Trusted Resources

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With so much information (much of it conflicting) and so many products (many with confusing reviews) available online, First Friends has a page of trusted resources including harnesses and collars, leashes and treats, toys and even DYI ideas and articles to help learners along their way!

Suggested books at Dogwise:
Patricia McConnell – Cautious Canine, Fastidious Feline, Feeling Outnumbered?,  Feisty Fido, I’ll Be Home Soon.
Also - Mine by Jean Donaldson, Guide to Living with and Training a Fearful Dog by Debbie Jacobs, On Talking Terms with Dog: Calming Signals by Turid Rugass

Harnesses: Freedom, Front Range, Balance , PetSafe 3-in-1Deluxe Easy Walk

Leashes/Collars: Mootsy Handmade Ombre Rope Dog Leash with Optional CollarHoopie Dog Collar & Matching Flat Out Leash Sets, EarthDog

Treat pouches: Trek & Train Bait Bag from Doggone Good

Treats: Cloud Star, Plato, Paps Psuka, Ziwi Peak, Stella and Chewy, and the singular YaDoggie!

Toys: Orbee BallOutward Hound Firehose Fetch, Kong Tracker, Kong  Sqwuggie, Beanie Braided Fleece Tug BallTugAway Tuff Pouch Food Toy,

Food puzzles: Twist n' TreatKongs, Toppl, Treat Dispensing Puzzle Ball, Snuffle Mat 

Other tools: Chew-Proof Indoor Tether for Dogs, Baskerville Ultra Dog Muzzle, Flexible Comfortable Basket Muzzle, GoToob

DYI: Snuffle Mat, homemade dog treats using silicon mat

You may notice that many of the items listed are sold through Pet Expertise. They do an amazing job of thoroughly testing everything they sell and have a perfect customer service record. As other companies go, pretty much any thing from Kong, RuffWear, and Planet Dog get two paws up from us. If you are a local, please also consider visiting one of our wonderful pet supply businesses! There you can find useful products and knowledgeable staff: Felton Feed and Pet Supply, Earthwise Pet Supply, Scotts Valley Feed, Pet Pals, Westside Farm & FeedWishbone Pet Company, and Pet People.

More content, including links to useful articles and interesting general reading, coming soon!