Garmin Alpha Dog Tracking And Training System

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This tracking and training system tracks up to 20 dogs or people at a single time. Its effective range is up to nine miles and it also reports hunter-to-hunter positions. 18 levels of momentary and continuous stimulation for custom training sessions. MURS frequency band - not compatible with Garmin Astro series. Includes soft-sided canvas carry case.
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Garmin Alpha Dog Tracking And Training System Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

The Alpha is hands down best dog tracker/trainer

I love this collar! Have only had it for about 3 weeks but have been been using it 6 days a week on a the disk golf course I play on with my dog so am getting pretty familiar with it. The more I use it the more I like it. I can hardly wait until Chukar season opens to test its full capabilities. Pros- these are a few that come to mind
I can see the screen in bright sunlight AND I don't have to wear my 2X reading glasses. You can set the defaults to have Big text. Would not want to have reading glasses on when birds get up!
Touch screen is big improvement over Astro; more intuitive also.
I can “see” where dog is even when he would be beyond hearing range of a beeper.
No Beeper or Hawk whistle to have to try to hear!!
When dog is on point you know where he is! No more walking wrong directions before finally finding him.
No ½ mile (at best) range limit (like my old-fashioned G3).
A great full featured GPS besides being an all-in-one training/tracking collar
The tone on the dog collar; in just a couple sessions I trained my dog to come to it.
E-collar is the top of the line tri-tronics model.
Map capabilities are the best available from Garmin.
Nice to be able to download yours and dogs tracks and view on Garmin or Google earth ( I notice my dog travels 6-8 miles while I go 2).
Birdseye satellite images (you have to buy subscription) overlaid on free detailed topo maps (check online for free 1:24000 maps) are awesome. Cons
Nothing of big concern I can think of a bit of a learning curve but with so many features that’s to be expected.
Need a better connection for the collar charger. I agree with others that the clip would be easy to lose (I bought an extra just in case).
A couple suggestions for a firmware update are:
1. A “one dog” mode; no need to “select” a dog when there is only one on the list to select from. Not a biggie but would save a couple keystrokes in getting to the dog info.
2. Would help to have more ring tones so you could have a different tone for each alert type.
chukarhiker at Cabelas on 05/01/2013

Great Tool

Although it is not hunting season, I use the Alpha on my daily walks with my GSP. It has performed without problems over the last month or so and I believe it will be well worth the considerable price this fall. My GSP is solid liver color and invisible in the woods without a bell. Now I can run him without it! It is easy to use both GPS and e training features. Many features I will most likely never use in my adventures but some might find them usefull. The charger is a little funky and for the price it should have come with a lanyard but those are small issues. I live in the North Woods in NH and I have no problems picking up signals when walking in the thick woods and mountains. If it is durable (to soon to tell) it will have been worth the cash.
TGORDON at Cabelas on 06/04/2013

garmin alpha

The system is able to a lot of different things. I'm still learning how to use all of the options. So far I like the system. It does all that it claims to do and more. The only issue that I have had with it is that I have to recalibrate to compas often.
scubas53 at Cabelas on 01/15/2013

Negative Reviews:

Garmin just doesn't deliver a great package

First, let me say this will track your dog and help you find where it is. If that's all you're looking for, you'll like this just fine, and only need to figure out if it's worth the money to you. But I expect a lot more from such an expensive item. And I want less, too. Garmin has never been able to produce intuitive software for any device. This is no exception. The menus are not well organized or laid out, nor do they resemble those on other Garmin products. The path you must take is often 2 or 3 layers deep, and not where you'd expect to find it. There are simply too many choices and the labels don't have a natural flow to them. Garmin has their own way of looking at things, and it's not consistent with Windows or Mac systems we're all used to. The specs tempt you with an impressive list of features, but good luck getting them all to work. The manual is very sparse, and leaves a lot of details for you to figure out. Want to navigate by automobile? It'll do it but you'll have to figure out where to go to change modes to 'auto' from 'walking'. That country road you're on? Well the stripped-down map included just may not have it, so keep your OTHER GPS handy. Want to hook up to the lame Base Camp software so you can download all that great data and view it on a real screen? If you can figure out how to do it you're better than me. It doesn't even recognize my unit when it's connected to the computer, even after fumbling through the menus to what looks like the way to turn it on. The unit itself appears to be well made, with a sturdy plastic body and rubber all around. The package comes with a well made, tough nylon bag, wall, car and USB chargers, short and long antennae, and a few other items. The collar is well made too, with plenty of extra length should you want to put it on a horse. The achilles heal to all this is born of the idea that you don't want a fragile USB port on the collar where it can get dinged up or wet. Garmin's idea was to have a clip-on USB port that interfaces with the collar through connectors that don't mind the elements. This part, which is about ½ the size of a book of matches, is integral to the system. Lose that, and you've got a really expensive dog collar and a sub-par GPS unit. I appreciate the idea, but that's gonna be the source of a lot of frustrated hunters when that little bugger goes missing when you're in the middle of nowhere. I could go on and on about the little things, but you probably get the point by now. There's lots of room for improvement, and for competitors, there's lots of room for competition at cheaper price points.
nessly at Cabelas on 01/06/2014