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    Training collars

    What are you guys using?

    I?ve had many Sportdog training collars but they seem to only last a year or two. I picked up the Garmin last year and just added a second collar so I can keep a collar on both at the same time. It always seems like the one that doesn?t have a collar I?m always looking for them and yelling at them instead of just pushing the tone button to get their attention.

    So far I?m very impressed with the system.
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    I use Sportdog and have had the same one for 3 years. I don't use it all the time. Usually I have it with me and only use it when my Lab gets too independent. Once I put it on her, she changes really fast. I usually only use the vibration mode, but have used the shock mode in 1 or 2 position.
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    SportDOG ProHunter 2525

    I believe in extreme force when breaking a dog from running deer so I use this one. Get the point across once and your problem normally goes away. Breaking dogs from chasing deer is #1 for me and Normally I dont have to use it a second time on a dog. The beep tone is what I use it for primarily. I really hate having to shock a dog. I never did like it. And I take no pleasure in it when I have to do it. I know its painful.

    I ALWAYS test a collar before I put it on my dog and I can only hold this collar to number 4 .

    When you get to number 9 its intense.

    I watched a drunk guy put it on his leg once and shock himself and I swear his toe touched his forehead. Top 3 funniest things I have ever seen. Never seen a grown man kick that high. He said the back of his leg hurt for 3 months. lol

    I hit myself by accident with #9 once in the kitchen and almost accidentally threw the collar through the wall and yes, it hurt like hell.

    BTW....the drunk guy had it on number 9.

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    I have an old Sport Dog, can't remember the model. My lab at the time didn't want to behave and ran every time we went on a walk. Well...on solid zap and she was a brand new animal.

    My new lab is about at the phase where he can handle it so I am going to start using it here soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    I use Sportdog and have had the same one for 3 years. I don't use it all the time. Usually I have it with me and only use it when my Lab gets too independent. Once I put it on her, she changes really fast. I usually only use the vibration mode, but have used the shock mode in 1 or 2 position.
    Yeah, my lab is like that CC. Smart dogs. I only had to shock him a couple of times (which I hated doing).
    Now he knows what to do and I rarely put the collar on him.
    If he gets "too independent" and I put the collar back on he self corrects his behavior, no shocking required.

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    I have a Tritronics that I bought when I got my lab, I'm not sure which model it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    I?ve had many Sportdog training collars but they seem to only last a year or two.
    What do you mean by this? They break or stop functioning or what? I've used mine for several years. The rechargeable batteries only seem to last a couple years but I just go buy a new battery pack from batteries plus. Kind of expensive but cheaper than a new collar!

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    I made a "dummy" collar to put on a previous Lab I had. I took a regular collar made out of nylon, made a block of wood the same size as the module on the electronic collar and attached it with a couple of bolts. Put the threaded end with the nut on it inside the collar. Used long bolts that I rounded off so they simulated the electrodes. Worked great, she always thought the electronic collar was on because it felt the same.
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    I forgot to mention, mine is a "Dogtra" brand.
    Nothing fancy but I've had it for almost 6 years and it still works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    I forgot to mention, mine is a "Dogtra" brand.
    Nothing fancy but I've had it for almost 6 years and it still works fine.
    Ace tends to be a little bit of knucklehead and Crash Bandicoot all wrapped up into one. I am interested to see how long he will keep one working.
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