Losing a dog is stressful and time consuming. I’ve experienced this first hand before with one of my family’s five dogs. Our littlest British Labrador Retriever named Duchess is full of energy and has a desire to explore the world around her. There have been times when she has disappeared into the Minnesotan wilderness, only to be found hours later. My calls rarely ever worked, so I was forced to venture in the dense brush, but she stayed hidden. If only I would have owned the Garmin Astro 320 with the DC 50 at any one of those times would I have saved myself time and frustration.
The Astro 320 is a handheld color display unit that shows the location of yourself, your dogs, and vehicle. The 320 allows the user to customize their dog’s display to see distance, direction, name, and status. In addition to that feature the 320 comes programed to: stay with your dog if its off the screen, share dogs wirelessly with other units, keep track of your activity via an activity log, and give directions and barring. To utilize the 320’s dog tracking capabilities, the Garmin DC 50 dog tracking collar is required.
The DC 50 is a rugged, water resistant all-weather collar that sports a GPS and GLONASS receiver. As long as the battery lasts, which should with its 26-54 hour life, your dog can never be lost whether be under heavy tree cover or deep canyons. A position update from as far away as 9 miles is sent to the Astro 320 every 5, 10, 30 or 120 seconds. The DC 50 tells the owner, via the 320, if their dog is barking.
With additional DC 50 dog collars, the Astro 320 can track up to 10 dogs all at once.The collar strap is replaceable and comes in a wide variety of colors. Both available on Garmin’s website. The Astro alone sells for $450, and the DC 50 to $230. This is a must have for any dog owner, and I recommend this to anyone who cares about the safety of the their four legged friend.