Dachshunds and GPS Tracking Collars

Echo wearing an e-collar and gps tracking collar

Echo wearing an e-collar and gps tracking collar

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.

Garmin Astro tracking unit adapted to my e-collars

Garmin Astro tracking unit adapted to my e-collars

Scout working off leash with Alpha and e-collar on

Scout working off leash with the Alpha and e-collar on