Please do not go out and spend all your brass on new gear. The world is full of people eager to sell you the latest thing whilst at the same time claiming it will solve all your training problems. You can't go out and buy a set of chisels and suddenly become a master carpenter. It's the same for dog training, we will go through kit with you on your first day. There's nowt wrong wi' a good ol' fashioned collar and lead, plus good training on how to use 'em!

Types of Training Equipment

There are very many types of training equipment. Below is a guide to the most popular kit that we see being used and use during our training sessions. The gear listed here is by no means an exhaustive list. Every dog is different and if it works then it's good kit. As long as it does no harm that is. Remember training is fun so the equipment you use needs to ensure the fun continues in a fun and enjoyable way for both human and dogs alike.

Training Lead
Adjustable in length to allow you to work further away from your dog. Leather is best but can be expensive.

Normal Lead
Ideally 3 to 4 feet long and made of something comfortable to hold. Avoid seatbelt type fabrics as these can be uncomfortable for you.

Long Line
Allows you to work a dog as though it is off lead but retain control if needed. Please ask an instructor about correct and safe use.

Buckle Collar
These need to be adjustable for a growing dog, secure, snap together type buckles are best avoided as they can come undone.

Half Check Collar
Offers the benefits of a full check chain without as much risk, not suitable for young pups. Needs to be used correctly to avoid injury.

What's best? Your dog will tell you that! Something small, soft and easily swallowed. Avoid hard or biscuit based treats.

Head Collar
Similar to a horse halter a head collar can give more control, especially if you have a puller. Must be used with care, not good for puppies.

Bite Toy
Some dogs love to use their mouths. A bite toy offers a dog an outlet for the behaviour and is an interactive, fun toy for you both.

Rope Tug
A soft rope or fleece tug type toy allows you enjoy interactive play with your dog. This is an important way of building your bond.

Treat Bag
Allows easy and fast access to training treats. Avoids you finding something 3 months old and 'orrible lurking at the bottom of a pocket.

Training Bag
Essentially a sports bag for your training kit. Containing all your kit and your dog's kit so you never forget that essential item.

Ball on Rope
Balls should always be on a rope to avoid the risk of choking. Also a ball on a rope is another interative toy that you can play with together.