Thanks, Thomas for explaining that! I am not a dog trainer per se, but have spent a lifetime among animals, and there isn't that much difference between training a horse, a border collie, or a malinois. I can go on any dog or horse training venue and hear the same cries of never using a prong or ecollar, never needing to use anything but a snaffle bit on a horse. You don't need to use any of these aids for sure, if you never expect any higher level of performance from your animal.Sara,
In Australia, Europe or the USA. Banning of e-collars or prong collars is usually political or emotional and done by people who have no first hand knowledge of their proper usage :-(
Most of the banning is emotional, even the banning of slaughtering horses, which at first glance seems good to a lover of fine animals, but in reality it leads to lower prices, and ultimately to even registered horses not being worth the ever-increasing cost of feed and they have been turned loose on public land to fend for themselves and eventually starve to death. With animals, it is normally better to think rather than use emotion, actually it works a hell of a lot better with people as well!