a few at home tips as well as useful things to have when you're working on at-home leash training with your dog.
Our Pack Leaders not only concentrate on providing your pup with leash guidance and correction while out on our pack walks, most of them love doing their own research and at-home training with their own dogs in their spare time. We asked our Team Manager, Hayley, if we could take a look at some of her favorite items she uses at-home when she practices leash etiquette and training with her dog, Mav.
While we always recommend starting with formal dog training sessions (and yes, we provide those here at OC Pup Scouts!) we wanted to break down and showcase a few items that might be helpful if you like to spend your nights or weekends working on informal leash training with your pup. So let's get started...
7 MUST HAVES WHEN WORKING ON AT-HOME LEASH TRAINING WITH YOUR DOG
1. Standard 6 Ft. Leash
The most basic of leashes, a standard 6 ft. leash is what you would commonly see in any pet store or where they sell dog supplies. They come in a variety of colors, textures and prints, so you can find one that's customized to your dogs needs.
*Training Tip: Utilizing a 6 ft. leash requires it to be hooked onto a collar or harness that is then attached to your dog. When utilizing a 6ft leash, always make sure that you have your dog's identification tags clearly visible while outside. In the event that something happens to your leash while out and it breaks, having your dog's ID tags clearly visible will indicate to others that your dog is not a stray.
2. Training Pouch
A treat or training pouch is a great way to free up your hands while working with a pup on leash. Most come with clip-on waist belts and zipped pockets for any small items like a training clicker as well as closures so no treats fall out while working.
*Training Tip: Use your pup's kibble as training treats! Not only does it keep your dog lean, alert and ready to work, but you won't have to worry about an influx in calories or figuring out what's in those store bought treats you got. Many training treats can be high in fat or have ingredients you may not want to incorporate in your dog's diet. So utilizing their daily kibble ensures ingredients you're comfortable with as well as ensuring your dog doesn't over eat on the days you're practicing your at-home training.
3. Training Collar
Also referred to as a "prong" or "pinch" collar, this is a resource commonly used during training time. But don't worry... it's only sometimes called a pinch collar because you have to pinch the prongs to take this collar on and off - so rest assured it doesn't get its name from pinching your pup! Recommended placement is high and tight around the neck of your dog, directly behind their ears. The live ring then is placed on the front side of your pup, just under their chin. This would be where you can attach a leash or training lead of your choice, depending on what type of leash training you're working on. The prongs on the collar offer addition reinforcement when trying to teach a new pup how to be on leash or to also teach corrective behavior.
*Training Tip: We suggest only having your dog wear this during training as it's not meant for every day use, like when they're hanging around the house or playing at a dog park. For casual/every day life, a regular nylon collar with their dog tags displayed is perfect! Remember the name and use this training collar for training purposes only. Depending on temperament, this type of collar may not be suitable for every dog, so feel free to contact us if you want to know if this collar would work well for your pup!
4. Long Line Leash