8 Great New E-Collars for 2015
July 13, 2015
Like a meteorologist forecasting the weather, my German wirehaired pointer signaled an impending storm. We'd reached the end of a lengthy sliver of cattails, and Remy's fervent work ended abruptly in a statuesque point.
The grip on my shotgun tightened as I marched past Remy and into the reeds. A fat North Dakota rooster erupted in a thunder of wings.
I cursed under my breath as the pheasant continued, unscathed. Lost in self-pity, I nearly failed to notice Remy in hot pursuit, or his dangerous trajectory. I hollered to stop, but the feathers, dancing feet from his face, were far too tantalizing. I snatched the transmitter dangling from my hip in a panic and hit the red button just as Remy reached the ditch. He skidded to a halt, while the pheasant flew across the road, narrowly missing the bumper of a speeding truck.
It was a close call, avoided thanks to one of the greatest breakthroughs in 50 years of dog handling equipment: the electronic remote training collar. From its humble beginnings the e-collar has made giant strides and completely transformed the way we train and handle our canine companions.
No longer mere novelties, e-collars are staples in the training arsenal of any serious hunting dog owner. The following products are examples of how purposeful design and the latest advancements in technology can help you and your dog in the field, at home, and everywhere in between.