Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Ontario, Canada
E-Coller and Michael Ellis training methods?
So I was advised to go through a reputable trainer when it came to using the E-Coller on my 9 month old GSD. So I did my research and found a great trainer in my area. I asked her what types of methods she used when it came to training with the E-Coller and this was the response I got from her:
"Basically, all "modern" remote collar training is what we call low level e-collar training. There are variations on a theme, of course, and each trainer (even within the same organization ) is slightly different. Sit Means Sit and Offleash K9's protocols are near identical. Offleash K9 is the company that produced the video you sent me. Lou Castle is only one of an army of e-collar trainers, and honestly, he's not regarded as of the top trainers in this field, although he is very good. He has his own style, which is effective, but it's just one approach. I'm familiar with the SMS method, Lou's approach and those of trainers such as Duke Ferguson in PEI and finally Michael Ellis in San Francisco. My approach probably most closely resembles that of Michael Ellis' with my own protocols that have been developed and keep evolving after every dog I train."
Now I've done a fair amount of research into Lou Castle's methods, and feel very confident in his training methods. I however know nothing on Michael Ellis, so that's where you guys come in! Based on the response I received from my trainer, what do you guys think? Are Michael Ellis's methods any good? I've read so many horror stories on "ruined" dogs after e-coller training, so naturally the paranoid part of me is really worried about it.