Training your dog is essential for a happy, healthy dog that largely does what you want, when you want. Effective training also gives you and your pooch a closer bond and helps your dog understand what you want, as well as his place in your pack. To make dog training easier and more effective, there are a number of pieces of dog training equipment to choose from.
Once your dog has mastered the basics like recall, sit, stay, and wait, and is 1 year old or more, agility training is a great way to further his training, providing you and your dog with plenty of exercise, and providing mental stimulation. It also teaches fast command response and helps your dog learn directions. However, never start agility training until your dog is at least 1 year old because his bones and joints continue to grow and are still delicate up to this age. Taking your dog to agility classes once a week is not enough, so setting up agility training equipment in your garden or while you are in the park is an ideal way of getting some extra practice. You can choose weave poles, a tyre, a tunnel, jumps, a see-saw, and an A-frame.
Dog Training Clicker
A dog training clicker enables you to reward good behaviour as soon as it happens, which is a real plus during the early training period, as it allows the dog to pinpoint exactly what action gets the reward and treat. Start by making him perform a simple action like 'sit', and as soon as his bottom hits the floor for the sit, press the clicker and then give him a dog treat. Repeat this process until he associates the sound of the clicker with food and praise. You can then expand and use the clicker as a training aid for any command. Do not, however, use the clicker as a method of recall, as the dog associates the clicker with a reward, so even if he comes back to you, he thinks he gets the reward for being far away from you.
Dog Training Whistle
Another great weapon to have in your dog training arsenal, a dog whistle allows you to teach your dog specific signals to which he can respond even when at a considerable distance. You need a distinctive signal for each command so that the dog recognises your whistle and associates each different sound with a different action. Once your dog understands and complies with whistle training, you can then command him at a distance, if you teach him commands for stop, sit, wait, recall, and down. Using a whistle stops the dog from hearing changes in your voice when you are angry, upset, or afraid, so it encourages him to come back no matter what.