SportDOG TEK Reviews: 1.5 & 2.0 Models

 

We’ve already put together a SportDOG TEK 1.5 vs 2.0 comparison guide outlining differences and similarities of these systems.

But, below is a SportDOG TEK Review of the 1.5 and 2.0 models and their individual features.

(If you were looking for the 1.0 model – note that you’ve been redirected here as the 1.5 is the updated version of the 1.0, and has become compatible with the TEK 2.0, and has other updates and improvements.)

The SportDOG TEK 1.5 and 2.0 models both come in both a GPS tracking only version, and also a tracking + training version as well.

In the guide below, we run through what the 1.5 and 2.0 models offer in more detail, as well as who they might be for.

Let’s take a look.

 

(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)

 

SportDOG TEK 1.5 Review: GPS Tracking & Training E Collar

If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the TEK models here (these TEK models are for US residents only):

 

TEK 1.5

 

TEK 2.0

 

You can get extra add on collars to add more dogs to the 2.0 system –

 

SportDOG TEK: Reviews

SportDOG TEK 1.5

As mentioned, you can get two versions of the TEK 1.5 – the tracking only version, and the tracking + training version.

The tracking only version has most of the same features as the tracking + training version, except it comes without the training features, functions and training screen.

The tracking + training version also takes TEK-V1.5LT collars, whilst the tracking only version takes TEK-V1.5L collars.

With that in mind, let’s look at the TEK 1.5 as a whole:

 

Features

Compatible with the TEK 2.0 collar receivers

Has a more compact design and even better tracking reliability than the TEK 1.0

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 10.75″ – 23″

7-mile range from handheld to collar receivers using HopTek™ technology

Track and/or train up to 12 dogs on this system when you buy add on collars separately for each additional dog

Handheld Device is waterproof and submersible up to 5 feet

GPS Collar is DryTek® waterproof and submersible to 25 feet

System has rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries

GPS Collar charges in 4 hours, lasts 24 hours per charge

Handheld Device charges in 2 hours, lasts 20 hours per charge

Has a battery level indicator

Has a backlit LCD screen

 

TRACKING

View your own location

View your dog’s location

View a tracking map that you can adjust from 100 yards to 75 miles

The update rate of the map is every 2.5 seconds

Has a tilt compensated compass screen

Set and save up to 20 waypoints

See each dog’s status: stopped (on point or treed) 

See other information like how far your dog has travelled, speed of travel, where they are travelling etc

 

TRAINING

Has a training screen that shows you the dog, the training option and other buttons – allows you to train and cue each dog from this screen. Train multiple dogs from the training screen

Has 99 different levels of static stimulation (shock)

There’s the option for continuous, or temporary (nick) static 

There are also vibration, and sound/tone training options

Has low, medium or high stimulation ranges

There’s also rising stimulation, & user programmable stimulation

 

Drawbacks

Some people can find the set up/getting to know how to work this collar system a bit difficult and annoying – but it does come with an instruction manual and training DVD

Make sure you register the device when you get it, and make sure you update software updates when they become available as they usually fix any issues that might pop up with the devices

Some people prefer the Garmin Alpha 100 or the Astros over the SportDOG tracking type collars

 

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SportDOG TEK 2.0

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As mentioned, you can get two versions of the TEK 2.0 – the tracking only version, and the tracking + training version.

The tracking only version has most of the same features as the tracking + training version, except it comes without the training features, functions and training screen.

The tracking + training version also takes TEK 2AD collars, whilst the tracking only version takes TEK 2L collars.

With that in mind, let’s look at the TEK 2.0 as a whole:

 

Features

Can support up to 21 dogs on the system (with separate collar devices)

Bluetooth Compatible

Range from the handheld to the collar device is 10 miles using HopTek™ technology

Handheld Device is waterproof and submersible up to 5 feet

GPS Collar is DryTek® waterproof and submersible to 25 feet

The collar is for dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 10.75″ – 23″

The system has rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

The batteries in the collar charge in 4 hours, and last about 24 hours per charge

The batteries in the handheld charge in 8 hours, and last about 12 hours per charge

There’s a low battery indicator to show you when batteries are running low

Has GPS + GLONASS

Has HOPTEK technology – Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) provides immunity to signal interference & allows for higher transmitter output power, resulting in superior range performance.

No monthly subscription fee

Alerts for pointing, treeing and barking

Customer service by SportDOG is usually pretty good

 

TRACKING

View dog location, the direction they are travelling, where they are travelling, distance travelled, average speed and other stats

There are home, map, compass and dog specific stat screens

Set tracking goals or co-ordinates, save stats and download data

Receive voice updates of your dog’s location via the bluetooth

Ability to set Geofences for your dog to travel within – you’ll be alerted when they travel outside it

You can set and select waypoints – up to 20 waypoints

Comes with preloaded 1:100,000 TOPO maps

Can also customise maps

Unlimited lifetime map updates

Comes with a desktop application for handheld & collar updates

 

TRAINING

Has 99 different levels of static stimulation (shock)

There’s the option for continuous, or temporary (nick) static 

There are also vibration, and sound/tone training options

Has a training screen that shows you the dog, the training option and other buttons

 

Drawbacks

Some people can find the set up/getting to know how to work this collar system a bit difficult and annoying – but it does come with an instruction manual and training DVD

Make sure you register the device when you get it, and make sure you update software updates when they become available as they usually fix any issues that might pop up with the devices

Some people prefer the Garmin Alpha 100 or the Astros over the SportDOG given they are all around a similar price

 

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SportDOG TEK: Buyer’s Guide

How Is The SportDOG TEK 1.5 Different To The TEK 1.0?

It’s the newer, improved and updated version that is:

Compatible with the TEK 2.0 collar receivers

Has a more compact design and even better tracking reliability than the TEK 1.0

There are new TEK 1.5 collar receivers including the TEK-V1.5LT and TEK-V1.5L

 

What Is The SportDOG TEK 1.5 Designed For?

Outdoor owners, hunters, sports and competition dogs etc.

There is the TEK 1.5 for tracking only, and the other model for tracking + training.

It’s great for running hounds, beagles, or bird dogs.

 

Who Might The SportDOG TEK 1.5 Be For?

People who want a new and updated version of the TEK 1.0

Outdoors owners

Hunters

Sportsdogs and competition dogs

Dogs 8lbs and over

People looking for a tracking, or a tracking + training collar system

People who prefer SportDOG over Garmin or Dogtra

 

Who Might The SportDOG TEK 1.5 NOT Be For?

People who need or prefer the increased capacity that the TEK 2.0 provides such as increased range and can support more dogs on the system

People with a low budget for dog collar systems

People looking for a basic e collar or tracking collar

Dogs 8lbs and under

People who prefer the Garmin or Dogtra systems over SportDOG

The average owner 

People who want a training collar only

 

What Do You Get In The SportDOG TEK 1.5 Kit?

In the tracking and training kit for example you get:

Handheld Device

GPS Collar with E-Collar Module on 1” Green Collar Strap

Location-only Module

Charging Adaptor

Charging Cradle

Standard Contact Points

Long Contact Points

Lanyard

Hex Key

Test Light Tool

Quick Start Guide

Basic Training Manual & DVD

 

What Is The SportDOG TEK 2.0 Designed For?

Mostly for outdoors owners and hunters who are looking for either a GPS tracking only collar system, or a tracking + training collar system.

 

Who Might The SportDOG TEK 2.0 Be For?

Outdoors owners

Hunters

Sportsdogs and competition dogs

Dogs 8lbs and over

People looking for a tracking, or a tracking + training collar system

People who prefer SportDOG over Garmin or Dogtra

 

Who Might The SportDOG TEK 2.0 NOT Be For?

People with a low budget for dog collar systems

People looking for a basic e collar or tracking collar

Dogs 8lbs and under

People who prefer the Garmin or Dogtra systems over SportDOG

The average owner 

People who want a training collar only

 

What Do You Get In The SportDOG TEK 2.0 Kit?

In the tracking + training collar system kit, you get:

Handheld Device

GPS Collar With E-Collar Module on 1″ Red Collar Strap

Location-only Module

Charging Adaptor

Charging Cradle

USB Cables

Standard Contact Points

Long Contact Points

Lanyard

Hex Key

Test Light Tool

Gear Bag

Quick Start Guide

Basic Training Manual & DVD

 

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

 

Best Trackers & GPS Collars For Dogs

Read more about some of the best trackers and GPS dog collars for dogs in this guide.

 

Best Remote Dog Training Collars

You can read more about the best remote dog training collars in this guide.

 

 

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