The SportDOG TEK 2.0 comes in both a GPS tracking only version, and also a tracking + training version as well.
In this SportDOG TEK 2.0 review, we take a look at the best features, pros & cons of these two TEK 2.0 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 2.0 Review: GPS Tracking & Training E Collar
You can go straight to viewing the TEK 2.0 here if you like (note that these are for US based residents only):
SportDOG TEK 2.0 GPS Tracking Collar (on Amazon) – tracking only model
SportDOG TEK 2.0 GPS Tracking Collar + Training E Collar (on Amazon) – tracking + training model
You can get extra add on collars to add more dogs to the 2.0 system –
- SportDOG TEK 2.0 Tracking Only Collar (on Amazon)
- SportDOG TEK 2.0 Tracking + Training Collar (on Amazon)
SportDOG TEK 2.0: Review
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
SportDOG TEK 2.0: Buyer’s Guide
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
- 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
- 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
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