Would like to have a beginning to now discussion of who introduced the first one, when, biggest innovations, and what companies came in when?? I really do not know.
Doug...it went back way before Cal....remember Johnny Wilson....from around Deleware Oh. He used a platform with a coil out of a model T rigged up.As I recall, two Arizona brothers who hunted cougars, first used e-collars as trash breakers. When I trained with Cal Barry in the early 60's, he had been one of, if not the first, retriever trainer to use the e-collar.
That was my very first collar...a RadarTron, made by what is now DT Systems. It had interchangeable plugs too, and a long, extendable metal antenna on the transmitter.Who made the collar that the antennae was a wire woven in the strap for the collar? I think it was Tri-Tronics but I can't remember, used to use one a number of years ago.
Tri Tronics, I bought one in 1971 on the installment plan, $299 dollars up front or $29/month, I chose the latter option, as a young employed veterinarian I was earning $750/month. It was called a 70 and it had one level and it packed a wallop, some were hotter than others, poor dogs!Who made the collar that the antennae was a wire woven in the strap for the collar? I think it was Tri-Tronics but I can't remember, used to use one a number of years ago.
Can`t believe none of the oldtimers here remember the hot platform made out of model t coil?That was the first electric trainining aid I remember.Got one hid over at moms somewhere?I think Rex took it to the next level with a collar.This woulda been in mid sixties.I really don`t know who`s idea it was but a pro Johnny Wilson used it.
I suppose, but , have been a participant to many of those "training" methods. Just saying I remember and choose to forget. Kinda like my early days as a cop (pre-Miranda) I choose to forget. Of course one can say you learn from the past to go forward in the future. It is part of retriever training history. IF I had to train to those methods today, would take up golf! Just my two cents Evan you are part of the solution and should be thanked with all the other contemporary Pros.I know how you feel Earl. But I think it needs to be remembered and learned from. As unpleasant as it is to look in the eye, it is our history, and is what brought us to this point.