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Best Dog Training Aids for 2020

When it comes to training your dog, it can be hard to do it based purely on your voice or treats.

Depending on what exactly is it that you want your dog to do (or not to do), there are plenty of aids out there which can be a lot more encouraging and get the message across clearer to help you out a bit.

Plus, you can’t always be there if they do something which should be rewarded or discouraged. Whether you need to stop them lifting their leg and urinating in your Begonia bed, or your postman believes your Chihuahua is some sort of gigantic wolf because their bark is worse than their bite, some of these can be great distractions or tools to help turn your rascal into an angel.

These are the best training aids for dogs, reviewed.

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    Our Top Picks

    Image Product Details
    Treat and Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer
    • You don't have to be near them to reward them
    • Can change number of treats they get at one time
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    Company of Animals Pet Corrector Spray
    • Good for distractions
    • Emits a safe sound
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    Grannick's Bitter Apple Chew Deterrent
    • Doesn't harm dog or furniture
    • Easy to spray on to surfaces
    • Good natural deterrent
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    The Top 9 Training Tools for Dogs Reviewed

    1.
    Treat and Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer

    Dogs should repeat behaviours which were rewarded, whether it is not barking at the postman or being good while you all have your dinner.

    This remote-controlled system is great for positive reinforcement when at home, or if you take your dog to competitions. It dispenses the snacks itself, which can help if your dog seems to be ignoring your treat-in-hand technique (or if they know what you are up to).

    The remote allows you to respond to the behaviour immediately, so they won’t be confused as to why they are getting a treat. It requires four D batteries and contains a good user manual as well as a guide on training and rewarding so you can make it an effective purchase.

    Features

    • You don't have to be near them to reward them
    • Can change number of treats they get at one time

    Specifications

    • Type: Rewarding
    • Dimensions: 40.6 x 26.7 x 26 cm

    2.
    Company of Animals Pet Corrector Spray

    Pet sprays can divide opinion as some are a bit too harsh, but this one from Company of Animals (who know what they are doing) is a bestseller and used by behaviourist worldwide.

    It works by emitting the sound of compressed inert gas, similar to a cat’s warning hiss, which rather than scaring your dog like other alarm-based warnings, just distracts them from doing whatever they are doing.

    This makes it ideal if they bark, run around like mad when you come through the door or drool on your knee whenever you take a bite. The idea is that when they are distracted, it is easier to correct their behaviour and give rewards.

    There is a guide on how best to use it. It can be used with dogs, cats and horses and doesn’t emit a smell. It is important you follow the instructions so your dog sees it as a distraction, however.

    Features

    • Good for distractions
    • Emits a safe sound

    Specifications

    • Type: Distraction
    • Dimensions: 11.8 x 3.5 x 3.5cm

    3.
    Grannick's Bitter Apple Chew Deterrent

    Animals gnaw, lick and chew all the time, especially when they are young and their teeth are forming. But if their little teeth are still causing issues and ruining furniture, skirting boards and shoes, you need to discourage them.

    We can’t be watching them 24/7, but a spray like this one will put them off chewing as opposed to us having to catch them in the act. The taste is bitter – it won’t harm your pets, but they won’t be in a rush to repeat the taste again.

    It is suitable for dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets,

    Features

    • Doesn't harm dog or furniture
    • Easy to spray on to surfaces
    • Good natural deterrent

    Specifications

    • Type: Deterrent
    • Dimensions: 19 x 5 x 5cm

    4.
    Vapet Get Off Crystals

    You see your geraniums, roses, begonias and mini fir trees as a carefully constructed work of art. So Barney thinks they need watering five times per day. How is he to know?

    But all of that not-so-clean water is not-so-good for their condition, plus they are getting trampled in the process. These jelly crystals can work in all weathers so are unaffected by rain or hot sun. They slowly release a strong scent which confuses animals’ sense of smell.

    Over a period of a few uses, they will be encouraged from going there anymore. Then, as they go more often in other areas, they will be attracted to places which smell of previous fouling as opposed to your summer flowerbed.

    It will also work a treat against any feline visitors who love to mark *their* territory in *your* garden, and will not affect the soil whatsoever.

    Features

    • Great as a way to round off areas
    • Approved for use on concrete, paving and around lawns and plant bed

    Specifications

    • Type: Deterrent
    • Content: 460g

    5.
    Extra Select Training Dummy

    Retrieval can not only ensure that your dog gets some exercise without you having to run around but if they know they have to bring it back to you, they can be stopped from running off.

    This training dummy is available in loads of different weights, colours and sizes to best suit your dog based on age and where it will be used. The 0.5lb weight is the perfect starting place.

    It is complete with a throwing toggle to ensure you can get it a fair distance to keep them busy. Why not hide it and try and get them to find it? Dummies like this are primarily for gundogs to train them for retrieval, but they’re great for any dogs who need to be kept occupied and focused on walks.

    Features

    • Choice available
    • Good for gundogs or working dog tests

    Specifications

    • Type: Distractor/Rewarder
    • Weight: 0.5/1lb

    6.
    PetSafe Skip To My Loo Attractant and Toilet Training Aid

    Instead of stopping them from going places, you think they will respond better to encouragement to go places.

    This attractant can be sprayed over a specific area, by mimicking the scent of animal urine. Don’t worry though – it isn’t quite strong enough for humans to pick it up. This makes it possible to use both inside and out, so is also a great puppy pad trainer.

    Maybe they seem to go everywhere in your garden, so rather than stopping them from going in these places, it will be easier for you to cover one area. Combine it with rewards and praise, and you will soon have a pup which sticks to making less mess.

    Features

    • Harmless against flowers, grass or flooring
    • Won't cause your garden or home to smell

    Specifications

    • Type: Encourager
    • Capacity: 125ml

    7.
    Vapet Chew Stoppa Spray

    A non-toxic yet bitter-tasting formulation which will stop them from trying to eat the leg of the dining chair again.

    Once they lock their jaws around the object, their tastebuds will be tingling but for all the wrong reasons. It’s suitable for dogs, as well as cats or small animals who maybe need to stop trying to chew their way into a remake of The Great Escape.

    It is good to ensure your animal does have approved methods to chew on if you take something away from them, such as chew toys.

    Features

    • Easy to spray
    • Doesn't damage anything

    Specifications

    • Type: Deterrent
    • Capacity: 250ml

    8.
    Simple Solutions Pee Post

    A non-toxic pheromone-infused yard stake that prompts your dog’s natural response to urinate.

    Great when used alongside other praise and training systems, it can tell your dog where to do and encourage them to stay away from areas where they shouldn’t be.

    Because the pheromones are on the marker, you don’t have to keep going out and spraying the spot every morning before they go. Your dog will have to be encouraged to find and spot the post before they go, but with a regimented schedule they should be doing everything correctly within a few weeks.

    But we have to be honest – it has a mixed bag of reviews. Some say it really worked, others say not a peep. There are plenty of sprays out there which are seen to do a bit better, but this could work if the sprays don’t seem to (such as in bad weather or the wrong place).

    Features

    • Stick in and go
    • Bright colour so easy to spot

    Specifications

    • Type: Encourager
    • Dimensions: 8.9 x 16.5 x 33 cm

    9.
    Dingo Gear Dog Training Suit

    For handlers who are training security dogs, or decoy dogs.

    This is a light suit, so not for dogs who will be having to tackle in very serious situations, but good for dogs who may have to learn how to stop somebody in their tracks.

    It comes in several sizes, and the arm guard can be worn on either arm. It’s also available in different colours which can stand out when in shaded areas.

    Features

    • Full body cover
    • Colour and size choices

    Specifications

    • Type: Encourager
    • Size: M/L/XL/XXL

    Buying Guide

    Type Of Training Aid

    We have split this into several categories – a Deterrent, Distractor, Encourager or Rewarder. Which is best depends on the situation and what it is your dog or other animal) has to do or not do.

    A Deterrent will prevent them from going somewhere or doing something.

    A Distractor will grab their attention when they misbehave, so they are stopped in their tracks and you can reward this or divert their attention.

    Encouragers will draw your dog towards a certain place, being the opposite of a deterrent but without the reward at the end.

    A Rewarder will praise only good behaviour, so they will learn that they won’t get a treat when they do something bad but will when they do something good.

    It could also depend on the personality of your dog as to what works. For instance, if they are too crafty to be distracted, some more patience but lots of rewarding may be needed.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    Which behaviours will need to be encouraged or discouraged?

    Some of the behaviours which may need some attention include:

    • Toilet training
    • Barking
    • Retrieving
    • Walking
    • Chewing
    • Heeling

    Can I punish my dog for doing something they shouldn’t?

    No. If you shout at them or use threatening/intimidating behaviour, there is a good chance it will not work and may make them scared. This is why you should use positive rewards instead.

    All of the above involve rewarding the dog for good behaviour. You should ignore bad behaviour, or discourage it softly.