SportDOG TEK 1.5 Review: GPS Tracking & Training E Collar

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

It is the upgraded version of the SportDOG 1.0 technology that has become compatible with the TEK 2.0, and has other updates and improvements.

In this SportDOG TEK 1.5 Review, we take a look at the best features, pros & cons of these two TEK 1.5 models.

We also consider their intended design, who they might be for, and also not for.

Let’s look at them 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)

 

SportDOG TEK 1.5 Review: GPS Tracking & Training E Collar

You can go straight to viewing the TEK 1.5 here (these TEK 1.5 models are for US residents only):

SportDOG TEK 1.5 GPS Tracking Collar (on Amazon) – tracking only model

SportDOG TEK 1.5 GPS Tracking Collar + Training E Collar (on Amazon) – tracking + training model

 

SportDOG TEK 1.5: Review

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

View the SportDOG TEK 1.5 GPS Tracking Collar on Amazon

View the SportDOG TEK 1.5 GPS Tracking Collar + Training E Collar on Amazon

 

SportDOG TEK 1.5: 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

 

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 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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