Use Dog Tracking Collars For Your Hunting Dog
Possibly the scariest thing you can face as a dog owner is your dog running away or “escaping” and you not knowing where he is or whether he knows how to get back. It doesn’t matter if your dog is just a pet or is a working dog, that dog will eventually get wanderlust and run away—even if just for a short while. Most hunting dogs are very apt to do this once in a while.
Dogs just run. It’s what they like to do, especially energetic working or hunting breeds. If you’re a hunter out in the field and your dog sees a rabbit and takes off after it, you know that it can be less than a second or two before your dog is completely out of sight. It’s intimidating to think of your dog out there, alone, lost, and unsure of where he is or where to find you. A dog tracking collar can change this.
Options for Tracking Collars
As a dog owner, you have two choices in tracking collars: radio or GPS. The radio collar sends a radio signal to a handheld receiver that tells you which direction your dog is in, how far away, etc. The GPS type collar receives a signal from a satellite and sends a radio signal to your receiver telling you where the dog is by coordinates. Both collar types have some things in common:
Transmitter on the dog’s collar to send a signal to your receiver
Safe in all types of weather
Hand held receiver for you to use
Each of these dog tracking collar options has distinct advantages and disadvantages as well which can be deciding factors when you are making your decision:
• Radio tracking collars cost less than GPS collars
• GPS collars are more effective in tracking down your pet than radio collars
• Neither collars will allow you to track your dog if he’s out of line of the site
• Both types of tracking collars are sturdy and can be used in various weather conditions
• Radio tracking collars work in longer ranges than the GPS collar
Dog Tracking Collar Brands
Let’s look at some specific brands of dog tracking collars to allow you to see the features of both:
Johnson is a trusted name in dog tracking collars and offers the following features:
Waterproof/coated & sealed
Works with other receivers
10-12 mile range (line of sight)
Beeps when dog is close
Works with dogs in water
The Garmin Astro 220 dog tracking collar is considered best in the industry for the GPS tracking collars. It offers the following features:
• Has a colored screen
• The antenna is flexible
• Has a disply map
• Can track as many as 10 dogs at the same time
• Tracks for a range of seven miles
After Purchasing Your Dog Collar
Regardless of which dog tracking collar that you elect to purchase for your dog, you might discover (especially with hunting dogs) that they cover a lot of ground. Keeping in mind that all dog tracking collars are designed to only work in ‘sight’ this does affect how you are going to find your dog. If they’ve managed to get themselves into heavy brush your coverage area is going to be limited.
Also, remember that you will have to learn how the dog tracking collar works to locate your dog. For this reason, test the dog tracking collar in your backyard or in an enclosed, private space before using it out in the open fields. Do this until you become familiar with the signals.
It’s horrific for most of us to think about our dog being lost in the woods in an area he’s unfamiliar with, unsure of where to go or what to do. Wandering aimlessly, your dog is likely to just get even more lost without your help finding him. Dog tracking collars can be a big boon for that, even if the dog is not “in sight” and is out of range of the collar and receiver. Once you get close, usually well before you’d ever see or hear your dog, the receiver will let you know. This lets you know you’re on the right track.
Originally posted 2010-11-01 15:32:59.Celebration News
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