DOG TRAINING EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
HAND MADE TRAINING LEADS, FLEECE HARNESSES, LONG LINES, CLICKERS AND WHISTLES
MY NAME IS MARRETTA CORLISS.
I AM A RETIRED CLICKER DOG TRAINER AND LIVE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF LITTLEHAM VILLAGE, BIDEFORD, NORTH DEVON AND HAVE TRAINED HUNDREDS OF DOGS ON A "ONE TO ONE" BASIS IN THEIR OWN HOMES.
I ONLY SELL EQUIPMENT THAT I HAVE TESTED AND THAT I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN.
DOG TRAINING EQUIPMENT ADVICE AND SALES.
The following information is my personal opinion.
Nearly all of the equipment I sell is for practical, training purposes eg I don't sell "fluffy" stuff or designer dogs coats etc
I will NEVER use or sell any aggressive type of equipment for example choke chains, pinch collars, electric collars etc.
I strive to find the best training equipment on the market and where possible offer it for sale at affordable prices. Often, I can offer for sale equipment cheaper than the R.R.P. and often even cheaper than Ebay as I can buy in bulk and pass on the savings.
I have have tested the leads and harnesses on big dogs like GSDs and Bull Terriers so I can honestly advise people on the "pros and cons" of each product.
Also, I may be able to visit your home if you live in Bideford or surrounding area and bring the equipment to you so you can see the quality of the product and for example with the harnesses I will try them on your dog to see what type, size and colour you would prefer. Some of the products I sell I have made especially for me and much of the equipment is not normally found in pet shops.
WHAT IS THE BEST CLICKER?
Some old style clickers are very loud and clacky ( please note, care must be taken not to click near your dogs ears especially when training nervous dogs.)
I use the "I" clicker which is a much improved design, it has a raised button that is quieter and easy to use and can be easily muffled for dogs like rescue dogs that might be a bit noise sensitive.
I sell "I" clickers for £3 each.
TRAINING LIGHTS FOR DEAF DOGS (OR DOGS NERVOUS OF THE CLICKER)
I have searched for months to find a suitable light especially for deaf dogs. I have finally found one ! It's a small silver metal one that has a strong metal clip. It is strong and robust and ideal for the job. It is very bright so you must never shine it into the dogs eyes but just point it towards your own body and it gives off a quick flash of light. Very comfortable, easy & quick to use, rubberised "one press" button. I sell these for £3 each.
I really believe all dogs should be whistle trained. A whistle has no emotion, doesn't get angry, scared, fed up and is much more likely to cut through the wind !! The dog needs to be trained to understand what the whistle means. So many owners just expect a dog to just come when they blow a whistle without actually doing any work with it. My personal preference is an ordinary metal referees style whistles ( I prefer not to use the "silent" dog whistles) I play the whistle game and get the dog to run between 2 people, so ideally you will need 2 whistles , then the whistle needs " proofing". My whistle game is done over 4 stages so by the time you get to stage 4 your dog should really understand the whistle means "Come to me, I have got something for you and we are going to play a game!"
I buy in bulk so can sell these for £2 each
Why use a harness instead of just attaching a collar and lead?
I especially think that harnesses should always be used on puppys or young growing dogs to protect the possibility of pulling on their delicate necks. I am continually seeing dogs being pulled by the lead onto a collar and I really just wish everybody would use a harness for all dogs.
Research is clear that the delicate bones, nerves and trachea can be
damaged by attaching leads to collars
I prefer fleece harness which I can sell in various colours from £12 to approx £18 depending on size. I buy direct from the manufacturer in bulk so can offer these at affordable prices. They are made by "Cosy Dogs" . I carry a number of my stock items from Cosy Dogs eg fleece harnesses in a variety of colours and sizes but if there is anything you would like from their web site please let me know and I can order if for you, normally at special prices.
These harnesses are lovely, soft and very comfortable. You may find some cheaper fleece harnesses on the market but you may find they are not of the same design as they may not have fleece on the straps that go underneath the dog.
I don't recommend "stop pull" type harnesses. I am not happy about using force or tightening type harnesses as in my experience I prefer to teach a dog to walk nicely beside the owner because its better for the dog to want to walk nicely beside you so the dog has a happy jaunty smile and be a "team" with their owner rather than use force.
To see me teaching a little dog to walk nicely beside me either see the link "to see a little dog walk nicely beside me" ( or copy and paste this link into a search engine.) This is the first time I had taken the dog outside of the house. I had worked with him inside using clicker so he understood me. I am using a long line attached to a Cosy Dog harness.
LEADS & TRAINING LINES
CANVAS TRAINING LEADS
These are especially made for me to my specifications. They are approx 6 feet long with a strong dog clip at each end and strong metal rings along the length so you can adjust the length or have it across your body so you dont loose it or you can attach on a long line to it. I sell these in red or black in 2 different widths. Thinner ones are £8 each and the thicker ones are £10 each. They are available in red and black.
FLEECE LINED CANVAS TRAINING LEADS.
I have recently had made some extra special leads. They are the same as above but have fleece attached to the length of the lead so they are very soft to handle but still very strong and especially really good for people who have sensitve hands or just need a very soft, kind lead.. Because of the extra work and materials used I have to charge £15 for these leads...but you are very unlikely to find anything like them elsewhere.
My pet hate is the flexible type leads and I will not use them or sell them (however, I won't say never as there may be a special case for eg. disabled owners)
In my opinion all dogs are programmed to pull and the extendable leads actually teach the dogs to pull...In the wild they don't go for a "walk" they go to hunt and to mate and its the one that gets there first gets all the goodies! so we need to teach them that the best place to be is beside the owner's knee.
If you look at most people who use the flexible type leads, they let it out...they reel it in.... they let it out ..... they reel it in , if the lead is extended the dog is in most cases way out in front of the owner....there is no communication between dog and handler....in my experience it just teaches the dog to pull and be out in front of you (or under a car!) I also worry about the fact they can get wrapped around the handlers legs where they easily fall over or get tangled around your fingers or hand causing injury especially the very thin lines as they are like "cheese wire"
Instead, I use long training lines (see below) I have one end across my body, I make a loop over my right shoulder and tied by my left hip, the other end is attached to the dog's harness by a dog clip and the rest of the line drags along the ground.
I don't use the term "heel" I find its a harsh term. I often see owners pulling their dog roughly by a lead onto a collar and saying in an aggressive way "HEEL" . Unless you teach the dog to walk nicely beside you then how do they know what you want them to do? Using a harness and long line I would teach the dog "this way". The idea is that when you dog is loose when you call out "come on Daisy this way" the dog runs directly to your left side....and using a hand signal, the dog stays walking along beside you until you "release" the dog so it can go off and play again. I normally like to start teaching the dog to walk on the left hand side by the left knee.
At a later stage you can teach the dog to walk on your right side by using a different term eg "close" so if you are walking down a country lane you can have the dog on the safe side of you.
LONG LINE TRAINING LINES
PADDED TRAINING LINES
(approx 25 feet long) I sell these for £10 each, in black or purple. They have a strong dog clip at one end (I use these and tie the other end around across my body for teaching the dog to walk nicely beside me.) Long lines should NEVER be attached to a collar, they should only be used with a good quality harness like the ones made by Cosy Dogs which I sell.
LIGHTER WEIGHT TRAINING LINES.
I also have a variety of different length lighter long lines for puppies and small dogs. Prices start at £6.
SPECIFICALLY MADE TRAINING LONG LINES
I also have a different style available made to my specification by the person who makes my 6 feet training leads.
These are approx 25 feet long made of double canvas and has rings along the length and a strong dog clip at each end. I sell these for £15 each in red or black. You are unlikely to find these anywhere else as they are made specially for me.
I prefer not to have to use them but we have a lot of rescue dogs rehomed in the North Devon area who have had very little training (or absolutely no training !) and the new owners just can't hold them. I would prefer to train them to walk beside the owner using a harness but often we haven't got the time as we need a fairly quick fix to ensure the safety of both owner and dog. There is a method of teaching a dog to accept a headcollar as they rarely just accept it if you just put it on the dog. ...and there are some dogs that just refuse to accept them regardless of how they are introduced, eg my friends Bull Terrier, Twinkle..we have tried 4 different makes and she absolutely hates them all and runs her head along the ground and grazes her face (anybody who has owned a Bully , and I have had 3 of them, will know that they do have a tiny bit of a stubborn streak in them....and they do love to tank off !!!!!)
In my opinion from tests I have carried out one of the better type of head collar is the Gentle Leader. I have found out that many other type of head collars ride up into the eyes of the dog. In the case of certain other types of head collars the design means that the lead has to be kept tight to keep the nose band on the dog and if the lead is relaxed the nose band loosens and comes off the dog.