Training

Xtra Dog offers numerous products for dog training, both for the trainer and for the dog. All products that we sell and use ourselves are completely non-punitive or aversive and come into the category of positive reinforcement training. Xtra Dog recommends clicker training and Tellington TTouch Training and we conform to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (APDT) code of conduct and will not sell any forms of punitive equipment. Xtra Dog is recommended by many dog trainers, behaviourists and Tellington TTouch practitioners. 

Our training products include: flat, quick-drying collars from Spiffy Dog; fleece collars from Adanac Sleds and Equipment; Xtra Dog fleece and foam walking harnesses; the UK TTouch harness designed by Sarah Fisher; fleece training leads; cushion web training leads; fleece standard leads; liberty leashes; Spiffy Dog Let 'Em Leads; Thundershirts; TTouch body wraps; APDT box clickers; the Terry Ryan designed Clik-R,and Click-Stick; training books; Katie's Bumpers dog toys; interactive dog games from Puzzle It For Dogs; the Sophia Yin designed Manners Minder automatic treat dispenser; treat bags (that some people call bait bags); calming bands; soft dog crates and much more.

Equipment that is unacceptable to us includes check/choke chains, prong or spike collars, electric shock devices in any form, and high frequency sound devices which are designed to startle. There can never be a definitive list of equipment and techniques that the APDT does not permit.The following list gives examples of some of the equipment and training methods which are covered by the Code of Practice of the APDT and are not acceptable to them, their members or to us.

Pet corrector – emits a hiss of cold air
Dog stop – emits a high pitched sound
Remote controlled spray collars
Automatically triggered spray collars
Anti-bark collar – emits spray directed on to dogs skin (including new product Jet master)
Training discs
Liquid sprays
Loud noises, e.g. rattle cans/bottles/chains/keys
Throw stick/chain
Strong smelling substances, e.g. smelling salts/bite back

Punitive methods not to be used  
Pinching – ears/feet/toes
Hitting
Biting (of dog)
‘Alpha roll’
Any manhandling that causes pain or discomfort

Xtra Dog also sponsors the Say No To Choke Chains leaflet for the APDT. Click Here to download it.

 

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