canine behaviour and dog training

Products we like

You can spend a fortune on dog products. And some of them are a waste of money.

How do you sort the wheat from the chaff?

Rely on someone else doing the work for you, that’s how! Here are our findings…
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Walking equipment

The number one recommendation is a front-fastening harness.

We would especially recommend the Perfect Fit and Freedom harnesses. We sourced these harnesses because we believe in them so much.

We would not recommend attaching a lead to a flat collar. To learn why, have a read of this article by Emily Larlham (kikopup).

For ID tags, check out Indigo collar tags, which slide onto the dog’s harness or collar and have no moving parts. They are silent and don’t snag.

Bin all flexi-leads!! Flexi-leads teach your dog to pull on the lead: The dog pulls against the tension and gets more lead!

Train your dog to have a reliable recall and you won’t need a flexi. Until then, use a 10m long-line such as this great waterproof biothane line made by Heim.

We do not recommend head-collars, because they are an aversive.

That means they are designed to cause discomfort for the dog. Along with other aversives, they are not allowed at DogWorks.

See the video below, for more info on how head-collars work.
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What you feed your dog can affect health and behaviour.

Here are a few top dry food picks:

  1. Bob and Lush (57% meat, grain-free) Enter the discount code JOANNA at checkout for huge discount and free dog bed on your first order
  2. Orijen (80% meat, grain-free) Available at Ransoms, Pets Paradise & St Peters
  3. Eden (80% meat, grain-free)
  4. Taste of the Wild (50% meat, grain-free) Available at Pet Cabin
  5. Barking Heads (50% meat, wheat & barley free) Available at Ransoms

If you want to read impartial reviews of any dog food, check out All About Dog Food.
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There are some toys which every dog needs, for mental stimulation and enrichment.

  1. Kongs, or similar food puzzles (ie Squirrel Dude)
  2. Treat dispensers (Tug-a-Jug; Kong Wobbler; Buster cube)
  3. Simple rope tuggies
  4. Chew toys (Nylabones; Sporn Marrowbones; deer antlers etc)

Bits & pieces

Dog jumpers: Equafleece
Dog beds: Tuffies
Car cages/tail-gates/dog-guards: Barnesbrook OR Guardsman OR Barjo
Car rear-seat protectors: Over-the-top

Dogs should be secured in vehicles, so if you don’t have a cage or dog-guard and tail-gate combo, then you’ll need a harness and a doggie seat-belt plug.
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