Although never an e collar trainer, nor ever wishing to be so now or in the future, I did what I could to protest the banning of their use in Wales, unfortunately, not to much avail.
I can't speak for Robert, but I've always said that if I ran up against a problem that I couldn't tackle from my own resources, I'd quite cheerfully use a collar. And yes, I do own one, and it's remained in its box unused for the last six years. If ever I wanted to use it I merely have to walk a couple of miles over the hill or drive a few more round the road into England. At one point I can swim the dog across the river Severn, give him a couple of legal zaps, and recall him to the nearside bank where he'd be safe ... how crazy is that?You, Polmaise, and a bunch of others would probably think it's cool.
Having said that I'm temperamentally unsuited to e collar training; I've never hidden the fact that I grew up in the days of brutal dog training and was once part of it. My personal journey from those days has been just that, my personal journey. It's taken me to places that many in here think little of, but what do you know, it doesn't bother me a bit! It's sometimes forgotten that dog training science has advanced since those days, collar or no collar.
I've had a really cruel trot with my own dogs recently. Last year I had three regular workers and one old boy, mostly retired, who could enjoy a warm afternoon on a shoot; tomorrow I've got just one to go out with and nothing else. Of course I'm looking to get some new pups into the kennel, but the thought of using an e collar isn't even on the radar. I won't hit a dog, zap a dog, or do anything else other than the things that please me.
Your mileage as they say, may differ.