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Dog & Puppy Training DVDs & Videos

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Training DVDs & Videos

We live in a media driven world today, and it has reached into the area of dog training. Dog training videos have become a popular form of passing on basic training advice to dog owners. The videos are usually available in DVD format, but nowadays also as downloads. There are thousands of titles to chose from and they cover every aspect of dog behavior and training.

The first major group is usually called puppy videos. These videos give the essential early training steps for a new puppy including house breaking and basic obedience. The next group is the obedience videos that cover all aspect of basic training of the household pet and include leash training. Other videos deal with such special areas as proper nutrition and breeding.

A major group of training videos cover the different forms of collar training. This includes the use of special collars like the prong collar and the electric collar. There are videos that deal with the handling of overly dominant or aggressive dogs. Household dogs are not the only subject of dog training videos. Videos can also show the training methods used for police dogs and give advice on how to train a dog for personal protection. Even tracking and hunting are common subjects.

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Dog & Puppy Training Equipment

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Dog Training Equipment

In order to determine the proper equipment needed to help train a dog, you first must have a clear idea of just exactly what is going to be the goal of the training. To train a dog simply to be a good household pet is not going to require an excessive amount of special equipment, but to train the dog to be a K-9 attack dog or seeing-eye dog is going to require quite a bit more. The basics for training include the collar and the leash. Most novice pet owners do not take this as serious as they should and tend to select a collar more for its visual appeal than for its training potential.

There are several varieties of collars designed for training. They range from simple snap-on collars to sophisticated electric collars. A general rule of thumb for training collar selection is to select the gentlest collar that accomplishes the goal. Several types of collars, including choke collars and prong collars can cause harm to the dog if not used properly and by an experienced trainer. The leash is another basic equipment item that is often carelessly selected. The leash is the connection between you and your animal and a little investment in the proper size and style of leash for your particular training needs will pay off handsomely.

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