For all regular classes or activities where specialized equipment is not required, we recommend a plain six foot leash with a suitable snap for the size of puppy or dog. We suggest that you experiment with a variety of materials, widths, diameters and styles to find a leash that is comfortable for you and safe for your companion prior to making your selection. Retractable leashes are generally not recommended for our training classes as they are seldom comfortable or easily handled during exercises and are not as versatile in all training situations. However, please keep in mind that they are a legitimate tool and do have their practical uses elsewhere. There are a number of low-cost, good quality leashes available and any of our Pet Counsellors can assist you.
For puppies under twenty-two weeks, we recommend a simple buckle collar or harness to start with. For older puppies and dogs, there are a variety of training collars, head halters, harnesses and other devices available on the market today; please allow us to assist in providing the knowledge you may require to select the one that is most suitable to your personal requirements as well as provide direction on how to use it appropriately.
REMEMBER: It Is Not The Tool You Use; But How You Use The Tool That Will Determine Your Success! All training tools, including collars, can be subject to misuse or abuse – it is our commitment to ensure you have the most suitable tool for your personal situation and the knowledge to use it appropriately.