Trainer Brand Comparison.
Choosing a remote
trainer can be confusing, considering the number of brands
that by the number of models available through each brand.
We're often asked by customers, "What is the best
brand?". Well, the honest answer to that question
is 'It depends'. It depends on how you will be using the
trainer, what breed/size of dog you have, where you will
be using the device, etc. That said, we will attempt to
highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each brand of
trainer we carry. Note that all are excellent products,
but some excel at different tasks.
The SportDog Line by PetSafe is, as the name implies, aimed at the hunting
dog market. They feature rugged equipment, and back it with a limited lifetime
feature of the SportDog line is the ability to add additional receiver collars
to your system at a later date. They also allow you to replace the rechargable
batteries (replacement batteries can be ordered from SportDog) when the batteries
eventually 'die'. These trainers are an excellent choice if your primary focus
is on gun dogs.
The PetSafe branded trainers are of equal
quality, but are designed primarily for the companion pet market. The PetSafe
Yard and Park Trainer is an excellent choice for general companion pet
training, as well as some field training use.
Innotek is our best selling line of trainers, as they are aimed at the companion
pet market. They are now part of the PetSafe family of brands. They are generally
priced lower than the other brands, but are still excellent units. The Innotek
the only trainer specifically aimed at the toy breed market, and their UltraSmart line
is sleek, and suitable for
most any dog. Some units use replaceable batteries (available at most major
retailers), while the bulk of their products are rechargeable. The drawback
with the rechargeable units is that they are basically disposable, as the battery
cannot be replaced. However, they do have a life span of 3 to 5 years, so they
generally are a good investment. Most of their units allow you to use an optional
'warning tone. Since many Innotek customers are purchasing their first
remote trainer, they offer a toll-free 'talk to a trainer' line to allow you
to get a professional opinion or guidance about using their products.
Multivet specializes in remote trainers that use a spritz of
spray rather than a corrective stimulation to distract your
pet. They are especially good for timid dogs, but are limited
to use around the house and yard. Their Ssscat product is
excellent for keeping your pet away from specific indoor
Dogtra trainers are newer to the US market, but represent some of our best selling
models. Like Tri-Tronics, they are primarily aimed at the professional/sport
dog audience. However, their lower priced models, the 175NCP and 200NCP, are
good 'crossover' models that do a great job with companion pets. Many Dogtra
trainers feature a 'pager' feature, which causes the receiver collar to vibrate
when the appropriate button is pressed. We personally like this feature as
it is possible for dogs who have been trained on units that give 'warning beeps'
become skittish around cell phones, answering machines, ovens, or any other
electronic appliance that beeps. Another neat feature of Dogtra trainers is
the 'rheostat' dial that determines the level of correction. Think of it as
a dial with infinite levels between 'low' and 'high'. The rechargeable batteries
may be replaced on Dogtra units, but it requires either a good background in
electronics repair or sending the unit back to Dogtra.
Probably the best trainers on the
market, they are generally regarded as the industry leader.
The target market for their products are professional trainers
and sport dog enthusiasts. The trainers are rugged, long
range, and designed for work in the field. They are probably
overkill for the companion pet owner who needs
dog not to dig in the shrubs or kill the mailman, but might
be a good choice if you are considering field work or live
on a large property. To the best of our knowledge, Tri-Tronics
are the only trainers made in the U.S.A. They also allow
you to simply replace the rechargeable battery when it inevitably
dies, or even quickly change out to a spare battery in the
field. Available in systems for up to six dogs.