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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Swampcollie View Post
I would avoid like the plague Sportdog, Petsafe, and other cheap collars. They are not consistent in operation and your dog deserves better than that. Get a quality well made E-collar. If you're going to do something do it right or don't do it at all.
AMEN to the above.

I've used a few different collars, mostly TriTronics (now owned by Garmin; there's been some concern about lesser quality since the acquisition by Garmin, but lots of pros use TT/Garmin, so they must be fine). I had a TT for around 10 years, then about the time that it started pooping out, my dog's photo was on the packaging for one of the lower level TT "sport" collars (the transmitter was not much larger than a pack of cigs), so I had an excuse to buy that collar. I intended to use it mainly for yard work, but the other collar stopped working all together, so I began using the "sport" collar in the field. Although it was not advertised as a "field trialer's collar," the dog earned his titles with it. Eventually it stopped working as well, at which time I bought a TriTronics Flyway Special G-2 ... I got many years of service out of it, but it stopped working after a while and Collar Clinic said that they couldn't repair it. So a new collar was in order.
After a fairly diligent search, I decided on a Dogtra Edge RT...I had owned a couple Dogtra bark collars and liked them, so I appreciated the quality of their products. PLUS, and this was a really big deal to me, Dogtra began to put click stops on the transmitter level indicator, like the TT collars had always had. I've used the Dogtra Edge RT for probably 5 years and like it a lot. Good range, good battery life, and a sufficient number of stimulation levels.
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I have had Dogtra Edge from day one and love it. I have replaced the batteries twice since 2014.

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I have a Pro550 - I wanted the continuous and monetary options with multiple levels. It's probably a little more collar than I really need (I don't do most of the field training anyway), but I'd rather have too much than too little.

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I would advise you to get a GPS system it has an excellent range, and additionally you can track your dog. I really like this feature when I'm out with my dog.
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BTW, I think if you read the Dogtra manual some advice is given on usage: Line of sight effectiveness (these EM waves travel rather straight), obstructions affect signal, and very important---where you hold the transmitter affects effectiveness.
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