When looking to get one of the more premium dog collar training systems on the market, you’ll want to check out this Garmin PRO 70 vs 550 comparison guide first.
In this guide we outline the similarities and differences of the two dog training collar systems one by one.
We also consider who each dog training system might be best for based on what they each offer.
Let’s look at each of them in more 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 70 vs 550: Comparison, & Which Is Better?
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Garmin PRO 70 vs 550: Which One Is Better For You?
First of all, both the Garmin PRO 70 and the Garmin PRO 550 are premium dog training systems that aren’t cheap, and both come at their core as a handheld transmitter remote control, and a collar with a collar device/receiver.
The Garmin PRO 70 is more of a dog trainer type system with a narrower range of features, whilst the Garmin PRO 550 could be for dog trainer AND hunters, with a wider range of features.
You’d get the Garmin PRO 70 if:
You want to control up to 6 dogs with the same handheld remote (and the purchase of separate collar receivers)
You are OK with training with a static and tone (sound) option, and no vibration option
You are OK with only 6 different static stimulation options (number of levels of shock intensity)
You don’t need to add a beeper for hunting and pointing dogs
You’d get the Garmin PRO 550 if:
You want to control up to 3 dogs with the same handheld remote (and the purchase of separate collar receivers)
You want all three of static stimulation (shock), tone and vibration to use to train with
You want 21 different levels of static stimulation (a much wider range of shock intensity)
You want the ability to add the Upland beeper to the collar for hunting and pointing dogs (you can purchase the Upland beeper separately)
Garmin PRO 70 vs 550: Differences
The Garmin PRO 550 remote can control up to 3 dogs with separate collar receivers on the one remote, whereas the Garmin PRO 70 can control up to 6 dogs
The Garmin PRO 550 allows you to train with a vibration option, whereas the Garmin PRO 70 doesn’t have a vibration option
The Garmin PRO 550 has 21 different level of static stimulation to choose from, whereas the Garmin PRO 70 has only 6 different levels
The Garmin PRO 550 allows you to add an upland Beeper (if you purchase it separately) to this if you want to train with a beeper and more audibles, whereas the Garmin PRO 70 isn’t designed for that
Garmin PRO 70 vs 550: Similarities
Both have 1 mile range from the handheld remote to the collar receiver
Both feature beacon lights you control from the remote so you can see where your dog is in darker conditions
Both have static stimulation (shock) and tone training options
Both have continuous, and momentary static stimulation options
Both have rechargeable lithium ion batteries
Both feature a low battery indicator
Both fit most small to large dogs
The transmitter remote floats on water for both models
Both remotes feature color coding and a toggle switch to switch between the dog whose collar receiver you are controlling
On both models the collar device lasts up to 60 hours, and the remote lasts up to 80 hours
On both models, the collar device is water-rated to 1 ATM (10 meters), and the transmitter remote is water-rated to IPX7
Both collar devices feature a BarkLimiter for anti bark training
The BarkLimiter on each collar features Autorise technology, which automatically adjusts correction to the optimum level needed to stop unwanted barking.
You get the short and long contact points for the collar device for short and long haired dogs in each model’s kit
Garmin PRO 70 vs 550: Reviews
Other E Collars & Remote Dog Training Dog Collars
E Collar & Remote Dog Training Collar Buyers & 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
– 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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