Equipment, Toys, and Calming Aids

Dr. Ward may recommend equipment or products as part of your dog’s behavior management, training, and modification plan. Please click on the appropriate links below for more information and to order online through Amazon

Head Collars for Advanced Control

Head collars provide the extra control needed when walking large, strong dogs and/or when working with a dog who may be reactive to sights, sounds, etc. If your dog is reacting to people or other dogs on walks, a behavioral consultation appointment is recommended.

Black Dog Training Halter (from Australia)

Black Dog Training Halter with a Connector Trap

Body Harness for Help with Pulling

Freedom No-Pull Harness

Treat Pouches

Food Puzzle Toys

Great for separation anxiety dogs, and dogs who need a job to do (essentially all dogs!). These toys can be stuffed with wet, canned food, or a mixture (depending on the toy). Please always supervise your dog when using these food-dispensing toys.

Wooly Snuffle Mat

Calming Products

These products may help some dogs with mild to moderate anxiety. Use as directed by your behavioral clinician.


A chemical means of communication that is species specific and has been shown to have calming effects, especially when used in conjunction with other calming products.


Functions much like a pressure wrap used with autistic children and can have a calming effect. Please note that the Thundershirt should also be worn when the dog is relaxing (so that he/she doesn’t come to associate the shirt with a stressful event.

Veterinary Nutraceuticals

A “nutraceutical” is a supplement containing food-derived ingredients. If you would like some additional help with your dog’s anxiety and aren’t ready to opt for prescription behavioral medication, trying a veterinary nutraceutical, may help with mild to moderate anxiety. You don’t need a prescription for supplements, but please always discuss the addition of any supplements with your dog’s veterinarian prior to administration.

Basket Muzzle

Spray Shield (citronella spray deterrent)


For good behavioral management, such as when having visitors to the house (if you dog is at all uncomfortable about visitors), before answering the front door and signing for a package, when needing to keep distance between a baby or child and dog and more.