I read an old bird dog training book at the library once, and they had a few suggestions for dogs that hunted "varmin" (deer or unwanted game).
First, follow the dog while chasing until you can cut him off somewhere. Grab the dog, and give him a beating he won't forget. Along those same lines was the suggestion to pepper the chasing dog with bird shot.
Or, kill/cull that dog.
So, e-collar can fix varmint hunting in a few minutes. Isn't that more humane?
Same goes for IPO and protection sports. Tools, used correctly, make the training more humane, not less. They also allow a wider range of dogs to participate or compete. Along with a greater variety of handlers- many of whom vastly prefer more motivational, clear methods of training.
Anyone who tells you training was more humane prior to the e-collar or prong, they really don't know what they are talking about. Of course, any tool can be abused, but if you start to dig into dog sports and activities, you'll find the methods have become more humane and motivational, not less.
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