Electronic Training System
for Hunting Dogs
Since 1983, D.T. Systems, Inc. has been supplying dog owners with their affordable line of electronic training systems and gear. In early 2011 they released the all new H2O 1800 Plus series in four different models so you could pick which features fit your training style.
I tested the 1830 Plus model, which features 16 levels of stimulation, 1800 yards (1-mile) of range, and special Jump and Rise features. More interesting yet is the MAXX-Range™ Internal Antenna System, which weaves the collar's antenna into the collar strap--so you never have to worry about replacing one, ever again. The 1830 Plus model is expandable up to 3-dogs.
Right out of the package you’ll notice the lightweight design of this system. With plenty of adjustment to fit most neck sizes, it fit perfectly on my dogs and was slim enough that they didn’t look uncomfortable. The remote has a removable antenna and comes with a neck strap for quick use, but is small enough to easily slip into your pocket. If you’re training around water you’ll love the way the remote floats in case you lose your grip, but with the new no-slip/soft-grip rubber coating it’s doubtful that you’ll drop it. Both the transmitter and collar are rechargeable so you don’t need to lug around spare batteries. The collar itself is completely waterproof and rugged enough to withstand what your dog will encounter.
The 1800 Plus series comes in what every hunter likes, camouflage! Available in Longleaf™ Fatal Flight™ camo pattern it’s perfect for use in the hunting blind or woods. With stimulation options of Nick, Continuous, Jump and Rise, you’ll be able to fine tune what’s right for your dog. The Jump option allows you to program the unit to jump from say level 1 to 5, therefore not having to fumble with turning the dial. The rise feature is similar, it starts low and the longer your press the button the higher the stimulation gets letting your dog know right away that it should stop and listen to you. I found the Rise button very useful and it’s a feature I would love to see on more systems.
The Tail Wagger: The lightweight, slim design of the collar is a major plus. Multiple great features that allow a person to train their dog in a variety of ways.
The Tail Dragger: The only downside was the range. At longer distances the power seemed to fade away and not deliver like it did within a couple hundred yards and was hit or miss at best.
Visit www.dtsystems.com for their full line of products, including the 1830 Plus for $309.99.
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