What to bring along for the training
- Your dog is a good start
- A reliable lead and collar
- Food treats - really, really nice ones like chicken or liver bread, cut in very tiny little pieces
- A toy your dog likes
- Please do not feed your dog directly before the training
- Wear closed shoes with a good grip
The whole family is welcome to come and watch from the area at the clubhouse with a (cool) drink.
NOTES ON COLLARS AND LEADS
Old fashioned training was always done by using force and a choke chain. Rather than rewarding the behaviour you wanted you would punish the behaviour you didn't want even though at first the dog didn't know which was which.
Thankfully this has largely changed although you do still come across it now and then.
You get several different types of collar. You all know the traditional buckle collar. This can now be made out of a nice, comfortable webbing but has to be quite tight otherwise it can slip over your dog's head and your dog could run into the road and be hit by a car.
You probably also know the traditional choke chain. This does prevent your dog from escaping but there have been many accidents involving accidental strangulation in dogs left alone in choke chains and it is hardly comfortable (it was designed originally to hurt the dog when suddenly jerked.) There are better options out there now.
These days you get collars made out of webbing which are comfortable and worn fairly loose but tighten up if there is tension on the lead so they can't slip over the head and equally important only tighten up to a point so they can't strangle the dog either.
One is a piece of webbing attached to two rings. A chain loop runs between the two rings. The lead fastens to a ring on the chain loop. If there is tension on the lead the chain loop pulls the two ends of the webbing together.
Head-Halter or Halti
There is another helpful tool to assist you to hold your dog and keep him from pulling you along.
The head-halter or halti is very efficent especially for very strong dogs. Please contact your trainer how to use the halti correctly.