Rated 2 out of 5áby Marmota Disappointed
I ordered this collar to replace an old but reliable Dogtra 2500 T&B collar that has a battery that no longer holds a good charge. First, let me say it's great to be able to remotely control a beeper collar. The ability to instantly change modes as conditions change (from say run mode to point only); to hit the "locate" button when you lose track of your dog; and to turn the beeper off when you find a dog on point and want to protect its hearing (and yours) are great. Having one transmitter that controls the beeper and the training (electric) collar is the best of all worlds. I had hoped this "T&B" collar would be a step up from the Dogtra, which has the beeper mounted under the dog's chin integral with the training collar, and a high volume that isn't all that high. But I was a disappointment for two primary reasons: 1) the collar doesn't balance well on my smallish female setter's head, with the training component on the bottom and the beeper on top as intended. Unless I put the collar on really tight (too tight for comfort), it rides cockeyed after a head shake or two, with the beeper closer to a 10 o'clock position right next to one of my dog's ears. Not good for her hearing! I suspect this is because the difference in weight between the beeper and training components aren't that great. And 2) the beeper is not sensitive enough. It starts beeping when a dog has slowed down but is not on point, and it is slow to stop beeping even when a dog starts running again. This might be good if you have a dog that is hesitant on point or creeps, but when I push through thick prickly ash or slog across a muddy alder bottom in response to a steady beep I want to know for sure my dog's on point. After using this collar for two full days I no longer trust it. I really wanted to like it. The range of volume is great, as are the choice of beeper sounds (the high-to-low beep is very easy to locate). But I am returning it and will order another Dogtra 2500 T&B collar.
October 15, 2012