Garmin PRO 550 Review: Is It Worth It?

 

If you’re looking for a top of the line dog collar training system, you’ll want to check out this Garmin PRO 550 Review.

The Garmin PRO 550 has almost every feature you’d want out of a dog training collar, which makes it suited for advanced trainers & owners who spend a lot of time outside hunting or doing other outdoor activities.

We look at the full list of best features of the PRO 500, it’s cons and exactly who it may and may not be for based on these features and cons.

Let’s look at it in greater detail!

 

(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 PRO 550 Review: Is It Worth It?

If you want to go straight to viewing the Garmin PRO 550, you can do so here:

*NOTE: you can add more dogs to the PRO 550 remote by buying separate collar devices – Garmin PT10 Collar Devices (on Amazon)

**If you like, you can also look at some of Garmin’s other remote dog training collars here.

***You can also read a Garmin PRO 70 v 550 comparison guide here.

 

Garmin PRO 550: Review

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Features

A dog training system with a handheld remote transmitter and a collar receiver

It is intended for more serious and professional trainers, and hunters

The handheld remote has up to 1 mile range to the collar receiver (27MHz radio frequency)

There is the option to train with static stimulation, or tone (sound) and vibration options to train with

The static stimulation (shock) has both momentary, and continuous options, and has low, medium and high options

There are 21 different levels of static stimulation, each of different strength

You can train up to 3 dogs at a time if you purchase additional collar receivers separately

The collar receiver has a built in BarkLimiter, so you can train your dog not to bark )it’s essentially a bark collar too)

The BarkLimiter features Autorise technology, which automatically adjusts correction to the optimum level needed to stop unwanted barking.

The collar receiver has built in LED lights that you can turn on or off with the remote so you can find your dog in the dark

You get long and short insulated, stainless steel contact points for the collar device

The collar device is water-rated to 1 ATM (10 meters)

The transmitter remote is water-rated to IPX7

Both the collar device and transmitter remote have rechargeable lithium ion batteries

The collar device lasts up to 60 hours, and the remote lasts up to 80 hours

Both the collar device and transmitter remote have low battery indication

The transmitter remote is color coded so you can see which dog you have the remote controlling

The transmitter device floats on water

You can add an upland Beeper to this 550 system if you want to train with a beeper and more audibles

The collar device fits most small to large dogs

 

Drawbacks

The 550 overall is not cheap – it’s one of the more expensive training systems on the market

The collar strap and buckle should be better quality for what you pay for the system

The charger could be better designed – the connections could be bigger, stronger and more secure

The handheld remote may be too big to go in your pocket

 

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Garmin PRO 550: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The PRO 550 Designed For?

More serious dog training and professional dog trainers. Also for hunters and those who take their dog/s outside hunting or hiking.

 

Who Might The PRO 550 Be For?

Those who want an advanced dog training collar system

Hunters and those who take their dogs outside regularly

Those who want a mile range on the remote transmitter

Those who want to train up to 3 dogs on the one remote

Those who want static, tone and vibration options for a collar training system

Those who have a big budget for a collar training system

Those who want automatic built in bark collar technology

 

Who Might The PRO 550 NOT Be For?

Those who want a basic dog training collar system

Those who want a cheap dog training system

Those who only need 500 yards range on the transmitter

Those who only need to train a max of one dog on a remote

 

What Do You Get In The PRO 550 Kit?

PRO 550 handheld

PT 10 dog device

3/4 inch black collar strap

AC adapter

Split adapter cable

Charging clip

Contact point set with wrench

Manual

 

Is There A Comparable Alternative To The PRO 550?

Yes, the SportDOG SportHunter 1825 is a similar dog collar training system that is high quality.

 

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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