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.
The clever folks at D.T. have designed the D.T. Systems Border Patrol TC1, which acts as a containment system, in the same way buried lines have been used in the past. The GPS “fence” can be set up to a 800-yard radius, and offers a variety of warning zone notifications (beep, vibration, or vibration/beep with delayed stimulation), as well as a “welcome home” feature that will allow your dog to cross back over the border without being corrected.
The collar will also act as a short-distance GPS tracking system, and offers 50 intensity levels of nick and continuous stimulation; as well as vibration, jump and rise stimulation. The more conventional Micro-iDT Plus is a small yet extremely effective e-collar that can expand into a two- or three-dog unit. It has a 900-yard range, 16 intensity levels—plenty for most training needs—positive vibration (an effective substitute for electrical stimulation), and an extra-mild Gentle Touch stimulation system, all housed in a waterproof transmitter.