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elcome to LouCastle.com, the website that will help you learn to use an Ecollar.  

This site is devoted to dog training. Primarily it's about using the Ecollar. There are "how-to" articles here that will teach you how to use an Ecollar to train your dog, even if you've never before trained a dog! There are general training articles to help you with common problems that occur with dogs. There's an attached forum to discuss questions that you have about how your training is going and to discuss problems that arise. There are places to display photos of your dog. The Forum is a place to discuss anything related to dogs or dog training. Any dog training tool or method is open for discussion there, from clickers to Ecollars to pinch collars.

There are many ways to use an Ecollar, but this site is about "softer" uses of them, at low levels of "stim," to teach, train, and proof dogs. If you already use Ecollars you can learn new techniques and improve your work. The methods described in the articles have been refined through years of using them on dogs of dozens of breeds, of all ages, and for dozens of issues.

This is NOT the correct place to have "the Ecollar debate" where people who oppose the tool rant about how "abusive" anyone is who uses the tool. If that's what you're interested in, go somewhere else.


NOTE: If you're using a mobile device to view the site, please read "News" at the bottom of this page.

If you're having trouble trying to join the forum please email me by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Lou


've been training dogs since 1979. I started out as a police K-9 handler for a medium size police department in the Los Angeles area. After my dog retired I became the in-house trainer for the department for the next 15 years or so, until I was injured on the job and had to retire.

Now I train pets, Police Service Dogs and SAR dogs. I also serve as a legal consultant on K-9 matters and as an instructor at K-9 seminars across the U.S. and in Europe.


Lou Castle Seminar


here is no better way to learn to use an Ecollar, or to troubleshoot your K-9 training, than a Lou Castle seminar. Discover the methods you, your department, or your group, can use to increase your efficiency and eliminate training problems.

Lou Castle seminars are custom tailored to your needs. From training problems, to behavioral issues, to specific training needs, let me show you how fast and easy it is to make progress.



NOTE: If you're using a mobile device you may have a bit of trouble getting to
the articles because the drop down windows may not work. If that's the case,
click on the three dots at the top right of your screen. Then click on the
"Desktop Site" button and the articles on the drop down windows will appear. If
this was a commercial site and you were paying to view the articles I'd update
it so that it would work more easily with mobile devices. Since the information
is presented to you free of charge, and I'd have to pay to have it converted...............

SECOND NOTE: If you've come here from the old Modern Ecollar Training forum by
clicking on an old link or entering "www.modernecollartraining.com" into your
browser you've arrived at the new LouCastle.com site. To get to the forum, click
the link in the menu bar above. There will continue to be a pointer to this site
for a short time but then that entry and the link will stop working. Please
change your links so that they point to "www.loucastle.com/forum" and you'll be
taken directly to the new forum.

You can also see the "How to articles" by entering
"www.loucastle.com" into your browser window.