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Dog training using positive reinforcement. The dog exhibits the “down” position.

Dog training is the process of teaching skills or behaviors to a dog. This can include teaching a dog to respond to certain commands, or helping the dog learn coping skills for stressful environments. Dog training often includes operant conditioning, classical conditioning, or non-associative learning to achieve the dog performing a desired behavior or skill. A person who trains dogs is said to be a dog trainer.

There are many methods of dog training and many objectives, from basic obedience training to specialized areas including law enforcement, military, search and rescue, hunting, working with livestock, assistance to people with disabilities, entertainment, dog sports, detection dogs and protecting people or property, like guard dogs.

As pack animals, wild dogs have natural instincts that favor cooperation with their fellow dogs. Many domestic dogs, either through instinct or breeding, can correctly interpret and respond to signals given by a human handler.


There is much controversy about what is the most effective way to train a dog. Some dog trainers, such as Victoria Stilwell, are said to be ‘positive trainers’ as they mostly use positive reinforcement to elicit, motivate, and change behaviors. An opposing camp comes from ‘traditional’ trainers, such as William Koehler and Diane Baumann, encourage the use of punishment, often a physical stimulus used to regain the waning attention of the dog. Similarly, there are dominance trainers, such as Cesar Millan, who believe all animals have an innate desire to dominate others, and that this dominating behavior needs to be overcome by owner leadership.[edit]
Controversy

In reality, many trainers use all quadrants of operant conditioning in their training, and so use both reinforcement and punishment throughout their training.[citation needed]

[edit] Kinds of training

[edit] Basic training classes

Most dogs live with people who want them to behave in ways that make them pleasant to be around, keep them safe, and provides for the safety of other humans and pets.[citation needed] Dogs do not figure out basic obedience on their own. The fundamental rule that must be remembered is that one should never apply human standards of society onto the dog with the assumption that the dog will understand.

The hardest part[citation needed] of training is communicating with the dog in a humane way that the dog understands. However, the underlying principle of all communication is simple: reward desired behavior while ignoring or correcting undesired behavior.

Basic pet obedience training usually consists of teaching animals to behave on cue. Common behaviors are:[citation needed]

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Recall (“come” or “here”)
  • Close (or loose-leash walking)
  • Heel
  • Stand (standing up)
  • Toilet training

Corrections are a form of punishment.[1] Corrections can be physical (i.e. leash correction) or mental (i.e. withdrawing a reward). The dog’s personality, the behavior, and the importance of the correct behavior should all be taken into account in using corrections with your dog. In a nutshell, negative corrections should only be used to eliminate a behavior and positive rewards to repeat a behavior.

Professional dog trainers train the dog’s owner to train his or her dog. To be most effective, the owner must use and reinforce the techniques taught to the dog. Owners and dogs who attend class together have an opportunity to learn more about each other and how to work together under a trainer’s guidance. Training is most effective if all those who handle the dog take part in the training to ensure consistent commands, methods, and enforcement. Classes also help socialize a dog to other people and dogs. Training classes are offered by many kennels, pet stores, and independent trainers.

Group classes may not be available until the puppy has completed all of its vaccinations (around 3 – 4 months of age). Some trainers offer puppy socialization classes in which puppies can enroll immediately after being placed in their permanent homes as long as disease risk is minimal and puppies have received initial vaccinations. In most cases, basic training classes accept only puppies who are at least 3 to 6 months old. It’s recommended to start training as soon as the puppy comes into your home. Puppies may also be trained individually by the trainer visiting the dog’s home beginning as early as 8 weeks.

A puppy requires discipline, consistency, and the patience of its owner. The puppy training phase is integral in raising a healthy and happy dog and keeping a safe and fun home environment.

Dogs are expressive and may communicate needs by biting, whining, and getting fidgety. Changing one’s own conduct may be effective in changing a puppy’s behavior.

House training is an important issue for puppies. Various methods of house training will work although the key is to be consistent. With regularly enforced rules, litter box, crate, or paper training, it can be accomplished.

[edit] Advanced training classes

This type of training is more complex and usually suitable for dogs who have completed level one (basic training) or an equivalent level of adult dog training classes.

[edit] Individualized training

This type of training is ideal for dogs that have an urgent or unique training problem such as fear, hyperactivity, aggression (and other related problems), separation anxiety, biting, excessive barking, insecurity, destructive behaviors, walking difficulties, and inappropriate elimination[2][3]. This type of training would normally be undertaken where the problem naturally occurs rather than a classroom situation.

Individualized puppy training can be effective in encouraging socialization and play with their peer group. Popular advocates of this theory include Victoria Stillwell[4] and Ian Dunbar[5].

[edit] Specialized training

Dogs are also trained for specific purposes, including:

  • Detection dogs
  • Assistance dogs
  • Herding dogs and livestock guardian dogs
  • Hunting dogs
  • Police dogs
  • Search and rescue dogs
  • Guard dogs

 Suitable breeds

In considering the natural behaviours of specific breeds of dogs, it is possible to train them to perform specialised, highly useful, tasks. For example, Labrador retrievers are the favoured breed for the detection of explosives. This is because of a combination of factors including their food drive which enables them to keep focused on a task despite noise and other distractions.[6]

Most working breeds of dogs are able to be trained to find people with their sense of smell (as opposed to their sense of sight).[7]

Cocker Spaniels are able to be trained as part of a termite detection team. Their relatively small size enables them to fit into small spaces, and their light weight allows them to walk on areas of ceiling which would be dangerous to anything heavier. In fact, although unusual, termite detection dogs are much more reliable at detecting termites than humans who rely on a basic system of tapping and listening.[8]

Border Collies can be trained to detect truffles set as much as 12 inches below ground.[9]

Because of their ability to learn signals by sight and for their energetic and athletic natures, German Shepherds are able to be trained for work alongside search and rescue teams and human apprehension teams.[10]

[edit] Guard animal training

Many companion animals exhibit a natural social system of territorial behavior and companion protection. Guard dogs receive specialized training in order to protect people or property and are not intended to be companion animals[11]. Training these dogs involves making sure they are able to both protect and be called off on a single command from their master and that they do not eat treats offered by unknown people.

The western method aka Koehler Method, developed by William Koehler, a military dog trainer and animal trainer for Walt Disney productions involves understanding the dog’s Pattern of Learning and knowing how to shape, correct, and reinforce desired behaviors[12].

[edit] Styles of training

Two major styles used by dog trainers are positive reinforcement (reward) and positive punishment (punishment)[13].

[edit] Positive reinforcement

The positive reinforcement practice is a basic operant conditioning technique that rewards dogs for responding accordingly to the trainer’s commands. Rewards often come through food or verbal praise[14] or other types of positive reinforcers, such as a tug toy or ball, social interaction with other dogs, or the owner’s attention. The more rewarding a dog finds a particular reinforcer, the more work he will do to obtain the reinforcer.

Some trainers go through a process of teaching a puppy to strongly desire a particular toy, in order to make the toy a more powerful positive reinforcer for good behavior. This process is called “building prey drive”, and is commonly used in the training of Narcotics Detection and Police Service dogs. The goal is to produce a dog who will work independently for long periods of time, in the hopes of earning access to its special toy reward.

[edit] Benefits

B.F. Skinner, responsible for the theoretical constructs of reinforcement and behaviorism, was partial to the benefits of positive reinforcement in providing a lasting change to behavior. [15]. Studies suggest that there is a link between the use of reward-based methods and obedience in pet dogs as well as Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs[16].

This method also helps reduce the stress of veterinary procedures(Reinhardt et al., 1990; Turkkan, Ator, Brady, & Craven, 1990); and reduces fear and attention-seeking behavior in dogs[17].

[edit] Techniques

  • Conditioned Reinforcer – this is an auditory signal repeatedly paired in conjunction with a primary reinforcer like food. A common conditioned reinforcer is the clicker, or a verbal word, such as “good”. This reinforcer becomes more valuable as the training progresses.
  • Shaping or Successive Approximation – shaping is the process of actually teaching the behavior in small steps until the desired behavior is satisfactorily achieved.
  • Desensitization – this is considered an effective training tool that can help the dog tolerate frightening or uncomfortable stimuli[18]. The process consists of pairing positive rewards with the object, person, or situation that causes fear[19]. Consistent exposure to the feared object allows the animal to become less stressful, thereby becoming “desensitized” in the process.

[edit] Criticisms

One way that critics challenge Positive Reinforcement is on the grounds that it causes additional expenses to the owner and that the dog has the potential to become overweight due to overeating. However, trainers insist treats are used consistently during the initial stages of training but after a period of time rewards are given intermittently[20]. Positive reinforcement can also manipulate an animal to show both desirable and undesirable behavior depending on its experience[21]. For example, dogs who are fearful and shy to begin with, may equate hugging as a form of reward which may make them more shy and fearful in the process. Another major criticism is that reinforcements only become associated with the trainer, which will motivate the dog to act only when the trainer is around therefore effective results can only be achieved if everyone reinforces the dog’s training; otherwise, training will be unsatisfactory and short-lived[22].

[edit] Positive punishment

Positive punishment, a concept also referred to as dominance theory assumes that animals misbehave because they are striving for higher rank and the best way to change their undesirable behaviors is by applying force[23]. One of the leading advocates of dominance theory is Cesar Millan[24].

[edit] Benefits

Studies show that punishment has its place in dog training when combined with positive reinforcement, such as rewards;[citation needed] and a majority of owners still use a combination of rewards and punishment when training their dogs. Punishment-based methods is often employed by owners training dogs not to chew undesirable objects and to prevent dogs from stealing objects[25].

[edit] Techniques

Behavior corrections are only effective when paired with teaching the dog desired performance and tend to be ineffective unless the dog is taught how to avoid the negative correction and achieve a reward for positive performance. Corrections should only be administered as appropriate for the dog’s personality, age, experience and physical and emotional condition[26].

  • Verbal Reprimands – assume a strong, powerful voice and sound mad when you say NO otherwise the dog will learn that “no” is simply a warning word
  • Automatic Corrections – an example of automatic correction is when you forcefully pull a dog’s collar when they are not heeling appropriately
  • Escape Training with Remote Collar – these electronic collar devices will, over time train a dog to know the boundaries of the area and remain within it otherwise a small electrical shock or strong vibration will be administered via the collar.
  • Escalating Corrections – this involves understanding what is motivating your dog and knowing at what level the correction should be administered to be effective without negatively impacting its personality
  • Avoidance Corrections – these may be used when attempting to train a dog to avoid a certain location or item, like the family furniture
  • Pack Behavior Corrections – these types of corrections are used when a dog is displaying dominant or aggressive behavior and can be administered using a dominant dog collar or remote training device

[edit] Criticism

The concepts of “pack” and “dominance” originated in the 1940s and were later popularized by the Monks of New Skete in the 1970’s[27]. The theory states that “dogs are wolves” essentially because they come from the same species and since wolves live in hierarchical packs where an alpha male rules over everyone else, then humans must dominate dogs in order to modify their behavior[28].

Recent studies have shown that wolves in the wild actually live in nuclear families where the father and mother are considered the pack leaders, and their offspring’s’ status depends on their birth order which does not involve fighting to attain a higher rank, because the young wolves naturally follow their parents’ lead[29].

Animal behaviorists assert that using dominance to modify a behavior can suppress a dog’s aggression without addressing the underlying cause of the problem. This can exacerbate the problem and increase their fear, anxiety, and aggression[30]. Often, pets who are subjected to repeated threats may react with aggression not because they are trying to be dominant, but because they feel threatened and afraid.

[edit] Factors

[edit] Communication

Fundamentally, dog training is about communication. From the human perspective, the handler is communicating to the dog what behaviors are correct, desired, or preferred in different circumstances and what behaviors are undesirable.

A handler must understand communication from the dog. The dog can signal that he is unsure, confused, nervous, happy, excited, and so on. The emotional state of the dog is an important consideration in directing the training, as a dog that is stressed or distracted will not learn efficiently.

According to Learning Theory there are four important messages that the handler can send the dog:

Reward or release marker
Correct behavior. You have earned a reward.
Keep going signal (KGS)
Correct behavior. Continue and you will earn a reward.
No reward marker (NRM)
Incorrect behavior. Try something else.
Punishment marker
Incorrect behavior. You have earned punishment.

Using consistent signals or words for these messages enables the dog to understand them more quickly.

It is important to note that the dog’s reward is not the same as the reward marker. The reward marker is a signal that tells the dog that he has earned the reward. Rewards can be praise, treats, play, or anything that the dog finds rewarding. Failure to reward after the reward marker diminishes the value of the reward marker and makes training more difficult.

The meanings of the four signals are taught to the dog through repetition, so that he may form an association by classical conditioning so that the dog associates the punishment marker with the punishment itself. These messages may be communicated verbally or with nonverbal signals. Mechanical clickers are frequently used as a reward marker, as are the words “yes!” or “good!”. The word “no!” is a common punishment marker. “Whoops!” is a common NRM. A KGS is commonly a repeated syllable (such as “g-g-g-g-g” or a drawn out word such as “gooooood”.)

Hand signals and body language also play an important part in learning for dogs. Some sources contend that the most effective marker is the human voice.[31]

Dogs do not generalize commands easily. A command which may work indoors might be confusing out-of-doors or in a different situation. The command will need to be re-taught in each new situation. This is sometimes called “cross-contextualization”, meaning the dog has to apply what’s been learned to many different contexts.

[edit] Understanding

Training a dog takes time and patience. However, with clear and consistent communications,[32] canines will begin to understand what their trainer wants fairly quickly. This corresponds to Animal Cognition- the mental capacity of non-human animals. The dog takes in odors, sights, and sounds to remember something it has been taught.

For example, when the trainer says “sit,” there should be a set tone and a hand motion. After the dog has experienced seeing and hearing this routinely, along with obtaining the muscle memory, the action of “sitting” becomes an image set in their minds. The next time the trainer says “sit” with the same tone and motion, the dog receives an image showing it the action and is, therefore, able to sit.

Clarity while demanding what a canine does is also of great importance. The dog associates the words the handler says with not only the tone, but also with the sound of the letters in each word. “Sit” ends with a strong “T,” while “Stay” ends with a drawn out vowel sound. The canine does not understand the difference between consonants and vowels, but the sound associated with the words, along with the handler’s tone, allows the dog to associate an auditory element to each command. In return, the canine is able to recall the commands due to the words’ unique connection to the dog’s mental and auditory senses.

[edit] Tricks

Dog on hind legs

Many dog owners teach their dogs tricks. This serves several purposes. It develops a stronger relationship between the dog and human, it provides entertainment, and it engages the dog’s mind, which can help to alleviate problems caused by boredom.

Some common tricks that dogs are trained to do are:

  • Beg
  • Shake hands
  • Play dead
  • Speak (bark)
  • Spin in a circle
  • Crawl along the ground
  • A number of variations of retrieve


  • Alpha roll
  • Animal cognition
  • Animal training
  • Bark (dog)
  • Conformation showing
  • Dog agility
  • Dog sports
  • Ethology
  • List of dog trainers
  • Obedience training
  • Operant conditioning
  • Punishment (psychology)
  • Reinforcement
  • Reward system

[edit] References

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If you’ve never heard of positive dog training before, then you are in for a real treat, and so is your dog!

This new method of dog training has literally transformed the way dogs are being trained across the world.

Dogs are no longer punished, but instead they’re being rewarded for a job well done. Look how this dog trainer trained her dog to love his harness using positive dog training.

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Controversy

There is much controversy about what is the most effective way to train a dog. Some dog trainers, such as Victoria Stilwell, are said to be ‘positive trainers’ as they mostly use positive reinforcement to elicit, motivate, and change behaviors. An opposing camp comes from ‘traditional’ trainers, such as William Koehler and Diane Baumann, encourage the use of punishment, often a physical stimulus used to regain the waning attention of the dog. Similarly, there are dominance trainers, such as Cesar Millan, who believe all animals have an innate desire to dominate others, and that this dominating behavior needs to be overcome by owner leadership.

In reality, many trainers use all quadrants of operant conditioning in their training, and so use both reinforcement and punishment throughout their training.[citation needed]

[edit]Kinds of training

[edit]Basic training classes

Most dogs live with people who want them to behave in ways that make them pleasant to be around, keep them safe, and provides for the safety of other humans and pets.[citation needed] Dogs do not figure out basic obedience on their own. The fundamental rule that must be remembered is that one should never apply human standards of society onto the dog with the assumption that the dog will understand.

The hardest part[citation needed] of training is communicating with the dog in a humane way that the dog understands. However, the underlying principle of all communication is simple: reward desired behavior while ignoring or correcting undesired behavior.

Basic pet obedience training usually consists of teaching animals to behave on cue. Common behaviors are:[citation needed]

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Recall (“come” or “here”)
  • Close (or loose-leash walking)
  • Heel
  • Stand (standing up)
  • Toilet training

Corrections are a form of punishment.[1] Corrections can be physical (i.e. leash correction) or mental (i.e. withdrawing a reward). The dog’s personality, the behavior, and the importance of the correct behavior should all be taken into account in using corrections with your dog. In a nutshell, negative corrections should only be used to eliminate a behavior and positive rewards to repeat a behavior.

Professional dog trainers train the dog’s owner to train his or her dog. To be most effective, the owner must use and reinforce the techniques taught to the dog. Owners and dogs who attend class together have an opportunity to learn more about each other and how to work together under a trainer’s guidance. Training is most effective if all those who handle the dog take part in the training to ensure consistent commands, methods, and enforcement. Classes also help socialize a dog to other people and dogs. Training classes are offered by many kennels, pet stores, and independent trainers.

Group classes may not be available until the puppy has completed all of its vaccinations (around 3 – 4 months of age). Some trainers offer puppy socialization classes in which puppies can enroll immediately after being placed in their permanent homes as long as disease risk is minimal and puppies have received initial vaccinations. In most cases, basic training classes accept only puppies who are at least 3 to 6 months old. It’s recommended to start training as soon as the puppy comes into your home. Puppies may also be trained individually by the trainer visiting the dog’s home beginning as early as 8 weeks.

A puppy requires discipline, consistency, and the patience of its owner. The puppy training phase is integral in raising a healthy and happy dog and keeping a safe and fun home environment.

Dogs are expressive and may communicate needs by biting, whining, and getting fidgety. Changing one’s own conduct may be effective in changing a puppy’s behavior.

House training is an important issue for puppies. Various methods of house training will work although the key is to be consistent. With regularly enforced rules, litter box, crate, or paper training, it can be accomplished.

[edit]Advanced training classes

This type of training is more complex and usually suitable for dogs who have completed level one (basic training) or an equivalent level of adult dog training classes.

[edit]Individualized training

This type of training is ideal for dogs that have an urgent or unique training problem such as fear, hyperactivity, aggression (and other related problems), separation anxiety, biting, excessive barking, insecurity, destructive behaviors, walking difficulties, and inappropriate elimination[2][3]. This type of training would normally be undertaken where the problem naturally occurs rather than a classroom situation.

Individualized puppy training can be effective in encouraging socialization and play with their peer group. Popular advocates of this theory include Victoria Stillwell[4] and Ian Dunbar[5].

[edit]Specialized training

Dogs are also trained for specific purposes, including:

  • Detection dogs
  • Assistance dogs
  • Herding dogs and livestock guardian dogs
  • Hunting dogs
  • Police dogs
  • Search and rescue dogs
  • Guard dogs

[edit]Suitable breeds

In considering the natural behaviours of specific breeds of dogs, it is possible to train them to perform specialised, highly useful, tasks. For example, Labrador retrievers are the favoured breed for the detection of explosives. This is because of a combination of factors including their food drive which enables them to keep focused on a task despite noise and other distractions.[6]

Most working breeds of dogs are able to be trained to find people with their sense of smell (as opposed to their sense of sight).[7]

Cocker Spaniels are able to be trained as part of a termite detection team. Their relatively small size enables them to fit into small spaces, and their light weight allows them to walk on areas of ceiling which would be dangerous to anything heavier. In fact, although unusual, termite detection dogs are much more reliable at detecting termites than humans who rely on a basic system of tapping and listening.[8]

Border Collies can be trained to detect truffles set as much as 12 inches below ground.[9]

Because of their ability to learn signals by sight and for their energetic and athletic natures, German Shepherds are able to be trained for work alongside search and rescue teams and human apprehension teams.[10]

[edit]Guard animal training

Many companion animals exhibit a natural social system of territorial behavior and companion protection. Guard dogs receive specialized training in order to protect people or property and are not intended to be companion animals[11]. Training these dogs involves making sure they are able to both protect and be called off on a single command from their master and that they do not eat treats offered by unknown people.

The western method aka Koehler Method, developed by William Koehler, a military dog trainer and animal trainer for Walt Disney productions involves understanding the dog’s Pattern of Learning and knowing how to shape, correct, and reinforce desired behaviors[12].

[edit]Styles of training

Two major styles used by dog trainers are positive reinforcement (reward) and positive punishment (punishment)[13].

[edit]Positive reinforcement

The positive reinforcement practice is a basic operant conditioning technique that rewards dogs for responding accordingly to the trainer’s commands. Rewards often come through food or verbal praise[14] or other types of positive reinforcers, such as a tug toy or ball, social interaction with other dogs, or the owner’s attention. The more rewarding a dog finds a particular reinforcer, the more work he will do to obtain the reinforcer.

Some trainers go through a process of teaching a puppy to strongly desire a particular toy, in order to make the toy a more powerful positive reinforcer for good behavior. This process is called “building prey drive”, and is commonly used in the training of Narcotics Detection and Police Service dogs. The goal is to produce a dog who will work independently for long periods of time, in the hopes of earning access to its special toy reward.

[edit]Benefits

B.F. Skinner, responsible for the theoretical constructs of reinforcement and behaviorism, was partial to the benefits of positive reinforcement in providing a lasting change to behavior. [15]. Studies suggest that there is a link between the use of reward-based methods and obedience in pet dogs as well as Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs[16].

This method also helps reduce the stress of veterinary procedures(Reinhardt et al., 1990; Turkkan, Ator, Brady, & Craven, 1990); and reduces fear and attention-seeking behavior in dogs[17].

[edit]Techniques

  • Conditioned Reinforcer – this is an auditory signal repeatedly paired in conjunction with a primary reinforcer like food. A common conditioned reinforcer is the clicker, or a verbal word, such as “good”. This reinforcer becomes more valuable as the training progresses.
  • Shaping or Successive Approximation – shaping is the process of actually teaching the behavior in small steps until the desired behavior is satisfactorily achieved.
  • Desensitization – this is considered an effective training tool that can help the dog tolerate frightening or uncomfortable stimuli[18]. The process consists of pairing positive rewards with the object, person, or situation that causes fear[19]. Consistent exposure to the feared object allows the animal to become less stressful, thereby becoming “desensitized” in the process.

[edit]Criticisms

One way that critics challenge Positive Reinforcement is on the grounds that it causes additional expenses to the owner and that the dog has the potential to become overweight due to overeating. However, trainers insist treats are used consistently during the initial stages of training but after a period of time rewards are given intermittently[20]. Positive reinforcement can also manipulate an animal to show both desirable and undesirable behavior depending on its experience[21]. For example, dogs who are fearful and shy to begin with, may equate hugging as a form of reward which may make them more shy and fearful in the process. Another major criticism is that reinforcements only become associated with the trainer, which will motivate the dog to act only when the trainer is around therefore effective results can only be achieved if everyone reinforces the dog’s training; otherwise, training will be unsatisfactory and short-lived[22].

[edit]Positive punishment

Positive punishment, a concept also referred to as dominance theory assumes that animals misbehave because they are striving for higher rank and the best way to change their undesirable behaviors is by applying force[23]. One of the leading advocates of dominance theory is Cesar Millan[24].

[edit]Benefits

Studies show that punishment has its place in dog training when combined with positive reinforcement, such as rewards;[citation needed] and a majority of owners still use a combination of rewards and punishment when training their dogs. Punishment-based methods is often employed by owners training dogs not to chew undesirable objects and to prevent dogs from stealing objects[25].

[edit]Techniques

Behavior corrections are only effective when paired with teaching the dog desired performance and tend to be ineffective unless the dog is taught how to avoid the negative correction and achieve a reward for positive performance. Corrections should only be administered as appropriate for the dog’s personality, age, experience and physical and emotional condition[26].

  • Verbal Reprimands – assume a strong, powerful voice and sound mad when you say NO otherwise the dog will learn that “no” is simply a warning word
  • Automatic Corrections – an example of automatic correction is when you forcefully pull a dog’s collar when they are not heeling appropriately
  • Escape Training with Remote Collar – these electronic collar devices will, over time train a dog to know the boundaries of the area and remain within it otherwise a small electrical shock or strong vibration will be administered via the collar.
  • Escalating Corrections – this involves understanding what is motivating your dog and knowing at what level the correction should be administered to be effective without negatively impacting its personality
  • Avoidance Corrections – these may be used when attempting to train a dog to avoid a certain location or item, like the family furniture
  • Pack Behavior Corrections – these types of corrections are used when a dog is displaying dominant or aggressive behavior and can be administered using a dominant dog collar or remote training device

[edit]Criticism

The concepts of “pack” and “dominance” originated in the 1940s and were later popularized by the Monks of New Skete in the 1970’s[27]. The theory states that “dogs are wolves” essentially because they come from the same species and since wolves live in hierarchical packs where an alpha male rules over everyone else, then humans must dominate dogs in order to modify their behavior[28].

Recent studies have shown that wolves in the wild actually live in nuclear families where the father and mother are considered the pack leaders, and their offspring’s’ status depends on their birth order which does not involve fighting to attain a higher rank, because the young wolves naturally follow their parents’ lead[29].

Animal behaviorists assert that using dominance to modify a behavior can suppress a dog’s aggression without addressing the underlying cause of the problem. This can exacerbate the problem and increase their fear, anxiety, and aggression[30]. Often, pets who are subjected to repeated threats may react with aggression not because they are trying to be dominant, but because they feel threatened and afraid.

[edit]Factors

[edit]Communication

Fundamentally, dog training is about communication. From the human perspective, the handler is communicating to the dog what behaviors are correct, desired, or preferred in different circumstances and what behaviors are undesirable.

A handler must understand communication from the dog. The dog can signal that he is unsure, confused, nervous, happy, excited, and so on. The emotional state of the dog is an important consideration in directing the training, as a dog that is stressed or distracted will not learn efficiently.

According to Learning Theory there are four important messages that the handler can send the dog:

Reward or release marker
Correct behavior. You have earned a reward.
Keep going signal (KGS)
Correct behavior. Continue and you will earn a reward.
No reward marker (NRM)
Incorrect behavior. Try something else.
Punishment marker
Incorrect behavior. You have earned punishment.

Using consistent signals or words for these messages enables the dog to understand them more quickly.

It is important to note that the dog’s reward is not the same as the reward marker. The reward marker is a signal that tells the dog that he has earned the reward. Rewards can be praise, treats, play, or anything that the dog finds rewarding. Failure to reward after the reward marker diminishes the value of the reward marker and makes training more difficult.

The meanings of the four signals are taught to the dog through repetition, so that he may form an association by classical conditioning so that the dog associates the punishment marker with the punishment itself. These messages may be communicated verbally or with nonverbal signals. Mechanical clickers are frequently used as a reward marker, as are the words “yes!” or “good!”. The word “no!” is a common punishment marker. “Whoops!” is a common NRM. A KGS is commonly a repeated syllable (such as “g-g-g-g-g” or a drawn out word such as “gooooood”.)

Hand signals and body language also play an important part in learning for dogs. Some sources contend that the most effective marker is the human voice.[31]

Dogs do not generalize commands easily. A command which may work indoors might be confusing out-of-doors or in a different situation. The command will need to be re-taught in each new situation. This is sometimes called “cross-contextualization”, meaning the dog has to apply what’s been learned to many different contexts.

[edit]Understanding

Training a dog takes time and patience. However, with clear and consistent communications,[32] canines will begin to understand what their trainer wants fairly quickly. This corresponds to Animal Cognition- the mental capacity of non-human animals. The dog takes in odors, sights, and sounds to remember something it has been taught.

For example, when the trainer says “sit,” there should be a set tone and a hand motion. After the dog has experienced seeing and hearing this routinely, along with obtaining the muscle memory, the action of “sitting” becomes an image set in their minds. The next time the trainer says “sit” with the same tone and motion, the dog receives an image showing it the action and is, therefore, able to sit.

Clarity while demanding what a canine does is also of great importance. The dog associates the words the handler says with not only the tone, but also with the sound of the letters in each word. “Sit” ends with a strong “T,” while “Stay” ends with a drawn out vowel sound. The canine does not understand the difference between consonants and vowels, but the sound associated with the words, along with the handler’s tone, allows the dog to associate an auditory element to each command. In return, the canine is able to recall the commands due to the words’ unique connection to the dog’s mental and auditory senses.

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Indoor Dog Boarding KennelsAs most people are aware, every dog has its own unique personality and behavioural characteristics. One thing that makes us so different from other training schools for animals is that we appreciate that each individual dog has its own particular strengths and weaknesses. The methods that we practice when educating your pet using dog training techniques that have an almost 100% success rate are the envy of other centres. After evaluating what kind of temperament your pet has, we can then plan the most effective way to achieve our goal, a content and obedient dog. Just like with people, dogs are stimulated in different ways and therefore must be treated with lots of patience in order to respond in a favourable manner to any obedience training. There is absolutely no sense in trying to force an animal to do something that it feels uncomfortable doing. Our trainers pull on their years of experience in order to ensure your pet is receiving the most appropriate method of instruction and guidance. And as our trainers genuinely love animals and are not insensitive to their needs, you will be able to sleep well at night knowing your pet is in safe hands.

Obedience Training

From the huge amounts of satisfied pet owners that have booked a training course with us, some have requested our help for different reasons than others. As well as providing effective methods of teaching your dog to be easier to live with, we also offer agility training sessions for clients who have other plans for their pets. Our training courses for developing dogs into obedient pets is something that can be useful if you have aspirations for your dog getting involved in film work or commercials on TV. We offer professional training for pets whilst they stay at our luxurious dog boarding kennels. And with the A La Carte dog food on offer at our 5 star pet accommodations, it’s almost as if they are being treated as movie stars. Here at PETS, your dog will be given expert tuition by us, possibly leading to them landing a part in a TV series or top billing movie. What our specialist trainers aspire to do with potential commercial starring dogs is train them to be more agile and obedient when asked to perform a task. However, under no circumstances do we mistreat the animals or try to force them to perform a trick.

Safe and Sound

For those of you who would be concerned about the wellbeing of their pets whilst they stay at our heaven on earth kennels, have peace of mind that they will be taken care of extremely well. Our comfortable digs for dogs with their plush beds and heated flooring are monitored 24 hours a day, every day of the week. During their training sessions and when they retire to their luxurious sleeping quarters, they are carefully watched to make sure they are fit and well. Furthermore, as an extra precaution, we have a 24 hour vet facility on site. Whether you choose for your dog to stay in our indoor or outdoor kennels, our competent staff will be keeping a well trained eye on them to ensure they are safe and sound. Our dog boarding kennels staff are some of the most caring and efficient people you could ever wish to meet. This combination of skill and kindness will give your pet the type of positive environment needed for a successful transformation into a more confident and stable dog. Booking one of our special training and boarding courses is very convenient; simply send us an email or speak to us directly on the phone.

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Unlike some other training centres, once your pet’s training and stay at our well equipped grounds has come to an end, we are still available for consultation. Once your dog has been successfully trained to become an extremely obedient pet, we will offer you tuition in how to continue the communication techniques that were used. However, don’t worry if you would rather not receive any instruction from us, we will provide you with a clear and comprehensive manual for your personal use. For those of you who would like to get in contact with us to discuss anything about the obedience training your pet took part in, please feel free to call. Our hardworking and friendly trainers will be more than happy to answer any questions you may want to ask them. To make life even more convenient for our clients and their dogs, we provide a pick up and drop off service. If you are tired of searching for a professional training and boarding centre for your pet, your search is finally over. To make a plan for a positive change become a reality for the benefit of both you and your pet, get in contact with us today.

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This is truly beautiful piece of hand made working dog equipment! One of the best available harnesses. The Fordogtrainer dog harness is some of the most functional and handsome on the market today.

Our dog harness is built for strength and comfort

A precisely designed breast plate is lined with extra thick felt to offer supreme comfort for your dog. The harness is designed to fit almost any sized working dogs. It’s five way adjustable so you can adjust it to fit to your dogs dimensions. Designed so the resistance is on the shoulders and not on the throat our dog harness allows dogs to bark and track in free way and still be restrained enough.

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    • Comfortable Padded Leather Dog Harness For Medium And Large Breeds

– Very good solution when you need to gain more control when walking your dog. Many handlers choose this harness because it is padded, has wide chest plate, many ways adjustable and finally looks great on the dog

  • Very well designed multi functional padded leather dog harness – You can do practically anything with this harness – tracking,walking,pulling,hiking etc. It has padded chest strap,extra rings on the side,adjustable and very comfortable for the dog. Dog handlers love this harness because it is very easy to put on and off
  • Superb hand crafted dog harness with wide padded chest plate exclusively designed to give your dog outstanding look – This harness is probably the best available on the Internet when you are looking to give your dog the very best of 3 worlds – look, comfort and functionality. Handlers all over the world prefer this harness for large breeds handling.Smaller sizes will be available soon
  • Leather dog harness for walking and tracking with your dog – Looking for strong, yet light weight walking harness? Well this may be the answer. 2 ply leather front straps, solid brass fittings, quick release convenient side buckle are only few among great futures of this hand crafted piece of art
  • Leather Walking Dog Harness With Padded Chest Plate – Perfect solution when you need to take your dog for the walk. Padded chest plate for comfort, classic design for fashion look, durability, hand stitching – this harness has it all for perfect walking and tracking experience
  • All Weather Light Weight Nylon Dog Harness – Great solution when you need to take your dog for the track in almost any weather (rain, snow). Wide chest strap for comfort, handle on the back of the harness for short control of your dog, durability, extra side rings – this harness has it all for perfect outdoor experience. Use this harness for pulling, tracking, walking, hiking – practically any task
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  • Multi functional leather dog leash – All time most popular design of training dog leash with 2 snap hooks and floating ring. This leash is used by trainers, police officers and dog handlers all over the world. Wide and handcrafted this leash will become your favorite tool.
  • Multi functional leather dog leash now available in natural (tan) color – All time most popular design of training dog leash with 2 snap hooks and floating ring. This leash is used by trainers, police officers and dog handlers all over the world. Wide and handcrafted this leash will become your favorite tool.Quick release snap hook on one end is optional
  • Handcrafted leather dog leash 1/2 inch wide – Classic leather leash for medium and large breeds walking. This leash available in variety of sizes. Right now we make it in black, burgundy and brown
  • Handcrafted leather dog leash 3/4 inch wide – Classic leather leash for medium and large breeds walking. Since this leash is wide and strong it can be used in Schutzhund training as well
  • Handcrafted leather dog leash 3/4 inch wide now available in fine European brown leather – Classic leather leash for medium and large breeds walking. Since this leash is wide and strong it can be used in Schutzhund training as well. You have to hold this leash to believe quality. Ring on the handle is optional
  • Handcrafted leather dog leash 3/4 inch wide now available in fine European black leather – Classic leather leash for medium and large breeds walking. Since this leash is wide and strong it can be used in Schutzhund training as well. You have to hold this leash to believe quality.
  • Handcrafted leather dog leash with quick release snap hook. 3/4 wide – Very useful quick release snap hook can be the answer when you take your strong pulling dog for the walk and want to release your dog off leash fast and easy
  • “Police / hunting” dog leash and collar (combo) – Release your dog simply off the leash and collar with one easy touch. Hunting “must” item
  • Leather Dog Leash With Extra Handle now available in durable high quality European brown leather – Do you have strong large dog? Does your dog likes to pull? With this leash you will have much better control using the extra handle placed close to the snap hook
  • Leather Dog Leash With Smart Extra Handle now available in durable high quality European black leather – Do you have strong large dog? Does your dog likes to pull? Does your dog takes you for the walk? Or is it you who takes your dog walking around? With this leash you will have much better control using the extra handle placed close to the snap hook.
  • Tracking leash available in several sizes including standard Schutzhund 33 ft length – Taking your dog for tracking session in the field or forest? Need fine leather competition tracking leash? We make this leash 3/4 wide and in several sizes to provide you with best of the best in handcrafted equipment
  • Comfortable leather dog leash with support material on the handle – Having trouble with your strong dog? Here is some little extra to make it easier for you. This leash will not stop your dog pulling. However support material on the handle will keep softer touch and better comfort for your hands
  • Hand stitched leather dog leash – Do you want your leash to be special, durable and handcrafted? With this hand stitched 3/4 wide leash you can have it all
  • Short dog leash – Valuable tool especially for handling strong and large dogs. We make it with support material for those who want even more comfort. There is also a choice of color and snap hook
  • Leather pull tab leash – Used for making the transition to off-lead heeling or great for agility training. Since they are lightweight, the dog “feels” off-leash, but you can reach down and give a leash correction by jerking on the pull tab. Burgundy,brown or black leather
  • Nylon cord leash- This extremely comfortable lead looks gorgeous in your hands and always will be noticed by people when you take your dog for a walk.
  • Wide extra strong nylon cord leash – This lead is not afraid of water and mud as this is made from durable nylon cord. Very comfortable and extremely strong, this lead is highly recommended for walking and handling dogs.
  • Multi functional 2 ply nylon dog leash – All time most popular design of training dog leash with 2 snap hooks and floating ring. This leash is used by trainers, police officers and dog handlers all over the world. Wide and handcrafted this leash will become your favorite tool.
  • Handcrafted nylon dog leash 3/4 inch wide – Classic nylon leash for medium and large breeds walking. Since this leash is wide and strong it can be used in Schutzhund training as well
  • Comfortable nylon dog leash with support material on the handle – Having trouble with your strong dog? Here is some little extra to make it easier for you. This leash will not stop your dog pulling. However support material on the handle will keep softer touch and better comfort for your hands
  • “Police / hunting” nylon dog leash and collar (combo) – Release your dog simply off the leash and collar with one easy touch. Hunting “must” item
  • Nylon Tracking leash available in several sizes including standard Schutzhund 33 ft length – Taking your dog for tracking session in the field or forest? Need fine leather competition tracking leash? We make this leash 3/4 wide and in several sizes to provide you with best of the best in handcrafted equipment
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    • Comfortable Padded Leather Dog Collars For Medium And Large Breeds

– Very good solution when you need to gain more control when walking your dog. Many handlers choose our collars because it is padded, wide , adjustable and finally looks great on the dog

    • Very well designed multi functional wide leather dog collar – You can do practically anything with this collar – tracking, walking, hiking etc. It has padded handle, adjustable and very comfortable for the dog. Dog handlers love this collar because it is very easy to put on and off and handle has padding on it
    • Superb hand crafted designer dog collar exclusively designed to give your dog outstanding look – This collar is probably the best available on the Internet when you are looking to give your dog the very best of 3 worlds – look, comfort and functionality. Handlers all over the world prefer this collar for large breeds handling. Smaller sizes will be available soon
    • Leather dog collar for walking and tracking with your dog – Looking for strong, yet light weight walking collar? Well this may be the answer. Padded with natural felt,made of 100% leather, solid nickle fittings, are only few among great futures of this hand crafted piece of art
    • Leather Fancy Dog Collar With Braids – Perfect solution when you need to take your dog for the walk in style. 2 Ply leather for comfort, classic design for fashion look, durability, hand stitching – this collar has it all for perfect walking and tracking experience
    • Small Dog Collar – Great solution when you need to have several stylish small dog collars for cheap price
    • Comfortable Leather dog collar and leash For Medium And Large Breeds

– Very good solution when you need to gain more control when walking your dog. Many handlers choose this set because it is cheap, strong and looks great on the dog

  • Very well designed multi functional fashion dog collar – You can do practically anything with this fashion dog collar – tracking,walking,hiking etc. Dog handlers love this fashion dog collar because it is very easy to put on and off
  • Superb hand crafted spiked dog collar exclusively designed to give your dog outstanding look – This spiked dog collar is probably the best available on the Internet when you are looking to give your dog the very best of 3 worlds – look, comfort and functionality. Handlers all over the world prefer this spiked dog collar for large breeds handling.Smaller sizes will be available soon
  • Leather custom dog collar for walking and tracking with your dog – Looking for custom dog collar? Looking for customized dog collar? Well this may be the answer. You do not find this kind of collar on other website
  • Leather Walking Unique Dog Collar With Braides – Perfect solution when you need to take your dog for the walk in better control. Silent chocker functionality and design for fashion look, durability, hand stitching – this collar has it all for perfect walking and tracking experience
  • Martingale dog collar – Buy today silent nylon loop/metal chain combination martingale collar. A martingale is a type of dog collar that provides more control over the animal with slightly different effect then this of the slip collar. It is similar in concept to a horse’s martingale.
    Martingale Dog collars are also known as Greyhound, Whippet or humane choke collars. The Martingale dog collar was designed for Sighthounds because their necks are larger than their heads and they can often slip out of buckle collars. These collars have gained popularity among other breed owners in the recent past with many trainers now recommending them instead of choke chains, pinch collars or buckle collars. You should check with your trainer what is the best suitable collar for your dog.
    Martingale Dog Collars are fitted to the exact size of the dog’s neck when the collar is pulled closed. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose when not in use. When the Martingale control loop is pulled, the two slides (hardware on the small control loop of the Martingale Collar) should pull close together but the two slides should never touch.
  • Studded dog collars – Buy today studded dog collar – browse multiple designes, enjoy safe walking and provide your dog with kinky look
  • Browse our selection of dog collars and inquire about ordering of wholesale dog collar

So you are looking to buy dog harness and don’t know how to choose right one?
Here I will describe different dog harnesses types based on functionality and other factors.
First of all you need to decide what the main purpose for purchasing dog harness is.
Using dog harness you can do following:
1. Pulling activity
2. Training activity
3. Walking your dog with better control.
4. Use harness as assistance mobility device.
5. Tracking activity.
6. Warming your dog’s body when using harness in cold weather.
7. Using harness for guide dogs.
8. Harness can be used to identify certain type of working dog.
9. Rehabilitation of dog after injury, surgery or accident
10. Assitance harness for older dogs.
11. Showing off by using designed or decorative dog harness.
Let’s concentrate on each task and explain in more details each dog harness type:

  1. Pulling dog harness – can be used for exercising with your dog by attaching different objects to it and making your dog work hard while pulling those objects. Some of the examples of such objects are wooden box with sand, bricks or stones inside. You can also attach to the harness car tires of different sizes and weights. Here is another idea how to use pulling dog harness with more fun. Some of our customers do jogging, rollerblading or bicycle pulling by their dogs. For this fun activity you should be very careful and approach it with maximum responsibility for your dog and yourself. There are more advanced types of pulling harnesses which are used for dog pulling competition. Most of working dogs breeds can learn how to pull on a dog harness. Depending on the climate and weather in your area you can choose between nylon pulling harness and leather pulling harness. Nylon pulling harness should be used in high humidity or rain/snow. On the other hand, leather pulling harness which is little more bulky is better, natural material for the dog and it also indicates in some way social status of the owner. Leather harness is also looks better on dog.

Here are few links to the high quality pulling dog harnesses
Leather pulling dog harness
Nylon pulling dog harness
Weight pulling nylon dog harness

  1. Training dog harness – there are many different ways to train your dog and not for all you should choose harness. One of the most popular ways to use training dog harness is for attack/protection training. Well made durable harness can be used for police training, for sports, for schutzhund training, KNPV training, French ring, Belgian ring. What makes training harness a good harness, is its padding for dogs comfort, strength and durability so your trainer feels safe, balancing of the pressure from throat/trachea are toward chest area. Well fitted dog training harness helps dog to breathe right and with correct training intensity to stay longer focused on the training session subject. To better stay in control over trained dog we offer our training harnesses with handle positioned on the top as an option.

Here are few links to the high quality training dog harnesses
Leather training dog harness
Y-shaped chest padded training dog harness
Padded training dog harness

  1. Walking dog harness will help you control dog better. It is right product for well obedient dogs which have minor behavior issues, such as aggression toward strength dogs, strong prey or hunt drive. While there are many tools and techniques for dog’s behavior corrections, such as choke collars, shock collars, pinch/prong collars, we see a harness as the most human way to apply correction to your dog when needed. The main reason is that harness will not hurt your dog in any way, it will just allow you to keep your dog where want your dog to be using reasonable amount of strength.

Here are few links to the high quality walking dog harnesses
Nylon walking dog harness
Leather walking dog harness
Padded leather walking dog harness

  1. Assistance dog harness- you should consider this type of harness for the dog whose job is to provide physical or mobility assistance. You will always find well fitted harness on the top of the assistance harness. Harness used for assistance mobility is also reinforced with more padding on the breast area to add to dogs comfort. General durability and sturdiness of the harness depends on whether the dog is leading person gently, acting as a brace for the assisted person or actually pulling a wheelchair. Pulling wheelchair might also involve design change toward similar to sled dogs harness structure.

Here is a link to the high quality assistance dog harness Assistance dog harness

  1. Tracking harness is used for both sports and search/rescue missions. You need to make sure that your dogs movement is not limited by harness design, harness for tracking should be lightweight and preferably padded. Light weight of the harness will guarantee longer tracks distance, padding will help to avoid irritations at the most sensitive areas. Tracking harness is made of nylon or leather. You should choose nylon when you are going to use it in contact with water.

Here are few links to the high quality tracking dog harnesses
Nylon tracking dog harness
Leather tracking dog harness

  1. Coat harness or vest harness is the type of the harness which is made of cold resistance fabrics and will keep your dogs body warm during those cold winter fun walks. We make this harness with handle on the top so you can assist your dog when snow is too deep in certain places and you can of course attach leash to the ring which stitched into this harness, therefore no need to bring regular collar.

Here is a link to the high quality coat /vest dog harness Vest dog harness – coat dog harness

  1. Guide dog harness is specially constructed to be comfortable on the dog and allow handle usage as part of communication between guided person and guide dog. There is one most popular almost standard version of this harness.

This type of harness is coming soon, please check out all our dog harnesses

  1. Identification dog harness is must item for many working environments. Military, police, security, search & rescue, patrol and many other working dogs should wear id dog harness as part of working environment regulation. Similar harness can be used for example when you don’t want strangers to pet your dog. We offer id dog harness with removable Velcro patches. Some of the patches say security, police etc. while others say – do not pet, do not feed, etc.

Here is a link to the high quality identification dog harness Identification dog harness

  1. Rehabilitation dog harnesses are used to help injured dogs to go through therapy period and get well. Some of those harnesses remove tension and pressure from the problematic areas, some of those dog harnesses can be connected to special wheelchair, which helps to allow dogs movement in cases where back legs injuries are involved. You can use handle located on the top to help lift your dog on the stairs or to vehicle.

Here is a link to the high quality rehabilitation dog harness Rehabilitation dog harness

  1. Assistance dog harness for older dogs is similar to rehabilitation harness and mostly used to help older dogs reach higher ground, get into the vehicle or climb porch or stairs.
  1. Finally designed and decorative dog harnesses bring a lot of color into your life. While we make sure to make decorative dog harnesses as functional as possible, by adding better control handle, by making it padded and making it ergonomic for your dogs body, main purpose of those harnesses is to show off your dog and gain appealing looks. By the end of the day with all the fashion we keep for ourselves, our dogs also deserve it.

Here are few links to the high decorative dog harnesses
Studded leather dog harness
Spiked leather dog harness
Royal leather dog harness
Luxury padded dog harness
Designed padded dog harness
Large dog harness
Another factor which you should take into account is budget – we offer large variety of dog harnesses which will fit any budget. You are welcome to contact us so we can assist your better in right dog harness choice based on your budget. Fittings – you might notice that there are few types of metal fittings which are used for making dog harnesses. How to know which type of fittings is the best and safest for your dog? I recommend as low budget solution to choose steel nickel plated. This type of fittings will give your harness strength and durability. In case your budget allows to please choose brass fittings. Brass fittings have all the positive qualities of the steel nickels plated ones and also known well as good material when it comes to dogs with sensitive skin and high sensitivity to allergic reactions. Size – it is very important to measure your dog properly before purchasing dog harness. While we help you to do it fast and easy based on our instructions and sizing charts/diagrams, please treat this task with responsibility as it will help you to avoid hassle of exchange of the dog harness for better fit. All our harnesses are adjustable to certain degree and if you are not sure which size to purchase and if your dog is not fully grown or falls in between of the sizes please do not hesitate to contact us for immediate professional assistance.
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Material – you should consider only one thing as main factor in this dilemma decision.
For wet weather and high humidly climate, please choose nylon dog harness, for dry weather it is less important, both nylon and leather will do. It is important to mention that constant occasional usage of leather conditioner will allow you to use leather harness in wet weather as well. Please treat your product well for long years of enjoyable usage.
Here you can see many different leather dog harnesses
Here you can see many different nylon dog harnesses
Padding – for some of the harnesses we use natural felt padding. Should you look for this option? For tracking dog harness and training dog harness you definitely should. When else? Well, it is also nice to add some extra comfort to your dog’s life. Padded dog harness will always cost more, but you might find that price difference is not so big, especially since you invest in dog harness for many years of use.
Handle or no handle – while you pay few extra bucks for this future, you will enjoy using handle on the top of the harness as control device. When your dog is off the leash and you need to grab your dog fast and efficient when unwanted dog is around, handle is the best and easiest way to accomplish this task without hassle. Please note that most of the time handle can be added to the dog harness and the time of production. Common misconception is not to get handle for harness for smaller dogs. Consider this, while you are not going to lead your dog using this handle, many times it is the fastest and easiest way to lift your dog securely.
Reflective trim – this important safety future can safe your pets life. All it does – makes your dog more visible in day light and many times can be the only thing which makes your dog visible in evening and night hours. Walk your dog safely and be responsible owner.
Order here nylon dog harness with reflective trim

Occasionally I am asked about how to choose right dog muzzle. My customers ask following questions before purchasing dog muzzle:

1.Is it safe to leave dog with muzzle on for the long time?

Please make sure to observe your dog when your dog is muzzled. It is your responsibility and decision to leave your dog with muzzle on alone. I suggest always to keep your dog visible when muzzle is on.

All around multi purpose dog muzzle

2.What is the difference between wire dog muzzle and leather dog muzzle?

Wire dog muzzle provides your dog with better air flow and your dog can drink with wire muzzle on. On the other hand leather muzzle is better solution for winter and cold weather, also leather muzzle does not reflect sunlight. Some leather muzzles are lighter in comparison to wire muzzles. For some muzzle models it is easier to fit leather muzzle because its snout basket part not fixed.

Leather dog muzzles

Wire dog muzzles

3.What kind of muzzle is the best to take dog to Vet visit?

I think that you need to consider muzzle which does not disturb your dog at all or at least interferes as less as possible with your dogs eyes and allows a lot of space inside to pant and breath easily. Most of dog owners use muzzles for Vet visits and those are only occasions where they use muzzles. At the same time if you do have muzzle which does not answer all the mentioned requirements yet does the job (was used already successfully for past Vet visits), then no need to purchase new muzzle.

Please consider this super air flow dog muzzle for taking your dog to Vet visit.

4.What is the best dog muzzle for dogs transportation?

Just as with muzzle for Vet visit I recommend muzzle which has enough free space for your dog to pant and breath with muzzle on. I think that with transportation muzzle it is even more crucial to make sure that air flow is good. The main reason is that you must keep your dog muzzled constantly through transportation procedure and for some dogs even the fact of transportation creates enough stress.

Leather dog muzzle for transportation

Wire dog muzzle for transportation

5.How to size my dog properly to make sure dog muzzle will stay at place and dog will not remove it?

While it might look as a complicated task, I call you to be patient and spend few minutes to size your dog properly and as precisely as possible. I prepared very easy diagram and instructions to help you complete dog measuring for the correct fit muzzle. Sometimes you will need 2 pairs of hands to accomplish this task. In 99% of cases when dog is measured properly, muzzle will fit very well. We do have fair flexible exchange policy but you will for sure prefer to avoid this hassle and get good fit dog muzzle at the first try.

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6.Is muzzle adjustable so I can purchase it for puppy?

This depends on the model of the muzzle. Wire muzzles are made with fixed shape cage part and with adjustable straps. Some of the leather muzzles are made with fixed snout basket part and some allow to adjust part which covers your dogs snout. Of course it is nice when you can purchase one product which will adjust as your dog grows. Unfortunately if you want your dog to enjoy proper functionality of the muzzle you must make sure that fit is perfect and this might cost you, as you will have to purchase few muzzles until your puppy becomes fully grown dog. But please consider all the suffering, outrageous Vet bills in case you try to save on muzzle and your dog picks up unwanted object from the ground during casual park or street walk.

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7.Can my dog drink and eat with muzzle on?

Most of wire basket muzzles allow your dog to drink. All you have to do is use bowl which is deep enough with high level of water. Your dog will figure it out. Wire muzzles also allow you to give treats, which can be very helpful by the way to get your dog used to wearing a muzzle. Some of the leather dog muzzles also allow your dog to drink but I would not recommend this. The reason is that once leather muzzle gets wet and dry, and wet and dry again it will compromise muzzles strength and will most likely result in bad odor.

Consider this dog muzzle which allows your dog to drink and eat treats

8.Do I need to purchase dog muzzle with steel agitation bar?

You should consider model with agitation steel bar only for professional muzzle training. Police, military, security. There is definitely no need to purchase muzzle with agitation bar for daily usage.

Police training dog muzzle

Military training dog muzzle

Security training dog muzzle

Agitation training dog muzzle

Attack training dog muzzle

9.Do I need to buy dog muzzle which is padded?

Since all our muzzles are padded you don’t have to think hard on this one. I learned over years that padding is a must future for the muzzle to prevent irritation of sensitive areas of the dogs skin, therefore all our muzzles are padded.

Padded leather dog muzzles

Padded wire dog muzzles

10.Can my dog swim with muzzle on?

Swimming involves breathing at greater rate, which will demand complete air flow and ability of muzzle to up stand corrosion after water contact. If you decide to purchase muzzle to allow your dog swimming, please remember it is your responsibility and please make sure that you observe your dog constantly and close to you during this activity.

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We make and offer so many different types of dog leashes that I have decided to write this guide which will help you better understandthe different types of dog leashes and help you make the right choice for your needs.

There are a few factors which divide the world of dog leashes into a few main groups.

These factors are – material, which is used for making the dog leash, length of the leash, width of the leash, type of snap hook and functionality.

I do not refer here to the cost factor, since all our leashes are priced lower than any other leash of similar quality in the world.

Now allow me to focus on each group of leashes step by step.

Different types of leashes : cord leashes, leather dog leashes, chain dog leashes and nylon dog leashes.

Nylon dog leashes are perfect for a lower budget and great for using in any weather including rain, snow and wet climate.

You can use leather leashes in any weather as well but please make sure to apply leather conditioner from time to time to keep your leash in firm condition so you can use it longer.

Nylon leashes do not stretch at all, leather leashes have a natural stretch rate which should be minimal for good quality leather.

In case your dog likes to bite his leash or chew it from time to time I would recommend a leather leash, which will better hold up.

Leather leashes look nicer and always indicate social status of the owner.

As for the strength both the nylon and leather leashes are very strong.

In case your dog is a hard chewer you should consider a chain leash which might discourage your dog from chewing it.

Please make sure to observe your dog when you purchase chain leash to avoid tooth problems.

Length of the dog leash – the shortest leashes are about 1 ft long and are used for short control – usually called handle leashes.

A longer leash gives your dog more freedom during walks but offersless control to you as handler. I think that ideally for best controla leash should be 4ft-6ft long.

This kind of leash is the best for walking your dog in the park or for training.

For tracking you should considera longer leash which can be up to 150 ft.

You can probably use a longer leash also for walking if you live in an area with a lot of space or fields.

The width of the dog leash – while leather is a very strong material, the width of the leash will affect its weight and additional strength.

For smaller dogs we make leashes which are 3/8 or ½ inches wide. These are great for dog shows and for obedient dogs.

For stronger pullers powerful dogs and for large dogs we make leashes which are ¾ inches wide.

All our nylon dog leashes are ¾ inches wide.

Of course wider leashes are made with bigger snap hooks which will also make the leash stronger and heavier.

The type of snap hook on a dog leash- Itis very important to use a reliable snap hook as it connects betweenthe leash and your dog.

The snap hook should be strong, smooth and easy to open/close and should havea mechanism which will prevent accidental openings.

There are hundreds of snap hooks some of which only look impressive but will not hold on for a long time.

Over 15 years of experience we have found some specially high quality and functional snap hooks which will hold up for years.

These are the polished brass traditional snap hooks and the quick release Herm Sprenger snap hooks.

The main advantage and difference of the quick release snap is that it will lock harder with your dog pulling and applying pressure on it.

At the same time you don’t have to pull your dog to open the snap, all you have to do to let your dog off the leash is to press 2 fingers on the snap hook of the leash.

This snap hookis widely used by police and military, since critical situations in thefield ,split second decisions orcriminals can’t wait for thedog to bereleased.

You will love this special police snap hook as well. On your daily walks you can release your excited dog to run free in the park easily, hassle free and fast.

There are few other snap hooks which are described in details in the dog leash product page.

Here is example of the dog leash with quick release snap hook

Functionality of the dog leash – many times this is the only question you need to be answered to know which leash to order.

For dogtraining leashesplease consider the6ft long leash. Extra functionality can be achieved by orderinga floating ring on the handle.

Ideal dog leash for training

For tracking you will needa long leash – check with your tracking group which length dog leash to order.

Most popular tracking dog leash

For agitation training please consider widea 4-6 ft long leash.

Best agitation dog leash

For city lifestyle please consider our 2 handle dog leash.

Perfect city walking dog leash

For dog show please have a look at our show leashes – these leashes are less strong but have decorative additions for visual impact.

Dog show leash worth trying

For police and military please consider our multi functional leash – it is also great for every day dog walking.

Multifunctional police dog leash

If you have any further questions or feel that after reading this guide you still need help, please do not hesitate to contact us for additional assistance or custom dog leash request.

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Learn how to choose dog collar

I make and offer close to a hundred different types of dog collars. If you count all the brands, types and models available in stores and online you will probably drown in a sea of information. I want to teach YOU in 5 minutes how to make the right decision and save money on your next collar purchase. I will speak about the collars which I make and offer on this website.

As with any purchase, I want YOU to decide what is the main priority factor according to which you are going to make a decision: Budget, functionality, material or size? You can also combine these and I will talk about all the keys for making the right decision.

At this moment I only make large dog collars and collars for medium dog breeds, so if you are looking for a Yorkie collar or for Maltese collar please check another source. Our smallest collars will fit the neck size of 14 inches (35 cm) and up. The width of the collar will vary in between 1-3 inches. (25-75 mm)

Question: How to determine a suitable collar width?
Answer: The wider the collar the less pressure it puts on certain points on your dogs neck.
Example: A 1 -inch wide collar will be less comfortable in comparison to a 3 inch wide collar because all the pressure will be applied over a smaller surface area.
Warning: Please note that wider collars are also heavier and should not be purchased for dogs with short necks.
Recommendation: If you are not sure which width to buy, please choose the 1 ½ inch width, which is the most popular and functional average collar width for most of the bigger size dog breeds.

Question: How to determine a suitable size (length) of the collar?
Answer: Purchasing a collar for an adult dog is the easiest. Healthy fully grown dogs stays the same weight and size range for most of their life, therefore when you purchase a collar for a fully grown dog the adjustments will be minimal and you will probably use only one hole to close the collar on.
Some exceptions are dogs with long fur or a lot of fur which go through season grooming and hair cuts. For these dogs you should:
• For minimum adjustment – measure the neck circumference right after a haircut.
• For maximum adjustment – measure the neck circumference when your dog has the longest fur.
Our standard adjustment range is 4 inches (the distance between the smallest and largest adjustment hole of the collar). Four inches will cover both states – with or without fur.
If you feel that you need a larger adjustment range please contact me and I will be happy to accommodate you in most cases. Sometimes an additional fee will apply.
Another exception are overweight or underweight dogs. In these cases, if you are planning to put your dog on a diet, you should take into account how it will affect your dogs dimensions. This may result in a collar that no longer fits.

Please note that if you are going to use the collar on its smallest adjustment hole there will be an approximate 5-6 inches of extra collar length which you might want to cut off.

Another tricky situation is acquiring a collar for a puppy. The best thing to do is to choose a low budget collar until your puppy is at least 10-12 month old.
Example: For a 6 month old puppy with a neck size of 15 inches – purchase a collar which will fit 15-19 inches.
Warning: The biggest misconception is to measure your old dog collar and hope that based on this information you purchase a good fitting collar. This is wrong. What you need to do is measure your dogs neck circumference and choose the size of the new collar based on that. You can measure tightly, there is no need to add a finger or two because because all of our collars are adjustable.
Example: If you need to buy a collar for an adult German Shepherd with a neck size of 20 inches (your dog never gets haircuts). In this case choose a collar which will fit a 20 inch neck size. What you will receive will be a collar with an adjustment range between 18-22 inches.
The first hole will be close to 18 inches and last hole will be close to 22 inches. A total of 5 adjustment holes.

Budget – We work hard to keep our dog collar prices the lowest in the world. We have a wide price range of collars. Some collars are more expensive, these collars are more intricate and unique in their design. Remember, you get what you pay for. We have fine collars which are under $19 and still provide you with great quality and your dog with super comfort. There are also many wonderful collars within $20-$35 price range.

Material – I offer leather, nylon and metal dog collars.
Nylon- Choose a nylon dog collar if you want an easy all-weather dog handling solution. No need to take of, is suitable for walking your dog in the rain, snow, swimming and high humidity climate. These collars are extremely strong, light weight and reasonably priced.

Leather – Choose a leather dog collar if you want a safe natural material collar which looks better with age as it absorbs the fur oils of your dog. A leather collar can serve you for a life time. Just make sure to treat it occasionally with a leather conditioner. Leather does not like water but when you apply a conditioner, you can allow your dog to get in wet. Leather collars are perfect for dogs which tend to have allergy reactions when in contact with metal or nylon. They collars are also perfect for dogs with skin irritation problem.

Metal- Choose a metal collar when you are looking for a special collar which will allow behavior corrections. Consider stainless steel collars for safe water contact, they will not rust. Consider a Curogan collar to avoid allergies and irritations.

At this point you should know what size, width and material to choose.
Finally we approach most complicated question – functionality.

When well explained (I will do my best to make it easy and well explained) it is not tricky at all.
First let’s divide the dog collars into 2 main groups:
1.Collars which their only function is to allow the handler to attach a leash.
2.Any other collar which has an additional purpose – training, identification, behavior correction etc.

Regarding the first group, if you follow my advice about selecting an appropriate collar width and length, and assuming that you decided what material better suits your dog, it all comes down to your personal taste.
That’s right, simply look at the pictures and get the collar which in your opinion will look the best on your dog. If you are having trouble deciding between a few different styles?
Simply contact me and I will check about a bulk discount to make it easier for you.

The second group is a little bit more complicated but let’s figure it out together.

* Choose an extra strong collar with a handle if you are planning agitation (attack protection) training with your dog.
* Choose a martingale type collar if you want to be able to apply behavior corrections and want to be able to put the collar on and off fast.
* Choose a pinch/prong collar if you want advanced control and corrections ability over your dog. This type of collar will probably suit best people with limited amount of strength and older dog handlers.
* Choose a choke chain collar or choke chain fur saver (choke collar with bigger links) to be able to train your dog and make corrections. These collars often go in combination with a regular buckle collar.
* Looking for the collar to take your dog to the dog show , choose our dog show collar.

I hope after 5 minutes of reading and learning about this subject you are much more confident about how to choose the most appropriate collar for your dog.
If you have any further questions , please feel free to contact me for further assistance.
Thank you for reading this educational article. I hope you enjoyed.

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