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Best Garmin Dog Collars for Tracking & Training 2022

Get These Garmin Dog Collars in 2022

Plus the Compatible Alpha GPS Handhelds for Tracking and Training Your Pack

Whether you're hunting or training—or both—find the best tools for managing your dogs in this PlayBetter article on Garmin Dog Collars and compatible Alpha GPS handhelds.

The main difference between the TT™ 15 and the T 5, is that the TT 15 can be used for tracking and training, and the T 5 is only for tracking.

Both devices are top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receivers and come in regular (up to 9 miles away) and mini models (up to 4 miles away). The TT 15 and T 5 Garmin dog collars are compatible with both the Alpha 100 and the Alpha 200i handhelds. You can bundle the Alpha 100 with the TT 15 or the TT 15 mini collars. You can bundle the Alpha 200i handheld with the TT 15, TT 15 mini, T 5, and T 5 mini. Find all of these on the PlayBetter dog tracking and training page!

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What's the Difference Between TT 15 and T 5 Garmin Dog Collars

Garmin T 5 GPS Dog Collar

The T 5 dog device is a top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver that uses LED beacon lights activated from its compatible handheld unit. Hunt whenever you want with lights that work in low-light conditions and at night, and that are visible up to 100 yards away.

Rugged and water-resistant to 10 meters (Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters and splashes, rain or snow, showering, swimming, diving into water), this tracking-only dog device collar is tough enough to run wherever your dog runs, up to 9 miles away. T 5 ships with a 1-inch blue collar strap. Replacement straps are available in multiple colors (sold separately).

Garmin T 5 Mini Dog Collar

The T 5 Mini Garmin dog collar works like the standard T 5, but with a smaller color and range.

Hunt when you want. Through a top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver, the T 5 mini dog device uses LED beacon lights activated from your compatible GPS handheld. The lights work in low-light conditions and at night, and are visible up to 100 yards away.

Rugged and water-resistant to 10 meters, this tracking-only dog device with collar is tough enough to go wherever your dog goes, up to 4 miles away. T 5 mini comes out of box with a 3/4-inch blue collar strap. Replacement straps are available in multiple colors (sold separately).

Garmin TT 15 Dog Collar

Via a top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver, TT 15 dog device uses 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation, plus audible tone and vibration when used with a compatible tracking handheld.

Rugged and water-resistant to 10 meters (Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters and splashes, rain or snow, showering, swimming, diving into water), this tracking and training Garmin dog collar is tough enough to run wherever your dog runs, up to 9 miles away. The stimulation features let you train each dog separately—traditional stimulation allows you to make quick changes (low, medium, or high) within a predetermined stimulation level (1-6), whereas linear stimulation allows progressively more stimulation from levels 1 to 18. You can remotely operate the LED beacon lights, built in to the dog device, to help locate your dog in low-light conditions.

TT 15 ships with a 1-inch red collar strap. Replacement straps are available in multiple colors (sold separately). TT 15 is compatible with track only handhelds, but the training tools will not function. For track-only handhelds, we recommend the T 5 Garmin dog collar.

Garmin TT 15 Mini GPS Dog Collar

The TT 15 Mini Garmin dog collar allows you track and train your dog like the standard TT 15 device, but with a smaller size and range.

Through a top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver, the TT 15 mini dog device uses 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation, plus audible tone and vibration when used with one of you compatible Garmin dog GPS handhelds.

Rugged and water-resistant to 10 meters, this tracking and training GPS dog collar is tough enough to work wherever your dog goes, up to 4 miles away. The stimulation features let you train each dog separately—traditional stimulation allows you to make quick changes (low, medium, or high) within a predetermined stimulation level (1-6). Linear stimulation allows progressively more stimulation from levels 1 to 18. You can remotely operate the LED beacon lights, built in to the dog device, to help locate your dog in low-light conditions.

TT 15 mini comes out-of-box with a 3/4-inch red collar strap. Replacement straps are available in multiple colors (sold separately). TT 15 mini is compatible with track only handhelds, but the training tools will not function. The T 5 mini is recommended for track-only dog GPS handhelds.

Garmin Alpha Dog GPS Handheld for Tracking & Training

The Garmin Alpha 10 Compact Multi-Dog GPS Tracker/Trainer

Dog Tracking and Training Made Easy with This Compact, Lightweight Garmin GPS Handheld.

Track and train as many as 20 dogs up to nine miles away with the Garmin Alpha 10 GPS handheld that is lightweight, providing at-a-glance data.

With this flexible, compact multi-dog tracking and training system you get:

    • Lightweight, compact design with at-a-glance multi-GNSS tracking and configurable training.
    • Pair with the T 5 and TT 15 dog devices to track up to 20 dogs up to 9 miles with up to a 2.5-second update rate.
    • Customize training for each dog with 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation plus tone and vibe.
    • Connect to a Garmin DriveTrack GPS navigator or Tread® powersport GPS navigator to view your dogs' location from a vehicle.
    • Compatible with select Garmin wearables for quick tracking updates at the wrist.
    • Up to a full week’s worth of battery life 
    • Follow the action during the hunt by using Alpha 10 to track compatible Garmin dog devices and handhelds.
    • Sync with the Garmin Explore smart device app to view dog tracking data, hunt replay, and more.

The Garmin Alpha 100 Multi-Dog GPS Tracker and Trainer

GPS Tracking with Built-in GarminTopo Maps

Track and train as many as 20 dogs up to 9 miles away with the Garmin Alpha 100 GPS handheld. With this multi-dog tracking and training system you get:

    • Location updates as often as every 2.5 seconds.
    • A 3-inch, glove-friendly, sunlight-readable touchscreen.
    • A touchscreen that allows you to customize your setup information relevant to you.
    • A“buddy tracker” function, allowing a party of hunters each carrying an Alpha 100 GPS handheld to track not only their dogs, but other Alpha users—any combination of up to 20 dogs and hunters.
    • Send and receive pre-selected messages in the field to other Alpha user—phrases like “help,” “come here,” or “go on without me”.
    • The ability to follow your dogs and buddies on the Dog Tracker Page, which shows a familiar three-axis compass, with color-coded arrows that indicate the direction and distance of each dog.
    • An audible or vibration alert when a dog trees quarry or goes on point.
    • A Map Page and 100k preloaded topo maps, so hunters will always know what sort of geographical features (including ravines, rivers, and roads) are around you.
    • Set up a customized radius or geofence alerts to notify you if your dog has entered or exited a pre-determined area.
    • Three configurable buttons that you can set to virtually any combination and level of continuous correction, momentary correction, or tone.
    • Set up different stimulation levels for each dog, and control them all from a single handheld.
    • When a correction is made, a menu automatically appears so you can quickly choose from 18 intensity levels on the fly.
    • Up to 20 hours of battery life.

The Garmin Alpha 200 Multi-Dog Tracking and Training System

Track and train up to 20 dogs at a time from up to 9 miles away with the Garmin Alpha 200 handheld, whilce getting enhanced mapping, easier operation, and more.

With this advanced multi-dog tracking and training system you get:

    • A larger, 3.5”, sunlight-readable capacitive touchscreen display for increased visibility in whatever conditions you hunt in.
    • Configure your setup to specific hunt application needs while displaying only relevant information needed.
    • Easily customize tracking and/or training functions through the handheld’s button operation, which allows for fast dog training cues and minor adjustments.
    • The new “quick key” functionality on the handheld allows you to easily and quickly access the most important field applications based on your hunting preferences, including dog list/group management, TopoActive terrain maps to determine best hunt routes, dog training and tracking data to help keep dogs safe and moving in the right direction, or important waypoint locations for efficient and effective in-field time management.
    • Multi-GNSS support and enhanced mapping systems in your Alpha 200 lets you know exactly where you are.
    • Connect the Alpha 200 to a Wi-Fi® network and download BirdsEye Satellite Imagery directly to your device for a detailed landscape view of a region or use a compatible Garmin HuntView card (sold separately in U.S. or France markets) for a more detailed landscape overview.
    • Connect wirelessly to the Garmin Explore™ app on your mobile device for additional texting and mapping needs.
    • Traditional compass mapping or the new Pro View feature that lets you locate your dogs at a glance. The system provides location updates every 2.5 seconds for up to 20 active dogs.
    • Store and share more than 20 dogs in an inactive state, so if you rotate different dogs or hunt with different dog groups, you no longer need to add or remove dogs in the system prior to a hunt.
    • Compatibility within the Garmin ecosystem, so you can track your pack from the road, your wrist, and other ways thanks to the Alpha 200 handheld's wireless connectivity with products such as Tread® powersport GPS navigator, rugged fēnix®, tactix® and Instinct® smartwatches, and other compatible devices.
    • Use with the TT 15 dog devices; training modes include 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation, plus audible tone and vibration activated from the handheld. Effective range for tracking and training is over 9 miles (depending on terrain).
    • A battery life for the Alpha 200 handheld of up to 20 hours.

The Enhanced Garmin Alpha 200i Multi-Dog System
with inReach Capability

Track and train as many as 20 dogs up to 9 miles away with the Garmin Alpha 200i GPS handheld. AND get enhanced mapping, easier operation, and more safety in the field with inReach satellite communication (requires subscription). With this advanced multi-dog tracking and training system you get:

    • A larger, 3.5”, sunlight-readable capacitive touchscreen display for increased visibility in all conditions.
    • Configure your setup to specific hunt application needs while displaying only the relevant information necessary to accomplish a task.
    • Easily customize tracking and/or training functions through the handheld’s button operation, allowing for fast dog training cues and minor adjustments.
    • The new “quick key” functionality on this handheld allows for quick, easy access to the most important field applications based on your hunting preferences, including dog list/group management, TopoActive terrain maps to determine best hunt routes, dog training and tracking data to help keep dogs safe and moving in the right direction, or important waypoint locations for efficient and effective on-the-hunt time management.
    • Multi-GNSS support and enhanced mapping systems in your Alpha 200i give you the ability to always know exactly where the hunt takes you.
    • Connect the Alpha 200i to a Wi-Fi® network and download BirdsEye Satellite Imagery directly to your device for a detailed landscape view of a region or use a compatible Garmin HuntView card (sold separately in U.S. or France markets) for a more detailed landscape overview.
    • Alpha 200i gives you a new level of peace of mind and global communication coverage through inReach satellite technology. With the 100% global Iridium® satellite network, you can send and receive messages, navigate your route, track and share your hunt, and if necessary, trigger an SOS to get help from a 24/7 global emergency response coordination center—directly from the Alpha 200i handheld or from a compatible device (active satellite subscription required).
    • Connect wirelessly to the Garmin Explore™ app on your mobile device for additional texting and mapping needs. When paired with a compatible Garmin device, the Garmin Explore app shows real-time dog tracking information, allows you to save collections of dog tracks and replay these tracks to review details of your hunt. Additionally, you can use the Garmin Explore website and app to help manage tracks, routes and waypoints, and review statistics.
    • Traditional compass mapping or the new Pro View feature that lets you locate your dogs at a glance. The system provides location updates every 2.5 seconds for as many as 20 active dogs.
    • Store and share more than 20 dogs in an inactive state, so if you rotate different dogs or hunt with various dog groups, you no longer need to add or remove dogs in the system prior to a hunt.
    • Compatibility within the Garmin ecosystem, so you can track your pack from the road, your wrist, and other ways thanks to the Alpha 200i handheld's wireless connectivity with products such as Garmin DriveTrack™ 71 GPS navigator, rugged fēnix®, tactix® and Instinct® smartwatches, and other compatible devices.
    • Use with the TT 15 dog devices; training modes include 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation, plus audible tone and vibration activated from the handheld. Effective range for tracking and training is over 9 miles (depending on terrain).
    • A battery life for the Alpha 200i handheld of up to 20 hours or up to 15 hours with inReach technology enabled.

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T 5 Garmin Dog Collars are the devices you want to pair with your Gamin Alpha handheld GPS if you are only tracking your pack.

TT 15 Garmin Dog Collars are the devices you want to pair with your Gamin Alpha handheld GPS if you plan to track and train your pack.

The Garmin Alpha 10 Compact Multi-Dog Tracker and Trainer is for the hunter who wants a compact and lightweight handheld that allows them see their dogs' location at a quick glance and has enough battery life to last through those multiday trips!

The Garmin Alpha 100 Multi-Dog Tracker and Trainer has everything you want: track dogs and hunting buddies (up to 20 combined), customize your display and training, use tone or vibration, measure your dogs' stats, get Garmin topo maps, and up to 20 hours of battery life!

The Garmin Alpha 200 Multi-Dog Tracker and Trainer has all the advanced features of the Alpha 200i with one exception: it doesn't have inReach compatibility. So, if you want a larger display, easier operation, setup, and display, and to keep inactive dogs in the system, but without paying for inReach technology and the subsequent subscription to activate it—this is the dog tracking and training GPS handheld for you!

The Garmin Alpha 200i Multi-Dog Tracker and Trainer has everything you want ENHANCED with an enhanced price tag, of course. Get a larger display, easier operation, setup, and display, keep inactive dogs in the system, and get all the communication and safety benefits of inReach capability (subscription required).

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