Which means, of course, lots of gift buying.
And then gift returning….
But of all the gifts I have to buy, the ones that are the most exciting to me are the ones for my dogs. They have NO idea that it’s a holiday (or what a holiday IS), so when they’re presented with a few gifts (wrapped, of course), they’re SO excited!!
It’s actually more rewarding than the look on a few of my relatives faces when they open their gifts…
But we don’t need to go there.
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This genius toy allows you to distract your dog with something yummy, while you can use both hands to brush, bathe, or trim your dog’s nails! I’ve used it when I needed to keep my dog focused on a treat while I put medicine in his ear. This toy is a “must have”
I love this as a toy, but I also use it to teach a dog to walk nicely at my side! By taking the ball out of the holder and putting high value treats in it, I can lure a dog to stay at my side in the early stages of teaching “heel”!
Surgi Snuggly E Collar Alternative, Created By A Veterinarian Specifically to Fit Your Dog, Medium Long
This is such a lifesaver! I use it on all of my dogs and recommend to all my students, as well! Once you have one, you’ll never go back to using a plastic “cone of shame” again.
My border collie is addicted to chasing this egg. No joke. And the dogs at my daycare feel the same way! The best part about them is the way they’re shaped, and the material they’re made from. It’s super difficult for dogs to get grip on them with their mouth, which means their ability to chew them is limited! My dogs chew everything to bits, so this toy is much harder for them to destroy.
I seriously couldn’t own a dog without having at least 4 of these! Whether I’m freezing their meals in it, or freezing peanut butter (or any of a number of things) in it to keep them occupied when I’m having friends over (or spending time working on my laptop), Kongs save the day every time.
Using a Gentle Leader makes walking your dog a pleasure! I use these every day at my training school, and although most dogs will eventually transition to walking on a regular collar, there are some who are “Leader Lifers”, and that’s ok with me!
This is our ‘go to’ treat bag in our school! Trainers and students alike LOVE them. They’re easily cleaned and lightweight. So lightweight, in fact, that I’ve often forgotten that I’m wearing one and have gone grocery shopping with it still attached to the back of my pants……!
Charlee Bear Grain Free Bear Crunch Treats 3 Flavor Variety Bundle: (1) Bacon & Blueberry Flavor, (1) Chicken, Pumpkin & Apple Flavor, and (1) Turkey, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Flavor
If you worry about your dog getting too many calories while you’re in the training stage (that requires lots of food rewards), using Charlee Bears helps keep their weight under control. Plus, unlike a lot of “low cal” treats, they’re grain-free and dogs LOVE them!
Squishy Face Studio Flirt Pole V2 with Braided Fleece Lure – Durable Dog Toy for Fun Obedience Training & Exercise
This is my ultimate choice for exercising my dogs AND for teaching them impulse control! Start with it as a toy, and I’ll make sure I do a video on how to use it for impulse control!
Teaching your dog tug is the BEST way to create an “ON” and “OFF” switch. When you have that control, only then can you change your dog from a super excited, barking, ‘wild thing’ to a calm, cool, collected dog, who will “Sit” the first time you ask (even in that state of excitement!). So yes, you need this.
This toy has been a staple in my life – and the lives of my students – for as long as I can remember. It’s a great way to serve your puppy or dog his meals, and because he has to work to get the food out, this makes his brain and body tired!