Sometimes the physicality of training a very big, or very little, dog can be challenging, but there are hacks that can make life easier for pet parents on both ends of the size spectrum.
Pet parents with the one-two punch of back pain and a large-breed dog might benefit from a hands-free leash that goes around the waist, which shifts the leash contact point from hands to the much stronger center of the body.
Rewarding little dogs during leash training is easier if you use a wooden spoon coated in peanut butter to extend your reach so you don’t have to bend down to give a goody, or you can train your dog to look for treats dropped on the ground in front of him instead of giving him a treat directly from your hand.
If your big dog coats your hand in slobber every time you give him a treat, opt for a soft treat dispensing “squeeze tube,” which is similar to a toothpaste tube filled with dog food paste. This handy tool will keep your hands saliva-free.