Proper equipment is essential. Your instructor can make recommendations specifically for you and your dog on the first night of class and make certain your collar is properly fitted.
For training collars, we recommend you use either a buckle collar, a Martingale collar or a prong collar. A “quick release” collar is not recommended since this type collar can “release” on its own. See collar examples. Training collars, specifically Martingale and Prong, should be properly fitted by a professional.
Martingale collars provide “limited choke” on the dog’s neck. These collars are not easy to accidentally slip off as they really fit the neck of your dog in a nice way. Martingale collars eliminate the danger of choking even if the dog gets very excited. The nylon section of this collar is designed to reduce the loss of neck hair or matting.
Prong Collars are especially made for dogs that are strong pullers or difficult to control. These collars apply pressure on the protruding areas in the dog’s neck therefore; it effectively catches the dog’s attention. This kind of dog training collar does not damage the dog’s windpipe. Proper fitting is essential. We offer both regular and micro-prong.
Collars on puppies should be checked for fit often as they quickly grow out of them. You should be able to easily slip two fingers under the collar.
We recommend your training leash be leather, 4′-6′ long and 1/4″ – 3/8″ wide (depending on your dog’s size). We have long-lines available for recalls and distance stays. Flexi-leashes cannot be used in class unless specifically instructed.
For your convenience, we carry top quality training equipment from J & J Dog Supplies of Galesburg, Illinois. Equipment may be purchased the first night of class. We do not accept credit cards for equipment purchases and cannot allow you to take equipment now and pay later. Please bring a check or cash with you to class if you think you might need treats or equipment.
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