Man’s best friend can also be a hunter’s most valuable tool. A hunting dog enhances your skill and elevates the artistry of your hunting. There are a number of dog breeds that can be trained into wonderful hunting companions. With the help of the following tools, you can train, monitor and utilize your hunting dog to its full potential:
The Garmin Astro dog training and tracking systems are compact, lightweight and perfect for extended hunting trips. The system allows you to track your hunting dog within a nine-mile range and also train with a tone and pulse stimulation. The non-harmful pulse and tone notifies your dog when he should obediently return to you. The system also has a bark sensor, so your dog won’t scare away any game if he becomes excited. The waterproof, handheld device accurately maps your dog’s location on a full color, 2.6-inch display.
The GoPro camera system is ideal for capturing your adventurous outings. The GoPro Fetch dog harness enables your dog to record the hunting excursion from a unique view. The machine-washable, water-friendly harness secures the camera to either your dog’s back or underbelly. The material is soft and thoroughly padded at all adjustment points, so your pet remains comfortable. The harness is adjustable and can fit dogs from 15 to 120 pounds.
FitBark is a new health monitoring technology for your dog. The system is controlled by an app on your iPhone, which provides a variety of charts that help you understand your dog’s health and explain his behavior. The waterproof activity monitor fastens to your dog’s collar and collects data from his physical activity and rest levels. The activity monitor can recharge via a USB port and lasts for 10 to 14 days before power depletion. The app helps you calculate and view your dog’s activity levels, so you can adjust his exercise regimen accordingly. This app allows you to train your dog to have optimal physical stamina for your hunting excursions.
GEODOG is a GPS-tracking device for your four-legged friend. The system comes with a collar and software that works on your PC or Android phone. The collar is lightweight at 150 grams and adjustable in either a small (41cm to 47cm) or large (46cm to 52cm) size. The software keeps track of your dog and alerts you when he has strayed from the designated zones. The collar is perfect for backcountry hunting trips as it can locate your dog within any range with its powerful GPS-tracking technology.
PetSafe Wireless Containment
Set up a boundary for your dog while on your hunt with a wireless containment system. The wireless transmitter creates a circular containment area for your dog with an adjustable boundary control area. The transmitter works anywhere there is an electrical outlet, so it is ideal for hunters who RV camp. The battery-operated dog collar emits a light static correction pulse whenever your dog breaches the boundary, which helps you keep track of your dog and makes sure he has a secure area for outdoor play.