Creating Independence with Your Dog – What Equipment Should You Always Have With Your Dog?

In honor of the week of Independence Day for our country, I would like to do a short series on Creating Independence with Your Dog.

We will start off this series with the question, What equipment should you always have with your dog?  This question can be answered a couple of ways, but keep in mind that I will assume you have trained your dog to perform some kind of functional service to you.

Basic equipment that will take care of 90% of general needs on a daily basis or even if you find yourself in a disaster zone like the recent tornadoes or tsunamis are:

  1. Short Leads x 2
  2. Medium Tracking Lead
  3. Long Tracking Lead
  4. Flat Collar
  5. Prong Collar

These six pieces of equipment will allow you to perform almost any required training or field exercise activity.  Let’s look at each in detail.

Short Leads – These leads should always be available to you and you should have extras in your cars and 72 hour kits for emergencies.  These leads are what you will use to take your dog for a walk, take them to use the bathroom and maintain control for everyday activity.  Always have a spare with you.  There are also specialized versions of these leads that will allow you to perform climbing and Search and Rescue (SAR) activities if you have trained for that.

Medium Tracking Lead – These leads are very useful for tying your dogs out following when the need arises, tracking in dense undergrowth, and raising and lowering yourself or your dog for short distances.  If you may be involved in any kind of hostile tracking, ensure you check our website later this summer for our patent pending hostile tracking lead.

Long Tracking Lead – These leads are critical for anyone who may need to assist with any kind of searching.  If you do not participate in SAR activities, you will still find many useful applications in your training for having a 30 foot long line.

Flat Collar – This is the collar you will use whenever you are tying your dog out, tracking, or doing any work where there may be tension in the lead, but you do not want your dog to receive corrections.  If you are going to do any kind of lifting and lowering work, remember to get a collar appropriate for that task.  Quick release collars, popular on the market right now, are not appropriate for those activities.

Prong Collar – You should always have access to your correction collar.  Even if your dog does not wear their collar at all times, it is a good idea to have it quickly available.  If you keep a 72 hour kit for emergencies, either store it near that, or keep an extra one in your kit.

Remember, that if you need to leave your home quickly, you want to have this equipment readily available so that it will be there after the disaster allowing you to assist with whatever you can.  For any of the above equipment and much more, our internet store will launch later this summer.

This is Dunetos K-9 helping sharpen your world, one dog at a time.


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