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Garmin Alpha GPS Dog Trackers and Trainers FAQ

We Answer Your Questions About the Garmin Alpha
GPS Dog Tracking and Training Handhelds!

Plus Everything You Should Know About the TT 15 and T 5 Garmin Dog Collars!

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We've hunted down the answers to your questions and more in this Garmin Alpha GPS trackers and trainers FAQ. Get to know the ins and outs of the Alpha 100 and Alpha 200i multi-dog handhelds for tracking and training your pack, plus intel on the TT 15 and T 5 Garmin dog collars. We go over the setup of your devices, how to add dogs for tracking and training, how to add other hunters to your handheld, all the tasks you can perform with the Alpha tracking and training system (like marking your truck or a covey), the differences between the Alpha 100 and the Alpha 200i GPS handheld, and the differences between the T 5 and TT 15 Garmin dog collars. So go ahead ... find out more about the Alpha dog tracking systems and how they can help you easily and quickly manage your pack—then shop them on PlayBetter's HuntBetter page, where we even offer some pretty sweet bundles!

For a quick read on Alpha GPS handhelds and Garmin dog collars, check out this article from the PlayBetter blog.


Garmin Alpha 100 Handheld GPS Setup and Features FAQ

What's in Alpha 100 GPS handheld box?

Alpha 100 Handheld Only

  • Alpha 100 Handheld
  • Rechargeable user-replaceable Li-ion pack
  • Belt clip
  • Extended range antenna
  • AC adapter
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • Split adapter cable

Model: 010-01041-20

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TT 15 Bundle

  • Alpha 100 Handheld
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription
  • TT 15 dog device with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 1-inch black collar strap
  • Belt clip
  • 5-inch standard and 13-inch extended range antennas (for Alpha)
  • 18.5-inch standard and 22.5-inch extended range antenna (for TT 15)
  • Charge clip
  • Split adapter cable
  • AC adapter
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • Contact point set with wrench
  • Durable field bag
  • Manuals

Model: 010-01041-50

TT 15 Mini Bundle

  • Alpha 100 Handheld
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription
  • TT 15 mini dog device with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 3/4-inch black collar strap
  • Belt clip
  • 5-inch standard and 13-inch extended range antennas (for Alpha)
  • 18.5-inch standard range antenna (for TT 15 mini)
  • Charge clip
  • Split adapter cable
  • AC adapter
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • Contact point set with wrench
  • Durable field bag
  • Manuals

Model: 010-01486-30

Alpha 100 HuntBetter Bundle also includes

  • PlayBetter 5000mAh Portable Charger
  • PlayBetter GPS Tether Lanyard (Black)

What can I do with the Alpha 100 GPS multi-dog tracker/trainer?

With your Alpha 100 you can:

    • track dogs (as many as 20 dogs, up to 9 miles away)
    • train dogs (as many as 20 dogs, up to 9 miles away)
    • track your buddies (up 20 dogs and other hunter contacts combined)
    • mark the location of a covey
    • send a message to your fellow hunters
    • turn on the collar light
    • put the collar into rescue mode to save on battery life
    • pause tracking when you move the dogs

What other features does the Garmin Alpha 100 handheld have? 

Other features of the Alpha 100 include:

    • Location updates as often as every 2.5 seconds.
    • A glove-friendly touchscreen display that’s sunlight-readable.
    • A touchscreen that allows you to customize your setup
    • The ability to follow your dogs and buddies on the Dog Tracker Page, which depicts a familiar three-axis compass, with color-coded arrows that indicate the direction and distance of each dog/buddy.
    • An audible or vibration alert when a dog trees quarry or goes on point.
    • A Map Page and 100k preloaded topo maps to know nearby geographical features (ravines, rivers, and roads).
    • Compatibility with other maps, like BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (sold separately).
    • 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.
    • Straight out of the box, the unit’s stimulation settings are configured in 18 levels of linear stimulation.
    • Set the Alpha to emulate traditional Tri-Tronics six levels of low, medium, and high correction.
    • Bundle the Alpha 100 handheld with the TT15 Garmin dog collar for tracking and training.

How big is the Alpha 100 GPS handheld for dog tracking/training?

The physical dimensions of the Alpha 100 are 2.5 x 6.5 x 1.5” (6.4 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm).

What is the size of the Garmin Alpha 100 display?

The Garmin Alpha 100 GPS handheld has a 1.53"W x 2.55"H (3.8 x 6.3 cm), 3" diag (7.6 cm) display.

Why type of display does the Alpha 100 GPS handheld have?

The Garmin Alpha 100 has a transflective, 65-K color TFT touchscreen.

Is this GPS handheld a touchscreen?

Yes! The Alpha multi-dog GPS handheld for tracking and training is a touchscreen.

What type of battery does it have?

The Alpha 100 has a rechargeable lithium-ion (included).

How much battery life does the Alpha 100 handheld GPS have?

The Garmin Alpha 100 gets up to 20 hours of battery life.

Is this device water resistant?

Both Alpha handhelds have a IPX7 water rating: Withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes and can tolerate splashes, rain or snow, and showering.

What can I do to extend the battery life on my Alpha GPS handheld?

Garmin dog collars radio broadcast their position to the Alpha handheld at certain time intervals. The more often that happens, the more the collar battery is drained.

If needed, the charge life of the collar battery can be lengthened by decreasing how often the collar position is updated with the handheld. In order to adjust the update rate, the handheld and dog collar will need to be paired and actively tracking.

To adjust the update rate on the Alpha 100:

    1. Touch Dog List
    2. Select the collar to adjust
    3. Touch Show Info
    4. Touch menu
    5. Touch Change Update Rate
    6. Select desired update rate1

To adjust the update rate on the Alpha 200i:

    1. Touch Dog List
    2. Select the collar to adjust
    3. Touch Update Rate
    4. Select desired update rate1

The tracking collar will now update its position less frequently, increasing the battery life.

1The update rate options and battery life can differ between collars.  

How much memory/history does my Alpha 100 have?

The Garmin Alpha 100 has 4.0 GB of memory/history.

What kind of maps and memory does the Alpha 100 dog tracker/trainer have?

    • Preloaded maps
    • Ability to add maps
    • Basemap
    • Automatic routing (turn-by-turn routing on roads) for outdoor activities
    • External memory storage
    • Waypoints/Favorites/Locations
    • Track log
    • Routes

What kind of sensors does the Alpha 100 have?

The Alpha 100 has a compass and a barometric altimeter.

What kind of outdoor recreation features does this device offer?

The Garmin Alpha 100 offers:

    • Area calculation
    • Hunt/Fish calendar
    • Sun and moon information
    • Custom maps compatible

Is the Alpha 100 compatible with the TT 15 and T 5 dog collars?

Yes, although the T 5 tracking-only collar is only currently available in the Alpha 200i bundle.

    • Range (line of sight): TT 15, 9 miles; Mini, 4 miles
    • Frequency band: MURS (The T 5, T 5 mini, TT™ 15 and TT 15 mini are only compatible with the Astro® and Alpha systems. The T 5, T 5 mini, TT 15 and TT 15 mini can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro and the Alpha handhelds.)
    • Tracks up to 20 dogs (TT 10/15/15 mini and T5/5 mini) and buddies simultaneously

How do I set up my Alpha 100 multi-dog GPS handheld?

Notice: Avoid using a high-powered radio (greater than 5 watts) in close proximity to the device. It may cause irreversible damage to the device.

Before you can use the Alpha® handheld device and the TT™ 15 dog collar device, you must set up the devices.

    1. Install the battery in the handheld device.
    2. Charge the handheld device. 
    3. Charge the dog collar device. 
    4. Turn on the devices.
    5. If necessary, add the dog collar device to the handheld device.
    6. Acquire satellite signals.
    7. Attach the collar.

How do I turn on my Alpha device?

To turn on your Alpha handheld follow these simple directions:

    • On the handheld device, hold the power key until the LCD display turns on.
    • On the dog collar device, hold the power key until the status LED flashes and the collar beeps.

To turn off the device:

    • On the handheld device, hold the power key until the LCD screen turns off.
    • On the dog collar device, hold the power key until the status LED turns red.

How do I acquire a satellite signal on my Alpha GPS handheld?

Both the collar and handheld device must acquire satellite signals before you put the collar on your dog. Acquiring satellites can take a few minutes.

  1. Go outdoors to an open area.
  2. Turn on both devices.
  3. Select the power key on the handheld device.

    An icon shows the GPS signal strength.

When the collar has acquired satellite signals, the status LED flashes a double-blink or triple-blink in green.

How do I track my dogs with my Alpha GPS handheld?

The Alpha handheld device allows you to track your dog, using the tracking compass or map. The map displays your location and your dog's location and tracks. The compass pointer indicates the direction of the dog's current location.

Tracking Your Dog on the Map

Before you can track a dog on the map, you must add it to the handheld device. You can view the dog's location on the map.

  1. From the home screen, select the dog tracking symbol.
  2. If necessary select plus and minus to zoom in and out of the map.
TIP: If necessary, select the compass symbol to track the dog using the dog tracking compass.

Tracking and Training One Dog at a Time

NOTE: This feature applies only to dog collar devices with training features.

When you are tracking and training multiple dogs, you can enable the device to display only one dog at a time, and you can ensure the dog being viewed on the compass is the dog being trained.

  1. Select compass symbol > menu symbol > List Sync On.
  2. Select left arrow and right arrow to cycle through the dogs.

Dog Tracking Compass

To open the dog tracking compass, select the compass symbol.

You can use the dog tracking compass to view the direction and distance to your dog. The dog tracking compass also shows the dog's status, such as running or on point. The color of the pointer corresponds to the color of the dog track.

The dog tracking compass is most accurate when the dog is more than 9.1 m (30 ft.) away. When the dog is less than 9.1 m (30 ft.) away, "Near" appears.

Navigating to Your Dog

  1. Select Dog List.
  2. Select the dog.
  3. Select Show Info > Go.

    The map opens.

  4. Follow the magenta line to the dog.
  5. If necessary, select the compass symbol to track the dog using the dog tracking compass.

Tracking with BaseCamp BaseStation

Before you can track your dogs and contacts using BaseCamp™, you must download BaseCamp to your computer (www.garmin.com/basecamp).

The BaseStation feature of BaseCamp allows you to track your dogs and contacts in real-time on a computer. For more information on using BaseCamp, see the help file in the application.

  1. Select Setup > System > BaseCamp BaseStation > Prompted.
  2. Open BaseCamp.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

How do I train with my Alpha GPS handheld?

You should research and investigate the training methods best suited for you, your dog, and your needs. This manual provides some basic guidelines for training, but each dog has unique training needs.

When used properly, the Alpha® training system is a very effective training tool to aid your dog in reaching its full potential. The use of the training system should be part of an overall training program.

Begin training your dog on a leash, without the Alpha training system. You should train your dog how to heel, sit, and come to you. After the dog understands these three basic commands, you can begin training with the dog collar device and the leash. Finally, when the dog consistently obeys commands using the leash and collar, you may be able to remove the leash to train with only the dog collar device.

Selecting and Installing the Contact Points

For best results, select the correct contact points based on your dog's coat.

  1. Select the correct contact point length for your dog's coat type:
    • For dogs with thicker coats, use the longer contact points.

    • For dogs with shorter coats, use the shorter contact points.

  2. If necessary, use the included wrench to remove the contact points.
  3. Twist the contact points into the collar.
  4. Tighten with the included wrench, but do not overtighten.

When you put the collar on the dog, make sure the contact points are tight against the neck.

Training Methods

Momentary stimulation
Applies a brief stimulation when you press the training key, regardless of how long the key is depressed.
Continuous stimulation
Applies stimulation to the dog the entire time you press the training key, for a maximum of 8 seconds. Your stimulations should typically be much shorter than 8 seconds.
Tone
Activates an audible tone instead of stimulation. A tone can be used as either a positive or negative training cue, depending on your training program.
Vibration
Applies vibration instead of stimulation to the dog the entire time you press the training key, for a maximum of 8 seconds. The effectiveness of vibration may vary based on the dog's temperament and experience.

Linear and Traditional Stimulation

You can use linear or traditional stimulation to customize your training experience. The default intensity method is linear, which allows progressive stimulation from level 1 to level 18. Traditional stimulation allows you to make quick changes using low, medium, and high settings within predetermined stimulation levels (1 through 6).


Garmin Alpha 200i GPS Handheld Setup and Features FAQ

What's in Alpha 200i GPS handheld box?

Alpha 200i Handheld Only

  • Alpha 200i Handheld with Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • Belt Clip
  • AC Adapter
  • microUSB Cable
  • Documentation

Model: 753759237394

GARMIN ALPHA 200i BUNDLES ONLY ON PLAYBETTER!

Alpha 200i/TT 15 or TT 15 Mini Dog Tracking Bundle

  • Alpha 200i Handheld with Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • TT 15/TT 15 Mini Dog Device with Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • 1-inch black collar strap
  • Belt Clip
  • AC Adapter
  • Charge cable (for TT 15 or TT 15 Mini)
  • USB Cables (Micro and Mini)
  • Contacts Kit (Short and Long)
  • Documentation

Model: 753759237189

Alpha 200i/T 5 or T 5 Mini Dog Tracking Bundle

  • Alpha 200i Handheld with Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • T 5/T 5 Mini Dog Device with Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • 1-inch Orange Collar Strap
  • Belt Clip
  • AC Adapter
  • Charge Cable (for T 5 ot T 5 Mini)
  • USB Cables (Micro and Mini)
  • Documentation

Model: 753759237295 

Alpha 200i Charger & Lanyard Bundle

  • All the includes of your Chosen Alpha 200i Model
  • PlayBetter 5000mAh Portable Charger
  • PlayBetter GPS Tether Lanyard (Black)

Alpha 200i Field Bag, Charger & Lanyard Bundle

  • All the includes of your Chosen Alpha 200i Model
  • Garmin Field Bag
  • PlayBetter 5000mAh Portable Charger
  • PlayBetter GPS Tether Lanyard (Black)

What can I do with the Alpha 200i GPS multi-dog tracker/trainer?

With your Alpha 200i you can:

You can perform various tasks that can be helpful when you are hunting with the Alpha® system.

    • Mark your truck's location (as many as 20 dogs, up to 9 miles away).
    • Track your dogs (as many as 20 dogs, up to 9 miles away).
    • Track your fellow hunters (up 20 dogs and other hunter contacts combined).
    • Mark the location of a covey. 
    • View your active hunt metrics.
    • Send messages to your fellow hunters.
    • Turn on the collar light.
    • Put the collar into rescue mode to save battery power.
    • Pause tracking while you move the dogs.

What other features does the Garmin Alpha 200i handheld have? 

Other features of the Alpha 200i include:

  • A larger, 3.5”, sunlight-readable capacitive touchscreen display.
  • 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, 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 200i give you the ability to always know exactly where the hunt takes you.
  • A multi-GNSS satellite network that uses more satellites than traditional GPS alone for better tracking in challenging environments.
  • Preloaded Garmin TopoActive mapping and direct-to-device BirdsEye Satellite Imagery.
  • Connect the Alpha 200i to a Wi-Fi® network and download BirdsEye Satellite Imagery directly to their 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.
  • The confidence of knowing Alpha 200i gives a new level of peace of mind and global communication coverage through inReach satellite technology. With the 100 percent 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 their 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 up to 20 active dogs, so whether a dog is working in heavy cover or at a distance, a glance at the handheld gives you the ability to help pinpoint the dog’s location in near real time.
  • 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. When an individual dog or group of dogs is not in use, simply make the collar ID or group “inactive” to take it offline.
  • 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.

What are the differences between the Alpha 100 and the Alpha 200i GPS handheld?

Features that the Alpha 200i has the following features not included on the Alpha 100:

    • View your active hunt metrics.
    • A larger, 3.5”, sunlight-readable capacitive touchscreen display.
    • The ability to configure your setup to specific hunt application needs. 
    • Easily customize tracking and/or training functions.
    • The new “quick key” functionality for easy and quick access to field operations.
    • Multi-GNSS support and enhanced mapping systems.
    • Preloaded Garmin TopoActive mapping and direct-to-device BirdsEye Satellite Imagery.
    • inReach satellite technology (active satellite subscription required).
    • Connect wirelessly to the Garmin Explore™ app on their 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.
    • Store and share more than 20 dogs in an inactive state. 
    • High-sensitivity receiver.
    • 16 GB of memory/history, compared to Alpha 100's 4 GB.
    • The LiveTrack safety and tracking feature.
    • The Alpha 200i does not have the outdoor features that the Alpha 100 has (area calculation, hunt/fish calendar, sun and moon information, custom maps compatible).

What is the size of the Garmin Alpha 200i handheld and dislpay?

The physical dimensions of the Alpha 200i are 2.7 x 6.4 x 1.3” (6.8 x 16.2 x 3.4 cm).
*dimensions do not include antenna.
The Garmin Alpha 200i GPS handheld has a 1.8" W x 3.0" H (4.7 x 7.7 cm), 3.5" diag (88.9 mm) display.

Why type of display does the Alpha 200i GPS handheld have?

The Garmin Alpha 200i has a transflective, color TFT touchscreen.

Is this GPS handheld a touchscreen?

Yes! Both Alpha multi-dog GPS handhelds for tracking and training have a touchscreen.

What type of battery does it have?

The Alpha 200i has a rechargeable lithium-ion (included).

How much battery life does the Alpha 200i handheld GPS have?

The Garmin Alpha 200i up to 20 hours; up to 15 hours with inReach® technology enabled.

Is this device water resistant?

Both Alpha handhelds have a IPX7 water rating: Withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes and can tolerate splashes, rain or snow, and showering.

What can I do to extend the battery life on my Alpha GPS handheld?

Garmin dog collars radio broadcast their position to the Alpha handheld at certain time intervals. The more often that happens, the more the collar battery is drained.

If needed, the charge life of the collar battery can be lengthened by decreasing how often the collar position is updated with the handheld. In order to adjust the update rate, the handheld and dog collar will need to be paired and actively tracking.

To adjust the update rate on the Alpha 100:

    1. Touch Dog List
    2. Select the collar to adjust
    3. Touch Show Info
    4. Touch menu
    5. Touch Change Update Rate
    6. Select desired update rate1

To adjust the update rate on the Alpha 200i:

    1. Touch Dog List
    2. Select the collar to adjust
    3. Touch Update Rate
    4. Select desired update rate1

The tracking collar will now update its position less frequently, increasing the battery life.

1The update rate options and battery life can differ between collars.  

How much memory/history does my Alpha 200i have?

The Garmin Alpha 200i has 16 GB of memory/history.

What kind of maps and memory does the Alpha 200i dog tracker/trainer have?

    • Preloaded maps
    • Ability to add maps
    • Basemap
    • Automatic routing (turn-by-turn routing on roads) for outdoor activities
    • Birdseye
    • External memory storage
    • Waypoints/Favorites/Locations
    • Track log
    • Routes

What kind of sensors does the Alpha 200i have?

The Alpha 200i has a compass and a barometric altimeter.

Is the Alpha 200i compatible with the TT 15 and T 5 dog collars?

Yes, although the T 5 tracking-only collar is only currently available in the Alpha 200i bundle.

    • Range (line of sight): TT 15, 9 miles; Mini, 4 miles
    • Frequency band: MURS (The T 5, T 5 mini, TT™ 15 and TT 15 mini are only compatible with the Astro® and Alpha systems. The T 5, T 5 mini, TT 15 and TT 15 mini can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro and the Alpha handhelds.)
    • Tracks up to 20 dogs (TT 10/15/15 mini and T5/5 mini) and buddies simultaneously

How do I set up my Alpha 200i multi-dog GPS handheld?

Before you can use the Alpha system, you must set up the devices.

    1. Charge the handheld device.
    2. Charge the dog collar device.
    3. Turn on the devices.
    4. Select a language.
    5. If necessary, pair the dog collar device with the handheld device.
    6. If necessary, calibrate the compass on the handheld device.

How do I turn on my Alpha device?

To turn on your Alpha handheld follow these simple directions:

    • On the handheld device, press the power key.
    • On the dog collar device, hold the power key until the status LED flashes and the collar beeps.

To turn off the device:

    • On the handheld device, hold the power key until the LCD screen turns off.
    • On the dog collar device, hold the power key until the status LED turns red.

How do I acquire a satellite signal on my Alpha GPS handheld?

Both the collar and handheld device must acquire satellite signals before you put the collar on your dog. Acquiring satellites can take a few minutes.

  1. Go outdoors to an open area.
  2. Turn on both devices.

    An icon shows the GPS signal strength.

When the collar has acquired satellite signals, the status LED flashes a double-blink or triple-blink in green.

How do I track my dogs with my Alpha GPS handheld?

Tracking Your Dog on the Map

Before you can track a dog on the map, you must add it to the handheld device. You can view the dog's location on the map.

  1. From the home screen, select the dog tracking symbol.
  2. If necessary select plus and minus to zoom in and out of the map.
TIP: If necessary, select the compass symbol to track the dog using the dog tracking compass.

Dog Tracking Compass

To open the dog tracking compass, select the compass symbol.

You can use the dog tracking compass to view the direction and distance to your dog. The dog tracking compass also shows the dog's status, such as running or on point. The color of the pointer corresponds to the color of the dog track.

The dog tracking compass is most accurate when the dog is more than 9.1 m (30 ft.) away. When the dog is less than 9.1 m (30 ft.) away, "Near" appears.

TIP: You can open an alternative view of the compass by selecting menu symbol > Pro View.

Navigating to Your Dog

  1. Select Dog List.
  2. Select the dog.
  3. Select dog icon > Go.
  4. Follow the colored line to the dog.

Changing the Length of the Dog's Track

You can adjust the length of time the dog track appears on the map. Reducing the duration of the track can reduce the clutter on the map. Changing the map does not affect the tracks stored in the handheld device.

  1. Select Setup > Map > Tracked Devices > Dog Tracks on Map.
  2. Select a time frame.

How do I train with my Alpha GPS handheld?

You should research and investigate the training methods best suited for you, your dog, and your needs. This manual provides some basic guidelines for training, but each dog has unique training needs.

When used properly, the Alpha® training system is a very effective training tool to aid your dog in reaching its full potential. The use of the training system should be part of an overall training program.

Begin training your dog on a leash, without the Alpha training system. You should train your dog how to heel, sit, and come to you. After the dog understands these three basic commands, you can begin training with the dog collar device and the leash. Finally, when the dog consistently obeys commands using the leash and collar, you may be able to remove the leash to train with only the dog collar device.

Training Methods

NOTE: Training features are not available in all areas for tracking collars.
Tone

Activates an audible tone the entire time you press the training key.

Using the Hard Keys for Training Adjustments

Before you can use this feature, you must customize your training keys with dog training commands.

You can access and adjust training commands using the device's hard keys.

  1. From any screen, press the training up and down keys until the command page you want to adjust appears.
  2. Press the training enter key to select the command page.
  3. Use the training up and training down keys to highlight the training command you want to change, and press the training enter key.
  4. Select the command mode, and press the training enter key.
  5. If necessary, use the training up and down keys to adjust the command setting.
  6. Press the training enter key to return to the previous screen.

What inReach features do I get with my Alpha 200i GPS handheld?

WARNING: Messaging, tracking, and SOS functions require an active satellite subscription. Always test your device before you use it outdoors.

Ensure you have a clear view of the sky when using the messaging, tracking, and SOS functions, because these features require satellite access to operate properly.

To get the most out of your device, you should activate it. Activating the device allows you to use inReach® features, including messaging, SOS, tracking, and inReach Weather.

Messages

Your Alpha 200i device sends and receives text messages using the Iridium® satellite network. You can send messages to an SMS phone number, an email address, or another device that uses inReach® technology. Each message you send includes your location details where allowed.

Tracking

You can use the tracking feature to record track points and transmit them over the Iridium® satellite network at the specified send interval.

SOS

During an emergency, you can use your Alpha 200i device to contact the Garmin International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) to request help. Pressing the SOS button sends a message to the rescue coordination center, and they notify the appropriate emergency responders of your situation. You can communicate with the rescue coordination center during your emergency while you wait for help to arrive. You should only use the SOS function in a real emergency situation.

Weather

Your device can receive weather information.

inReach Weather

You can receive weather information through your inReach® subscription. Your device can send an inReach message to request basic, premium, or marine weather forecasts. Yo

What are "connected features" on my Garmin Alpha 200i?

Connected Features

Connected features are available for your Alpha® device when you connect the device to a wireless network or a compatible smartphone using Bluetooth® technology. Some features require you to install the Garmin Explore™ app on your smartphone.

BirdsEye imagery

Allows you to download BirdsEye Satellite Imagery directly to your device when connected to a Wi‑Fi® network.

Garmin Explore

The Garmin Explore app syncs and shares waypoints, tracks, and routes with your device. You can also download maps to your smartphone for offline access.

Tracking

Allows you to record track points and transmit them over the Iridium® satellite network. You can invite contacts by sending them an inReach® message from the field. This feature allows your contacts to view your live data on a MapShare™ tracking page using your Garmin Explore account.

Software Updates
Allows you to receive updates for your device software when connected to a Wi‑Fi network.

Pairing a Smartphone with Your Device

  1. Bring your compatible smartphone within 10 m (33 ft.) of your device.
  2. From the main menu on your device, select Setup Bluetooth.
  3. On your compatible smartphone, enable Bluetooth® technology, and open the Garmin Explore™ app.
  4. From the Garmin Explore app, select Devices > Pair Device.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions in the Garmin Explore app to pair your device.

Connecting to a Wireless Network

  1. Select Setup > Wi-Fi.
  2. Select the toggle switch to enable Wi‑Fi® technology, if necessary.
  3. Select Add Network.
  4. Select a wireless network from the list and enter the password, if necessary.

The device stores the network information and connects automatically when you return to this location.

Garmin Explore

The Garmin Explore™ website and mobile app allow you to plan trips and use cloud storage for your waypoints, routes, and tracks. They offer advanced planning both online and offline, allowing you to share and sync data with your compatible Garmin® device. You can use the mobile app to download maps for offline access, and then navigate anywhere without using your cellular service.

You can download the Garmin Explore app from the app store on your smartphone, or you can go to explore.garmin.com.

What other applications/features can I get on my Alpha 200i?

Applications

Additional device features can be found in the applications. You can customize the main menu to display additional applications.

Setting a Proximity Alarm

Proximity alarms alert you when you or your dogs are within a specified range of a particular location. A tone sounds when you enter the designated radius.

  1. Select Proximity Alarms.
  2. Select Create Alarm.
  3. Select a category.
  4. Select a location.
  5. Select Use.
  6. Enter a radius.

Calculating the Size of an Area

  1. Select Area Calculation > Start.
  2. Walk around the perimeter of the area you want to calculate.
  3. When finished, select Calculate.

Setting an Alarm

  1. Select Alarm Clock.
  2. Select plus sign and minus sign to set the time.
  3. Select Turn Alarm On.

The alarm sounds at the selected time. If the device is off at the alarm time, the device turns on and sounds the alarm.

Using the Competition Timer

  1. Select Competition Timer.
  2. Select an option:
    • Select arrow right sign to start and pause the competition timer.

    • Select back around symbol to reset the competition timer.

    • Select tool symbol to set the competition timer duration and alerts.

    • Select plus sign from the list to create a customized timer that counts up from zero.

Satellite Page

The satellite page shows your current location, GPS accuracy, satellite locations, and signal strength.

How many dogs/contacts can I pair with my Alpha 200i, and how many can I track at a time?

The Alpha 200i can pair up to 250 dogs and contacts into the Tracked Device List. Up to 20 of these devices can be active and tracked at one time; the remainder would be inactive. Also, because Contact Tracking consumes ID numbers when tracking, the maximum number of tracked devices depends on Contact Tracking being turned On or Off in the system.

  • Contact Tracking is Off: The Alpha can track up to 20 other active devices. By default, Contact Tracking is set to Off in the system.
  • Contact Tracking is On: The Alpha can only track up to 19 other active devices. Contact Tracking On consumes one of the available ID number slots.
    • In an example scenario, if two hunters with both Contact Tracking turned On and tracking each other, each of the Alphas would consume a tracking ID number slot, leaving a maximum of 18 dog devices that can activate.

TT 15 and T 5 Dog Collar FAQ

What's in TT 15 Garmin tracking and training dog collar box?

TT 15 Dog Device

    • TT 15 Dog Device with Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
    • 1" Red Collar Strap
    • 18.5" Standard Antenna
    • 22.5" Extended-Range Antenna
    • Charging Cable
    • AC Adapter
    • Vehicle Power Cable
    • Contact Point Set with Wrench
    • Manual

Model: 010-01041-80

TT 15 Mini Dog Device

    • TT 15 Mini Dog Device with Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
    • 3/4" Red Collar Strap
    • 18.5" Standard Antenna
    • Charging Cable
    • AC Adapter
    • Vehicle Power Cable
    • Contact Point Set with Wrench
    • Manual

Model: 010-01486-00

How can I purchase the TT 15 and T 5 Garmin dog collars?

What are the differences between the TT 15 and T 5 Garmin dog collars? 

The main difference between the TT 15 (red collar) and the T 5 (orange collar), 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!

What is the difference between the TT 15 and TT 15 mini?

The TT 15 Garmin dog collar has a range of up to 9 miles away with a battery life of 20-40 hours.

It has larger unit dimensions of (WxHxD): 3.5" x 1.75” x 1.85" (8.9 x 4.4 x 4.7 cm), weighs more than the mini at 7.3 oz (207.0 g) for transmitter and antenna (without collar); 10.0 oz (284.0 g) total weight (with collar), and has a neck size of minimum of 9.5” (24 cm) in circumference.

The TT 15 mini is more suited for smaller breeds — from dachshunds to beagles to
brittanys. It has a range of up to 4 miles and a 16-30-hour battery life.

It has smaller unit dimensions of 3.1" x 1.8” x 1.4” (7.8 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm), weighs less than the TT 15—5.6 oz (158 g) for transmitter and antenna (without collar); 7.5 oz (212 g) total weight (with collar)—and has a neck size of minimum of 9.5” (24 cm) in circumference.

What is the difference between the T 5 and T 5 mini?

The T 5 Garmin dog collar has a range of up to 9 miles away with a battery life of 20-40 hours.

It has larger unit dimensions of (WxHxD): 3.5" x 1.75” x 1.85" (8.9 x 4.4 x 4.7 cm), weighs more than the mini at 6.6 oz (188.0 g) for transmitter and antenna (without collar); 9.3 oz (265.0 g) total weight (with collar), and has a neck size of minimum of 9.5” (24 cm) in circumference.

The T 5 mini is more suited for smaller breeds — from dachshunds to beagles to
brittanys. It has a range of up to 4 miles and a 16-30-hour battery life.

It has smaller unit dimensions of 3.1" x 1.8” x 1.4” (7.8 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm), weighs less than the TT 15—5.1 oz (145 g) for transmitter and antenna (without collar); 7.0 oz (198 g) total weight (with collar)—and has a neck size of minimum of 9.5” (24 cm) in circumference.

What can the TT 15 do?

The TT 15 Garmin dog collar is a water resistant rugged tracking and training dog device. It uses 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation, plus audible tone and vibration, with a range of up to 9 miles (4 miles for the TT 15 Mini). 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.

What can the T 5 do??

Uses LED beacon lights activated from its compatible handheld device. The lights work in low-light conditions and at night, and are visible up to 100 yards away.

This tracking-only dog device with collar is tough enough to run wherever your dog runs, up to 9 miles away (4 miles for the T 5 Mini).

What type of battery do these Garmin dog collars it have?

They all have a rechargeable lithium-ion pack; user replaceable.

Are these rugged Garmin dog collars water resistant?

Yes, they have a water rating of 1 ATM (10 meters), which means they can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 10 meters and can handle splashes, rain or snow, and showering.

How far can I track and/or train with the TT 15, TT 15 mini, T 5, and T 5 mini?

TT 15 range: up to 9 miles

TT 15 mini range: up to 4 miles

T 5 range: up to 9 miles

T 5 mini range: up to 4 miles

How much battery life can I get out of the the TT 15, TT 15 mini, T 5, and T 5 mini?

TT 15 and T 5 Garmin dog collar battery life is 20-40 hours.

The TT 15 mini and T 5 mini dog collar battery life is 16-30 hours.

Why is there such a range in the battery life of these dog collars?

The battery life of the Garmin dog collars depends on the features that are being used.

You can do several things to extend the life of the batteries in the handheld device and collar.

  • Reduce the backlight brightness.
  • Reduce the backlight timeout.
  • Select a longer duration for your handheld update rate.
  • Turn off the transmitter.
  • Use battery save mode.
  • Decrease the map drawing speed.
  • Put the dog collar device into rescue mode to conserve the collar battery.
  • Extend the duration for the collar update rate to conserve the collar battery.

What are the main components of these dog collar devices?

VHF antenna, GPS antenna, power key, contact points, status LED and flashing beacon LEDs.

How do I charge my Garmin dog collar device?

Notice: To prevent corrosion, thoroughly dry the contacts on the collar and the surrounding area before connecting the charging clip.

You should fully charge the battery before you use the device for the first time. Charging a fully depleted battery takes about five hours.

  1. Snap the charging clip onto the device.
  2. Plug the small end of the power cable into the mini-USB port on the charging clip cable.
  3. Plug the power cable into a power source.

    The status LED is solid red when the collar is charging.

  4. After the status LED turns solid green, remove the charging clip from the collar.

How do I turn my Garmin dog devices on and off?

  • On the Alpha handheld device, hold the power key until the LCD display turns on.
  • On the dog collar device, hold the power key until the status LED flashes and the collar beeps.

    Turning Off the Devices

    • On the handheld device, hold the power key until the LCD screen turns off.
    • On the dog collar device, hold the power key until the status LED turns red.

    What GPS handhelds are the TT 15 and T 5 dog collars compatible with?

    Garmin dog collars are compatible with:

    • Alpha 100
    • Alpha 200i
    • Astro® 320
    • Astro 430
    • Pro 550 Plus

    How do I acquire a satellite signal with my Gamin dog devices?

    Both the collar and handheld device must acquire satellite signals before you put the collar on your dog. Acquiring satellites can take a few minutes.

      1. Go outdoors to an open area.
      2. Turn on both devices.
      3. Select the power key on the handheld device.

        A signal icon shows the GPS signal strength.

    When the collar has acquired satellite signals, the status LED flashes a double-blink or triple-blink in green.

    How do I add my Garmin dog collar to my Alpha handheld?

    Methods to Add a Dog Collar Device to a Handheld Device

    If you purchased the dog collar device and the handheld device separately, you must add the dog collar device to the handheld device. You can add up to 20 dog collar devices to one handheld device.

    Using MURS/VHF

    Allows you to add a dog collar device after you have placed the dog collar device into pairing mode by pressing the power key.

    This method is helpful when you are adding a new accessory collar to the system prior to leaving for the hunt.

    Entering the track and train codes

    Allows you to add a dog collar device that you do not own and that is not in the area. The dog's owner must determine if you can only track the dog or can track and train the dog. This method requires the dog's owner to find and communicate the codes to the person adding the dog collar device.

    This method is helpful when you would like to add a dog collar device during a hunt, but you are not near the dog. For example, you are adding another member of your hunting party's dog collar device to your handheld device, but you do not own the dog collar device.

    NOTE: This feature varies based on dog collar device type and feature availability in your area. You may see track codes only or track and train codes.
    Sharing wirelessly using ANT‍+® wireless technology

    Allows you to add a dog collar device that you do not own and that is not in the area. The dog's owner must determine if you can only track the dog or can track and train the dog. This method does not require the dog's owner to find and communicate the codes to the person adding the dog collar device. This method also adds dog information, such as the dog's name, communication settings, and initial position, from the sending handheld device to your device. The two handheld devices must be within range 3 m (10 ft.) to share data wirelessly.

    This method is helpful when you want to add a dog collar device during a hunt, but you are not near the dog. For example, the

    How do I add a dog to my Alpha GPS handheld using wireless pairing?

    Adding a Dog Using Wireless Pairing

    1. If the dog collar device is on, turn off the dog collar device.
    2. Hold the power button until the dog collar device emits two series of beeps (about 2 seconds), and then release power button.

      The status LED flashes rapidly in green. The dog collar device is now ready to be linked, or paired, with a handheld device.

    3. On the handheld device, select Dog List > Add Dog.
    4. Bring the dog collar device near the handheld device, and select Yes.
    5. After successfully adding the dog collar device, enter the name of the dog, and select the checkmark > OK.

    How do I add a dog using track and train codes?

    How do I find the dog ID and track and train codes?

    Finding the Dog ID and Track and Train Codes

    You can share a dog’s track code so another person can view your dog’s location with the map and dog tracking compass. Also, you can share a dog’s train code so another person can track your dog and train (correct) your dog.

    1. Select Dog List.
    2. Select a dog.
    3. Select Show Info.

    How do I share a dog wirelessly with my Alpha handheld and dog collar device?

    Sharing a Dog Wirelessly

    Before you can share data wirelessly over ANT‍+®, you must bring your Alpha® handheld device within 10 ft. (3 m) of the other handheld device.

      1. Select Dog List.
      2. Select the dog to share.
      3. Select Share Wirelessly.
      4. Select an option:
        • To allow the other person only to track your dog's location with the map and dog tracking compass, select Track Only.

        • To allow the other person to track your dog and correct your dog's behavior, select Track and Train.

      5. On the other handheld device, select Dog List > menu icon > Receive Wirelessly.

    How do I reset a dog's statistics and track?

    You might want to clear the dog statistics and track before a new hunt.

    1. Select Dog List.
    2. Select a dog.
    3. Select Show Info > Reset >Yes.

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