Garmin is most well-known for producing some of the top GPS units for outdoor enthusiasts, fishermen, and hunters. In the middle of 2011, Garmin acquired Tri-Tronics® Inc., the leader in electronic dog training equipment. From this point on, Garmin started developing one of the best dog e-collars on the market, combining both the experience of Tri-Tronics and the innovation of Garmin in one unit. We’re summarizing the best Garmin dog e-collars for upland and waterfowl hunters, as well as individuals looking to train their best friend. No matter what you need, no matter what your price point is, Garmin has something for you!                                                                                   

Garmin Alpha 200i Garmin Pro 550 Garmin Sport Pro Garmin Delta XC
GPS Yes No (Yes w/ Pro Plus) No No
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Dogs/Collars Up to 20 Up to 3 Up to 3 Up to 3
Stim Levels 18 21 10 18
Range 9 miles 1 mile 3/4 mile 1/2 mile
Price Around $750 Around $400 Around $250 Around $170
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Best Garmin E-Collars

Best GPS Garmin Dog E-Collar

Garmin Alpha 200i

The Alpha 200i now has a larger, 3.5”, sunlight-readable capacitive touchscreen display for increased visibility in all conditions. The touchscreen also allows individuals to configure their setup to specific hunt application needs while displaying only the relevant information necessary to accomplish a task. Alpha 200i users can easily customize tracking and/or training functions through the handheld’s button operation, which allows for fast dog training cues and minor adjustments. Using the new “quick key” functionality on the handheld, individuals can easily and quickly access the most important field applications based on their hunting preferences, including dog list/group management, TopoActive terrain maps to determine best hunt routes, dog training and tracking data to help keep dogs safe and moving in the right direction, or important waypoint locations for efficient and effective in-field time management.

What we like: inReach Tech, Public Land Boundaries, Topo Maps

What we dislike: Battery Life (20 hours), Price, Antenna Length

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Best Overall Garmin Dog E-Collar

Garmin Pro 550

The PRO 550 with proven Tri-Tronics® technology allows advanced training for the serious professional with easy access to 21 levels of momentary and continuous stimulation, tone as well as the ability to quickly switch between 3 dogs¹. PRO 550 features vibration and tone settings, remotely operated beacon lights on the dog device to help locate your dog in low light, the ability to add an Upland™ Beeper (purchased separately), and a built-in BarkLimiter, activated on the dog device, to help keep the peace at home.

What we like: Price, No-Look Button Control, Durable Design, Battery (24 Hours)

What we dislike: No GPS, Max 3 Dogs/Collars

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Best Garmin E-Collars

Best Priced Garmin Dog E-Collar

Garmin Sport Pro

Compact and lightweight, the Sport PRO is simple, intuitive and so easy to use in 1 hand, you don’t even have to look at it. It allows you to train up to 3 dogs (additional dog devices required, sold separately). Quick turn dial gives positive clicks when changing between 10 stimulation levels and when controlling auxiliary functions. Includes a built-in BarkLimiter with settable levels to keep things quieter. Four buttons control continuous and momentary stimulation, vibration, tone and lights. Dog devices and collars feature interchangeable, replaceable long and short contact points.

What we like: Price, Run Up To 3 Dogs/Collars, Durable Design

What we dislike: 10 Stim Levels, Difficult Button Use

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Best Obedience Training Garmin Dog E-Collar

Garmin Delta XC

The Delta XC remote dog training system from Garmin, with proven Tri-Tronics® technology, gives serious dog trainers more control with more simplicity. The handheld controller features intuitive, 3-button design with improved false-correction prevention (dog select lock) and easy-to-read LCD display. The compact dog device features changeable contact points (long and short). Together the system gives you 18 levels of continuous stimulation and 18 levels of momentary stimulation plus tone and vibration, in 3 correction configurations, and the ability to set the device to train 1, 2 or 3 dogs from up to ½ mile away (with purchase of additional dog devices).

What we like: Price, 18 Stim Levels, Easy To Find Buttons

What we dislike: 1/2 Mile Range

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Things to Consider When Buying a Dog E-Collar

GPS Capabilities

Now, not everyone needs a GPS (Global Positioning System) feature on their hunting dog’s e-collar. Sometimes, the bulkiness, cost, and configuration of these collars and handheld units just don’t outweigh the benefits if you’re looking for something simple. However, if you’re hunting in new public land areas, treading through thick brush, or navigating endless fields you might want to take a look at some of these GPS collar units. It seems like a no-brainer to ask if Garmin is at the top of the list for GPS Dog E-Collars – they’ve been perfecting GPS units of all shapes and sizes for decades. Garmin’s GPS features also allow you to view public land boundaries, see the direction of your dogs via their Pro View Compass (and Multi-GNSS support), and even view topo maps and birdseye satellite imagery on their best unit. All in all, Garmin offers a variety of GPS features in their Alpha 200i, Alpha 100, Astro, Pro 550. Check them out!

Range

Most hunting dog e-collars reach a range of a ½ mile to 1 mile with long range models showcasing a range close to or around 2+ miles. As previously mentioned, the desired range is up to the type of hunting you do. Garmin’s Alpha 200i offers a range of up to 9 miles! This is great feature (and one that should exist at this price), however is this needed in your day-to-day upland/waterfowl adventures? One thing to consider when evaluating range is that most manufactures will list range based on "line of sight." This definition means that to get the full range out of a system there should be nothing between the transmitter and the receiver. While this might not happen in most of your days out in the field, it is still something to keep in mind.

Best Garmin E-Collars

Number of Dogs/Collars

A high majority of hunting/sport dog e-collars being produced today include what manufacturers call a “multi dog” mode/feature. This feature allows individuals to manage multiple dogs from a single transmitter – making it easy to either train or hunt many dogs at once. The fact that this feature is now standard is great for many upland/waterfowl hunters. Although a high majority of day-to-day hunters only run 1-2 dogs, it’s a great feature to have in case you every do add another pup to the pack. Furthermore, if you ever run belly collars to help with “whoa” training you’re able to use a single transmitter in your training activities. Top dog e-collar brands like Dogtra and Garmin max out the number of dogs at 21/20 respectively – the highest options available on the market.

Stimulation Levels and Types

Gone are the days of a single jolt of electricity to train/manage your dogs! The amount of pressure/discipline required to train a dog varies, and this should be taken into consideration when evaluating your next dog e-collar. If hunters begin training their dog with too high of a level of stimulation it could potentially create more harm than good. Here are the top questions to ask when reviewing this area: How many levels of stim does the e-collar have? Many of Garmin’s top models offer up to 18 levels of stimulation. Does the e-collar offer non-stimulating features? Many of Garmin’s top models offer both tone and vibration. Does the e-collar offer both continuous and momentary mode stimulation? Many of Garmin’s top models offer this feature.

Battery Life

There’s nothing worse than being out in the field and your e-collar goes dead! At minimum, you want your dog collar to last all day with no issues. To be honest, you probably won’t it to last a few hunts in case you’re a little lazy on the charging side of things. Many mid-range hunting e-collars should last you 35-40+ hours on a single charge. As you start to sacrifice on price, you’ll start to sacrifice on battery life – seeing a max capacity average of around 30 hours. Of course, on the other side, as you get into more complex, high-priced dog e-collars that have features such as GPS, topo maps, etc., batter life will be limited to 20-25 hours. Again, you have to evaluate your hunting conditions and what is best for you.

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