Garmin is definitely one of the market leaders when it comes to dog tracking systems for serious dog owners, hunters and professionals.
To make it super easy for you, we thought we’d put all the information for these tracking systems you could want on the one page.
We’ve put together a Garmin Dog Tracking & GPS Collar System Reviews Guide.
The guide contains all the main features of each Garmin tracking system, as well as links to individual reviews.
We’ve also included information and links to reviews for the compatible Garmin collars for these tracking systems.
Without further ado, let’s jump into the guide!
(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)
Garmin Dog Tracking & GPS Collar System Reviews Guide
Find the best tracking device and collar will mean you’ll have to look at the features and capabilities of each Garmin tracking device/handheld system.
Below you will find summaries, reviews and comparisons of the:
- Garmin Astro 430 (tracking device mostly used with the T5 collars)
- Garmin Astro 320 (tracking device mostly used with the T5 collars)
- Garmin Alpha 100 (2 in 1 tracking + training device mostly used with the TT15 collars)
- Garmin T5, TT10 and TT15 Collars (compatible with the different Garmin devices)
Garmin Astro 430
What Are Some Things It Allows You To Do?
- A tracking only handheld device
- See your dog’s location every 2.5 seconds – see where they are and where they’ve been
- See a compass pointing in the direction they are going
- See all or some or none of your dogs on a zoom map
- Share your dog’s control code with another handheld Garmin device so they can see or configure your dog’s collar
- See the number of times during the hunt when an “on point” or “treed” event was indicated
- Count your coveys – mark where you found your catch, mark where your car or lodge is, mark tree or food waypoints etc.
- The maps on the handheld allow a city navigator mode, and also a more detailed satellite mode for open areas where there are dirt roads, creeks and other roadways
What Are Some Of It’s Main Features?
- A handheld tracking GPS (GPS+GLONASS) device that connects to the T5 collars, or the TT15
- Updates every 2.5 seconds
- You get Hunt Metrics that let you see your dogs’ hunting patterns and behaviors (where they are and where they’ve been); view distance traveled, time afield and more
- You can have up to 20 collars/dogs connected to the 430
- Physical dimensions are 2.4″ x 6.3″ x 1.4″
- Weighs 9.2 oz with the batteries in (batteries are Optional rechargeable NiMH pack or 2 x standard AA). The battery life is up to 20 hours
- Water rated to IPX7
- The display screen is 2.6 inches diagonally across, and has a resolution of 160 x 240 pixels
- Has a 4GB memory capacity
- Has a USB interface
- Comes with preloaded maps – (TOPO U.S 100k maps)
- Has the ability to add more maps
- Has storage capacity with an additional microSD™ card
- You get up to 2000 waypoints
- You get up to 200 routes
- For the track log, you get 10,000 points, and 200 saved tracks
- Has a Barometric altimeter
- Has a tilt-compensated 3-axis compass
- Ability for area calculation
- Ability for automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)
- Ability for geo caching
- Ability to add custom maps
- Has Hunt/fish calendar, and sun and moon information
- Is Garmin Connect compatible
- If you’re using the T 5 collar, the T 5 gives you 9 miles range from collar receiver to the Astro 420 whilst the T 5 Mini gives you 4 miles range
- Has a MURS frequency band (The T 5, T 5 mini, TT™ 15 and TT 15 mini are only compatible with the Astro® 320, Astro 430 and the Alpha™ 100. T 5, T 5 mini, TT 15 and TT 15 mini can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro 320 and the Astro 430)
- You get free 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription; compatible with Garmin HuntView cards
- The 430 is compatible with many of Garmin’s other devices
Garmin Astro 320
What Are Some Of It’s Main Features?
- A Garmin handheld device used for tracking only (not training)
- View your dog’s position, see dog info pages, see a dog tracking compass + more
- Great for sporting dogs
- Is best compatible with the T5 or T5 Mini collars
- Also compatible with the TT15 collars, but you can’t use the training functions because the Astro 320 is not designed for training
- You can track up to 10 dogs at a time from the 320 handheld, which means you can have up to 10 total collar devices connected to it
- With the T5 you’ll get 9 miles range from the collar to the handheld, and with the T5 mini you’ll get 4 miles
- The physical dimensions of the 320 are 2.4″ x 6.3″ x 1.4″
- It weighs 9.2 oz with the batteries
- The 320 comes with a preloaded worldwide basemap – there’s also optional BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and TOPO maps
- It has a 2.6 inch color display screen (diagonally), with 160 x 240 pixels resolution
- The battery life is up to 20 hours using 2 AA batteries (NiMH or Lithium are recommended)
- IPX7 Water rating
- 1.7GB Memory
- USB interface
- Storage is via a microSD™ card
- Ability to have 2000 waypoints
- Ability to have 200 routes
- 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks for the track log
- Has a barometric altimeter
- Has a tilt-compensated 3-axis compass
- Has area calculation
- Has automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)
- Allows geocaching
- Allows custom maps
- Has hunt/fish calendar, and sun and moon information
- Runs of a MURS frequency band – The T 5, T 5 mini, TT™ 15 and TT 15 mini are only compatible with the Astro® 320 and the Alpha™ 100. T 5, T 5 mini, TT 15 and TT 15 mini can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro 320 and the Alpha 100
Garmin Alpha 100
Note that the Garmin Alpha 100 is a 2 in 1 Tracking AND Training device. It’s definitely worth going through to the review to check out the full range of features.
Some of it’s tracking capabilities as a summary though are:
- It has the capability to track up to 20 dogs or other hunters – from up to 9 miles (TT 15) or 4 miles (TT 15 mini) away
- It works by receiving signals from additional Alpha 100 handhelds, TT 15 and TT 15 mini dog devices (each sold separately).
- It can also receive tracking only signals from a T5 collar device
- The handheld comes preloaded with TOPO U.S. 100k maps
- It can measure a dog’s speed and distance travelled
- It can track the direction your dog is travelling
- It can receive notifications when your dog is ‘Treed’ or ‘On Point’
- It updates your dog’s location as often as every 2.5 seconds
- You can use the handheld and tap the screen with gloves
- When using a vehicle to find or follow your dogs, the Garmin DriveTrack™ 70 dog tracker and GPS navigator (sold separately) provides an easy-to-watch “big picture” solution. The 7-inch moving map display shows dog positions overlaid on TOPO contours or satellite image views – along with navigation cues that help point you to your dog’s current location.
- BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required) is an add on that allows you to have a better-than-real-life view of terrain, including roads, water, woods and more.
- You can also get the free software – Basecamp. It allows you to view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks. This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers. BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.
- You also have the option to use your computer as a tracking station. You can load your laptop with BaseStation software to turn it into a field control center for tracking multiple dogs and/or buddies (up to 20 Alpha units, TT 15 or T 5 dog devices). View real-time GPS information on the larger display of your computer, making it ideal for canine search and rescue teams. And because it’s GPS and GLONASS, you’ll get safe, secure and more effective tracking, even where Internet and cell phone service isn’t available.
Garmin Dog Tracking System Collar Reviews & Comparisons
The Garmin tracking devices connect with the Garmin collars.
- The T5 is mainly used for the Astros.
- The TT15 is mainly used for the Alpha
- The TT10 is also compatible with the Alpha
You can check out the reviews and comparisons here:
- Garmin T5 & T5 Mini Review
- Garmin TT10 Review
- Garmin TT15 & TT15 Mini Review
- Garmin T5 vs T5 Mini: Comparison
- Garmin TT15 vs TT15 Mini: Comparison
- Garmin T5 vs TT10 vs TT15 Collar Comparison
Garmin Dog Tracking & GPS Collar System Comparisons
Of course, we’ve put together some comparisons of the Garmin tracking devices themselves, and of the Garmin devices compared to other tracking device brands and models:
- Garmin Astro 430 vs 320 Comparison
- Garmin Alpha 100 vs Astro 320 vs Astro 430 Comparison
- Garmin Astro vs Dogtra PathFinder Comparison
- Garmin Alpha vs Dogtra Pathfinder Comparison
- SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Garmin Alpha 100 Comparison
- SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Garmin Astro 320 & 430 Comparison
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