Jambo – Mischievous Puppy to Trick Dog Champion!

How did we achieve this?

The answer is simple – with Positive Reinforcement Training!
No force, no fear, no intimidation, no manipulation, no compulsion…..

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Using positive reinforcement is not only based in science, it is also a fast, effective and fun way of teaching your dog new behaviours.

It establishes a pattern of learning and trust allowing you to bond more deeply with your dog. You can increase desired behaviours and decrease unwanted ones.  Positive reinforcement training uses rewards not force.
Many behavioural problems can be solved by channelling your dog’s energy into something constructive. You can convert your dog’s energy and drive into productive behaviours.  Is your dog constantly getting himself into trouble?…. “Jambo – Staffy Bull Terrier Trick Dog Champion” is very mischievous and has bundles of energy, but working with him to learn new tricks helps to use up some of this energy while, at the same time, creating new positive behaviours!

 

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Jambo is one of the “infamous” Bully breeds.  He’s also the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to be a Trick Dog Champion! So maybe “famous” would be a more fitting description than “infamous”!

He achieved this title at just 16 months old and we did this using positive reinforcement training!  I think you could say that Jambo is a typical “Bully” – he has a lot of energy!  He was a very “nippy” puppy – we nicknamed him “crocodile” as he would come at you “snap, snap, snap”!  He was also the ultimate thief and very destructive!  How did we go from this to him being a Trick Dog Champion?

The answer is simple – We used rewards!

All dogs (in fact all animals) learn in the same way – They repeat behaviours they find rewarding and they avoid doing things that they find aversive. You can therefore train with rewards or with punishment. You can reward them for walking on a loose leash or you can punish them with a choke, prong or e-collar.   If you choose the punishment route it will work, but at what cost to your dog’s physical and mental well-being and at what cost to your relationship?
Why train with fear when you can train with rewards?
Force-free Training shouldn’t just be an option it should be an obligation!
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Are pinch/prong collars magic?

We think pinch/prong collars should never play a part in “training” your dog. What do you think?

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There’s a lot of information going around about training tools. Some factual, some less so. A lot of it is heavily steeped in emotion and bias. I suppose I would be lying if I didn’t make it clear that I’m biased myself, I don’t advocate tools that use pain to function. But that aside, I feel that it’s important to give factual, unbiased information so that consumers are armed with accurate information in order to make an informed training tool decision. If something uses pain to work, people should be aware. So where do pinch collars stand? How do they work, and why do they work?

You have several variations of the pinch collar. Most have thin prongs of uniform thickness, while a few…

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