Equipment list




The equipment that you will need for each class is:


  1. Flat Nylon or Leather Collar. Other than walking the dog into and out of the building, please do not use Halti Head Collars, Gentle Leaders or Easy Walk Harnesses as one of the goals of this training is to get your dog working freely and independently. While there is a place for these pieces of equipment, they tend to restrict the dog, both mentally and physically. So, they are not appropriate to use while the dog is working. A normal, well-fitted harness also is acceptable to use.
  2. Leash. A light-weight leather or nylon leash of approximately 6’ in length. Please make sure that there is nothing attached to the leash that could distract the dog.
  3. Long Line. A longer light-weight leather or nylon line of approximately 10’ in length.
  4. Water. Please don’t forget to bring water for your dog.
  5. Crate or Car. Only one dog will work at a time. All other dogs must be confined to either a crate in the training building while not working or left in a car with proper ventilation, water and shade. If it is hot outside, it is recommended to bring a crate that you can erect in the training building.
  6. Salient Treats. Because we are building your dog’s desire to hunt, it is VERY important that you bring rewards that your dog really, REALLY wants!!! The more that the dog wants the reward, the more intense its hunting behavior will be. So, do not bring plain, boring kibble or dog cookies, even if they are a high-end kibble or dog cookie. Bring something that is moist and smelly. BUT FOR HEALTH CONCERNS, PLEASE DO NOT BRING RAW MEATS TO CLASS. BRING ONLY COOKED FOODS. Some examples are deli cold-cuts, Frozen Turkey Meatballs, Al Fresca Garlic Sausages, Purdue Little Tenders, and real Blue-Cheese flavored treats. Some commerically-made treats that are particularly tasty and smell alot include Wellness “Well-Bites Beef & Trukey Recipe,” Plato’s “Salmon Strips Smart Dog Treats” and  Plato’s “Farmer’s Market Salmon and Veggie Strips Dog Treats.  In other words, you want to bring something that makes your dog salivate just smelling it!  The ALL TIME BEST reward food is Al Fresca Garlic Sausages.  They come in packages of four sausages and you can find them at Roche Brothers, Sudbury Farms, Stop and Shop etc.  Microwave all four sausages for 3 ½ minutes.  When cool, cut each sausage into 4 long strips.  Chop each strip into small pieces and bring it all with you in a Tupperware container (should be approximately 1½ cups of treats).  If your dog is not a food dog, that is ok – bring that dog’s most “favored toy.”  If your dog wants that toy, we can utilize a toy in our training system as well.
  7. Small Bait Bag: You will wear this bag from the start of classes and you will supplement the dog’s reward from your Bait Bag.
  8. Two Small Metal Bowls. To keep things moving efficiently through the class, please bring two small metal bowls that do no exceed 6 inches wide or 3 inches high. You will fill the bowls with your Salient Treats when you and your dog are “on deck.”
  9. Motivated Dog. Again, since we are building your dog’s desire to hunt, it is ALSO VERY important that your dog is hungry when he comes to class and that he is not tired. A dog that is “full” is not a dog that will want to work. It will not hurt your dog to not feed it breakfast on the day you come to class and CERTAINLY don’t feed it dinner before trying to train. Similarly, a dog that is tired is not a dog that will want to work. So, please don’t take your dog on a long walk or play ball with it on the days you come to class. We want a dog that wants to work! So, keep your dog hungry and energized on the days you come to class and learning will go much faster!
  10. Boxes. After the first class, you will need to purchase 10 boxes that have a lid that can cover the entire top of the botton portion of the box. Staples’ white Mailing Boxes works perfectly but any set of identical boxes with lids will work!  The size I like is the 12 1/8 x 9 1/4 x 4 inch Mailing Box but, if you have a small dog, the 11 1/8 x 8 7/8 x 2 1/2 inch Mailing Boxes work fine as well.  However, you will need smaller metal bowls to work with this smaller sized box