Basic obedience tools, what we use and why:
In our obedience and reactive dog classes we highly recommend the following tools...
2.25mm Herm Sprenger Prong Collar - The 2.25mm prong collar has smaller sized prongs than most prong collars. People often think they are just for small dogs, but we believe any dog under 70lbs should use these. The smaller prongs, not only are less visible, but easier to fit properly, and are usually more effective than the larger versions. Unless you own a very large, or very hairy dog, we recommend getting the 2.25mm prong collar, and not the 3mm. Prong collars should be fitted as shown in the image to the right. Photo belongs to www.leerburg.com
Dominant Dog Collar - This collar is similar to a choke chain, except it is made from nylon, and has a clasp that allows a better fit. This collar is great on its own as a training tool for dogs who are too sensitive to the prong collar, or dogs who are weaning off of the prong collar. However, this tool is also the tool we use as a back up collar WITH our prong collar. Because prong collars are made up of many different pieces put together, sometimes they come apart, and when they do, it's always at the time you need them most. The reason we pair the prong collar with the dominant dog collar is so that if your prong collar does come apart, you will still have control over your dog with the Dominant Dog Collar. See photo to the left.
The 6 Foot Nylon or Leather Leash - We don't use any fancy leashes, no extra comfy handles, no traffic leads, just a plain flat leash. The reason for this is that we hold our leashes in a certain way, and loose clips, and handles just get in the way and make it uncomfortable. The 6' leash allows us to give our dogs enough space to be comfortable, and when we need them close to us, we simply shorten the amount of leash we give them.
Basic Training Tools Package - Value Pack
This package includes:
- x1 Prong Collar 2.25mm
- x1 Dominant Dog Collar
- x1 6' Nylon Leash
Extra prong links: $5.00 each
Basic Training Tools Package - Top Quality Pack
The same tools as the value pack, but brand name.
Herm Sprenger Prong Collar
Redline Dominant Dog Collar
Rogz 6' Soft Nylon Training Leash