|Lilee: So cute she looks fake|
The first class was yesterday, humans only. We listened to the merits of positive dog training. (An excellent write-up of which can be found on Love & a Six-Foot Leash.) We went around the room and shared about the problems we were currently having. Then, we practiced our first homework assignments with the trainer's dog Lizzie and a course assistant's dog Strider. We were also given a list of what to bring to next week's class, the first class that dogs will attend.
To be fair, we do already have
some all of the things we need to bring to class:
- An extremely high-value treat that Mushroom never gets at other times. As luck would have it, we ordered a bag of lamb lung treats from DoggyLoot last week.
- A treat bag. We have one, but we rarely use it, since we tend to put treats in our pockets. The trainer doesn't want us fumbling for treats, though, so we'll be bringing the treat bag.
- Clickers. We were given one in class yesterday, and we already have two at home.
- Two leashes. One of the requirements for class is that dogs be double-leashed at all times in case of equipment failure. Since Badger will be staying at home, we can borrow his leash.
- Two collars or harnesses, one for each of the leashes to attach to. We currently walk Mushroom using a Gentle Leader head collar, but she is always wearing her flat buckle collar, so we can attach the other leash to that.
|Mushroom models her current equipment|
So we're all set, right? Weeeeellllll.... Lizzie was wearing a pink martingale collar attached to a four-foot leash. This got me thinking - should we do some back-to-school shopping for Mushroom? (Eg. I'm always tempted to buy more "dog things", and maybe I finally have an excuse!)
The two things I'm eyeing are:
This cow print martingale collar from Pixie Girl Treats.
A shorter leash with an additional traffic handle, like this Kong traffic leash.
What equipment has been helpful for you and your dog during training classes?