I've come across at least 3 different basic e-collar techniques used by well-known retriever trainers and I'd like to know your opinions on which is best.
I'll try to summarize them as I understand them below:
(1) The Original Dobbs/Tritronics Method: Apply low, continuous stimulation. Give command. Cease stimulation once command is executed. I think it is a version of "Escape Training". Vocalization should not occur.
(2) The Pat Nolan/Dogtra Method: Give command, apply repeated "taps" of low level stimulation until command is executed. I believe this method would be categorized as "Avoidance Training".
(3) The Mike Lardy Method: Give command, apply medium to high stimulation once as a "nick" using a continuous stimulation button (not the momentary button). Vocalization is acceptable. I think it is another version of "Avoidance Training".
Which do you believe is the most effective method? The most humane method?
Feel free to correct me, if I'm misrepresented any of the above methods. Also, let me know if I've missed a method.
Thanks in advance for your insights,