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Best Electronic Collars For Training Your Gun Dog

Best Electronic Collars For Training Your Gun Dog

There's no denying that a GPS tracker or any electronic dog-training collar can add plenty of confidence to your hunt. These days, more value and versatility are packed into even the simplest electronic bark collar than any gun dog owner could have dreamed of even 10 years ago. It just doesn't make sense not to have an e-collar like one of the 8 models described below for handling, training and hunting your favorite gun dog.

COLLAR CLINIC

If there's one area you definitely do not want to cut corners, it's with e-collars. Which is why such a significant investment can be mighty painful to replace if it goes on the fritz. This is where Collar Clinic comes in. Send them your used and abused bark collars, beepers, remote trainers and GPS trackers to fix up for a nominal fee. They'll repair practically any make or model, or let you trade up to receive credit on the purchase of a new model. Penny pinchers, rejoice! collarclinic.com

DOGWATCH | BIGLEASH S-15 REMOTE TRAINER

Want the ability to track your dog without the price tag of a GPS? A unique aspect of the S-15 is its exclusive In Touch Two Way Communication, which displays signal strength on an LCD screen to indicate if a dog is in range — a nifty feature whether you're hunting or if Houdini jumped the fence again. The FireFly night light lets you light up your dog as a safety feature during evening walks. The S-15 also has 15 stim levels, as well as vibration and tone. $229 | dogwatchtrainingproducts.com

D.T. SYSTEMS | CANINE COACH 360

Many of us are part-timers when it comes to dog training and hunting. The Canine Coach 360 was made for guys and gals in a time crunch. Intended for home obedience work, it can easily transition for those few weekends a year your dog makes it afield. The collar is waterproof and rechargeable, and it fits dogs from five to 120 pounds. Sixteen levels of static training stimulation, coupled with tone options, offer flexibility for anyone's training program. Plus, a battery save mode and auto shutoff are built in. $120 | dtsystems.com

SPORTDOG BRAND | NOBARK SBC-R COLLAR

Unless your hounds are hot on the trail of a hog or a coon, chances are you'd rather have them quiet. Set the SBC-R to one of three training modes to keep your pup from yapping. Temperament Learning and Progressive Correction perform automatic corrections, while User-Selected mode lets you pick from 10 levels of stimulation to fit your dog's needs. And for a bit of added peace of mind, it'll turn off after the dog barks 15 times in a row within an 80-second span. A full charge lasts up to 200 hours. $89 | sportdog.com

GARMIN | SPORT PRO

Regardless if you're hunting with one dog or three, the PRO is an economical way to effectively control the whole pack. The intuitive remote is laid out to issue commands exactly where and when you need them. Select the correct dog, then choose the stim level, and finally press the button for continuous stimulation, momentary, vibration or tone. A built-in BarkLimiter has settable levels so you can customize exactly what your dogs need to keep quiet. $250 | garmin.com

DOGTRA | PATHFINDER

Combine GPS and the latest in e-collar technology right on your smartphone with Dogtra's Pathfinder. This unique system works with Google Maps to allow you to not only keep track of your dog(s) — up to 21 — but also view terrain and navigate. This all-in-one e-collar system features audible tone, low to high power stimulation, a two-second update rate, and the ability to access maps when your phone is offline. $400 | dogtra.com

TRI-TRONICS | PRO 550

Whether you're a pro trainer or an amateur, the 550 is about as versatile as they come. With 21 levels of momentary and continuous stimulation, and the ability to quickly switch between up to three dogs, you can issue momentary or nick stimulation or utilize tone and vibration features. There's a remote beacon light, too, as well as a built-in BarkLimiter. Plus, the remote can be programmed to operate the accessory Upland Beeper for guys who work pointing dogs. $400 | garmin.com

LION COUNTRY SUPPLY | BIRD DOG TRAINER 800

Not every piece of electronics is compatible with another, sowhen you find a system that allows you to train, hunt, launch and more — with just one remote — you've hit the jackpot. The 800 is a complete training system, so you can work several dogs or adjust from one training setup to the next. It offers multiple stimulation levels, tone and expandability to three dogs, plus the remote is compatible with the LCS Universal Bird Launcher and Remote Backing Dog, which are sold separately. $180 | lcsupply.com

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