These are my two young pups yesterday. I was trying to take a picture of them on this little foot bridge when an unleashed dog came running up the other end of the bridge.
The two pups are on full alert -- look at their tails -- but they turned around with nothing more than a little cluck from me, and we walked the way we were going, while the woman with the black dog tried to leash up her charge. It was a nice no-drama moment without leash.
Misto and Moxie are very young working terriers, which is to say their default position is "excitable psycho."
And yet, thanks to a very short period of e-collar training with low-nick tapping and vibration, these two are very close to being no trouble at all in field or forest, and they are getting better with every excursion.
I use my voice as their first signal to come back or come in closer -- it's also the signal that they will get a treat from the kibble bag on my belt. The tap-vibrate mode is the next signal up, and it too is a "stop and come back for treat" signal. The third signal up is the regular nick, and it is set for 8 and 9 on the pups (you cannot feel 6). It is an emphatic "don't even think about it" and also comes with a treat if they are looking for it. The "boost" (my fourth-tier signal) has only been used once, for a herd of deer that rose up in tall grass just 20 feet away from us on our regular trail walk. The boost is the regular nick plus 10. The collar can dial up to 100, but even at full boost, it's never gone over 20.
One simple no-fumble remote control works both collars separately, and the levels of stimulation on both collars can be set independently of each other.
The new ecollars are light years ahead of the old stuff, and I have no hesitation at all in recommending this excellent bit of kit. Even Mountain Girl now stays close, and she knows what lies over every hillock. Amazing!