Happy Tail Dog Training LLC

Positive Methods.  Positive Results.

Serving The Greater Baltimore Maryland Area

 

 

Certified Canine Behavior Specialist, The Academy of Dog Behavior

Certificate of Excellence in Science of Animal Behavior Change, Dr. Sue Friedman

   

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Supporting Member

      

Certified Nose Work Instructor, NACSW

     

Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Full Member

  

The Pet Professional Guild, Full Member

 

Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Subscription

 

 

Happy Tail Dog Training:  Positive Methods.  Positive Results. 

Located in Phoenix MD and Serving Northern Baltimore and Harford Counties

Dog Gear & Equipment


Below are lists of equipment I personally use with my own dogs and also recommend to clients.  

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  1. AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL SAFETY 
  2. KEEPING YOUR DOG COOL INSIDE A VEHICLE
  3. WALKING YOUR DOG: NIGHT SAFETY, HARNESSES, HEAD HALTERS, AND LEASHES
  4. DOG BEDS
  5. PUZZLE TOYS, CHEWABLES, & SLOW FEEDERS
  6. ADDITIONAL GEAR & USEFUL PRODUCTS 
  7. K9 NOSE WORK SUPPLIES
  8. CALMING AGENTS & EQUIPMENT

 


 

1. AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL SAFETY

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    2. KEEPING YOUR DOG COOL INSIDE A VEHICLE

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    3. WALKING YOUR DOG: NIGHT SAFETY, HARNESSES, HEAD HALTERS, & LEASHES

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    4. DOG BEDS

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    5. PUZZLE TOYS, CHEWABLES, & SLOW FEEDERS

    • Pet Tutor, fabulous and versitle remote training system that can be used as an enrichment tool, for reward based training, and as a slow feeder
    • Omega Tricky Treat Ball, be sure to order the correct size for your dog.
    • Busy Buddy Linkables Puzzle Toy
      • You can make these puzzles easy for beginning dogs, or more difficult for dogs having more experience with this toy; 
      • I do NOT recommend the Kong Genius puzzle toy (which is similar to the Linkables) since the Kong version is pretty flimsy and too easy for dogs to eat 
    • StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Pet Toy
      • Another great puzzle toy that allows you to make it easy or harder depending on a dog's experience level with this particular toy. 
      • You probably don't want to leave this unsupervised with a dog who is a heavy chewer
    • West Paw Design Tizzi Zogoflex
      • This toy has a small hollow-out section in the center of the toy where you can put dog food and freeze it or where you can place peanut butter
    • Nylabone, the leader in chewable dog products
    • PetStages Dogwood Stick
      • For dogs who love to chew sticks (or the legs of your kitchen table), this product was made to be consumable and 
    • Blue Kong 
      • This Kong is marketed as being X-Rayable - meaning, if your dog happens to eat portions of it, this material will show up on X-Rays allowing vets the opportunity to locate the blockage if it happens to impact the dog's bowels.
    • Bionic Stuffer and Bionic Urban Stick,  both have crevases where food can be added
      • The Green Feeder, aka Northmate Interactive Slow Pet Feeder, great way to slow down your pet's eating
      • Slo-Bowl by Dog-Tuff,  another great option to slow down your dog's eating

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      6. ADDITIONAL GEAR & USEFUL PRODUCTS

      • Pet Tutor, fabulous and versitle remote training system using positive methods
      • "I Need Space" dog vests, for those dogs who don't appreciate strangers greeting them
      • Calming Cap, helps greatly for car rides, vet visits, etc.
      • ConAir Professional rechargeable nail grinder, it is quiet, the battery on this lasts a long time, and the grinder has a protective cover as well
      • Muzzle-Up Project, great website with training videos and articles as well as information about equipment
      • Choosing a muzzle, on-line guide to help with fitting various muzzle-types
      • Baskerville Ultra muzzle, all dogs should learn to love a muzzle and this is one of my favorites
      • Morrco Wire Basket Cage muzzle, these muzzles fit all breeds beautifully and are the safest
      • Chew-proof tether, by Muttgear.net
      • Doggles, protective eye-wear for your dog
      • Mutt Muffs, protect your dog's hearing... useful for dogs who are sensitive to sounds too
      • NeoPaws, dog shoes 
      • Pawz, these are the only dog shoes that stay on my dog (and I've tried them all)
      • Tug & Treat Rabbit tug toy, from Genuine Dog Gear (one of Sadie's personal favorites)
      • Tug & Treat Fleece tug toy, from Pet Expertise
      • Springer America, how to bike safely with your dog
      • Tail Teaser dog toy, dogs just love love love this toy
      • Outfox Field Guard, to prevent injury from Fox Tails and prevent junk eating while on the walk
      • Tagg Pet Tracker, allows for real-time location of your dog if (s)he is an escape artist or likes to wander far during off-leash hikes 
      • Coyote Rollers, how to prevent escape artists from jumping your fence and escaping your yard
      • Zero Odor, odor elimination product recommended by many fellow pet teachers (I have not tried it)
      • Anti Icky Poo, another odor elimination product recommended by many fellow pet teachers (I have not tried it)
      • Synthetic Turf, I haven't used this particular product, but this particular brand was recommended to me by a colleague
      • Bow Wow Barrier - Retractable front and back door pet barrier that opens and closes with the door. This mesh barrier prevents pets from running outside as the door opens or jumping up on visitors at the door. Great solution for door-bolters in households where management is tough because family members aren't always compliant. 
      • Retract-A-Gate - retractable safety gate for pets that can be used indoors or outdoors. 

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      7. K9 NOSE WORK SUPPLIES

      • All Good Dogs , where you can buy essential oils, Birch, Anise, Clove and other supplies from Amy Herot (Co-Founder of NACSW) and Kim Buchannon (NACSW Faculty)
      • K9 NW Source, an additional supplier of K9NW supplies
      • Beggin' 4 Fun, website where you can buy K9NW clothes, custom embroidered products, and supplies for your reactive dog

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      8. CALMING AGENTS AND EQUIPMENT

      • Anxitanea neutraceutical containing L-Theanine and recommended by the manufacturer to help manage pet anxiety (not recommended for aggression in dogs)
      • Zylkene, a neutraceutical with clinical data showing reduction in anxiety to certain stressors
      • Adaptil DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone), a study done with puppies showed that puppies using DAP in their puppy socialization classes were less fearful than their counterparts who weren't using a DAP product
      • Calming Caphelps greatly for car rides, vet visits, etc.  It's also branded as a "Thundercap"
      • Thundershirt, anti-anxiety wrap
      • Dealing with Canine Anxiety and Phobias, good article outlining the various approaches to helping dogs with anxieties and phobias, including behavior modification and medications

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