Dogtra Combo Review: Is This E Collar Worth It?

 

We’ve put together a quick and simple Dogtra Combo Review of this e collar dog training system from Dogtra.

The Combo model is unique from most other Dogtra e collars in that it has a static boost features and also the option to train with sound/tone.

We take a look at these features, other good features, and also the cons of this remote dog training system.

We also consider who the Dogtra Combo might suit best in terms of owners, trainers and dogs.

Let’s check it out more closely!

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

Dogtra Combo Review: Is This E Collar Worth It?

If you’d like to go straight to viewing the Dogtra Combo e collar, you can do so here:

 

If you want to look at some of Dogtra’s other remote training collars, you can read this guide.

 

Dogtra Combo: Review

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Features

Has a 1/2 mile from the handheld remote to the collar receiver device

Has a dial on the front of the remote with 8 different static stimulation levels

Remote has default low and medium static power output buttons

Has a static ‘boost control’ system where when you combine pushing the low and medium static buttons, you get a high static stimulation delivered. So, every level of the static dial has 3 of it’s own levels to it – a low, medium and high level (high is the boost option)

Has both temporary/nick and continuous static stimulation static options available

Has a vibration training option

Has a sound/tone training option

Has 2 hour rapid charge batteries

Handheld and remote are compact/small for smaller dogs

System is waterproof

Comes with short contact points

For dogs as small as 10 lbs

 

Drawbacks

Doesn’t come with a belt clip

Doesn’t come with long contact points

There is no LCD screen on the handheld remote showing the static level and the battery level

Not a 2 dog system – for 1 dog only

 

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Dogtra Combo: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The Dogtra Combo Designed For?

It is designed for pet training, hunting dogs, police K9 professionals, and serious amateurs.

 

Who Might The Dogtra Combo Be For?

Those who are needing an e collar for pet training, hunting dogs, police K9 training, and advanced training

Those looking to train with static (shock), tone and vibration training modes

Those with dogs as small as 10lbs

Those looking for a 1 dog training e collar

Those with soft through to harder temperament dogs

 

Who Might The Dogtra Combo NOT Be For

Those with dogs smaller than 10lbs

Those looking for an e collar with high power static output as default

Those who want a 2 dogs system 

 

Other E Collars & Remote Dog Training Dog Collars

You can read about some of the best overall e collars and remote dog training collars from different brands in this guide.

 

E Collar & Remote Dog Training Collar Buyers & FAQ Guide

You can read this guide which is an e collar and remote dog training collar buyers guide and FAQ guide.

In it, information is provided on the following:

What some of the best e collars might be

Factors to consider in deciding which e collar to buy

What the cost of an e collar is 

What size e collar to get

What is an e collar

Types of e collars

What is an e collar used for, and why use one

How to use an e collar

How to put an e collar on your dog

How to train a dog with an e collar

At what age to start using an e collar, and how long training takes

When you might consider using an e collar

Safety considerations for using an e collar

E collars vs bark collars

 

What Size E Collar/Remote Dog Training Collar Do I Get?

In terms of size of the e collar, you might look for two main things:

– The weight range of the collar i.e. it might say ‘for dogs 8lbs and over’

– The neck size that the collar fits i.e. it might say for dogs with neck sizes 6 to 28 inches

 

So:

– Find out the weight of your dog

– Measure their neck size and compare it to the collar strap length that the collar comes with

– And, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s sizing specifications for the e collar you want

 

Safety Considerations With A Remote Dog Training Collar

Safety is extremely important with a remote dog training collar.

Always always get your vet’s advice or the advice of an animal health and/or training expert – nothing is a substitute for professional advice.

Some general safety guidelines for using an e collar humanely might be:

Buy from a reputable company who put proper use of the e collar and the safety of the dog as a priority 

Read and follow the operating guide, instruction/safety manual and training guide that comes with the e collar system from the manufacturer for operation and safety instructions and guidelines

Pay attention to any warnings issued by the manufacturer

Monitor your dog’s response both mentally and physically to using an e collar. Take the collar off immediately and discontinue use of the system if you notice any negative implications or reactions

 

A good remote dog training collar that uses static stimulation should simply stimulate the muscle (to the point of reflex) to get the dog’s attention, but should not cause pain (it might be slightly annoying for the dog to act as a small deterrent – but shouldn’t cause pain or harm). It certainly shouldn’t cause a ‘sharp pain’ to the muscle or body. 

To get a safe stimulation level – you can always start from the lowest stimulation level, and work your way up to a level that gets the dog’s attention (such as changing body language when a stimulation, vibration or tone is administered) without any visible sign of pain or harm (such as yelping, or showing signs of stress).

A good e collar company should give you all the necessary safety, use and training instructions, and should have a dedicated customer service line to help when you being using the collar system.

The static stimulation function does not need to be used either – tone and vibrate training modes can be used instead.

Some owners like to even use their e collar as a temporary training tool, and may go back to using body or verbal commands once behaviors are reinforced (if suitable).

 

 

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