You can find most of these items at any local pet store. Don't get too hung up on the specific makes and models of any of these items, except perhaps the recall whistle. Unless you want your dog to run to you watch a sports game on TV. 😜
A 6 foot nylon or rope leash that hangs and bends loosely and crumples easily in one hand. 3/4" wide is great. We want a floppy, easily bending leash. Please no retractible leashes.
Get one that 1) won't dangle & get in your way 2) isn't too deep for your hands 3) closes at the top.
Use something your dog LOVES to reward recall. Costco sells huge packs of string cheese that work great.
A 15 to 30 foot long leash is how we'll train reliable, enforceable recall. These biothane ones because they never stink, are super strong, and harder to chew through.
Look, most puppies are tough to live with and no magical piece of equipment is going to solve that. Still, there are a few things most puppies will need.
Get a leash a cut the loop off at 2 or 3 feet. Here's a video on what a "house line" is all about.
Bitter Apple Spray
Save your chair legs during the teething phase and before their "leave it" is solid.
Wipe some peanut butter on the inside and buy yourself 15 min of sanity. Red is the normal rubber. If they shred that one get the black one.
Baby Gate / Playpen
Very young puppies should have small play areas. More access to the house can be granted over time.
This is a large wobble toy that holds an entire meal of kibble. As the puppy bats it around, food drops out of the hole.
Other Training Equipment
This is a somewhat random assortment of links that I find myself sending to people after training sessions. A few things like the remote collar and the Cato board have specific uses that you'll want to get training on before you run out and buy them.
"Lowest perceptible level" e-collar training a method that uses the e-collar at extremely low levels instead of aversive or punitive levels. When used correctly this amazing tool opens up a world of off-leash freedom.
This sturdy platform aids in doing field work and helps with "shaping" positions like sit and down.
Yes, it's essentially the cat toy but sized up for dogs. Dogs with even medium prey drive levels go bonkers for it and we can use that motivation to gamify obedience like "down" and "drop it." I like this retractible model.
Flirt Pole Lure (upgrade)
This is a much tougher and washable vinyl lure to attach to your flirt pole.
You'll hear Belgian Malinois trainers call this the "crack ball." For high-drive dogs that could care less about treats, the ball-on-a-rope becomes their #1 desire. Chuckit also makes a great one.
The Chuckit Paraflight is a toy you'll see everywhere. It throws great, it floats, it's easy for the dog to pick up even when lying flat on the ground.
Chuckit Foldable Launcher
I meet so many people that didn't know Chuckit makes a foldable version of their largest launcher! FWAP!
Double-Handled Tug Toy
If you have a dog that loves tug-o'-war and loves to thrash things about, it's important to build structure around this play and to have a solid "OUT" command.
Chuckit Kick Ball
Mix up your fetch games with this kickball. Dogs can easily pick this ball up because of the grooves.
Chuckit Glow Ball
Bring a flashlight to keep it glowing. This one is much lighter, cheaper, and safer than the battery powered LED ones.
For these tools to work effectively and humanely you need training on their usage. They must be the correct size, they must be fitted properly, and they must be introduced with care and intention.
Make sure to get one that still has a buckle (many don't) and where the triangle part is metal (some are cloth).
If you want to try the slip lead but you prefer to use your own leash, here's a slip collar. Easy to clip on and off!
These distribute pressure across a bunch of small, round-tip plastic triangles. For strong dogs with thin fur. Popular with Dobermanns.