Dogtra vs SportDog - IAWaterfowlers
Duck Hunting
 

Go Back   IAWaterfowlers > Waterfowl Forums > Gun Dog Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-03-2016, 08:03 AM   #1
Mallard
 
hawkeye.hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 724

Thanked: 171 times
Default Dogtra vs SportDog





Current collar took a chit so looking at new ones. I think I have it narrowed down to either the Sportdog Wetland Hunter 1825 or the Dogtra Arc Wetlands. Will be used for both waterfowl as well as upland hunting. Anybody have any experiences good or bad with either?
hawkeye.hunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2016, 08:05 AM   #2
Mallard
 
hawkeye.hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 724

Thanked: 171 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog





Edit: forgot about the Tri-Tronics Sport PRO by Garmin. I might be leaning toward this actually
hawkeye.hunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Members who found this post useful:
Old 10-03-2016, 08:11 AM   #3
Ringneck
 
IAWIDuckDeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Horicon, WI
Posts: 127

Thanked: 56 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

i have a dogtra, and i really like it. i like the variable setting on the shock collar. I am not entirely sure what model i have. I do know that i can run 2 collars on mine with only 1 remote, so that is nice. It hasn't failed me at all, so that's always a good thing.
__________________
"Don't Give Up; Don't Ever Give Up!!" - Jimmy V.
IAWIDuckDeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Members who found this post useful:
 
Old 10-03-2016, 08:23 AM   #4
Huntress
 
PrairieBelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Iowa River
Posts: 2,566

Thanked: 2,153 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

There's a lot of great choices out there but I've had good luck with sportdog. My unit lasted 7 years and when I called to get replacement parts they told me they don't have parts for that model anymore, but offered me a heavy discount on a new unit. I still use the 'broken' unit on closer working dogs, it just doesn't have the range that it should. Good customer service and a commitment to conservation funding sold me on their brand.

My only complaint is that once you start adding dogs, you lose the tone feature. I have been shopping around because of this (both of my dogs recall to the tone, and I don't like yelling at them) but I can't find another collar with such a small, handy remote. I have enough crap around my neck when I'm in the field, I don't want another bulky remote.
__________________
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards. - Ed Abbey

PrairieBelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Members who found this post useful:
Old 10-03-2016, 08:29 AM   #5
Huntress
 
PrairieBelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Iowa River
Posts: 2,566

Thanked: 2,153 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

One other thing - I have not used the Garmin/Tritronics but have heard a lot of complaints about poor customer service and parts availability since Garmin bought them out. I do run a Garmin Astro and have had more issues than expected for how little I use it.
__________________
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards. - Ed Abbey

PrairieBelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Members who found this post useful:
Old 10-03-2016, 08:40 AM   #6
Widgeon
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: NOT IN THE OFFICE
Posts: 184

Thanked: 78 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

I have a Redhead RH2 1200, made by DT Systems. Happy with what little time that I used it. I had to put my dog down recently and don't plan on getting another so it's for sale if your interested. I bought new in Sept 2014.
http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-RH2-1...duct/10207731/
STORMER is online now   Reply With Quote
Members who found this post useful:
Old 10-03-2016, 08:58 AM   #7
Chris Wearmouth
 
TheDuckSlayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,053

Thanked: 365 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

Quote:
Originally Posted by hawkeye.hunter View Post
Edit: forgot about the Tri-Tronics Sport PRO by Garmin. I might be leaning toward this actually
Just picked up the Garmin Sport Pro after having the Dogtra 1900 after a year. The garmin has 2 features that the Dogtra does not have, that is a light on the collar and a beeping function for signaling your dog. The reason I switched is because the Dogtra had 120 levels of stimulation. Which in my opinion is way too many, after using it. Especially during training when you are trying to switch up the levels of stimulus up and down quickly, just not easily and consistently done.

Just my .02
TheDuckSlayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Members who found this post useful:
Old 10-03-2016, 09:01 AM   #8
Mallard
 
hawkeye.hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 724

Thanked: 171 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDuckSlayer View Post
Just picked up the Garmin Sport Pro after having the Dogtra 1900 after a year. The garmin has 2 features that the Dogtra does not have, that is a light on the collar and a beeping function for signaling your dog. The reason I switched is because the Dogtra had 120 levels of stimulation. Which in my opinion is way too many, after using it. Especially during training when you are trying to switch up the levels of stimulus up and down quickly, just not easily and consistently done.

Just my .02
The many levels of stimulation was my concern too, just seemed difficult compared to the others. Also, my dog is used to the tone as well and I am hesitant to change my ability to use that.
hawkeye.hunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2016, 09:03 AM   #9
Chris Wearmouth
 
TheDuckSlayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,053

Thanked: 365 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

Quote:
Originally Posted by hawkeye.hunter View Post
The many levels of stimulation was my concern too, just seemed difficult compared to the others. Also, my dog is used to the tone as well and I am hesitant to change my ability to use that.
I admit, I don't use the tone as much as much, I use the vibrate function quite a bit. But, definitely something the dogtra 1900 ncp does not have.
TheDuckSlayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2016, 02:12 PM   #10
Widgeon
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Marshalltown
Posts: 160

Thanked: 114 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

I have had my dogtra for 8 years. Not even sure what the model number is anymore. The varying levels was never a concern for me. You adjust it until they respond to the stimulus. It is like turning the volume on your radio dial. What I am saying is it is not like you have to search through a 140 levels. You just adjust it like the volume on a radio.

I love the vibration feature. Once my dog was trained, all it has ever taken was the vibration to get compliance. I bet it has been over 5 years since he actually got more than the vibration mode.
fowl_attitude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2016, 04:38 PM   #11
Chris Wearmouth
 
TheDuckSlayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,053

Thanked: 365 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

Quote:
Originally Posted by fowl_attitude View Post
I have had my dogtra for 8 years. Not even sure what the model number is anymore. The varying levels was never a concern for me. You adjust it until they respond to the stimulus. It is like turning the volume on your radio dial. What I am saying is it is not like you have to search through a 140 levels. You just adjust it like the volume on a radio.

I love the vibration feature. Once my dog was trained, all it has ever taken was the vibration to get compliance. I bet it has been over 5 years since he actually got more than the vibration mode.
True, if you do not dog train on a consistent basis the stimulus levels wont matter. However, if you train a lot, it would bug you.
TheDuckSlayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2016, 06:19 PM   #12
Mallard
 
mark l's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 705

Thanked: 999 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

A dogs mind is pretty simple, they do not reason like you and I. If a dog breaks a minor command like "sit", is that a reason for a higher burn or a lower burn? Now lets say the same dog breaks on a bird, the dog still broke the "sit" command, correct? Now in our mind the second offense may be more severe, but in the dog's simple mind, the severity of the offense is the same. So does turning the collar up actually teach the dog the proper response or does it make the handler feel better? I wouldn't let number of stimulation levels be a pro or con on which collar I purchase. I would find the level the dog trains best at and stick with that.

I am on my third TT collar and the first two owed me nothing when they were replaced. I have never owned a Dogtra, but have heard good things about them. After all the negative things I have heard from friends of mine about SportDog, I would not purchase one of their collars.

If you're interested in Dogtra, I have a friend that is a distributor that may be able to get you a good price. PM and I will give you his contact info.
mark l is offline   Reply With Quote
Members who found this post useful:
Old 10-03-2016, 07:17 PM   #13
IAW Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,986

Thanked: 2,927 times
Default Re: Dogtra vs SportDog

Quote:
Originally Posted by mark l View Post
A dogs mind is pretty simple, they do not reason like you and I. If a dog breaks a minor command like "sit", is that a reason for a higher burn or a lower burn? Now lets say the same dog breaks on a bird, the dog still broke the "sit" command, correct? Now in our mind the second offense may be more severe, but in the dog's simple mind, the severity of the offense is the same. So does turning the collar up actually teach the dog the proper response or does it make the handler feel better? I wouldn't let number of stimulation levels be a pro or con on which collar I purchase. I would find the level the dog trains best at and stick with that.

I am on my third TT collar and the first two owed me nothing when they were replaced. I have never owned a Dogtra, but have heard good things about them. After all the negative things I have heard from friends of mine about SportDog, I would not purchase one of their collars.

If you're interested in Dogtra, I have a friend that is a distributor that may be able to get you a good price. PM and I will give you his contact info.
All of that.
I've owned my Dogtra as long as this dog and I haven't changed the simulation setting since the first day I put it on her.
Gude is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Reply


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SportDOG SD-1825 Transmitter hyper23 Classifieds 5 08-04-2016 09:04 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2008 - 2017, IAW - Some Rights Reserve
.