Animal Training - Training Equipment


Pet Carrier

  • used for transporting animals and containing animals
  • Advantages:
    • easy to use
    • easy to lean
    • good ventilation
    • different sizes
    • can be used by a single person
  • Disadvantages
    • expensive
    • can be difficult to load animals
    • not able to padlock
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Choke Collar

  • increases pressure as dog pulls
  • Advantages:
    • can be effective
  • Disadvantages:
    • safety concerns as dogs can become stuck or trapped
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  • used for classical conditioning
  • Advantages:
    • highly rewarding for animal
    • several repetitions without losing animal's interest
    • training sessions can last longer with reward-based training
    • animals learn quickly
    • builds a good relationship between animal and handler
  • Disadvantages
    • reward-based concept, so if your animal has a low food or toy drive then there is nothing valuable enough for us to use as reward 
    • If not done properly learned behaviours are more prone to extinction
    • Does require a lot of knowledge and practice
    • Requires good hand and eye coordination for more complex exercises
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Halti Headcollar

  • a headcollar used for dogs that pull
  • Advantages:
    • more control over dog
    • useful to reduce pulling
    • significant control over the dog's head
    • more humane than choke collars or prong collars
    • comes with padding 
    • option of closing the muzzle
    • easier for dog to pant without restriction 
  • Disadvantages
    • takes a while for dogs to adjust
    • dogs might react badly
    • may depress or distress your dog
    • injury risk
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Extendable Lead

  • provide control over animal while handling
  • Advantages
    • more freedom for well-behaved dogs
    • can be used during training 'heel' or 'back'
    • gives you more control than on a dog that is off-lead
  • Disadvantages
    • less control of dog
    • friction burn
    • line may be hard to see from a distance so it may be a danger to others
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Prong Collar

  • when an animal pulls on the lead the prongs will press into the animal's neck
  • Advantages:
    • easy to use 
    • inexpensive
  • Disadvantages
    • effectiveness depends on dog's ability to learn from the relatively mild correction 
    • some dogs will still pull despite the prongs
    • will not stop barking
    • ethics
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Horse Whip/Crop

  • to make horses run faster for the rider
  • Advantages
    • reminder for the horse without badly hurting them
    • good as a safety precaution
  • Disadvantages
    • looks painful, ethics?
    • should not be reliant, only good as reinforcement
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Shock Collar

  • reducing bad behaviour
  • Advantages
    • gets desired results fast
    • additional incentive to stop unwanted behaviours
    • improves off the leash recall
    • there are now safety devices
  • Disadvantages
    • cause stress response
    • often incorrectly used
    • concerns over behaviours shock collars were used for
    • malfunctions could be deadly
    • pain tolerance different in each dog
    • sometime sused on puppies
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Slip Lead

  • quick capture and release of dogs for a short period of time
  • Advantages
    • comfortable for well-behaved dogs
    • training dogs not to pull can be done quicker
    • highly durable
  • Disadvantages
    • potential harm to dog
    • whiplash if the dog tries to run for something
    • some dogs don't learn not to pull so may choke themselves
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Training Target

  • get an animal to move to a certain place or do a certain action
  • Advantages
    • can achieve different behaviours with one mental connection
    • can make training easier by demonstrating the desired behaviour instead of rewarding coincidental actions
  • Disadvantages
    • can divert trainee from actual training if too focused on target
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  • stop animals being able to bite or pick things up
  • Advantages
    • keeps people and other animals safe from harm
    • animal can still breathe sufficiently
  • Disadvantages
    • different materials could cause a problem
    • wrong sizing
    • only controls head not body
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  • classical conditioning
  • Advantages
    • useful for command training
    • can be combined with hand signals or verbal cues
    • more effective than a person's voice as it carries further
  • Disadvantages
    • must have whistle at all times
    • effectiveness depends on dog
    • can cause fear if silent whistles are too high pitched
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Adaptil Anxiety Collar

  • to reduce dog anxiety
  • Advantages
    • calms anxious dogs
  • Disadvantages
    • improper use can cause unexpected results
    • adverse reactions caused by physical abrasions
    • may not entirely work because it uses pheromones
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  • for large and small animals requiring a higher level of control than a collar and lead
  • Advantage
    • control of full body
    • less likely to lose animal
    • better than pulling on neck
  • Disadvantages
    • injury of animal from different materials (under legs)
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