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    24 Things That’ll Actually Help Make Training Your Pet So Much Easier

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    1. A tasty box of Temptations treats so you can reward your cat after they perform their new trick. Customers say their kittens come running as soon as they hear the box shake.

    A reviewers cat next to a box of Temptations treats
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My kitty lives for these treats and she comes running the moment she hears the top 'pop' open. The trick, I’ve learned, is to only give her a few on her cat “tree” so that she has to jump up to get one on each of the three levels. This way, it really IS a treat and she gets her exercise, too! The size of the container makes it economical to purchase these on Amazon since they are usually too expensive locally and come in much smaller sizes. I vary the tastes so she does not grow tired of the same ones over and over, although she appears to live the tuna and chicken varieties most of all." —Mihalis in Kansas

    Get it from Amazon for $15.70 (available in four flavors).

    2. A pack of treats to give your pup during training or just when you want to treat them to a yummy snack.

    A pack of Blue Buffalo treats turkey-flavored dog training treats
    PetSmart

    Promising reviews: "Our miniature schnauzer puppy will do just about anything for these treats! She loves them, especially the turkey flavor! I love that they're small, so they won't spoil her appetite, and that they don't have any weird ingredients. Besides the goodies from our local pet bakery, these are the only treats we give her. Overall, I'd highly recommend these treats." —Dulce

    Get it from PetSmart for $3.97 (available in three colors)

    3. A bottle of calming chews for the pups who could use a little R&R.

    A reviewers dog lying next to a bottle of Zen Chews
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These chews are the best! I have four dachshunds and the chews work miracles, especially during thunderstorms! My dogs love the taste and it doesn't knock them out, just calms them in crazy situations. They get 5 stars from this happy customer. ⭐⭐⭐⭐" —Joanne M Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49

    4. An artificial grass patch because potty training during the harsh winter months can and should be done indoors.

    A dog on an artificial grass patch being used as a training pad outdoors on a patio
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this product. The puppy uses the grass for potty training especially during rainy or ice days. The absorbency worked well, no accumulated spots. Thick enough to place outside to cover up muddy spots from rain. Excellent door mat to absorb wet or muddy paws. Easy to clean." —Sheri Stefaniga

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes)

    5. A chic training pouch to store all the tasty treats to give your best buddy during your hikes. Bonus: It comes with an attached training clicker to reinforce positive behavior during your adventures outside.

    A reviewer displaying their dog treats training pouch with an attached training clicker
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this so much! I use it daily for walks and hikes and training around the house. I used to use ziplock baggies, but that got difficult to use since I also use a clicker for positive reinforcement training. I love how this one sits at my waist (awesome adjustable strap there) OR you can just clip it to your belt or pants. Love that it makes it hands free! The magnetic closure is also ideal as it takes little effort to close it while cuing, using clicker for reinforcement, treating, and giving some reinforcement pats. Also makes hiking and walking with treats/kibble so much easier (and again, hands free). Would recommend to anyone looking for a pet training pouch!" —Jessica Harrison

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98

    6. A pack of trusty dog diapers for your new pup who needs a bit of extra support during potty training. Tip: These diapers are also great for dogs in heat, suffering incontinence, have UTIs, or need to cover surgical wounds.

    A reviewers boxer lying on a bed, wearing a washable diaper
    amazon.com

    *They're leakproof, waterproof, and washable!*

    Promising review: "We bought these diapers when our pup unexpectedly went into heat. They worked great at keeping everything contained. Since she was still young and not yet totally house broken they also worked at keeping accidents contained. They come off and go on quick and easy. She can't tear them off with the Velcro going around her back (she easily tore off the disposable ones). I will say that now that she is done using them she seems to be completely house broken. Not sure if the diapers contributed to that or just her overall development and our persistence. I would recommend. For reference she is a husky 6-month-old and we bought the large." —TJ

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five sizes and two colors)

    7. 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog, a fun and challenging book of tricks to inspire new dog owners. Have your furry friend fetching, rolling over, high-fiving, and so much more in no time.

    The book
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow! I have had dogs for 50 years, but this is definitely the best, most fun, training book I've had. The instructions are clear, and I have a number of successes already even though my Shih Tzu puppy is still only four months old. To add to the fun, many of the commands include the hand signal as well. Since I purchased this, I've also bought several other books by this author. She definitely has a gift for giving clear, easy to follow instructions." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.92

    8. A durable dog pillow that won't tear during a game of tug of war. Exercise and play is crucial for your pup-in-training and this pillow will definitely do the trick.

    A reviewers dog biting on a 10" x 7" durable dog pillow
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Not only do I love this pillow for training/fun, my dogs are beyond happy to use this pillow, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tool for trainers! Your dog will love you for this pillow!" —Andre DV

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99

    9. A plush stuffed pup that's fashioned with a "real-feel" heartbeat and heat-pack to stimulate a calming effect whenever your little one is feeling anxious. Say goodbye to barking during thunderstorms.

    A cute puppy snuggling the plush dog toy with a "real feel" pulsing heartbeat and heat pack that provides relief for anxiety
    Amazon

    *Machine-washable on gentle cycle.*

    Promising review: "My pup was separated from her mother way too early and has crazy separation anxiety. I opened this as soon as I got it and she instantaneously passed out on top of it. Already know it was a good purchase." —ashmeg84

    Get it from Amazon for $39.79+ (available in five colors)

    10. A peanut butter toy because crate training will be so much smoother if your friend has a tasty treat attached to their home.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Night #1 with a new puppy, this was a savior. Add peanut butter and hook it into the dog crate. Our puppy focused on the treat right away and stopped whining and barking. The pup has done well since and immediately takes to it when we use it for a bedtime lure." —Pacal

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in three colors)

    11. An agility training set that'll keep your pup healthy while they master cool, new tricks. Tip: Use treats to reward your dog to maintain consistent, positive behavior.

    A model training her puppy using the interactive agility set in their home
    Amazon

    The agility kit features one square collapsible tunnel, four weave poles, and an adjustable jump that can be taken apart and used as two more individual weave poles.

    Promising review: "This was a great purchase! I was looking for a way to mentally challenge my dog and share time with him when I found this agility set. My puppy loves his indoor agility set so much he actually smiled at one point during his training! :) I would highly recommend this indoor agility set if you are looking for a way to mentally challenge your pet, if you are looking for a fun & challenging indoor activity for your pet, or if you are looking to share time and bond with your pet." —Kathy

    Get it from Amazon for $37.98+ (available in two styles)

    12. A lick mat to fill with peanut butter, because bath-time can be stressful for some pups. Tip: Put it in the freezer so it takes your dog longer to finish their treat.

    A Golden Retriever licking peanut butter off the treat-dispensing lick mat in the tub
    Amazon

    *Dishwasher safe*

    Promising review: "We have a 30-pound lab mix rescue who hates water. Usually she shakes and tries to escape the bathtub. With this product she got distracted and stayed in place. We put peanut butter in it and froze it so that it would take longer. Having the nubs helps slow her down too. It stayed in place on our tub with the suctions. Basic product but works great." —book nerd

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes)

    13. An anti-barking device that'll emit a harmless ultrasonic sound that tells your pup it's time to stop barking. Bonus: It works indoors and outdoors.

    A model with her dog next to the anti-barking device that is safe for both humans and dogs
    Amazon

    The device can reach up to 16.5 feet to control unwanted barking.

    Promising review: "This bark box is a game-changer! I live in a garden home with very close proximity to my neighbors and I want to do as much as possible to reduce the noise as my puppy gets comfortable in his new space. So far, this box has worked very well to deter him from being as noisy as he normally would! I think it might actually be working the neighbor dogs as well… Bonus!" —Constance

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two colors)

    14. A pet corrector spray bottle you can easily carry around and use whenever you want to correct your pups bad habits. No more barking at cars, jumping on strangers, or biting at peoples feet.

    A model holding a bottle of Pet Corrector spray in front of their pup
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We adopted an 8-year-old Maltese with severe leash aggression. This worked great with the very first use. By the end of our walk we had passed two sets of dogs and he sat and kept his attention on me. One of the other dogs, who is also leash aggressive also sat. He was so amazed how all four of our dogs just sat and chilled while we talked about the canned air! The can is small enough to carry in the same hand as I hold their leashes. I am able to react very quickly when I see any signs of behavior I don't want on our walk." —Beach Day

    Get it from Amazon for $13.51+ (available in four sizes)

    15. A set of bells for potty training because how cute would it be if your puppy rang the bell every time they needed to go outside?

    A reviewers dog looking at the adjustable doorbell used for potty training
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We have a thirteen week old puppy and got these when he was around ten weeks, their awesome! It took him about 5 days to really get the system down but now he knows every time he needs to go to the bathroom he goes to the door hits the bells with his paw and we immediately come to let him out. These made the potty training process so much easier, and now our puppy hasn’t had an accident in the house in weeks!" —Edward

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors)

    16. An interactive toy so your pet can flip and lift their way to yummy treats. Reviews say this toy promotes healthy behaviors and reduces anxiety and stress.

    Reviewer's cat playing with the toy
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had never really heard of sensory toys or puzzles for dogs until I got my new pup back in November. Learning that dogs need mental stimulation just as much as physical stimulation was the best thing I have learned for my dog. He is actually worn out after finishing it! Haha! He LOVES this puzzle. I thought it might be too hard because he is quite young, but he absolutely loved working it out. On top of it all, this puzzle is sturdy!! It is going to last you a very long time. And if you dog is a drooler like mine, it is super easy to wash as well! 10/10. Highly recommend!!" —Mikala

    Get it from Amazon for $13.80+ (available in two levels)

    17. A dog doorbell because we all love our dogs but we don't love their accidents inside the house. Every time your pup rings the bell, treat them with a yummy snack to keep up the great behavior.

    A reviewers dog standing near the dog doorbell attached to the door
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This little gem is worth every penny. With consistent & simple training, my now 5-month-old puppy uses this doorbell religiously to ask to go outside. Not just to potty, though. She tells us when it’s time to play or chase things — anytime she would rather be in the yard. It’s saved a lot of time with house training, and my older dogs are starting to catch on, even though we aren’t specifically teaching them. They’ve picked it up by watching the puppy. We chose to use the classic doorbell sound, and it’s inadvertently taught them not to bark at the regular human doorbell - they’ve learned that sound just means 'go outside,' not 'someone new is here.' Nice!" —Shannon Hughes

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes)

    18. A no-pull dog harness that'll prevent your energetic pup from walking you on the street.

    A dog wearing a no-pull harness with an attached leash
    amazon.com

    This harness has four adjustable sizes at the neck and chest. It's also machine-washable and rust-proof.

    Promising review: "Best purchase of 2020 so far! This No Pull Dog Harness fit my pitbull like a glove. It lets me have more control over her while we go for walks. It’s adjustable and very sturdy. The leash foam handle is very comfortable in my hand, no leash-burn anymore even when my dog pulls hardly. My dog loves it!" —RS P.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four sizes and four colors)

    19. A dog crate to furnish with a plush bed so your pup can have a cozy home of their own. Crate training is proven to reduce anxiety in new pups.

    A reviewers dog lying in a bed inside the a black dog crate
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This crate is absolutely perfect for my 70-lb. English Bulldog. He has plenty of room to move around and get comfy. It's easy to setup and plenty durable." —Tilapia Waters

    Get it from Amazon for $25.83+ (available in seven sizes, four styles, and two colors)

    20. A Kong toy that'll satisfy your cute, new puppies teething needs. Save your furniture from bite marks with this fun toy.

    A reviewers puppy playing with the pink Kong toy
    amazon.com

    *Dishwasher safe for an easy clean!*

    Promising review: "My Maltese puppy had some separation anxiety issues when I first got him. These Kongs were a true blessing. I leave one with him when I go to work and he doesn’t cry at all. Once I saw how well they worked I bought six more so I make them once a week. I just fill it with his food and put a little peanut butter on top and freeze it overnight. He gets so excited when I say 'do you want your Kong?' He jumps around on his back feet and runs to get in his crate. It was a complete 180. I would recommend these to any dog owners. Not only does it help with separation anxiety but it’s just a nice treat for your little doggie friend." —Chandra

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four sizes)

    21. A pack of parrot treats so you can reward your feathery friend after they show off their convo skills to your guests.

    A 10oz pack of Kaytee biscuit treats for pet parrots
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is my cockatoo favorite treat she gets one in the morning and one for bed time. She loves them. And if I don’t have any left she will let you know!" —amity Reynolds

    Get it from Amazon for $3.47

    22. A Clik-R to press after your dog shows off their new trick at the park. Give your buddy a treat after you click the button to reinforce the awesome behavior (and just to tell them how much you love them).

    A model holding the Click-R while walking their dog
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This Clik-R is my favorite training clicker I've used so far. The main thing I adore is the elastic strap to go around your finger. It makes it so much easier to hold on to and allows for a bit more freedom with that hand so if I need to hold something else like a leash I can without fumbling to also hang on to the clicker. It's not the loudest clicker, but I find that works well with more skittish animals so it's perfect for that." —Whisper

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99

    23. A pack of recordable training buttons so you can finally become like Dr. Doolittle and talk to your pet.

    A dog lying behind the four recordable training buttons
    Amazon

    These buttons can record up to 30 seconds of speech.

    Promising review: "Love these buttons! We got them for our dog, we use them for treat, outside, water, and have one extra for fun stuff like toys and cuddles. We tried other button products but the recording and sound quality wasn’t very good. These are higher quality and can easily be heard. Definitely helped our dog learn faster and pick up things he never had before, highly recommend!" —Matthew Stover

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99

    24. A reusable pee pad so you save money and the environment during potty training.

    A reviewers puppy standing on the reusable, washable, and absorbent pee pad
    amazon.com

    *Just toss in the washing machine for an easy clean!*

    Promising review: "Perfect solution for our puppy!!! And for us!!! After getting a puppy and spending a lot of money just on the first month we found this option otherwise the disposable ones were going to be a very expensive solution for us. It’s very large compared to the disposable ones, and our puppy clearly loves it from the beginning. I believe this is a great choice and we support small family business so we’re glad we chose this product. Thanks!!!!" —Monica Licea-Castro

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two colors and seven sizes)

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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