I am not against e-collars, but I have to go with Anthony and Jag on that. I don't think that someone who doesn't even understand not to punish the dog when she does finally catch it is really going to be ready to use an e-collar soon.
All that's necessary is that the OP read and follow the instructions.
That shows a pretty fundamental lack of understanding about how dogs think and learn.
It's not necessary to "understand ... how dogs think and learn"
to use my methods. It's helpful if one wants to understand what's going on, but it's certainly not necessary.
Instead, I would recommend using a long lead and reward-based training to teach recall in a controlled manner as was described by posters on the first page of this thread. It's harder to make serious mistakes doing it that way.
If one can read and follow simple instructions, one can use my methods. And I'll disagree. It's JUST AS EASY to "make serious mistakes"
with a "long lead and reward based training ..."
While she is working on that, she can learn about the proper use of an e-collar and about how dogs learn, and then if she is still struggling with recall she can decide to add the e-collar to her toolbox.
There's no need to wait.
I don't mean any offense by that, OP. We all start somewhere. It certainly won't hurt to check out the site linked and consider an e-collar, but if you do go that route, you need to commit to really understanding how and when to use it so that your dog understands what you want. I've seen multiple dogs messed up by well-meaning owners using e-collars improperly so that's why I am so cautious about recommending them.
Here's the often−seen thinly−veiled warning given about Ecollars, that the poster has "seen multiple dogs messed up ..."
I'd bet a house payment that NONE of those trainers were using my methods. I'd bet that house payment that they were either using the Ecollar without direction or using it only for corrections. I often wonder why people make comments like this one, they're worthless as far as what I'm talking about. NEVER have my methods "messed up"
I've seen plenty of dogs "messed up"
by people using "a long lead and reward based training,"
but I never make such a comment until and unless others post the usual anti Ecollar "warning."
And while using an e-collar isn't rocket science, I've seen them misused more than I've seen them used properly when the owner is inexperienced and not under the direct guidance of a skilled trainer.
Here's another of those veiled warnings that are worthless to this discussion. You have ABSOLUTELY no evidence that the OP, using my methods, would "misuse"
I think they are one of the easiest training tools to misuse.
I think that it's far easier to misuse treats.
Based on my experience, I will not recommend them to inexperienced owners unless they are working with a good trainer.
I'm glad that you included the disclaimer, "based on [your] experience ..."
Based on MY experience, and I've put Ecollars on well over 3,000 dogs, I WILL recommend them to inexperienced owners, if they are reading and following my methods. My website has MANY testimonials from such people who used them, per my methods, and had no dog training experience at all.
I will also add that, when it comes to relative costs, the price of a decent but relatively inexpensive e-collar will still get you a 6-week training course with a decent trainer in most areas I've lived. Recall isn't a hard thing to train and it's not like you need a specialist to do so. I suspect that 1-on-1 help will be more beneficial than an e-collar for this particular owner.
And if the "6 week training course ..."
doesn't give the owner the desired results, that money is gone. Few trainers offer a money back guarantee. Usually they offer to allow the owner to attend more classes at no cost, if there's any guarantee at all. The problem here is that "more of the same" probably won't work, if it hasn't already.
If the owner has purchased an Ecollar, tries my methods and doesn't like the results, the Ecollar can be returned FOR A FULL REFUND, less a few bucks for shipping, as long as it's within 30 days of purchase. That being said, I've never had anyone ask for a refund.