- Step 1: Go to the Humane Society website Go to the Humane Society of the United States website as a starting point for tips on buying leashes, collars, crates, and other common dog training equipment.
- Step 2: Consider different leashes Consider different leashes. Common leashes are 6 feet long. Retractable leashes give your dog more freedom, but have less control in an emergency.
- Step 3: Know about types of collars Know about types of collars. Break-away collars keep dogs safe from strangling. A limited slip Martingale collar tightens to the size of your dog's neck.
- TIP: For "difficult" dogs, a prong or other type of aversive collar must be fitted by an experienced trainer.
- Step 4: Consider crate training Consider crate training. Dogs are 'den animals' and won't soil their own dens. Crates serve as dens. A dog must be able to stand and turn around in a crate.
- Step 5: Buy dog toys Buy toys to keep your dog active. Toys that are too small can cause choking. The Humane Society recommends hard rubber toys, rope toys, and tennis balls.
- TIP: Even recommended toys can create choking hazards if they're worn out.
- Step 6: Find an experienced trainer Find experienced trainers near you at the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors website. He or she can fit a 'problem' dog with safe equipment.
- FACT: Dog trainer Rudd Weatherwax turned Pal, a "problem" collie that wouldn't stop chasing motorcycles, into the first movie Lassie.
You Will Need
- Internet access