Test of a portable device for intuitive dog training GARMIN PRO 550
Continue testing of the products produced by Garmin.
This time we will check the functionality and quality of the GARMIN PRO 550 device.
GARMIN PRO 550
Let’s start, as usual, with the configuration.
She is no different from her ” younger brother»:
220V charging unit;
two replacement plugs for the power supply;
charging clip for the collar;
splitter for simultaneous charging of both devices;
key for changing electrodes;
larger replacement electrodes;
instructions in five languages;
Garmin PRO 550 package
What immediately upset me was the lack of instructions in Russian!!!
By the way, I didn’t find a Russian translation of the manual for this model on the Internet at the time of writing this report. Sad!
At the moment, the equipment is delivered to the consumer with instructions in Russian. You can also download it here. (Primas’. ed.)
Now about the hardware itself:
The control panel has a cylindrical shape and fits comfortably in both the right and left hand, and is also easy to handle. Its weight is 222 grams, which is almost twice the weight of the previous device.
Tactile, it is as pleasant as the GARMIN Sport PRO. It is sealed, and it is stated that it is water-proof according to the IEC – IPX8 standard, and this, as they say, is no longer “huhry-muhry”.
Garmin PRO 550 remote
At the top, behind the antenna, there is a mode switch: vibration – “V” and the power level of the electric discharge from 1 to 7, as well as a green status indicator.
Unfortunately, there is no device lock/off mode, and therefore it is always on. How this affects the battery’s survivability remains a big question, and the possibility of accidentally “punishing” the animal is also great…
On the front side there are buttons and control levers. At the very top, there is a green button that is responsible for the sound signal lasting no more than 8 seconds. The sound signal works on all modes.
front side of the console
Just below is the collar selection lever. This device, as described above, supports the operation of three collars to choose from.
Below is another lever with the symbols “M”, “A” and ” C ” – let’s call it the training mode switch. It is followed by two large buttons for controlling the collar.
Let’s look at the management issue in more detail.
The upper mode selector switch is set to the “V” position, and the training mode lever is set to the “M”position. In this mode, the green button is responsible for giving an audio signal lasting up to 8 seconds, and the control buttons activate the “vibro” signal on the collar, which also lasts no more than 8 seconds;
The upper mode selector switch is set to the “V” position, and the training mode lever is set to the “A”position. In this mode, the green button is not activated, and the control buttons are responsible for turning the collar light on and off;
The upper mode selector switch is set to the “V” position, and the training mode lever is set to the “C” position. In this mode, the green button is responsible for giving an audio signal lasting up to 8 seconds, and the control buttons activate the “vibro” signal on the collar, which also lasts no more than 8 seconds;
The upper mode selector switch is set to “1-7” and the training mode lever is set to “M”. In this mode, the green button is responsible for giving an audio signal lasting up to 8 seconds, and the control buttons activate the electric pulse of the specified power;
The upper mode selector switch is set to “1-7” and the training mode lever is set to “A”. In this mode, the green button is not activated, and the control buttons are responsible for turning the collar light on and off;
The upper mode selector switch is set to “1-7” and the training mode lever is set to “C”. In this mode, the green button is responsible for sending an audio signal for up to 8 seconds, and the control buttons activate an electric pulse of the specified power for up to 8 seconds.
I also note that when you turn on the backlight and then change the modes, the LEDs continue to illuminate the collar, which is a definite plus.
On the back side there is a sealed charging port for the mini-USB connector. At the end there is an eyelet for fastening the lace. Apparently, there are no clips for attaching this device to ammunition or clothing.
reverse side of the console
I will not dwell on it, since it is identical to the collar described in my previous review of GARMIN Sport PRO, and, by the way, they “connect” between devices. This, I think, is a positive thing.
There are three LEDs on the collar.
Central lights up:
green – training mode and confirmation of full charge of the built-in battery;
red-confirms that the receiver is turned off;
yellow-indicates that there are 2 to 5 hours of charge left;
blue-as it turned out, confirms activation of the “anti-FLY” mode.
Two white side LEDs illuminate the collar at night.
Checking in the field
Let’s start by checking the range of interaction of the equipment.
The manufacturer claims a radius of 1.6 km! No wonder. Visually, the antenna is slightly larger than a similar antenna from GARMIN Sport PRO, and the battery is likely also more capacious.
After counting the distance of 700 meters and getting a confident vibrating signal, I decided that this is quite enough.
After testing all the modes on my relative at this distance, I moved on to training my pet – ZSL Haze.
She had already familiarized herself with the collar of the previous device, and some of the signals were already familiar to her.
I note that for a breed like Laika, you need a minimum of performing commands – this breed is Autonomous. It does not require the presence of a person in the immediate vicinity, otherwise the” spurring “or working on the” eye ” individual is ruthlessly rejected. Therefore, the functionality of this equipment is used to a minimum.
Strictly my opinion, that for huskies sufficient is a set of commands “to me”, “next”, “sit” and “place”, as well as a couple of prohibiting commands. Although in practice, many do not use half of the voiced ones.
Cops and hounds are another matter. Their obedience training is the key to successful hunting in the future, and this equipment will come in handy.
Many will give up, they say, our fathers without any “bells and whistles” trained and brought dogs, and they will be right. However, the world does not stand still, and what makes life easier for a hunter or a simple trainer, helps him in raising a four-legged assistant, is certainly a positive thing! And sometimes it saves a pet’s life!
This is what happened to me during my next foray into the forest.
I and my dogs were walking along a country road, which may still remember the wagons of the industrialist Demidov, the merchants Eremin, the Portnyagins, and many others, for whom the Pavlovskaya land was famous, when suddenly a young husky Haze pulled down to the side of the road, and the Amur was already flying across it.
In an instant, Cupid bumped into something, jumped to the side and went in circles. I immediately realized: a snake!
Two years ago, he had experienced the effects of the venom of a young Viper. Then I managed to take him to Barnaul to the hospital, and everything went well. Since then, Amur has avoided snakes.
Another thing is a young dog – for her everything is strange, everything is interesting, she has not yet learned to assess the situation and does not know fear.
I will not hide it-initially I was just confused and completely forgot that I had the most valuable equipment in my hands. But after making a few quick leaps in the direction of the whirling dogs, I suddenly remembered the remote and shouted my “BELCH” and sent a signal to the collar.
Haze, apparently having received a weak discharge of the electric pulse, continued to attack the snake, but a stronger and longer discharge brought it to its senses.
After the command “TO ME”, though reluctantly, the dogs left the snake alone, and a moment later returned to me.
When I reached the scene, I actually found a snake.
In total, we got two reptiles that day, and I hope that thanks to the device from Garmin, I thoroughly fixed the dog’s reaction to snakes.
For the rest, our training sessions were still limited to the main Executive teams, which, in my opinion, really began to be executed more clearly and in a timely manner. And what is most important is the ability to communicate with the dog without attracting its attention by voice.