Dog Expedition TC1 Border Patrol Review
Are you a high-tech, all-in-one gadget fan?
If your answer is "yes" then we got a treat for you today. Imagine having a wireless dog fence combined with GPS technology; now add tracking capabilities and remote training to the mix and you have the full package all wrapped up in a compact walkie-talkie style device and collar.
Sounds pretty good right? However, there are a couple of details you should be aware of before spending your hard earned money. There's a lot to like about this product, but there are also a couple of drawbacks to the system that won't sit well with some customers.
So let's get right into the review.
- All-in-one product
- Can fit neck sizes up to 27 inches
- Recommended for dog breeds that weigh over 35 pounds
- Rechargeable Li-Ion batteries
- 50 levels of static stimulation
The handheld device is of decent size and feels well-built. It has a nice 2.4 inch LCD color display but the resolution is not that great. The button layout is very straightforward and the menu is user-friendly so even inexperienced dog owners can pick up this unit and use it with ease.
The collar design is one of the biggest downsides of this system. While the build quality feels fine, It's heavy, bulky and not as adjustable as some other products from the same category. On top of that, the strap is screwed into the receiver, meaning you can't opt for a custom one. The collar is waterproof but we wouldn't recommend testing it's submersibility.
Both the handheld device and the collar are powered by rechargeable Li-ion batteries which is something we are a fan of. However, this being a GPS system it does tend to run the batteries down fairly quickly. The battery life on the handheld is between 6 and 12 hours, and up to 24 hours on the collar. Remember that you can turn the handheld device off after dialing in all the settings since the collar remembers them and can operate independently.
• Lots of features
• 50 levels of static stimulation
• Good range
• Not suitable for smaller breeds
• Clunky collar design
What We Liked about It
The Dog Expedition TC1 Border Patrol GPS System and Remote Trainer is truly a unique product on the market. You get a wireless dog fence that can create a huge boundary area, a decent dog tracking device with a solid range of 2 miles, and on top of that, a remote trainer for obedience or hunting training, with lots of options for fine-tuning. GPS especially helps for people with lots of obstacles located on their property since it doesn't suffer from signal interference like standard RF systems do.
What We didn’t Like
Having all those features in one product that offer so much versatility and then limiting the system to basically only be usable by larger dog breeds, due to the design of the collar, is kind of mind-boggling to us. Also, while the display on the handheld device is a nice color LCD, the resolution on it just leaves you wanting more.
"Jack of all trades, master of none" best describes the Dog Expedition TC1 Border Patrol. It is mainly a GPS based wireless dog fence, but in all honesty, if you live on a smaller property without too many obstructions in your yard, you are better off getting a standard RF unit since it's more affordable and usually more precise.
On the other hand, if you own a ranch and don't want to invest time in an in-ground solution, this product will be a welcome addition. It dabbles into pet tracking and it's great to have it, but if you want to be serious about it and analyze performance data consider purchasing a Garmin. The remote trainer feature is really good and comes in handy.