The Garmin TT15 and TT15 Mini are collar receivers offered by Garmin for collar systems like the Garmin Alpha and Astro models.
In this Garmin TT15 Review, we take a look at the features, pros and cons of the TT15 and TT15 Mini models.
We consider what they might be best for, and their compatibility – so you get a good idea of whether they will suit you and your dog/s.
Let’s check them out in closer 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 TT15 Collar Review, & TT15 Mini
If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the TT15 collars here:
Garmin TT15 Dog Collar (on Amazon) (for regular to large sized dogs)
Garmin TT15 Mini Collar (on Amazon) (for small dogs)
The reviews for the compatible handhelds can be read here:
- Garmin Alpha 100 Handheld Review (you can have up to 20 collars connected to this handheld)
Garmin TT15: Review
These are some of the features of the TT15 and TT15 Mini. For a full breakdown of the similarities and differences between the TT15 and the TT15 Mini, see the buyer’s guide below this review.
- The Garmin TT15 is a collar receiver device and collar strap that attaches around your dog’s neck, and connects remotely to some of the Garmin handheld models which control the function of the collar device or provide tracking for it
- The TT15 is a 2 in 1 tracking and training collar (compared to the T5 for example which is a tracking only collar)
- It has a top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver
- It is compatible with the Alpha 100, Astro 320 and Astro 430 handheld models
- It uses 18 different levels of static stimulation
- There is the option for either continuous or momentary (nick) stimulation
- The TT15 collar receiver allows you to make quick changes (low, medium or high) within a predetermined stimulation level (1-6), whereas linear stimulation allows progressively more stimulation from levels 1 to 18.
- Because you have low through to high power output options, it’s suitable for soft through to harder temperament dogs
- With the Alpha 100, there are also audible tone and vibration training options
- The Astro 320 and 430 models allow tracking ONLY (and not the above training options)
- The TT15 is water resistant to 10 meters
- There’s the ability to remotely operate the LED beacon lights, built in to the dog device, to help locate your dog in low-light conditions.
- The major drawback for some people will be the cost. But, apart from that, it really is a high functioning and high performing collar
Garmin TT15: Buyer’s Guide
What Is The Garmin TT15 Designed For?
The TT15 is compatible with 3 Garmin handhelds.
Using With The Alpha 100
You can use both tracking and training (training modes include static, vibration and tone).
Using With The Astro 320
Using With The Astro 430
Who Might The Garmin TT15 Be For?
- People who want to use the Alpha 100, Astro 320 and Astro 430 model handhelds
- Particularly hunters, competition/sporting dogs and trainers
- People who want to track and train their dog/s
Who Might The Garmin TT15 NOT Be For?
- People who want to use a handheld other than the 3 listed above
- Less serious owners who want a more basic and less expensive tracking or training collar system
What Do You Get In The Garmin TT15 Kit?
- TT 15 dog device with rechargeable lithium-ion battery, or you get the TT15 Mini device with the Mini Kit
- 1-inch thick collar strap
- Charging clip
- AC adapter
- Vehicle power cable
- Contact point set with wrench
TT15 vs TT15 Mini – What Are The Main Differences and Similarities Between The TT15 and TT15 Mini?
- The unit dimensions of the TT15 are bigger at 3.5″ x 1.75” x 1.85″, compared to the TT15 Mini unit dimensions of 3.1″ x 1.8” x 1.4”
- The TT15 weighs slightly more at 10.0 oz (284.0 g) total weight (with collar), compared to the TT15 at 7.5 oz (212 g) total weight (with collar)
- The battery life of the TT15 is about 20-40 hours, whilst the battery life of the TT15 Mini is about 16-30 hours
- The range of the TT15 is about 9 miles, while the TT15 Mini range is about 4 miles
- The TT15 takes a 1 inch collar strap whilst the TT15 mini takes a 3/4 inch collar strap
- Both have rechargeable lithium ion batteries
- Both have a USB interface
- Both have a water rating of 1 ATM (up to 10 meters water resistant)
- Both fit a minimum of a 9.5” (24 cm) in circumference neck size
- Both have a high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver
- Both have a GPS antenna
- Both have stimulation, vibration and tone training options
- Both have in built beacon lights
- Both have rescue mode – allows you to conserve the life of the battery when it hits 25%
- Both have MURS Frequency mode
- Both are only compatible with the Astro® 430, Astro 320 and the Alpha® 100. Both can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro 430 and 320
- Both have replaceable collar straps
What Might Be The Best Way To Use An E Collar On A Dog?
For professional advice on using a shock or e collar, see a vet or a professional dog trainer, or animals expert.
But, in general, good e collars come with instruction manuals and guides that tell you how to safely and effectively use their product.
Look to buy from a reputable company that cares about the safety and well being of the dogs.
The best way to use an e collar might be as a temporary device for associating negative or undesirable behavior with a cue (such as a vibration or noise), or a stimulus (such as a nick/static stimulus).
They can be used to teach or retrain a certain behavior, and then put away. They may only be brought out again if your dog/s forget that behavior, or need retraining.
So, really, they could be used ideally as a temporary training and teaching tool (not permanent) for happy and healthy dogs.
If you notice any negative side effects to your dog’s physical or mental health from using an e collar, discontinue use immediately.
The benefits of an e collar might be:
- You don’t have to set the collar to shock if it has alternative options like tone or vibration
- The lowest shock settings on good e collars will provide a small amount of discomfort, not pain
- The feedback to your dog is instantaneous and not delayed
- It works at range
- It saves you shouting and getting frustrated
- + many other benefits
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