My budget is limited, but I’d like to better train my dog. What equipment -- if any -- do I need to buy?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Dog training relies more on time and patience than it does on expensive equipment. While some owners can benefit from using ultrasonic clickers, premium agility tools and other high-tech gadgets now available on the market, all that's really needed is a leash, a properly fitted collar and some sort of positive reinforcement, such as doggie biscuits.
Look for a leash that is sturdy and feels comfortable to you. Usually this means a 6-foot leash that's made of leather or a flexible material like nylon. It shouldn't be too narrow (which could break, tangle or hurt your pet) or too wide (which could impair your hand movements).
Information found online, in apps and on DVDs can provide training tips. You can also do searches for "top-selling dog training books" on Amazon.com and at other retailers' sites. A book's popularity, however, doesn't always mean the writer's techniques are best for your particular dog, so consider asking your veterinarian and pet-owning friends for book recommendations.