"If you run Field Trials, you learn to swallow your disappointment quickly."
"Field trials are not a game for good dogs. They're for great dogs with great training." E. Graham
I have , in the past, used DT systems, a Dogtra back in the early 90's, a SD 400, and TT Pro 100 and now a Pro500. The Sport Dog was a waste, never held a charge, and collar would work when it wanted to. DT was a great collar, and I liked it, but their quality is no where near what it used to be, and my ex wife took my older model out of spite when she left. Dogtra was a good collar, but you always needed to look at it when you used it, and it just didn't feel right?? The Tri-tronics by far are the most durable, easy to use with out looking at them, offer more levels before you need to turn the knob, are expandable to three dogs, (Dogtra only two). And out of all of them, hold a charge the longest!! Yes, a bit higher priced, but worth every dollar!!
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There are things you just can't fix. Can't fix stupid, can't fix a neutered dog & you can't fix junk!
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Started out with a TT Field 60, used the EXP collar, but handled only one dog and range was a bit limited. TT offered a trade up program so I went all the way for a Pro 500. It's been great except for a few times I forgot to flip the switch and "corrected" the wrong dog. It's on its way to the factory for some service for the first time in eight years. In the meantime, I am using a friend's Pro 100. Not sure I don't like it better than the 500. Controls are a little simpler and no multiple dog accidents. So if I were buying today for training, I might just go for a Pro 100. If I were buying for hunting, I would get some collar rather than a tube. Wish I had kept the field 60 for hunting.
"When a man is proud of his dog and shows it, I like him. When his dog is proud of him and shows it, I deeply respect him.” — Gene Hill
We used Tritronics for probably 30 yrs. and then had so much trouble with an in-warranty collar of theirs. Sent back three times and not fixed. It was just before they sold out to Garmin. Traded the TT in for a Dogtra and have never had one single issue with it.
Additionally you haven't used Dogtra for a similar period of time to offer a fair comparison.
I will offer this...and I'm a noob.
I had a SD1825 for a while. The transmitter battery pooped out after one year, and the unit proved not entirely reliable.
Moved on to a secondhand TT500 G3 EXP and it has worked exceptionally well from day one, awesome battery life too.
My son has a Dogtra 1900NCP for the last 2 years and reports all is good with that unit as well.
Not 30 years experience, but electronics tend to suffer from infant mortality a lot.
As for customer service, SD was good, sent a new battery foc. Never had to talk to either TT or Dogtra, so no comment...
Dogtra 3500 no need to look at the others.