It’s never to late to get your dog training on the right track. January has been designated as National Train Your Dog Month. Although the month is almost over, it’s still a great time to check out some of the new products on the market aimed at helping you get your training on target.
Chicago dog trainer Kiki Yablon, an expert trainer from the Karen Pryor Academy in Chicago, has a few products and tricks of the trade aimed at getting your moving in the right direction. She’s teamed with Kriser’s, the Chicago-based all-natural pet food and supplies retailer, for these recommendations.
- Go hands-free. Yablon says from a training perspective, it helps if pet parents have both hands free for optimal training. One way to do that, especially when you in an area where you need to have your dog leashed, is with a hands-free leash. These leashes attach around your waist, closer to your center of gravity, giving you more stability when your dog pulls. If pulled with great force, the leash may detach from an owner as well.
- Creative portion control. If you have a pet (dog or cat), that tends to gobble their food, try one of Nina Ottoson Puzzle Toys. These toys do a couple of things – slow your pet down, and stimulates their mind through play.
- Positive reinforcement. Training requires lots of positive reinforcement and a popular way to do that is with treats. Many treats on the market are loaded with calories, preservatives and other products that can cause health problems when served over time to your pet. Try natural options like Bravo! Training Treats in four flavors – buffalo, salmon, cob and trail-mix.
- Use a no-pull harness. A no-pull harness can be a great a tool for managing pulling safely and humanely while you proactively teach your dog where and how you would like him to walk. Introduce the harness slowly, associating it with things your dog likes from the get-go. To teach polite walking, start in a low-distraction setting and reinforce your dog for attention, then for standing where you would like him to stay in relation to you, then for moving with you as you walk. You can even start these lessons off leash, with no equipment at all.
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