I have trained 2 dogs, my own 2 dogs in a gentle humane manner without the use or need for any type of training collar. I must say I have 2 very well behaved well mannered pleasant dogs, that are fully house & toilet trained, both are non destructible, both don’t chew anything that is not theirs, their bedding is still intact, they only chew on their own chew toys or their food or dinner bones. Both don’t pull or tug me while being walked, even my children can control & walk both of my dogs without the dogs misbehaving or tugging or pulling on the lead. ( pls note that I’m not irresponsible & i don’t allow my children to walk either dog without myself or my oh present).
I use the same technique as i used on my human kids, IGNORE unacceptable behavior & PRAISE PRAISE & MORE PRAISING of acceptable behavior.
Both of my dogs were adopted by me, Floyd adopted at 7yrs old & he was toilet & house trained when i adopted him & by whom i don’t know, if on the rare occasion that Floyd needs to go to the toilet in the middle of night, he comes upstairs & wakes me to let him outside for toilet run. He did have a habit of tugging & pulling while walking, but he soon over came that & now walks beside me or if i feel like it i do let him walk in front of me as he does like to be guard & protect my kids & me & i don’t have a single problem with that at all ( i like the idea that he is guarding & looking out for my children’s & i safety etc) & he does listen & stop if i ask him to do so. It was quiet easy to train him to stop pulling & tugging me or my children while walking, whenever he tugged or pulled, i would get him to sit & we would just wait & at the same time i would just ignore him as if he weren’t there, he soon learnt that he wasn’t getting my attention & (that’s he’s worst fear as SBT’s love nothing more than human affection or attention), after ignoring him for a few minutes, we would start walking again & i would reward him with kind praises & pats & as soon as he pulled or tugged again we would repeat the sitting / ignoring process again. This personal training method of mine worked a treat & it only took a few walks to perfect.
In Regards to recall at leash free park or at home while playing etc, i use yet again my own personal training method, if Floyd or Zep did not respond to me calling them i would walk over to them, put them back on the leash & walk to a park bench or to my car & i would just sit & ignore them for a few mins, then we would go back into leash free park, i let them off the lead & let them have free run / playtime, i would call them & if no response i would do repeat the sit down & ignore process, when either of my dogs do listen to me & respond to me calling them i reward them with food treats, pats & lots of positive kind words, it didn’t take long for either 1 of my dogs to realize what was going on & i soon had 2 dogs that were great at recall.
Zeppelin (RIP) was adopted by me @ 1 yr old, he was toilet & house trained & he too like Floyd needed some training in regards to walking & recall etc & i used the same training ( my personal training method) method on Zep as i used on Floyd.
I never used any type of training collar, i used a regular collar whilst training, walking my dogs & i use the same same type of collar for everyday use.
I don’t care if anyone is skeptic about the my own personal training method, as far as i’m concerned it worked in a positive manner & that’s the main thing. I have 2 very well behaved, trustworthy, easily pleased, loving Stafford’s that i’m very proud of regardless of anyone else’s opinion.
That is all is all i have to say on the matter, i've said my bit & don’t wish to participate in this topic anymore.