E-collars have changed dramatically in the last few years, and features now offered on many top-of-the-line models—rising stimulation, tone, vibration, digital readouts, GPS tracking capability and containment systems—were virtually unheard of a dozen years ago. All this requires a learning curve on the part of the trainer, but it’s worth it. Today’s collars are more effective and easier on the dog than they’ve ever been, and any way you look at it, that’s progress.

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