The concept of the dog jingler has not been around for a long time, but the concept has been used in other ways. Some of my friends and I have often put two bell’s on our dogs collars or lead. There are times when we’ve used them during long walks when trekking in woods. The noise of the bells jingling together affirms you where your dog is playing. Although this is not counted as training, the concept of two bells has been well-liked for finding your dog.
I truly believe the inventor has brought a new dimension to using two bells. I highly recommend the jingler, but would not suggest using it as a training method and to know of your dog’s whereabouts in the woods. It has to be one or the other since it will only confuse your dog.
Understanding the dog jingler
The inventor of the dog jingler is Stan Rawlinson (the original Dog Listener from the UK) didn’t come across this method by accident. Stan is a very intelligent man, and music is close to his heart. Many years ago, he noticed that dogs were tuned into certain sounds just like humans, and because of this, he developed the jingler.
The jingler is based on positive reinforcement and is similar to the clicker. The clicker training method is an awesome learning device, but from person experience, it requires more concentration, and it can be time consuming.
Many people become tired of clickers because owners loose them, you always need them at hand so can prove to be an inconvenience. People end up using a pen or clapping their hands as an alternative. In my opinion, the jingler is a better option to the clicker.
The beginnings of using the dog jingler
Many dog owners have successfully trained their dog using the jingler method. The gadget is cheap, easy, efficient and helps your dog learn quickly. The reviews suggest that it works quicker than any other method, and I can personally vouch for its reliability.
The method is based on sound therapy to gently recondition your dog into obedience. It enforces good behavior without force or negative coercion. Your dog has to concentrate on your commands and moves at all times so this develops a pleasant bond and trust.
The jingler informs your dog of his error, and if he’s obedient, a treat and/or positive words can be given. If your dog isn’t compliant, then there are zero rewards.
As with all training methods, they start in the home never on the streets or the open fields. Any behavior exhibited in the home always finds its way into the outside world at some point of other. If you get it right in the home, then you’ve mastered it outside!
The dog jingler is capable of correcting and reinforcing recall, walk to heel, sitting, staying, excessive barking and much more. Another gadget is the pet corrector; however, I believe this induces fear to high pitch sounds compared to the jingler which creates positive emotions. Furthermore, the canister will eventually run out of compressed air, and so you’ll need to another, which is a further expense.
I have used the pet corrector, and my dog hates it; he’ll run away and hide under a bed. Granted, for some dog owners this could mean bliss, maybe the postman fingers won’t be eaten! You cannot take the pet corrector outside as the sound becomes ineffective. The jingler doesn’t create any fear or anxiety; it’s cheap, and you don’t have to renew it. In my opinion, the jingler is a better option to the pet corrector.
Making or buying a dog jingler?
You can buy a dog jingler online HERE; for UK buyers, it is significantly cheaper to buy from Stan rather than make one. The dog jingler from the Dog Listener is complete and ready to attach to a lead without any difficulties. The device is very inexpensive, especially when you compare it to hiring a professional trainer. You will be pleased to know worldwide delivery is offered.
Maybe you want to make one, then all you need are two bells, a split key chain ring and a carabiner. Sometimes bells can be bought with a split key chain ring attached, but they are too small and fiddly to attach to the lead, it’s best to remove them and attach a bigger ring.
Instead of using a carabiner, you could use a lobster clasp, but I have found them to be unreliable in-that they easily detach from leads and collars. Some carabiners do not offer a locking mechanism, beware of this because just like a lobster clasp, they easily detach form collars and leads.