I've had a year and a half of medical problems that have kept me from training my (now 3-year-old) working-line male GSD. I have no access to a trainer.
I've started his training after Steven Lindsay's references (http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Applied-Behavior-Training-Vol/dp/0813807387/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389800535&sr=1-3). Positive reinforcement, teaching and befriending, etc. It's going along alright - basic obedience right now.
But his barking . . . gawd! His favorite trick in the whole world is "speak." "Quiet" is not coming along real well.
I recently boarded him with a trainer whom I trust. She recommended a bark collar. I found E-Collar's BarkLess (link
), but looking into it I wonder if a full-on electronic training collar might be more useful.
The dog "commutes" to my home office for the day. The bark collar would be to keep him quiet for that, mostly. I don't need to leave him alone with it.
The thing is, I need to get on his training. I had not really considered an e-collar for training, but he will be doing scent and agility type work, at the least. He's a pretty high-octane dog, probably would be just fine with police work.
So . . . would a full-on training e-collar be useful? Bark-specific collar? Both?
P.S. Just to be clear, I would not use a bark collar for training proper, just for training him about when it's okay to bark.