Low Cost Tools to Help Train Your Dog

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Posted on 08/22/2012

There are 78.2 million owned dogs in the US with roughly two in five US households owning at least one dog, according to the most recent National Pet Owners Survey from the American Pet Products Association. The Huffington Post reported that Americans spent more than $50 billion on their pets in 2011. Some of that cash is likely going to train our four-legged family members, but these low cost tools may help improve Fido’s social skills without taking a bite out of your budget.


Dog Training Academy App If you can’t afford private lessons, then try the Dog Training Academy App instead. For $4.99 you’ll have access to more than 25 easy to follow professional dog training videos that will take you step-by-step through lots of lessons. Learn basics like socializing a new puppy and walking on a leash. Teach tricks including sit, stay, and down.


Free Dog Training eBook
Download a free dog training eBook from trainer Jess Rollins, who has trained hundreds of dogs over the past decade. The book will help you prevent and solve common problems like barking, jumping, nipping and leash pulling. It also covers basics like housebreaking.


Thundershirt
Does your dog have anxiety, fearfulness or barking problems? Then you may want to invest $39.95 in a Thundershirt, which provides gentle pressure on your dog to calm them. The company says that more than 80 percent of pooches show improvement.


Free Dog Treats
Lots of trainers say treats are an important training tool. Score free treats from several sources including BennyBullys.com, PinkDogBakery.com, and RiddicksTreats.com. Just fill out a few short forms to score your free dog treats.


PetSmart Training Classes
If you feel that face-to-face training is the best way to go, check out courses offered at your local PetSmart store. The company offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee which means if you’re not completely happy you can take the class again for free.


By Alison Storm


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