I work with the Humane Society as a Dog Trainer and it gives me the opportunity to work with a variety of dogs and temperaments. The dogs love it when I come here because they get released from their cages and play and work outside.
This is the second review of the Dogtra brand of electronic training collars.
This Dogtra 200NCP Gold is the second collar in his line and he says it is the best selling collar year after year. This is probably because it’s still reasonably priced, it’s small in size but offers a few extra advantages that the base model doesn’t.
The Model 200 has the same receiver as the Model 175, however the transmitter is a bit more ergonomic in the hand. The base case is rounded at the edges instead of the square hard case on the entry-level model. It is slightly taller but slimmer in width. There are three buttons on the transmitter, the nick, constant and a vibrate only button. This has a similar feel to your cell phone vibrating and offers the dog the opportunity to feel a sensation and not a static shock and make a decision to correct the behavior.
The Model 200 also offers a slightly longer distance range at ½ mile and the collar is also waterproof. The transmitter is still only waterproof, but in case it’s raining and you get a few drops on it, the collar should be fine. You don’t want to go out into a lake and submerge the transmitter, as you would probably have problems.
I used this to train a dog named Henry at the SPCA. Henry was a bloodhound mix who was always very interested in scents when he was out and needed to learn to focus if he wanted to be adopted. He also needed a job when he was away so he could focus his nose and his efforts on some task at hand. Having the extended range was great as I was able to start tracking work with it. He worked with food as his main source of scent and with the use of a solitary line initially and this collar I was able to give him the freedom to work away from me, knowing that I could be in control to bring him back to me if he walked away. That’s it. the beauty of these electronic necklaces. They are wireless, which means that ultimately you may get to the point where you don’t need a leash attached to your dog, but have a way to get them to refocus on you if necessary.