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I don't no if I should get anything else. Other than a harness, training leash, clippers, treats, food.

I have the crate, toys, shampoo/conditioner, tooth brush/paste, brush, leash, collar, food/water bowl, nail clippers, a chew bone (that I think I'll wait till his adult teeth are in for)



What else do you think I should get?

Also Heres some new pictures of him! Got them a little while ago. We've decided on a name, Ty, and he's an English Springer Spaniel.





He's getting spots!!!
 

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Spaniel puppies are so cute! I love their coats and their little ears... and how they always look so bewildered. How old is he in those pictures?

Your list looks pretty complete, though I favour a regular flat nylon collar over a harness. I would also pick up some Nature's Miracle enzymatic cleaner, to get out the pee spots. You might want to get some bitter apple spray while you're at it.
 

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He's 5 weeks 3 days :D Thanks!

Right! I forgot the enzymatic cleaner! Thanks. I also have bitter apple spray :) . My cat used to chew wires...*sigh* I do have two flat nylon collars, one for when we bring him one until about 4-6 months, then I have his "adult" collar and leash :)
 

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Are you planning on clicker training him? If so, I'd get a clicker. Maybe also some fish oil supplements. Hmm... ear cleaning solution. Flea/tick preventative if you're going to be putting him on those (though you may very well choose not to). Sorry I keep adding to your list!!
 

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I prefer the dremel to nail clippers, but that might just because I like sanding random things for no particular reason. Do you have a grooming/deshedding brush? I use the Kong Zoon Groom because it's rubber, but I've heard people rave about the Furminator. You look pretty set.

I have two small backpacks that I keep as separate grooming and cleanup kits. You've got everything you need for the grooming kit, but my cleanup kit includes one spray bottle of enzymatic cleaner, 2 shammy cloths, 1 soft towel, a blacklight, and a small set of baby wipes. The shammy cloth is essential - nothing else sops up liquid quite like it.

I also bought a steam cleaner, but I have carpeting throughout my condo. Your mileage may vary.
 

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I don't plan on clicker training, though that would be a great thing to have if I was! Hmm...I might still. I have ear cleaner (forgot to say that, I use it on my cats and ferrets, so its not in the crate :) ). And I'm all set for Revolution :D . Oh and I have Omega 3 supplement as well.

As for grooming...I do have a brush, but I don't have everything yet. I see about getting either the Kong Zoom Groom or Furminator, thanks! And I never thought of the backpacks, I'll make sure I do that as well!

Thanks everyone!
 

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I would recommend clicker training. There is all sorts of free information about it Online. Just check out:

http://www.clickertraining.com (Lots of free info. Check out the iclick!)
http://www.dogstardaily.com (Read the Training Textbook!)
Then see it all come together: http://www.fannygott.com

"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Training" by Pamela Dennison is a must read. Another great one is "Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson.

I'd also throw in some healthy treats to your selection there. Zukes Mini Naturals, Buddy Biscuits, Natural Balance roll, etc.
 

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Corteo - Clickers are non emotional, consistant, unique to the dogs' environment, faster than a spoken marker and the click registers with the amygdala, a part of the brain associated with rapid learning.
 

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But what is wrong with other training techniques? Why is clicker better. (It's hard to put your feelings in type. Please understand, that I'm asking out of curiosity, wanting to learn, not being abrasive)
There are a lot of things that can be accomplished with clicker training that can be accomplished with other methods just as well. But I can also think of a ton of other things that I wouldn't even attempt teaching through any other method. Things like closing the door. Opening the fridge. Pushing a ball to the other side of the room. Picking up toys and putting them all back in a basket. Getting the phone when it rings and taking it over to you. These are things that are entirely doable when you use clicker training, but how would you even begin teaching them through luring, molding or any negative method?

With other methods, you can probably get a potty-trained dog that behaves well in the house and knows basic obedience. Clicker training will help accomplish this too, but it also allows you to train your dog in all kinds of other things. I wouldn't say clicker training is definitively more successful than any other method, but it definitely is the most versatile.
 

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Clicker training is incredibly effective. I stopped clicker training largely because of my unique combination of being both an idiot (I kept losing my clickers) and maladroit (couldn't balance the clicker, leash, treats, and poop bag at the same time), but I immediately noticed a huge difference in training times once I stopped.

Positive reinforcement & praise without a clicker works, but it's a lot slower. The main reasons are: (1) it's hard to keep a consistent tone and inflection when using your voice, (2) unless you were a Marine Drill Instructor, chances are your voice doesn't carry as well as a click, and (3) it's a lot harder to time even a short bridge word like 'Yes'. The click is so fast, unique, and consistent that dogs are able to learn very, very quickly.

Again - I switched away from the clicker because of my own limitations, not because of the efficacy of the clicker. If you're the slightest bit smarter or more dextrous than myself (not a difficult task), you should seriously consider the clicker.
 

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Thank you for the replies!

Corteo - Clickers are non emotional,
Could you explain please?

Right now, I use the clicker for tricks. I do however, use a prong or choke (I swear that's the worst name) for obedience, with verbal praise, and occasional treats. The reason I chose to use the prong/choke, is I have seen to many clicker trained dogs, that don't stay in there sit etc. When ever a new dog comes up, they get up, and play. While this is the trainers fault, and not the dogs, I want to be able to correct that.(for safety reasons. i.e., you come to a busy street, and put the dog in sit while you wait to cross I want to be able to correct the dog if she gets up from a sit, and heads to the street). This is not for eveyone, but this is my reasons.

Thanks so much guys.

BTW, I would get some pet gates silverphoenix69.
 
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