I love how people think what works for their dog will work for others. Do those studies take into account that many people use the e-collar wrong?E-collars are absolutely not needed for anything and I could spam you with studies showing how bad they are. I have a huge bucovina shepherd and a working line GSD and I walk both with police style harnesses, not even collars. Never used prongs, e-collars, anything. They are both well behaved and don't react to other dogs unless they literally attack them (in that case they are free to), which pretty much never happens cause not many dogs have the balls to attack an 86 cm to withers, 70-80 kg dog. And if I could train my bucovina shepherd to walk calmly on a loose leash and ignore everything without beating him, shocking him or putting nails in his neck, you can train any dog to do so. To understand: bucovinas are similar in temperament (and size) to caucasian shepherds. Ultra protective, high natural aggressiveness, dominance, really high same sex aggression. All around much more hardcore and difficult in every way compared to GSDs. And my GSD is also pretty high prey and defence drive.
P.S. trained a number of other breeds and dogs using the same methods as well, gave mine as an example cause they are higher difficulty breeds than labs, goldens and viszlas.
My dog has been attacked and charged by multiple dogs. People in a Florida don’t think they need leashes. I’ve raised multiple dogs without an Ecollar. My current 16 year old has never had anything more than a buckle collar.
When I took my dog to a board and train, they couldn’t even get a collar on him without a bitesuit. He didn’t like strangers touching him. An ecollar was not as personal to my dog vs a stranger correcting him on a leash. He needed trust built. He came back to me a different dog. He’s not scared or shy of the ecollar. Heck, I haven’t really had to use it. Isn’t that a better quality of life for my dog for 5 weeks of training?
Either way, I’m happy with the results. Peace.