Dogtra Pathfinder Review: GPS Tracking & Training Dog Collar

 

One of the main things we point out in this Dogtra Pathfinder Review is that this e collar combines both e collar and GPS technology into a handheld, and a collar receiver.

What this allows you to do is both track and train your dog/s.

Also in this review, we run through the other features, pros and cons that make this GPS e collar what it is.

We consider who it may and may not be for.

Let’s look at it 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)

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Dogtra Pathfinder Review: GPS Tracking & Training Dog Collar

You can go straight to viewing the Dogtra Pathfinder here if you like:

You can get an add-on collar receiver which allows you to add more dogs to the system (up to a maximum of 21 dogs). They come in black, blue, green and orange colors – Dogtra Pathfinder Extra Collar (on Amazon).

Read more about the Dogtra Pathfinder TRX in this guide.

 

Dogtra Pathfinder: Review

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Features

A ‘2 in 1’ dog training e collar, and GPS tracking collar

The system’s main components are a collar receiver, a handheld remote – that work with a Pathfinder app you download to your existing smartphone (you need your own smart phone to use it)

The Pathfinder app comes with a map and compass for tracking, and an e collar program for training

The handheld remote to collar receiver has a 9 mile range (with MURS band)

The smartphone to handheld remote has a 33ft range (with bluetooth)

 

TRACKING

You can use the app without using data – your phone can be in offline mode

The Pathfinder app gives you access to Google Maps™ with satellite and terrain views and the ability to track up to 21 dogs or hunters, share locations, playback data and create customizable Geo-Fence alerts.

You get a two-second update rate and a powerful zoom capability on the app

There is an option to go into ‘tracking only’ mode on the app

Refer to the ‘how does the tracking technology work with my phone’ section in the buyer’s guide below for more information. For full information – check out the official Pathfinder product manual

To add more dogs to the system (expandable up to a maximum of 21), you can purchase separate additional Pathfinder add on collar receivers

The Pathfinder system is UKC events approved

 

TRAINING

All of the e collar training functions are found and used within the Pathfinder app on your smartphone

There is a static stimulation (shock) training option

You get 100 different levels of stimulation output that you control with a slider on your phone

You can use temporary (nick) or constant stimulation

The power output on the stimulation ranges from low to high, so you can use it on soft up to harder/more stubborn temperament dogs

There is also a tone/audible training option

 

OTHER FEATURES

The batteries are 3.5 hour quick charge batteries

The system is fully waterproof

It comes with a belt clip

Comes with Extendable Contact Points (5/8″ to 3/4″)

The system is expandable to 21 Dogs and Hunters

The system is for dogs 35lbs and up

 

Drawbacks

Doesn’t come with a vibration/pager training mode

The system can be dependent on your phone e.g. in hotter, or colder weather, if your phone has issues functioning, it will obviously effect the collar system as a whole

In more wooded or denser areas, you won’t get the 9 miles range

Some people might prefer a handheld device for the training component instead of using their smart phone – especially in cold weather when your hand can get cold

Sometimes some people have some issues syncing up the collars with the bluetooth – it takes more than a few minutes for them to do it properly rather than it happening instantly

Not for dogs smaller than 35lbs

 

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Dogtra Pathfinder: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The Dogtra Pathfinder Designed For?

Serious and advanced dog owners, hunters and trainers who want the ability to:

Track using a smartphone app GPS system/program

Train using an e collar system

 

Who Might The Dogtra Pathfinder Be For?

Dog owners and hunters looking for a 2 in 1 e collar training, and GPS tracking system

People who want the ability to track their dogs and hunters

People who want to train with static stimulation and sound/audible options

People with a compatible smartphone

People looking for a system that is expandable up to 21 dogs

Dogs over 35lbs

Soft to hard temperament dogs

 

Who Might The Dogtra Pathfinder NOT Be For?

People looking for a basic e collar 

People looking for a basic tracking GPS collar

People on a budget

People who want to train with a vibration option

People who want to train or track with multiple dogs and don’t want to buy additional collars

People who do not have a compatible or suitable smartphone for the Pathfinder app and Pathfinder system

Dogs less than 35lbs

 

How Does The Tracking Technology Work With My Phone?

It works without cellular data (after you’ve downloaded the app) and there’s no extra navigation packages to purchase

You simply download the Pathfinder free maps app, and use it in conjunction with the collar receiver. Your phone can be in offline mode using no data

You get access to Google Maps™ with satellite and terrain views and the ability to track up to 21 dogs or hunters, share locations, playback data and create customizable Geo-Fence alerts.

You get a two-second update rate and a powerful zoom capability

 

Additional Notes:

– The Pathfinder App is compatible with iOS 8.1 and up, and Android 4.2 and up

– A device with Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is required to operate the Pathfinder.

– Location Sharing requires a separate GPS Connector per user

– It’s definitely worth reading the Pathfinder product manual in full before using

 

Best Trackers & GPS Collars For Dogs

Read more about some of the best trackers and GPS dog collars for dogs in this guide.

 

Best Remote Dog Training Collars

You can read more about the best remote dog training collars in this guide.

 

 

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