Recently I acquired gps tracking collars to use on my dogs while they are hunting off leash. While gps collars have been around awhile it is always a challenge to find small enough gear to fit smaller dog breeds. I currently always use an e-collar on my dogs while they are off leash. After doing some research on gps tracking collars I went with the Garmin Astro unit. I was able to attach the transmitter units to my current Dogtra e-collars with minimal effort. So far I am very happy with the results and the piece of mind it gives me when my dogs disappear in thick brush or grass. I normally don’t let my dogs hunt too far away from me because of the threat of coyotes in the area. The handheld unit tells me how far away my dogs are and if they are responding when I recall them. In a worst case scenario the handheld receiver would lead me right to my dogs. It also does much more. I like being able to download the days hunt on my computer and see the exact track each dog took. Garmin does make a unit that combines the e-collar with the gps. They call it the Garmin Alpha. It is a highly rated unit with lots of nice options including the convenience of a training/ gps all in one system. After seeing the size of the Alpha collar combo I felt it was too big for my smaller dogs to wear, although I know people that currently use them on their Dachshunds with success. Maybe in the future Garmin will offer a smaller Alpha unit. If you have smaller dogs and want to keep track of them I do recommend the Garmin Astro. To me it is worth the piece of mind.
Carlee, the last of the C-litter pups was picked up by her new owners and headed home. She will be going to Alabama.
Carlee was the only female in the litter. I had a special bond with Carlee as she stayed with us a bit longer than her litter-mates and I got more one on one time with her. As a breeder I know I can’t keep every pup and my ultimate goal is to get the pups to excellent homes. Carlee is definitely headed to a great home. She will get lots of time tracking as she was bred to do. She will also get plenty of companionship time with her recently retired owner. Working dachshunds do better when they spend time with their owners and aren’t just placed in a kennel until it’s time to hunt or track. A bond is built that helps the dog and owner perform better as a tracking team.