Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
It really depends on what your goals are and the reason for using the E-collar in pursuit of those goals. I use an e-collar in my training (started using one in 2001), but it has never been my choice for general use. Fine tuning, control work, distance work, but not for basic obedience or teaching in the early stages.
No, if used correctly your dog will not become dependent on the collar. How a dog reacts to the E-collar depends on how it is used and the temperament of the dog. I would want to watch the trainer using the E-collar in training on another dog, preferably one with a similar temperament to your dog and one whose handler has similar goals.
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