7 Great E-Collars for 2014

7 Great E-Collars for 2014

If you have ever felt helpless training a new gun dog, or even a well-conditioned field veteran, welcome to the club. Sometimes a pup with the best bloodlines money can buy will hightail it for no good reason. That can be a depleting feeling. Last year, a good friend could only watch as his young setter caught a glimpse of a doe bounding through the woods.

The dog gave chase, running across a four-lane highway, dodging traffic. My friend eventually tracked the young pup down, but a perilous situation could have been avoided with a quick correction from an e-collar, only he didn't believe in them at the time. Now he does, and with good reason. Not only can e-collars save your dog's life, but they make it easier to train and hunt because you're in control at all times.

And the collars are becoming as smart as our smart phones, recalling training settings for individual dogs, giving us the exact location of a dog on point and even correcting unwanted barking.

The technology is there; you just have to take advantage of it.


Collar Clinic

Ready to buy a new e-collar, but not sure which brand is best suited for your sporting dog? The pros at Collar Clinic can make a recommendation, and will also give you a minimum of 10 percent off a new or re-conditioned e-collar if you have an old one to trade in. All major collars are in stock, ready for quick delivery and CC has replacement parts for systems dating back 40 years'¦if yours is still ticking.

BigLeash S-15

We watched the little pointer get too far ahead, and when our guide went to correct her, she just kept on sniffing. Was she that stubborn to ignore a correction? Nope, the e-collar just didn't range as far as advertised. The S-15's InTouch system displays distance strength so you know when the dog is moving beyond the remote's signal. With a 1/2-mile range, the e-collar has 15 levels of brief and continuous stimulation.

Price: $229

Garmin Delta Sport

Young sporting dogs require an e-collar that delivers proper training in the field and at home. Garmin fulfills both these requirements with the Delta Sport, which offers 36 correction levels with a built-in BarkLimiter. This feature recognizes the difference between wanted and unwanted barks, properly correcting your pup. Expandable to three dogs, Delta can recall individual training settings, has a range up to ¾ of a mile and the entire unit is waterproof.

Price: $220

LCS Bird Dog Trainer 800

An ideal e-collar for the uplands, training and obedience work, the LCS 800 has a field-tested ¾-mile range with eight levels of stimulation. The device is waterproof should your pointer slip into a shallow slough for a dead rooster. Expandable to three dogs, the 800 will sync with the LCS Remote Backing Dog and Universal Bird Launcher.

Price: $160

D.T. Systems R.A.P.T. 1400

You're in a milo field and reach for the e-collar remote to give pup a quick correction as he has gone too far ahead. But it's gone, too, because you set it down...somewhere. Never lose another transmitter with the R.A.P.T. 1400, which slides on your hand so you can keep right on shooting and using those fingers while holding the remote. The collar is waterproof, and the remote floats, another form of loss prevention. Expandable to three dogs with a range of 1,400 yards.

Price: $210

SportDOG WetlandHunter 425

If you've been a hardcore Lab man all your life, it's likely that loyal retriever has had a SportDOG e-collar around its neck. The WetlandHunter 425 is one of the industry's premier dog training devices with a range of 500 yards and seven instantly selectable stimulation levels. A DryTek waterproof design keeps the unit working in the marsh, and it also includes a remote beeper option if your Lab likes to get after roosters in heavy cover.

Price: $190

Tri-Tronics Pro 500 G3 EXP

We've seen a lot of Tri-Tronics devices around the necks of well-trained bird dogs, and if you have a little extra cash, the Pro 500 G3 EXP is the Cadillac of e-collars. The waterproof unit has a consistent one-mile range with 36 levels of momentary and continuous stimulation. Long-lasting and rechargeable (in two hours), the batteries for both transmitter and receiver are replaceable. Stainless steel contact points keep neck irritation to a minimum.

Price: $509

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