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K9 Handler Matt Burnett is the director of training at Freedog USA so his EDC is a bit varied. He says they’re “all items that I don’t go a day without. Having multiple knife options and a high-performance dog training gear allows me to bring my service dog with me off leash to alert me when my oxygen intake is poor or to engage an impending threat. There is not a day in the last several months I’ve been without these items.”


Matt’s carry gun is a Ruger LC9s Pro carried in a Bianchi #100 Professional IWB.

The Dogtra collar and remote are familiar to those of us who have hunting dogs, as is the lead. Do you have any dog-related gear as part of your EDC? Personally, I like to keep a pocket full of cookies for my four-legged herd.


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  1. “high-performance dog training gear allows me to bring my service dog with me off leash to alert me when my oxygen intake is poor or to engage an impending threat.”

    Off-leash attack dog? Sounds tacti-tool AF.

  2. Shock collars create fearful and anxious dogs. Credible trainers don’t use them, neither do LEO trainers I’ve worked with. There’s plenty of research and experience to show they are a poor substitute for real training.

    • They aren’t a substitute for training, you’re correct about that. However, they are a good tool for communicating with your dogs when they are off-leash, just as a prong collar is for when they’re on-leash. Using a remote collar at the lowest working level to get the dogs attention, while delivering a command, then releasing when they’ve performed said command (pressure-on, pressure-off).

      I don’t know if you’re a “purely positive reinforcement” training person or not, but, in my opinion, that school of thought is one of the reasons our shelters are full of dogs. Reward good behavior at all times, but at the same time, bad behavior must be punished.

      • Thats how i use them with our GSP. She gets distracted sometimes and will tend to ignore me; a quick press of the vibrate or beep button and shes back paying attention but sometimes shes needs a zap when she finds a small animal nearby.
        Still learning all this dog training stuff though. It never ends!

  3. My dog-loving friends will sometimes leash their best friend on a carabiner, which they keep handy for use on a daily basis. Not sure if that qualifies as part of an everyday carry pocket dump. My everyday carry pocket dump would include a multi-tool and its holster, such as a leatherman or victorinox swiss army knife. Some folks I know include in their everyday carry gear items such as a streamlight aaa flashlight, bottle opener, and smartphone, mostly big iphones. Of course, edc pocket dumps include a lot of knife brands, such as gerber, spyderco, kershaw, benchmade, crkt and other folding knife/pocket knife gadgets.


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