|by Marc Lindsay
When you first get a new dog it may seem
a little overwhelming the amount of things you have to
buy. You will have to buy food, a bed, bowls and toys
to mention just a few and it is also a very sensible idea
to get some dog training equipment.
While it is possible to use ordinary items
this may not be the case in some circumstances.
For instance, it will certainly be necessary
to get a case if you intend to crate train your dog and
you may want to purchase a clicker or a noisy chain. If
you are training a hunting dog then you will want more
specific dog training equipment to help with the process
A clicker is used to help with positive
reinforcement. Every time you praise your dog you click
the clicker and give him a treat and so he recognizes
the noise to mean he has done well and is being rewarded.
On the other hand a noisy chain is used
to throw at the feet of your dog as negative reinforcement
when he has done something wrong. The noise of the chain
hitting the floor is irritating to the dog and will certainly
get his attention. You should never use the chain to reprimand
the dog directly and it should only be used to make the
There are other more unusual training aids.
You can get remote spray collars that work like ordinary
collars but have a small water spray attached. When your
dog misbehaves you can click the button and the water
will spray into his face.
This will invariably stop him in his tracks
and after using this a couple of times it is very unlikely
he will do the same thing again for fear of getting water
sprayed in his face.
Walking big dogs can be a real challenge.
Specialist collars can help. Harnesses give you much more
control over a boisterous dog that usually has the run
of you when out on walks and the choker chain works by
tightening around the dog's neck but quickly loosening
again when the tension on the lead loosens.
Electric collars give out a small electrical
shock to your dog although this form of punishment is
best for hunting dogs and teaching them not to approach
certain harmful animals like snakes. This dog training
equipment is all fairly inexpensive and will make your
life a lot easier when first training your dog.
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