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Old 09-25-2018, 07:53 PM   #1
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What is your overall opinion on electronic dog collars for hunting dogs? Pros/cons, or any negative experiences?
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:02 PM   #2
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My very un professional opinion is that they can be a good tool if used right. Dont teach commands with an e collar, enforce commands that are already learned.
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:35 PM   #3
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I use them when running my pack of beagles aka the "Gang of Idiots". A collar is a great tool if used properly. If not used properly it's easy to ruin a good dog.

I rarely have to shock them anymore. While training I always tone them before lightly shocking. After they are trash broke (running deer or off game) I can just blow my whistle, tone them and they head for the truck to load up.

There are some good videos on Youtube.
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:42 PM   #4
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Bar none the most effective tool in dog training.

That said there are right ways and wrong ways. Lots of great videos on YouTube. Look up ecollar conditioning.

Biggest mistakes are using to high a setting... I've never had to go past 3. Vibrate works most of the time once they are conditioned.

Second biggest mistake. Using the collar too early... 6 months is the ABSOLUTE BARE MINNIMUM. Im a fan of 8 months. The dog needs to understand what the CORRECT response is B4 they zapped...

Also.. some dogs are just too soft... I've got an older dog who if you look at him funny he gets BUTT hurt. Not a good ecollar candidate

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Old 09-25-2018, 10:55 PM   #5
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Best thing I ever got for my catahoula and can't wait to get my pup started on one. Gona give him another month or two before I introduce him to the lighting.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:49 AM   #6
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I would not consider training any other way. I use the Garmin Alpha and can track and train my dogs. I like the idea that you can discipline them without physically spanking them which can sometimes make them shy.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:53 AM   #7
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They work great on the kids too if they get out of line
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:54 AM   #8
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Catch the garmin unit on sale bassprocabelas. worth the cash. my blue lacey deer finder loves hers.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:15 AM   #9
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If used correctly its a great tool. I have the tri tronics sport combo g3 and its worked great!
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:19 AM   #10
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They make a great tool. Use them for reinforcement on the commands/actions the dog already knows. Some folks abuse them, but, used properly they can really help with the dogs growth and obedience.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:20 AM   #11
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I would not consider training any other way. I use the Garmin Alpha and can track and train my dogs. I like the idea that you can discipline them without physically spanking them which can sometimes make them shy.
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Anything else a working man can afford?

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Old 09-26-2018, 10:25 AM   #12
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Anything else a working man can afford?

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You can pick up just an e collar pretty cheap...decent one will run you a couple hundred bucks. If your wanting GPS tracking you can get a Garmin astro for cheaper than the alpha also you can find some used astros on some of the hog doggers websites.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:26 AM   #13
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https://www.gundogsupply.com/garmin-...sport-pro.html

I had a cheaper garmin delta before and didn't like it.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:46 AM   #14
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I use a sportdog sporthunter 800. Its 10 years old and I replaced the battery once. I haven't shocked my dog in years. I use the beep to let her know she is getting to far in front of me when we pheasant hunt.
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:46 AM   #15
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I just picked up a SportDog 425 for $99 shipped on ebay. New open box. If you don't need GPS.
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:56 PM   #16
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Y'all are right there's a ton of the e-collar training videos. Who do you like the most?

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Old 09-26-2018, 06:58 PM   #17
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:05 PM   #18
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DT Systems’ collar worked great for me. The vibrate function was used as positive reinforcement with my tender Brittany. I’d do it with an audible “good girl” “good girl”. She responded well. After a while, I never used the shock feature. She was an exceptional dog, however. They’re not all the same of course. Best of luck!
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:40 PM   #19
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The best tool in dog training by far as long as it is used correctly. Only enforce commands that are known. It can also be used to condition certain behaviors such as not cheating water for retrievers.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:11 AM   #20
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I have used with great success the DT Micro-iDT PLUS Remote Dog Training Collar. As mentioned above, this is a great tool to REINFORCE commands that are already learned, NOT to teach commands.
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