One hour of BASIC OBEDIENCE training
from Pro Trainer Robin MacFarlane.
The Pro 550 is a training collar only. If you are looking for a similar training system that also has GPS tracking, check out the Garmin Pro 550 PLUS.
"Take the best collar we sell, the Pro 500, add built-in beacon lights and a bark collar, then add 3 more STIM levels to the top end, add vibration, and then knock $110 off the price. That's the new Pro 550."
The PRO 550 is the perfect training collar for folks looking for a system that has it all.
Like the other two Pro Series collars, it has built in BEACON LIGHTS and a BARK LIMITER.
Both Kinds of STIM:
Gone are the days of having to pick between more momentary or more continuous. The PRO 550 has it all and at a substantially lower retail price.
Tone and Vibration:
The Garmin PRO 550 is the first Tri-Tronics tube unit to include vibration selectable from the transmitter with the V on the dial.
More STIM levels:
The PRO 550 is a 21 level training collar. The smooth transition between stimulation levels allows you to gradually increase stimulation and find the exact level that your dog needs. The three new levels at the top make sure you have enough top-end to train even the highest-intensity dogs.
The PRO 550 replaces the Field 90, Flyway Special, Pro 100, Pro 200, Pro 500 and the Upland Special.
This is the Garmin Tri-Tronics Pro 550. Garmin has introduced their versions of the Tri-Tronics Pro line. It's a continuation of what Tri-Tronics has been doing about the last decade with the G2, G2 EXP, and G3 collars. The Garmin Pro 550 is the top of the line, combining all of the features that we've had in the Pro 500 plus a bunch of new things that make it a top of the line remote training collar.
New features on the Garmin Pro 550 include beacon lights, bark limiter built into the collar, a higher level of stim, giving us 21 total levels of continuous and momentary, plus vibration. Vibration is in addition to the tone that the Pro 500 already had, so now you have two different kinds of non-stimulation that you can use to communicate with your dog.
The Pro 550 is a 21 level collar that has both continuous and momentary stimulation. The way the 550 works is that you have two black buttons that are designed for your stimulation. When your dial is on Level 1, your lower black button is a low. Your upper black button is a medium. And then you press the two buttons together for a high. So, on Level 1, you have a low 1, a medium 1, and then a high 1. You then turn your dial to 2 and low 2, medium 2, high 2. What this is, this is a gradual increase in stimulation levels. And so, a high 1 is lower than a low 2. That's where the 21 comes from. It is seven stimulation levels with a low, medium, and high of each. So it gradually increases up to the top level. So you can tune it in perfectly to what your dog needs for the right stimulation level, depending on what type of training you are doing and for the distraction level.
This is a very gradual increase. The advantage there is that you're going to be able to just find that right level that's going to make your dog…he will be able to feel it and understand it and respond but not overreact. And so, depending on your situation, you are going to be able to just tune into that exact level. That's the biggest advantage, in my opinion, of the 550, is that gradual increase allows you to just hone in on that perfect level for your dog.
Folks that are familiar with the Garmin tubes will see that there is just little difference in the Garmin tubes compared to the Tri-Tronics G3 tubes. Size and feel are identical. Little bit lighter because the lithium ion batteries. But the real beauty of the tubes is that they fit in your hand and they are easy to use without looking at the transmitter. In my opinion, that's the most important thing about a remote training collar. I want to be able to raise stimulation levels, lower them, and never once have to look at the collar. I want to be able to use tone, change to a different dog, change kinds of stimulation, go back to continuous, never once have to look at it. That's the big advantage of the tube style transmitters.
Now let's take a look at the transmitter, go over the different parts. You've got your antenna. You've got your stimulation dial. The dial starts on a V and then goes Levels 1-7. On the front of your transmitter, you have your green button, which is tone. Then you have your toggle switch for Dogs 1, 2, and 3. So it's black, red, and blue. Your next toggle switch controls the different kinds of stimulation. You have momentary up and then continuous down. And then, in the middle, you have the A position, which the A position controls both your lights and it also controls the accessory beeper if you decide to add it. Then you have your two stimulation buttons. Your bottom button is low. Your upper button is medium. And then you press the two together for high.
Now let's take a look at the Pro 550 collar. The collar design is similar to what we have had, but it is smaller. It also uses a three-quarter inch collar strap, so on a smaller dog it's not going to look as big. Most of the systems nowadays have moved to three-quarter straps, and even with a large dog they are very normal. So we've gotten used to them over time. It may seem a little different if you are used to one-inch straps, but I've been pleased with them overall.
On the collar you have your contact points. Contact points are removable. You can add the longer probes, which are included, or the short probes, which come with it. You have your indicator light on the front of the collar. And then you have your beacon lights on the front of the collar which are controlled from the transmitter, and your on/off switch.
On the back of the collar you have your charging point. This hooks up to the charging adapter. One of the differences is that they've added additional loops on the bottom of the collar so that it holds your strap in just a little tighter.
Let's take a look at one of the new features on the Pro 550, the beacon lights. Built into the collar are two lights on each side of the front here. On your transmitter you can turn them on. These are great for folks that are running dogs late in the evening. They've been real popular with coon hunters that are running dogs at night. Great for a pet owner that's walking their dog in the neighborhood at night.
Real simple to turn on. You can turn them on and off from the transmitter. Take your dial, put it on the A position, which is for the accessories. And then it doesn't matter what stim level you are on. Your two black buttons control the light. Your upper black button turns them on. Your lower button turns them off. This works at any distance that the collar can communicate with the transmitter. So, lights on, lights off. You are going to have a little bit of battery drain. So keep that in mind if you are using the beacon lights on a regular basis. But it is really not that substantial. If you are charging your collar on a regular basis, it should not be an issue. Really nice feature built in. This is something now that, in the past, you add to add to your collars. Now it's just a regular part of the collar. It's just built into it.
Let's talk about the Pro 550 bark collar. You can take your 550 collar and you can turn it into a bark collar. It is not a remote activated bark collar in that the transmitter has nothing to do with the bark collar. You have to have your hands on the collar to turn it into a bark collar. For most of us that's going to be great. There are not a lot of situations where you need a remote bark collar turned on. So this is just an added feature where you can take your collar and turn it into a bark collar.
Turning it into a bark collar is pretty simple. You are going to hold down the on/off switch and watch the light on the collar. It will go red to blue. When it turns blue, you lift off the button. Now it is in bark collar mode. We'll take our transmitter here just to show that we are getting nothing, not stim, nothing. Transmitter does not work at all with the collar when it is in bark mode. You need to keep that in mind, because you don't want to put it on your dog when you are trying to use it as a remote collar in bark mode. You've got to take it out of bark mode. Pretty simple to take it out of bark mode. Hold the button down again. Light glows read, you release it. Cuts it off. When you cut it back on, now we are back into regular collar mode, and now we've got control over stim from the transmitter.
The bark collar is the auto rise bark collar which Garmin is now using with all of their bark collars plus the bark collars that we have on the Delta units of the Delta Sport. Auto rise works for some people in some situations. There are certain situations where I recommend against it. So you've gotta kinda understand your dogs and how they react to bark collars as to whether or not you are going to be happy with the auto rise feature.
What the auto rise does is it starts on the lowest level. When the dog barks, it corrects him on that level. If he barks again, then it increases the stimulation level. What it does is it gradually increases the level until it finds the right level for your dog to get him to stop barking. After it has reached that level, then it starts to gradually step levels down so that the level gets lowered. If he barks again, he's going to get a lower level. If he continues to bark, it's going to gradually increase.
The vast majority of my dogs work fine with this type of bark collar as far as one that gradually increase stimulation. But my really hard barking dogs, it is not an effective way to stop them from barking. What can happen with a dog that is just tough and takes a really high level of stim is that he's going to bark a bunch until he gets to that top level, and then he's going to back off for a little bit, let the collar lower stim, and he's going to start barking again. So if you've got situations where you want a really high stim level immediately when the dog barks, this is not the right bark collar for you. If you've got a dog that understands how bark collars work and is not really a major nuisance barker, this is going to work great for you and it's a nice feature. But if you've got that tough dog that just requires a high stim level on a bark collar, this isn't the right one for you.
The Pro 550 is an expandable collar. What that means is you can buy it as a one dog system and then come back later and add a second or a third collar to it for a total of three dogs. To add the second collar, it comes with a red strap, your dog selector toggle switch. Black is the 1 Dog. We're going to go to the second dog, which is red. And then to sync up the two, you hold down your on/off button. It's going to be green, blue, and then it's going to go to yellow. And then you'll hear a little sound. It beeps at you several times when it's on. You release the button and it's going to cut off. Now it's back on. And now we've got stim. So we've got Dog 1 in the black. And then we've got Dog 2 in the red. And then, if you decide to add a third dog, you just come back with a blue collar and do the same thing.
Now that we've got two collars synced up, let's look at the beacon lights again. The toggle switch is on A. We're on Dog 1. Upper light turns the beacon lights on. Now we move to Dog 2. Upper light turns the beacon lights on. They're independent of each other, so if you want to turn off that dog but leave this dog on, you can do that. You can come back and turn that dog back on. Then you can turn that dog off. Go back, turn them both off.
The Pro 550 is a one-mile range collar. What that means is that the effective range of the system is one mile line of sight. One mile line of sight means that there is nothing between you and the dog. Most situations that's not going to happen. So you are not going to get the maximum range all of the time. But you've got to keep in mind that one mile is a long way. The majority of us, our dogs are never that far away from us. Having a collar that has a little more stimulation range than your average collar, it's a good thing. My birddogs tend to run 250-500 yards, depending on what's going on. So having a collar like this allows me to stretch out. And it's powerful enough that it can get to a dog at that kind of distance quite easily. You will get the maximum range in certain situations, but you've got to keep in mind there's all sorts of things that are going to affect that radio signal.
The Pro 550 uses lithium ion batteries. Let's talk a little about charge time and runtime. Runtime on the 550 is listed as 80 hours on the transmitter and 60 hours on the collar. The 80 hours on the transmitter, that's a hard number to determine, because it really is going to come down to how much you are pressing buttons. There is no off position on the transmitter, so when you are not pressing a button, it's not using any juice. It's not one of those things where you are going to have to charge it…You can go weeks without charging the handheld. But when I am charging the collar, I tend to go on ahead and charge the handheld. That way I don't have to worry about it.
The collar is going to run for 60 hours on a complete charge. If you are using it heavily, that would be 8-10 hours a day, charging it once a week for most people is going to be fine. What's great about these batteries, though, is that you can't overcharge them. So if you want to charge it every time you use it, that's fine. It's not going to be a problem.
Now let's talk about the charger and how to put it together. It's a traditional Garmin charger, so you've got several parts to it. When it comes out of the box, you've got to attach your 110 plug. This is the part that plugs into the wall. We'll plug it over here into our multi-plug. Then you've got a splitter. The splitter plugs in. And then for your collar, you've got your adapter. So that plugs in here. So that's all of that.
To connect to the collar, here is your charging point. This snaps on. The light is going to be red while it's charging. When it's finished it will turn green. And then, on the transmitter, this is something that's new. Instead of having a cradle for it, you lift the mud flap on the back and you plug straight into it. I'm pretty happy about this change in the Pro units. There were two different cradles that came with the older models. The G2 had one style, and then when they went to the G3 it was a different style. Neither one of them was that good. You really don't have an issue here. This is pretty much the same design that we've had on the Astro and the Alpha, and it is very typical of what Garmin does. It's going to hold up great and it's going to be a lot easier to deal with than the cradles that we've had in the past, so pretty pleased with that. Same thing here. You are going to have your red light while it's charging. And then when it is finished charging, it will glow green. They have the same trickle charge concepts that we've had in the past, so you can leave them on the charger after they're done. It's not going to be a problem. There's just no advantage to it. Once it's through charging, I recommend that you take it off the charger.
Let's talk about a few ways to carry your transmitter. A lot of people just like to carry them loose, which is fine. For years people stuck them in their back pocket. And that's great, but it's a good way to lose your transmitter. And we'll be glad to sell you a replacement transmitter, but they are not cheap. So I recommend that you tether it to your body in some way. The design on these is so similar to what we've had before that all of the old G3 transmitter holsters work with the new transmitter. This one, when you buy a system from us, you can buy this one for $1. It's just a traditional four-way holster. Slide this in here real quick. Then it snaps over. This gives you a hand grip. You can also use it as a belt loop. There's a belt loop. It also comes with a strap so you can wear it over your shoulder; several different ways.
A lot of folks don't like to have a holster, which is fine. One of the newer things that's been done is that they have added a spot for you to actually tie a lanyard onto the transmitter. Probably one of my biggest complaints about the G3 units was that there was no way to tether yourself to it. You couldn't tie a lanyard to it or a snap, anything. It just didn't have anywhere that was easy to connect to it. So now they put a lanyard attachment on it, which is great. Take you a lanyard here, slide it through. You can do this with almost anything that's going to fit through it. It's a nice big port, so it's going to hold. I'm not a giant fan of wearing them around your neck right this, but a lot of people are. Now you've got a way to do it. It's going to work with a vast majority of the lanyards out there.
Now lets look at one other thing. Garmin sells what's called a lanyard karabiner. This is not included. It's something extra that you can buy. I've been using them with an Alpha for a while and they are really neat. I'm very happy that you can use them now on the Pro 550's. You take this strap. You slide it through. And you feed it back through here. Then you take your karabiner and there you go. Now you've got this clip. What I will do with this is I'm going to attach this to my belt loop, and now I've got it where it's easy access. But when I'm through with it and just drop it, it's still going to be there. So, pretty happy about that. That's a nice new feature.
I couldn't be more happy with how this Pro 550 has turned out. Garmin took everything that was good about the Tri-Tronics Pro 500 and has added a bunch of stuff to it and drastically lowered the retail price. So you can get the best collar now for about $110 less than you could buy the Pro 500.
The Garmin Pro 550 is an improved version of the Tri-Tronics PRO 500 G3, and is a direct descendent of the 500 Lite/LS/XLS Pro series collars which professional and serious amateur trainers have relied upon for years. This top of the line model is an extremely versatile remote training collar that is right for any breed of dog and any type of training -- from basic obedience to advanced field work.
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The Garmin PRO 550 with Tri-Tronics technology gives the serious trainer one-handed control with a 1-mile range and easy access to 21 levels of momentary and continuous stimulation, plus non-stimulation vibration and tone options.
ONE-HANDED, NO-LOOK OPERATION
Quickly switch between stimulation levels with the tactile dial so you can keep your eyes on your dog.
Remote controlled Beacon Lights help you locate your dog in low light.
OPTIONAL: ACCESSORY BEEPER
Plus, the PRO 550 handheld has the ability to remotely operate the accessory Upland Beeper (sold separately), turning the 550 into a versatile upland hunting unit.
BUILT-IN BARK COLLAR
The built-in BarkLimiter (activated on the receiver collar) helps keep your kennel a little quieter when you get back home.
Waterproof transmitter (IPX7) and dog device (1 ATM)
One mile range
Interchangeable contact points for dogs with long or short coats
Insulated contact points ensure consistent and reliable stimulation in the water
No external collar antenna
Remotely controlled Beacon Lights built into the receiver collar
Built-in Bark Limiter activated at the collar
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in the handheld with approx. 60 hour run time
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in the dog device with approx. 60 hour run time
3/4" collar strap with roller buckle and metal keeper fits up to a 24" neck
One year manufacturer warranty
Garmin PRO 550 Batteries
The PRO 550 has lithium-ion batteries with two hour rapid charge
Batteries are user-replaceable in both the transmitter and dog device collar
Includes USB Splitter Cable that lets you charge both collar and handheld at the same time
Dog device features a compact charging cradle for no exposed charging jacks
Stimulation from the Garmin PRO 550
Choose the stimulation that is best for your dog
Intensity levels can be quickly adjusted, meaning you can instantly adjust intensity whenever distractions increase
21 intensity levels of STIM (1-7, low/medium/high)
Non-stimulating tone and vibration functions
BOTH STIM TYPES
Change STIM type with the toggle
Continuous stimulation allows you to control the length of the correction based on how long you hold the button down
Momentary stimulation delivers a quick preset duration of stimulation (less than 1 second) for enforcing commands your dog already knows and for correcting behavior
TRAINING WITH STIM
Tactile dial with clicks between levels allows you to raise and lower the stimulation level by feel without ever having to take your eyes off your dog
Teach yardwork/obedience and enforce known commands with lower levels of stimulation
Use higher levels to stop unwanted chasing or to overcome strong distractions
Insulated contact points ensure consistent and reliable stimulation in the water
Includes interchangeable contact points for long or short-coated dogs
Garmin PRO 550 Range
Collar range is up to 1 mile which is ample for most dog training or hunting situations.
Maximum range is based on "line of sight." This means that to get the full range out of a system there should be nothing between the transmitter and the receiver, and the terrain should be flat and open. This isn't going to happen in most places that we spend time with our dogs.
The range on all of the systems that we carry will vary depending on training conditions, including weather, terrain, and the presence of cover.
Remember, too much range will never hurt, but too little could be a problem.
I'm so excited to receive the new Garmin Tri-Tronics Pro 550. I've used a Tri-Tronics Sport G3 for the past 10 years with nothing but successful sessions. I look forward to the new Pro 550's upgrades and even better training sessions. Thanks G/T-T and Gun Dog Supply for great products and best in class customer service.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10246 Reviewed: Featured Review
"All features have worked great, including the bark limiter. I look forward to using it out in the field."
I've only owned it for a couple of weeks, and so far it's been great. I'm particularly impressed with the battery life. All features have worked great, including the bark limiter. I look forward to using it out in the field.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13178 Reviewed: Featured Review
This is my third purchase of this collar/transmitter over the last 20 + years. This newest model has the best designed transmitter yet, and easily adds a second dog/collar when needed. The many levels of stimulation are quickly adjusted in the field without having to look at the transmitter, meaning that you never need to take your eyes off of your dog while in use. It's smaller, lighter, and easy to handle. Thanks Steve, for the super instruction video on your web site. It quickly brought me up to speed with the operation of new model.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24808 Reviewed: Featured Review
"Already fixed a number of unacceptable behaviors in our pup."
This is by far the best remote I've had. The ergonomics are spectacular. As a woman, I have a small hand, but my fingers can still reach the buttons and my thumb can turn the stimulation dial up or down and the antenna is not in the way. Which means I don't have to look at what I'm doing so my timing is more precise. My only want, would be that the receiver be a bit smaller. Other than that, excellent product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27691 Reviewed: Featured Review
"I've had it for about a year now, and I love it."
I picked this because it was the most intuitive design in terms of easily finding the buttons when you're not looking at it. The battery life is very impressive. I've had it for about a year now, and I love it. Very happy with my purchase.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28265 Reviewed: Featured Review
"The stimulation buttons are easy to locate even when in a jacket pocket."
I would highly recommend this e-collar. The tube style transmitter is comfortable to hold in your hand and is easy to use. The stimulation buttons are easy to locate even when in a jacket pocket. The intensity can be adjusted without looking at the transmitter and with 21 levels. It can be tweaked to your dog's temperament or for the distractions that are present. Having a tone button which is a different color is also a nice feature. The holster that comes with it has belt loops or you can use the strap that is provided. I had borrowed a co-worker's Pro 550 for a couple of weeks so I knew what it was like but I still looked at some other models/manufacturers before deciding to purchase the 550. I didn't find any other ones that seemed to be as solidly constructed. As for Gun Dog Supply, they were great to purchase from. I ordered it online and it shipped the same day, arriving three days later.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27746 Reviewed:
A great collar. Where I grouse hunt in the mountains, it doesn't take much to lose line of sight. The extra range gives me the reach if needed. Also, I really like the adjustability in stimulation that it offers. It can do the sensitivity of the smaller collars, while being able to trash break as well if needed. I trained both dogs with the tone feature, and it works well enough that I very rarely have to actually stimulate.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27824 Reviewed:
Absolutely love this collar. I'd like to see a trashbreaker-type collar with the same functions as the Pro 550 but with the added range/reception or an improved antennae on the handset. Some reception seems to be blocked when worn on the waist and my wrist/forearm is too close to the remote's antennae. Once I move the antennae more in line of sight of the collar, the commands are better received. Nit-picky, yes, but just a wish-list, as I knew this would more than likely happen due to the way this frequency propagates and is blocked by nearby objects (wrist/forearm/body).
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27969 Reviewed:
I've yet to get my pup, about 4 weeks more of waiting, but, I've tested it on myself, and reviewed all the features, and I have to say this is as close to perfect for me! I do have an older tri tronics collar and remote, but this has so many more features. I should really be able to get the right stimulation without the fear of overdoing it. I love it!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 26468 Reviewed:
The video on your web page sold me on this collar. After watching it there were no questions left unanswered, and no guess work on trying to figure out if this was what I wanted. It is everything I expected.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25281 Reviewed:
The Garmin Tri-Tronics 550 is perfect. Our dog loves to run and no matter how far he goes, we know the collar is going to work. The settings are great, and the beacon lights come in handy when we need to see him in the dark. Thanks Gun Dog Supply. Your customer service is top rate.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25221 Reviewed:
Really like the versatility of the different levels of correction. It's super easy to use. The only drawback I see is the holster. It's a very tight fit which makes it tough to reinsert after charging. My suggestion would be to have a window in the holster where it could be charged without removing from the holster. Other than that it's perfect!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24472 Reviewed:
We love the lights on the collar. When we take our dog outside at night he is impossible to see. The lights work great! We also find the option for the warning beep very helpful. Sometimes that's all we need.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24245 Reviewed:
Love this! Our dog, Hatchet, is a very exuberant 1 year old who enjoys jumping on visitors. We could control him with a prong collar, but it did not seem to teach him anything. He needs exercise and was good off leash, unless something else caught his attention. I started using the Pro 550 with commands that he was already familiar with and saw an immediate improvement. I worked with him several times a day, and he is responding very well. I have not had to use a setting above 3 Medium. He is like a different dog! No excessive shocking, just steady, consistent command and response. I am now training him to recall when he hears the tone. Thank you for giving me a tool to bring out the best in my dog without years of waiting for him to mature.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24082 Reviewed:
"It only took a couple of corrections, and now she is working so much calmer."
I mainly got it for my Kelpie that works at the ranch with me. She was over excited, and it is for her safety around the horses. After one day of basic obedience training with it I took her to the ranch. It only took a couple of corrections, and now she is working so much calmer. When I mount my horse I don't have an over excited barking nut, just a calm dog ready to work. After a couple of weeks she is obeying commands while herding from quite a distance with the tone and vibration settings. I love it, and working with her is so much calmer.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24107 Reviewed:
"The lithium batteries hold a charge much longer than the original Pro 500."
The unit is everything they say it is. This is the first training collar I have owned and was a little hesitate to buy one, but have been pleasantly pleased with the ease and how well it helps in training!! I have already recommended it to many.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24125 Reviewed:
This collar and remote are very easy to use, and I highly recommend it. you can run the remote with one hand and never have to look down at it. I like the collar lights that are operated by the remote, especially when I am training or running at night. The collar packs a punch and with the wide range of stimulation settings it makes it easy to find the perfect setting for your dog. The only down side is the remote is a little larger than my old tri-tronic model, but that really doesn't bother me. I wish they stylized 1 inch straps for the dog collar, but the 3/4 inch seems to hold up pretty well.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24156 Reviewed:
As always, Gun Dog Supply shipped my order accurately and promptly. Set up for the Garmin Pro 550 was easy. I've been successfully using this product in my dog's daily training regimen and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a top quality e-collar.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23943 Reviewed:
I have tried 2 other brands and wasn't happy with them. So far, very happy with performance dog corrects a low setting. The 3 level of stimulation per dial setting make increasing stimulation quick if there are distractions. Controller is larger than most other brands, but actually very functionable.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23490 Reviewed:
I have no complaints, and it has worked well. I used it on a daily basis to train a 1 year old Pitbull. I have not performed any long range testing as my dog never at a distance of more than 100 yards or so. If you are going to buy one of these devices you cannot go wrong with this one. It performs as advertised. Good things are rarely cheap. This is a good example.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23167 Reviewed:
First time E-Collar owner, and this was the only site that truly made me feel like I was making an informed decision and not just selling a product. This product was a good bit out of my price range, but after researching the alternatives it was the clear choice. My GSD pup is a great dog and listens well when the excitement level isn't too high. I did basic obedience training with a prong collar, but no amount of humane corrections worked when she gets really worked up. With this collar I can get her attention easily and never have to go over level 3. Having tried these levels on myself, I believe this is much more humane than jerking a chain to the point of whiplash and more effective. The selling points on this system for me was the completely sealed collar with no rubber boot, the no look operation, and the range. The only things on my wishlist would be to have simultaneous bark and training modes like some other collars, and have the remote be a bit smaller. Lastly, the documentation that comes with the unit is lacking and not very intuitive. By no means a deal breaker, but it would be nice to have some more verbose explanation of functions. Thank you for the great resources and products you provide here. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22568 Reviewed:
I am not a fan of electronic collars, however I needed something to get my dog's attention, and this does the job superbly! He is like a different dog, a joy to have around. I will use it to reinforce what has already been done and teach him new things. Great investment, and money well spent!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21856 Reviewed:
Being a professional gun dog trainer I have used collar on physically soft to physical tough dogs. The variable levels of intensity and continuos vs nick are extremely important to my training and correcting fairly and effectively. Using the Tri Tronics Pro 100 for years It finally gave up the ghost! So I wanted some of those same options as I had before. I like and prefer the hand held controller to anything hanging around my neck as the timing and intensity on any correction is paramount to success. I have found this collar to be very handy with the bark collar option built in. Saves me the expense of purchasing separately and is effective.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 33246 Reviewed:
Have had it for about a month and so far we love it. It's very rugged and along with the added holster, it makes it very impact resistant, I've lost count of how many times I've dropped the remote and nothing has happened to it. The collar has definitely taken a beating by our GSP and so far its held up really well. Considering buying another collar for our German Shepard now. All in all, it has been a very good product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 32890 Reviewed:
I love my collar. It works better than my old tritronic collar! It has both bark collar and lights. It's very easy to use and is always consistent. My only complaint is that I have had it for a month and still have not received my 50.00 rebate from Garmin.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 32598 Reviewed:
Great package! It looks like Garmin has taken the tried-and-true Tritronics Pro 500 and made it even better. Simple things like adding a an attachment for a lanyard are great. Everyone knows someone who lost their transmitter out in the field! I also like the new accessory feature of having a light on the receiver that will also stay on while you use the stimulation setting.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 32163 Reviewed:
It is easy to charge and has a reliable connection. Much better than the smaller and cheaper collars. I can see that this is going to last as long as my dog. The $200 collars do not. The features are very easy to figure out in a moment. Watching Steve's video review of this collar was all I needed for using it and all its features. I charged it and put it on the dog, and it was good to go!
I would recommend it and buy it again. It's more than twice the collar when compared to the $200-300 units and it has a very low intensity for my timid short-haired dog and is high enough to get my own attention!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 30833 Reviewed:
Definitely does everything I need it to do. What I like about this model over older models is that the beep function (green button) works every time you hit it, regardless of what setting you have it on. On my older Tri-Tronics, you had to turn the dial to T (Test) for the beep to work and then back to stimulate. Now I can easily direct my dog to return with the beep function, and if she doesn't listen I just have to move my thumb down to stimulate.
My dog has a VERY high hunt drive, so the vibration does not work on her. Just isn't enough to get her attention.
Stimulation on this device is a little more mild than my older one, but now I just leave it at 5 instead of 3.
The low stimulation for the bottom button, increasing on the top button, and even higher by hitting both at the same time is a nice option. You simply move your thumb instead of having to mess with the dial.
The remote does not have an off setting. It is on all the time, which concerned me at first, but it seems to stay charged for weeks at a time. I have yet to have the device die on me.
Yes the Pro 550 is a little pricey, but I need the long range in addition to a beep/stimulate combo. I am definitely happy with the device and the customer service of Gun Dog Supply.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 30354 Reviewed:
Compared to my old Upland G2 EXP this has a better range, louder tone, vibrate, user replaceable batteries on both the transmitter and receivers, and is a lighter weight unit. The headlight on the receiver is a nice feature for locating the dog in low light. Great buy!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28934 Reviewed:
Have always used Tri-Tronic products, simply put, they're the best! Controls are well thought out on the units and well protected from accidentally being bumped and having a command (tone, vibration, and shock) being instituted. Great range and it's real nice to have all three options present (tone, vibration, and shock) as well as a good variability on the power/shock option for instituting commands while in the field with multiple dogs. Really like the light option on the collar/receiver and having it turned on/off from the controller as well. Great product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29046 Reviewed:
I've been using my collar now for a couple weeks. It works very well, and I enjoy being able to turn the light function on at night to keep track of the dogs! When I make a correction, just the vibrate function seems to work very well. Remember folks, if you're going to turn the collar up put it on yourself first so you know what the animal is feeling! Be safe and responsible with these. They are not to cause pain and the dog must know the command before using the collar to make corrections! Train smart and everyone be safe hunting.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29116 Reviewed:
After a week or so of internet research and recommendation by the kennel I bought my dog from, I decided to replace my 15 year old DT systems collar with this one. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now with my new dog. I love how easy it was to become familiar with and to use without looking at the controls. I have no complaints or regrets buying this collar and would definitely recommend it.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28831 Reviewed:
It is very well designed, and easy to use. I have dual receivers on one collar so as not to make the dog turn or spin away from stim as was the case with my old collar. It's not cheap, but as they say you get what you pay for!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28686 Reviewed:
Previously had a fly away special with my last dog. It still works great as my brother currently uses it. So far I am pleased with the 550 and the added options from the older models. Couldn't ask for a better unit for everyday use.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28425 Reviewed:
I am really liking this new pro 550 system. I upgraded from an older G2 system that also worked well but the batteries in the collars had all seen much better days. My favorite feature by far is the ability to remotely turn on the beacon or collar light. I walk my boys off leash so this is really handy at night, I can keep track of them all easily. I am also training my 3rd dog, a rescue and a major runner, she is responding beautifully to the collar and is learning recall on the tone. I'd highly recommend tri-tronics and especially the pro 550.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28210 Reviewed:
I was fairly new to using an e-collar when I bought this, so on the advise of people who know more than me I bought the Tri-Tronics collar with the most features so I would have maximum flexiblity. So far I am very happy. If you have used a cheaper e-collar in the past, be aware that this collar has more power than many entry e-collars, so don't assume level 3 = level 3. My single complaint is that the collar charger is not as robust as I think it should be. On the other hand, I verify that the control is waterproof and floats because it has taken a plunge or two this duck season.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17041 Reviewed:
"Looking forward to using it in the 2015 hunting season with the new collar lights."
My only minor negative comment is that the holster strap is not thought out very well . An easy fix. The audible tone is far more effective than older models. So far this appears to the best I have used. The power is consistent.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 16298 Reviewed:
This collar works for me. I run with my dog, and she likes to run free. She also pulls a lot, so it makes it hard to enjoy the run for both of us when we are attached. We are both happier now. It was really easy to train her. I mostly use the beep to get her attention. And I also love the light option! We run a lot in the dark, and it is now easy for me to see where she is, and for other people we meet on the runs to spot her ahead of time and not be surprised by a dog at their feet!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 14740 Reviewed:
"Really like the lightweightness of this new generation of Tri-Tronics collars."
My Toller is the first dog I have pursued dog sports with, such as hunt tests, rally and conformation. The Garmin Tri-Tronics PRO 550 is my first ever e-collar. My dog requires the lowest one with short prongs and it works great. We love it!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 12815 Reviewed:
An excellent product and tool. The quality of the unit is outstanding. Have used other more expensive training collars that didn't do what this collar does. The Pro 550 takes care of all the needs to train a Retriever.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13063 Reviewed:
I was so used to the intuitive nature of my old Tri Tronics Pro 100 that I was concerned that this unit would not be as easy to use. Wrong... Button and switch placement are excellent. I find it very important it have a unit I can use without needing to look at it. Great unit. When I order the item it was placed on backorder. GDS not only emailed me numerous times over the week that it was on backorder, but also called me to make sure I was OK with waiting a few days. Best online customer service I've ever experienced.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13110 Reviewed:
" I must say the buttons could not be more intuitive, and the remote does not feel oversized."
Having used another brand with a smaller remote, I was concerned about the size of the remote. After using this product, I must say the buttons could not be more intuitive, and the remote does not feel oversized.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13267 Reviewed:
My determined barker quit barking after two days of use. She quickly picked up that barking leads to negative consequences. Now, she doesn't bark even without the collar. We are now using the collar to enforce the come command. She is making great strides in that area too. GREAT product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13643 Reviewed:
I am very happy with my new Garmin Tri-Tronics PRO 550. I like the bark limiter, and the light, as well as the accurate stimulation. My only thought on improvement - it would be more convenient if there was a way to transfer from the bark limiter to the stimulation mode with the handheld device instead of having to do it on the collar itself. Besides that, I am happy to have it. Thanks!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11549 Reviewed:
Works great! No problems at all! Easy to use, and easy to charge! The built-in Bark Limiter is a great bonus feature, too. It fits my 35 pound French Brittany perfectly. I mainly use the momentary stimulation and have never had to go above 2 medium to get the response that I'm looking for. The Garmin Tri-Tronics PRO 550 makes dog training easier! Highly recommended!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11727 Reviewed:
"All the functions work as advertised, and the battery life seems to be better than other collars we have."
All the functions work as advertised, and the battery life seems to be better than other collars we have. The only negative is there is no lanyard for the controller. The holster works well, but no safety cord if it's dropped. Great product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11054 Reviewed:
I have had my PRO 550 for two weeks now, and I really like it. My Vizsla turned one today, and this e collar has made my training sessions so much easier. I was having trouble with the dog on the recall. Not any more. All I have to do is hit the tone button, and he comes right in. If he does not respond you have the option for 21 levels of stim the highest level my dog needs is a high one. Great system. I would recommend it to all. Thanks Gun Dog Supply for a great e collar with an easy order and quick shipping.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21073 Reviewed:
The 550 is a great product. Has a couple of improved features from the G3. I had the G3 for about 4-5 years without any problems. Would still be using the G3, but collar was lost and could not find a replacement, so I upgraded to the 550. I like the lighted collar feature.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21371 Reviewed:
For me its perfect. The LED lights at night are great as it's nearly impossible to see a choc lab at night. My lab is very smart but very stubborn. She likes the beep, and I used for a good girl response. But she also checks in if she is out of sight. She pays NO attention to the vibrations at all, but it was nice to attempt to teach with it. In my case, she is very stubborn, so the continuous stimulation is really the only way to get her to break free of a major distraction at this stage. The versatility of the 550 in my opinion great and needed to deliver the message you are trying to get across to the dog. It's working so well. My neighbors are wondering if Garmin will make them for the kids as well. Only downside is battery doesn't last as long as I would like, and the led lights should be relocated to the face of the unit rather than the top of bottom even the side would be better.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21401 Reviewed:
The collar works awesome. I especially like the fact that the bark feature is there. It corrected the problem in a hurry, and I like that it has so many different intensity options allowing me to use just enough stimulation to train without having to put too much pressure on the dog. Great product. Very happy with it.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21149 Reviewed:
Super easy to use! Works fantastic! Both of my dogs respond very well to just the tone. I rarely need any other type of stimulation. Just like having remote controlled hearing aids for the dogs. Shipping was very fast, and I loved the videos comparing the different systems. Very helpful in choosing the best product for us. Thank you!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20635 Reviewed:
We did struggle with the conventional training of the device. More down to the combination of me and a stubborn thick furred dog, but we have adapted it's use, and it has worked wonders. (Such as not 15 minutes ago). The range seems good, the options good, and although with long furred retrievers I doubt we'll get much use from the lights, but I love that addition. An expensive product, yes, but one that gives you a wide variety of training and escalation options. I'm very pleased.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20384 Reviewed:
I have 10 dogs and train daily as my hobby. Have always used Sportdog collars and decided to try the Garmin Tri Tronics being Garmin is who makes the gps I use. It's by far the best training collar out there!!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20067 Reviewed:
This is the first training collar I've used. I love it. The increasing levels of correction are great, and the dog has responded VERY positively. I was surprised at the large size and light-weight remote. An additional image of the remote size might have decreased my surprise. I wish the remote could be turned-off (like the collar). But overall, the pair is fantastic.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20026 Reviewed:
I bought this collar to use principally for training. I was attracted to the features of the Pro 550, but also for Tri-Tronics reputation of reliability and simplicity of operation. I am very happy with the collar. Much nicer than my old G1 Pro 500. And it has proven to be idiot proof and easy to use.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19723 Reviewed:
Ruby is sensitive to the collar and only need level 3 to get her attention. Very easy to charge and use. I'm a novice with these collars. This make and model was recommended by a friend. I would definitely recommend it to others.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21589 Reviewed:
Ray with WEBfoot retrievers uses and recommended this model for obedience command training. Am well pleased with the results my 6 month old German Shepherd puppy is getting. Thank you Gun Dog Supply and Ray with WEBfoot Retrievers.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21545 Reviewed:
I originally bought the sportdog wetland hunter, and it was a bit too hot for my dog. So I did some research and bought the pro 550. I have only had it for a month or so now, and to this point I love the collar. I have only used it on level 1 with my dog, and it has helped clean up some obedience issues. I really like the light addition for when I am setting up goose decoys in the dark. With the light I will be able to see where my dog is at all times. I also like the low, medium, and high levels. It has really helped me find the appropriate stimulation for my dogs temperament.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19623 Reviewed:
It works as promised. Using the collar in conjunction with the basic commands has made the dog easier to control in the house, on walks, and in the field. The light feature is nice as I take the dog out early in the morning. The levels of intensity are great; I have a head-strong dog, and she responds fine at a 3/4 level.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 19186 Reviewed:
I like the new additional features and price but HATE the smaller toggle switches. They're two small and feel flimsy.. I'm disappointed that Tri Tronics/Garmin collars are no longer "made in the USA" At least the Pro 550 has Taiwan written on both collar and receiver :-( Backwards compatibility would have been nice ? I'm still using my Pro 200 G3 with my Dobermanns and the new Pro 550 with my GSD. I'm seeing if I can get used to the feel of the Pro 550 toggle switches before I add a second and third collar. In the mean time I'll keep using the Pro 200 G3
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11418 Reviewed:
This e-collar has all the features one could want in a top level collar. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating is a design flaw I believe it has and that is the antenna on the transmitter. Unlike the old Tri-tronics Flyway Special that this e-collar replaced, the Pro 550, has a hard antenna on the transmitter. On the very first use of this e-collar I dropped the transmitter and broke the antenna off and as it is molded directly into the transmitter the whole thing had to be replaced. I will give kudos to Garmin, after taking almost 2 weeks to respond to my e-mail requesting service, Garmin did replace the transmitter for free. With 21 levels of stimulation( momentary and continuous), tone, vibration, and a built in bark collar, all though you can't turn on the bark collar from the transmitter, there isn't much else you could want or need in an e-collar. I definitely recommend it, just be careful not to drop it.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 33375 Reviewed:
We have a very strong-willed dog. He's young, so we love that we can gradually increase the correction strength during training and have already seen a huge improvement in many unwanted behaviors. However, we aren't too impressed by the bark feature. If he really wants to bark, he barks right through the corrections until they get so high that he's yelping. Then he stops until it scales down the correction and starts all over again.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18404 Reviewed:
Replaced my 15 year old TriTronics 200 LR collar. Overall I like the new PRO 550, very convenient changing intensity on the transmitter instead of having to change plugs (especially with two very different dogs). Only issue is the collar strap. There is no D ring to attach a check cord. The strap is also very flimsy and several times the strap unbuckled when I thought that I had it placed properly around the dog's neck. I'm now a bit concerned about possibly losing the collar while doing water work.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27689 Reviewed:
So far so good.... Wish they were still using heavier duty 1in collar strap instead of 3/4in. Also, would be nice if the beacon light had a flashing (strobe) function instead of just staying on solid or off. Just got into using it good in the field and hope that it gives me the same level of service that I got from my older TT Pro 500 G2.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28761 Reviewed:
"Like the new features of the built-in vibration, tone, and light."
We upgraded from another model because of the flaws in the receiver. We've been using Tri-Tronics collar for over 7 years now, and we're big fans, but the old model kept breaking on the side strap holders. We really dislike the transmitter on this one. It's big and clunky, the 2 switches tend to slide when we don't want them to, and we have to charge not one, but 2 units now. The old one had a small replaceable battery that rarely had to be replaced and we found that better for our purposes. We also don't like the holder on the transmitter. The old one had a strap that allowed us to easily hang it around our necks. This one has a holster and a big clunky strap that doesn't seem to make much sense. The unit doesn't stay upright, and moves around too much. But we do like the improved strap holders on the receiver. And we love the new charging cradle, much improved over the old one!
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24226 Reviewed:
For being a revamped, expensive and 'professional product', I do not find this to be a great value. The intensity options are too limited. My dog feels overwhelmed at the lowest setting. To switch from training to bark mode, one has to press and hold a button on the inside of the collar; this feature should be activated from the transmitter. I would have preferred a stainless quick release of the collar. They should also include an extra collar band, one for small and one for large neck sizes since you have to cut it to size. Good experience ordering from Gun Dog Supply.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 12763 Reviewed:
I've only used this collar for a couple of weeks, so these are short term comments. The lights don't appear to be to ineffective on furry dogs. Power level jump between 2 and 3 is significant . Would be nice to have settings right below 3. Vibration mode on furry dogs appears ineffective . Battery life on transmitter about one week. Transmitter control awesome. Easy to manipulate in pocket commands/actions. Seems a bit large to conceal during the summer. The transmitter doesn't work on other garmin collars......kind of a bummer. I need to order a red collar. Dogs love it. The deep prongs are effective and they blame the stimulation on everyone and everything except me. Happy holidays to you and your family.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 16948 Reviewed:
For me the first three levels have no effect on my dog whatsoever. So that is 9 levels of stimulation that don't do anything. This collar was pricey to lose that many levels of stimulation.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18631 Reviewed:
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