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"I like the reduced size over the previous model"

By: Steve Bottcher From OR

Family pet.

I like the reduced size over the previous model. Several years ago I purchased a similar Sport Dog model (I forget the number) from Gun Dog Supply. I noticed immediately, as did my dog, that the stimulation level of the collar changed during our outing. Sometimes it would notch up several levels and elicit a shock that got way too much reaction and sometimes it would dwindle to nothing--even when turned all the way to the highest level. My dog does not need a reminder often, but when she does her response needs to be immediate. I experimented with setting the receiver to each of the three default levels and did not see a consistent performance of the collar. I tested the stimulation level before and after each outing on myself. It almost never was consistent at the beginning and the end. After attempting a troubleshoot with Gun Dog Support, they sent a replacement set. Much to my dismay that set had the same problem. I relented that it was just a defect of the product as a whole and hoped and prayed I did not have to use the stimulation on my dog. When the old set stopped working altogether, I went to Gun Dog Supply. The reviews on this newer model where overwhelmingly positive with no mention of the same problems I and my dog had experienced. So I ordered this set. Much to my continued dismay, this set has the same issue. Although the stimulation level swings aren't as wide, they still are not the same going out and coming back. I am disappointed. I rated it Average only because I didn't want to rate it Bad. I guess 2 1/2 stars would be my true rating. My dog is a pet, but with her champion breeding, she loves to hunt when she is off leash in the sticks and hinterland. every once in a while she needs just a nick to get her attention...not a jolt. I can't believe I am 3 for 3 with a bad set...hasn't anyone else had this experience?

Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars.
Review ID: 12523
Reviewed: 2014-08-02

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