Being a newcomer to working dogs, I was wondering what do I need as far as equipment to start off with? Leases, long lines, prong collars ???? :?
What do you already have, and what training are you going to do?Ken Thompson said:Being a newcomer to working dogs, I was wondering what do I need as far as equipment to start off with? Leases, long lines, prong collars ???? :?
http://www.leerburg.com/obedienceequip.htmKen Thompson said:Connie, where is a good place to buy all these items?
Hi, Jay,jay lyda said:Hey Ken, all you need now is a 6' lead, a flat collar, and a prong collar and you're set. Oh, and one more thing PATIENCE! And don't forget to make everything fun, for you and the dogs. Happy training!
Man. I am totally useless. I want to have homemade stuff like that!jay lyda said:Heres what we did for leashes Ken. We went to petsmart and got two horse reins for $20, cut them to the length we wanted and then braided the ends into themselves for handles. For the price of one leash you can get to. The leather is good, it doesn't stretch. Rub them down in mink oil and let soak for a couple of days. The more they're used the softer they get. I love mine. I figured that if they will work on a horse then they'll really work on a dog.
Hi Jay,jay lyda said:Hey Connie,
You can use it on a recall but I found that if you start with short distances then you don't really need it. Of course after teaching the stay you can start your recall, but start of within the length of the leash first. If a dog is still a little green on the recall and you are training where there is a lot distractions like other dogs or people then I would recommend the long line. But try to establish what the command is and when the dog is clear on it then it is easy. I have never used a long line on my GSD that I'm training now. I do have one but its still rolled up new. The key is not to go to fast to soon.
Right, and, as you say, anyone who generally re-trains pre-owned dogs and other people's dogs........ :lol:Robert Blok said:......I agree with your long line anecdote, I have only ever used them for tracking on my own GSD's. I have had to use one with some other dogs because the foundation work wasn't done to completion. (Too far too fast).........They are however a good beginning tool that I would recommend a person new to training should have in his/her arsenal..........