In fact, one fellow once told me that he found an electronic dog collar system to be so dependable and easy to use that he bought two that year, because he knew the manufacturer changed up the technology every year. Truth is, it's just hard to find a reliable electronic dog collar that has built-in simplicity anymore.
Luckily, this last year, I picked up Tri-Tronics G3 Sport Basic Training Collar. This would be my second Tri-Tronics dog training collar, and the most functional and reliable dog training collar system I've ever owned. I've borrowed or used several units that were way more elaborate — à la super bells and whistles. But the fact is, who really has the time to use them all when you're focused on flushing birds and watching your dogs work every bit of a field. The G3 really has all I need to work the dogs effectively, and more.
The first feature I knew I needed from a new dog collar was the ability for it to be expandable to either two or three dogs. And get this, marrying additional Tri-Tronics EXP receivers to the G3 transmitter is as easy as pushing two buttons (one on your transmitter and another on your expansion collar) at the same time for about 5 seconds. Then as if by magic, they are synched up and your ready to roll.
Secondly, I like using a handheld transmitter that doesn't have an excess of function buttons on it. Too many buttons on any handheld control is a recipe for disaster, for instance, multibutton TV remotes are a great case in point. If I can get through an entire week without myself, or someone else, resetting all of the channel programming or getting thrown into a blue screen, I give myself a lick-adhesive star to put on the Big Boy board. Fortunately, just as its name implies, the G3 Sport Basic has rudimentary buttons and dials, including a Constant "C" pulse button, a Momentary "M" pulse button, a Buzz "B" or vibrating warning button, and selection dials for both pulse strength and dog collar by color code (for black-, red- or blue-colored collars). There's also enough functionality to get 10 levels of constant or momentary stimulation. Plus, if you're like me and really strive to limit the amount of stimulation delivered to your dog, then you'll find the buzzing button a truly admirable function. I have found it incredibly useful as a behavior-avoidance tool and for grabbing my dogs' attention, when I want one to change directions or stay in close. When the buzzer isn't enough, I step it up to a slight constant pulse. I don't plan on using the momentary pulse too much, because I figure a "nick" on the neck is about all it takes to get my dogs' attention.
The G3 technology is all built into a waterproof transmitter and receiver. The transmitter sports a sleek dual-tone colored, rugged rubber-armored housing. I tend to use shorter contact points on my dogs' receivers since they are Brittanys and have short hair. The G3 system comes with two contact point sizes (small and large) as well as three collar colors: black, red and blue.
If you're as concerned about weight loads and bulk-on-board when you hit the fields first thing in the morning as I am, then you'll really appreciate a transmitter measuring only about 4-inches long. The powerful 1-1/2" antenna is capable of reaching dogs out to a 1/2-mile range. The transmitter fits nicely in the front pocket of my upland game bird vest. I secure it to the vest on a grommet, pull zipper or loop using the leash that came with the package.
The receivers are recharged by putting them in a handy self-contained cradle that has a status indicator light that goes from red to green, when the unit is fully charged. The NiMH batteries in the receiver are pretty remarkable and can charge to full strength in just two hours.
The G3 Sport Basic Training Collar is great for experienced field dogs or for up-and-coming upland learners. Either way, you'll enjoy the simplicity and ease of this great Tri-Tronics G3 Sport Basic model.
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