Find a gift for a dog owner here that can transform their unruly pup into a well-mannered and obedient companion.
Having a loving and loyal dog is a wonderful thing for any family.
However, as much as we love them dearly they can be little terrors at times, especially when younger.
Whether that's taking an age to become house trained and leaving you little unwanted presents to discover on a daily basis.
Jumping all over your furniture and beds and chewing up things they shouldn't.
Or constantly pulling and straining at the leash when you're taking them for a walk and running off into the distance whenever you take them off it.
These things can be a cause of real frustration for even the most ardent of dog lovers.
So, the earlier you train your dog to behave the better it will be for all concerned.
Because as much as they may annoy you, they don't like being yelled at either (especially as without training they usually haven't a clue what they've done wrong!).
And the good news is that there are tons of things you can buy that will make house training your dog a breeze.
As well as more advanced training gear if you want to work on their agility.
So, if you know a dog owner who has an unruly pup, any of the following gift ideas will help them to train them up the right way.
1. Zak George's 'Dog Training Revolution' Book
Before you begin training your dog or puppy you'll need to know what you're doing.
Because simply pointing at things and shouting at them when they do things wrong just isn't going to work.
So, the first gift idea on this list is to buy a dog owner a book that guides them through the whole dog training process.
And one that does this really well is Zak George's 'Dog Training Revolution'.
As this goes through tips and techniques for house training, stopping them biting, being aggressive and excessively chewing, what to do if they leash pull, and much more.
So, giving them this book will help them to raise their dog the right way and create a more harmonious owner/pet relationship.
And Zak George also has a YouTube channel full of great videos on how to train and treat your dog too which is another really helpful resource.
2. Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate
Dog crates may look a bit harsh given their cage-like appearance but most dogs actually love them.
As it gives them a private space where they can create a den to retreat to whenever they are feeling anxious or frightened.
And a dog crate is also a god send when training a dog or a puppy.
As putting your dog in their crate when you leave them home alone can help them to relax and feel more comfortable.
While also stopping them from roaming the house, chewing up things and causing havoc!
Plus they're great for house training too, as dogs will be reluctant to soil their den.
And they'll come to realise when and where they are allowed to do their business and this knowledge will save your carpet from destruction in future!
So, buying a dog owner a crate for their pup or unruly dog is a great help when they're beginning to train them.
And a top choice is the Midwest Life Stages dog crate.
As this one comes in a variety of sizes, is spacious, and has 2 doors for the dog to use which will make them feel more at home once you get to the stage where you can leave the crate open.
3. North States MyPet Exercise Pen
Another gift idea to get for a dog to keep them confined to a certain area as you train them is an exercise pen.
As these pens give them more space and freedom than a crate but also stop them from having access to the whole house when you're away.
So, they can explore and play in their own area without you having to worry about their safety or the safety of your shoes and sofa cushions!
They also work well to keep a dog enclosed if you have guests over or young children that they are still getting used to.
And you can also use them in the yard too to stop a young pup from digging up your flower beds!
So, getting a dog owner an exercise pen as a gift can work well and one that is a top choice is this one from North States MyPet.
As this one is sturdy and has 8 connecting panels that you lock together giving their dog plenty of space inside.
And it's suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
4. Four Paws Wee Wee Pads
House training young pups can be a really frustrating process.
As no matter how much you try to get them to only pee and poop outside, sometimes they get a favourite spot on your carpet that they return to again and again.
This is because they get a scent of where to do their business and this attracts them back when they need to go again.
But it's tiring constantly wiping and clearing up after them, not to mention the bad odors that seem to hang heavy in the air even after the mess has been cleaned up.
So, a gift idea that can provide a solution when house training a dog is the Four Paws Wee Wee pads.
As these are large absorbent, quilted pads that will soak up your dogs urine while protecting the floor underneath.
And they contain natural pheromones which attracts the dog to use them rather than your carpet.
Which means these pads also work really well when placed in a crate or an exercise pen.
5. Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Eliminator
No matter how diligent you are when house training your dog, or how quick of a learner they are, accidents will happen frequently during the training process.
So, the next gift idea is a life saver for any dog owner.
As getting them the Nature's Miracle stain and odor eliminator will help them clean up the mess.
Because this contains an enzymatic formula that will keep their homes, carpet and furniture from being ruined.
And as it removes the odor so well it will discourage the dog from soiling the same area again.
So, while this is not the most exciting gift on the list, it may just be the most useful!
6. Karen Pryor iClick Dog Clickers
Getting your dog to understand when they've done what you want them to do is half the battle when it comes to training them.
As this makes them want to do it again, reinforcing the behaviour and over time making it a natural thing for them to do.
But to do this correctly you need to let them know instantly when they've done something right so it doesn't confuse them.
As a split second later and they won't associate the behaviour they've just performed with the praise you're giving them.
So, you need to be on the ball when training your dog and one of the best ways to achieve this is by using a clicker tool.
As this will give them an instantaneous signal that they'll come to associate with doing things that please you.
And as it's quick and consistent it is far more reliable than using your voice, which means you can train them more quickly and effectively.
So, giving a dog owner a set of clicker tools is a nice stocking stuffer idea that will help with their training efforts.
And really any clicker tool will do the job, so you don't need to be too fussy here.
But many dog owners use the Karen Pryor iClick dog clickers so these would be a solid pick.
7. Target Stick
Another gift idea that works well alongside a clicker tool is a target stick.
These are sticks with something attached to the end for the dog to learn to touch and follow.
And once your dog learns to follow the stick you have a tool that can guide them where you want them to go.
Which is useful when walking them without a leash, or getting them into and out of cars.
Plus by training them that by touching the end of the stick when commanded they'll get a treat you can eventually get them to do things such as closing doors and turning light switches on and off.
As well as getting them to do more advanced tricks when following the stick.
So, one of these makes for a handy gift for a dog trainer and the COA target stick is a nice choice.
As this one has a foam ball attached to the end that is easy for the dog to see and follow, as well as being attractive for them to touch.
8. Zuke's Mini-Naturals Doggy Treats
When training your dog words of praise are not going to be enough to get them to follow your commands.
So, you're going to have to bribe them with some tasty treats instead.
As gaining a reward like this encourages them to keep learning and positively reinforces good behaviour in them.
So, a packet of their favourite treats will be a welcome gift for any dog owner.
And you have so many options to choose from including meat treats, veggie treats, plant-based treats, and dog biscuits.
But one packet of treats that comes highly recommended are the Zuke's mini-naturals doggy treats.
As these are healthy, soft and chewy, and are the perfect size for a quick treat for their dog.
9. Ruffwear Treat Pouch
Once you've got your treats all ready for training you'll need a handy place to keep them.
As loading them up in your trouser or coat pockets isn't a very hygienic idea.
So, a nice pouch specifically made for dog treats can make a handy little gift for a dog owner.
And one I'd highly recommend is the Ruffwear treat pouch.
As this has a waterproof inner lining that means you can store even the most moist or oily dog treats safely and easily.
And the magnetic fastener means it's easy to close or open with one hand, keeping your other hand free for clickers, target sticks or leashes.
Plus you can clip it onto your belt or use the adjustable waist strap so it stays by your side without having to carry it.
10. PetSafe Treat & Train Dog Trainer
As I've already gone over in the past few gift ideas, dogs will be encouraged to repeat behaviour that is rewarded.
So, it's important to give them little treats at the right times to let them know what you expect from them.
And a cool gadget that can help with this is the PetSafe Treat & Train dog trainer.
As this is a remote controlled treat dispenser that your dog will come to know and love while it's being trained.
As it gives off a little noise when you press the button to release a treat that the dog recognises after a while and has a similar effect to a clicker.
So, whenever you are teaching them to lie down, roll over, heel, or anything else, when releasing a treat to show them they are doing it right they will hear the noise and go straight to the bowl for their reward.
And as such people have seen great results when using this machine to teach their dog manners and obedience.
So, one of these can make a really good gift for dog owners, especially those that love their gadgets.
11. SodaPup Rubber Dog Tug Toy
Most dogs love to play a game of tug with their owners.
As it stimulates and challenges them both physically and mentally, burns off some of their excess energy, and builds up their confidence.
So, treating your dog to a game of tug can be a good way to end dog training sessions and let them know they've done well.
And it can also be used to help them develop self-control and restraint.
As training your dog to release the tug toy on your command shows their growing obedience and that you are in control.
So, buying a tug toy for a dog owner is a gift that both they and the dog will enjoy and get plenty of use from.
And a really good choice is the SodaPup rubber dog tug toy.
As this one is strong enough to have an enjoyable tug of war with your mutt, but also remains safe and easy going on their teeth.
And the handles on both ends allow you both to get a really good grip!
12. Nylabone Power Chew Dog Toy
Dogs and especially young pups naturally love to chew on things.
As this is their way of exploring the world around them, calms them when they are feeling anxious, and helps them when they are having teething pain.
However, it can drive you around the bend when their chewing exploits end up ruining your furniture, pillows and old shoes!
So, a good way to train them to leave your stuff alone is to give them things that they can chew on such as a chewy dog toy.
As this can occupy them for hours at a time and stop them from getting bored and restless when you are away.
And one to get as a gift that is strong enough to suit even aggressive chewers is the Nylabone Power Chew.
As the dogs will love the X-shape design and the variety of the 4 different textured ends as well as the beef flavour it gives off.
While their owners will love the peace and quiet it brings to their home!
13. Hurtta Dazzle Rope Leash
Training your dog to follow orders and not strain or pull when you are taking them out on walks can be a challenge at first.
And the leash you use when trying to do this is all important.
As it needs to be short enough so the dog can learn to walk by your side with a relaxed leash and no pulling.
And it needs to be non-retractable as this can confuse the dog by keeping pressure on them rather than the feeling of freedom they get with a loose leash.
So, getting a leash that is between 4 and 6 feet long when training is ideal as this gives you control and keeps your dog close.
And one that is ideal for walkies training and makes for a good gift is the Hurtta Dazzle rope leash.
As you can get this one in both 4 foot and 6 foot lengths depending on how closely you want to keep your dog to you.
It's also sturdy, durable and long lasting, and has a padded handle that is comfortable on your hands too.
Plus the rope has reflective material in it that will make sure you are highly visible when walking your dog at night or early morning.
14. If It Barks Nylon Martingdale Collar
When you're training your dog to get used to being taken out for walks it can be a struggle at first.
As they may struggle and pull against the leash and also not like having a collar around their necks.
So, it's not unusual for a dog to try to wriggle out of their collar and make their escape.
And this can be super dangerous when they're inexperienced if you're walking them in an area with passing traffic, larger dogs, or small children.
So, a gift of a collar that they won't be able to escape from is a thoughtful gift idea for a new dog owner.
And one that scores high in this department is the If It Barks nylon martingdale collar.
As the martingdale style collar means it is super hard for the dog to wriggle free from.
And it has a no-choke and anti-pull design that make it ideal for teaching a dog how to behave during walkies.
15. Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness
If you have a dog that really can't stand wearing a neck collar then it may be a good idea to use a body harness when walking them instead.
And these harnesses are great for training dogs that are liable to pull and strain at the leash.
Because this will take a lot of strain away from the dog's neck and they'll have absolutely no chance of wriggling out of it, unlike with a collar.
And using a harness with a front clip also gives the dog owner much more control over their dog, especially if the dog is a big and strong.
So, buying a front clip dog harness for a dog owner as a gift can really help them to train their dogs to stop pulling when being taken for a walk.
And one that both they and their dog will love is the Ruffwear Front Range dog harness.
As this one has a padded body and straps to make it comfortable for the dog to wear, as well as being adjustable so you can get it fit them like a glove.
And it has reinforced webbing in the chest area to guard against pulling and put the dog walker firmly in control.
16. Hurtta Dog Trainer's Vest
If you know a dog owner that takes training their mutt very seriously then the final few gift ideas are for them.
And first up is to get them a dedicated dog training vest to wear.
As sometimes you'll have your hands full having to carry all the different equipment when training your dog outside.
Which isn't ideal to say the least, so wearing a vest where you can store all your stuff and keep your hands free is priceless.
And one that covers plenty of bases for dog trainers is the Hurtta dog trainer's vest.
As this has 4 zipper pockets on the front where you can store things like treats, toys, training tools, leashes and poop bags separately.
And there is one big pocket that runs across the back where you can store larger tools and items.
The vest is also comfortable to wear, being lightweight, breathable and water repellent, and can be adjusted at the waist and collar for a nice fit.
And there's a hood hidden in the collar that you can use if the rain hits unexpectedly.'
So, they'll both look and feel the part with one of these vests.
17. The Klimb Dog Training Platform
Using a platform when training your dog or puppy can bring them many benefits.
As being on a small platform rather than the floor helps them to focus better on what you're trying to teach them.
So, it encourages them to learn both faster and more efficiently.
And platform training is great for basic obedience like teaching them how to stay.
As learning that they get rewarded for staying on the platform helps them to develop self-control and cut out bad habits like rushing to the door when there's a knock or following you from room to room.
So, buying a dog owner a platform for training their dog is a top gift idea and one I'd recommend is the Klimb dog training platform.
As this one is easy to assemble, safe to use, has a good grip to stop the dog slipping off, and is an ideal size so they can't move around or lay down when sitting on it.
18. Affordable Agility Dog Obstacle Course
To some dog owners teaching their dog not to poop indoors or strain at the leash is child's play.
What they really want to do is get them to jump over hurdles and through loops or run in between obstacles and through tunnels on their command.
So, if you know someone who fits this description why not gift them a full training kit that will help them to increase their dog's agility.
As this way they can train their precious pooch to fly around any obstacle course with impressive grace and speed.
And one kit that has everything they need to get started is the Affordable Agility dog obstacle course.
As it comes with adjustable bar and hoop jumps, weave poles for slalom runs, a 9ft tunnel to run through, and a pause box.
So, you can help them to potentially train their dog up for shows by gifting them a set like this.
19. 'The Beginners Guide To Dog Agility' Book
Ok, so you have the obstacle course all set up in the yard now ready to go, but the dog may still be looking at it thinking 'yeah right!' when you try and get them to use it.
After all, jumping through hoops and hurdles for your entertainment is hard work.
So, you need to know how to train them up and motivate them correctly and for that you need a good agility training book.
And as my final gift recommendation here I'd suggest getting them 'The Beginner's Guide To Dog Agility' by Laurie Leach.
As this book is packed full of great information and tips on how to get your dog to start participating in agility training.
And how you can gradually progress it as they improve over time.
So, it's perfect for getting full use out of your expensive obstacle course!
Dogs are wonderful.....but cleaning up their mess and trail of destruction isn't.
So, help a dog owner to train their unruly dog or pup to behave better with a thoughtful dog training gift.
As this will strengthen their bond and create a more harmonious relationship between them.
And with a wealth of useful things to choose from including our gift ideas here, you should now have plenty of ideas of what you can get them.
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