Garmin Sport PRO Review

 

With this Garmin Sport PRO Review, we’ve quickly and simply outlined what you need to know about this dog remote and collar training system.

We’ve outlined the best features and also the cons of this transmitter and collar receiver.

We’ve also considered who it might be best for, and who it might not suit.

There’s also a section where we tell you where you can check out alternative dog training e collars if the Garmin Sport PRO isn’t quite what you’re looking for.

Let’s get into it!

 

(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 Sport PRO Review

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

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

 

Garmin Sport PRO: Review

Features

A handheld transmitter remote and collar receiver system

Transmitter has a 3/4 mile range – 1320 yards

Designed for both training and hunting

Allows 3 options for training – static stimulation (shock), vibration and tone (sound)

Static stimulation can be either continuous or momentary

Transmitter has a dial with 10 different levels of static stimulation

You can train up to 3 dogs on the 1 transmitter, with the purchase of additional collar devices (you have to purchase these additional collars separately)

Collar device also comes with a BarkLimiter™ for bark training, and the BarkLimiter has settable levels

Transmitter has 4 different buttons to control the static, tone and vibration functions

Dog collar device comes with both long and short contact points for long and short haired dogs

The transmitter has a toggle switch to toggle between dogs

The collar device comes with LED beacon lights that you can control from the transmitter – activate them in the dark to see your dog from up to 100 yards aways

The Sport PRO handheld transmitter is water-rated to IPX7 and floats

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

The transmitter and dog collar device both feature rechargeable lithium-ion batteries with a 60 hour battery life

The transmitter and dog collar device both feature low battery indicators

The collar strap is about 27 inches long and is designed to fit most small to large dogs (toy and Giant sized dogs may have fitting issues)

 

Drawbacks

Doesn’t come with a lanyard

Doesn’t come with a belt clip

Levels 1 and 2 seem to be super weak, whilst levels 8-10 seem to be almost too strong. The mid levels seem to be the only effective and safe levels on the devices

Doesn’t seem like as good of a hunting collar option as the SportDOG hunting collars – the Garmin is better as a basic training collar

Although overall this product is not bad, it doesn’t quite feel like it lives up to it’s price. It could be cheaper for the overall value of what you get and what it can be used for. There are better value, more reliable options on the market

 

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Garmin Sport PRO: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The Garmin Sport PRO Designed For?

Training, and hunting.

Although, we feel like this is more of a training collar than a hunting collar.

 

Who Is The Garmin Sport PRO For?

Those looking for a training collar

Those looking for a collar that offers static, tone and vibration options

Those looking for a 2 in 1 training collar, and anti bark collar

Those looking for a collar to fit most small to large sized dogs

Those looking for a training remote to control up to 3 dogs

 

Who Might The Garmin Sport PRO NOT Be For?

Those on a budget

Those looking for a remote to control more than 3 dogs

Those looking for a great hunting collar

Those looking for the best quality and best value training/hunting collar on the market (SportDOG probably do better products)

 

What Do You Get In The Garmin Sport PRO Kit?

Sport PRO Handheld Transmitter/Remote

Dog Device/Receiver

3/4-inch black collar strap

AC adapter

Split adapter cable

Charging clip

Contact point sets with wrench

Manual

 

What Alternatives Are There To The Garmin Sport PRO?

Check out the SportDOG FieldTrainer 425 as a comparable, but super high quality alternative.

 

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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