Ecollar with Vizslas?
I would like to gather opinions from those who have seen e-collars used.
First off, I do not own an e-collar and have always thought negatively towards them. Before ever getting a dog, it never crossed my mind that I would ever consider using one, however, that said, I have a 9 month old V that started resource-guarding at a very young age (around 5 and a half months) which I addressed right away with the breeder and a professional trainer in-home. After implementing what the trainer taught us, his resource-guarding has gone down significantly, however, it is still an issue. The trainer who came to see me did a free consult hour with me, so it wasn't like we paid her for ongoing training. He has bitten everyone in the family, including my 75 year old mother, who admittedly went to pet him from behind right after he had dropped what he was guarding. It's was definitely a combo of resource guarding and anxiety in that situation because he had just met my mom.
Anyway, our plan has always been to get him into a trainer since the last one we saw for a full boot camp of sorts, but it's been overwhelming trying to pick the right trainer who will be successful with a challenge as big as ours and with the amount of time and money we will have spent on this, we want to pick the right trainer to do the job. I've had dozens of community members recommend trainers who get 5-star reviews who address aggression issues, but many of these trainers do use e-collars. After much research, my view has slightly been altered, although I've never used one nor have I handled one yet. What I do know is that there are different stimulation settings on an e-collar and when used correctly, the e-collar is said to be un-harmful and an extremely effective tool.
Has anyone here used an e-collar with a trainer successfully with their V or know someone with a V with a good/bad experience with an e-collar and trainer?
Thanks in advance.