Dog training can be a lot easier with the right help, and sometimes, that help comes in the form of devices, gizmos and treats. Here are five products that take the stress out of training:

1. Flirt pole: A flirt pole just looks like a fishing pole, with a toy tied to the end.

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NEW YORK — A Spanish farm and fishing dog, a Sicilian rabbit-hunting breed, an Italian sheepdog with a distinctive matted coat and a rugged South African watchdog are joining the American Kennel Club pack.

The kennel club announced Wednesday that the Spanish water dog, the Cirneco dell'Etna (cheer-NAY-koh-dehl-eht-nah), the Bergamasco and the Boerboel (BUHR'-buhl) will become recognized breeds Jan.

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Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:18 p.m.
Updated 53 minutes ago

Walking into Keystone Canine Training Club, training director Lucy McCloskey was accompanied by her border collie, Sonny.

He was quick with demonstrations in agility, rally, obedience, tricks and nose work.

“All dogs need a job to do. It gives them a feeling of purpose,” McCloskey said.

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