I'm an obedience trainer. I train my own dogs. An E-collar is simply a training tool. As with all training tools, it can be abused. Used properly, there's no problems. An e-collar can be very helpful for training off leash behaviors and reinforcing them without causing the dog to have a negative association when used correctly. Going off the logic of not using an e-collar on kids but using them on dogs; we dont use crates for kids but we use them for housetraining a puppy/adult dog and for keeping them out of trouble/harms way when we're unable to directly supervise them as well as when we need a break from crazy mouthy puppies. Its all a training tool and used properly, the dog developes a positive association with them.
I use a prong collar for my female. It's a training tool. She's got no negative associations with it. When there's a negative association with something, thats where you'll have problems.
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