PETSAFE ELITE BIG DOG REMOTE TRAINER REVIEW
Are you an owner of a hyperactive working dog that runs 3 laps around the house when you say "sit"?
Positive reinforcement training with treats doesn't cut it?
With the right tools, training your dog can be a piece of cake or better said - a walk in the park. Today we are looking at a product from a well-known brand in the world of dog behavioral training devices. The PetSafe Elite Dog Remote Trainer is a medium to long range system that is simple, lightweight and very portable.
We already covered a model from the same company and you can check it out here. They are by no means fully comparable, and while we did find the first one to be more versatile, we noticed right from the get-go that the design on this unit was improved. You can tell that they really listened to customer feedback and many downsides of the previous model did not carry over to this one.
So let's get into it...
- Up to 1000 yards of range
- Up to 28 inches neck size
- For dogs that weigh over 40 pounds
- 15 levels of static simulation and a tone-only mode
- Collar and Transmitter are waterproof
The collar is plastic and well made. It's large but not huge and on our medium-sized dog, it had a snug fit. The on/off switch is located on the front, there is also an indicator light to let you know if it's working. The band itself is of good quality and is made out of fabric. The two contact points that come with this collar are the largest one Petsafe makes and should work fine even on longhaired breeds.
The transmitter has a digital display which is something we are definitely a fan of. It shows you the correction level you selected and remaining battery life. You can use the plus and minus buttons to set the desired level since the system features a whopping 15 levels of correction. To emit the static simulation at the desired level you press the yellow button. The red "plus 2" button is used if you want to emit two levels higher than what you have it set on. There is also a green button used for the tone-only mode.
We were kinda boggled by the fact that a transmitter of this size was able to achieve a range of 1000 yards. This is not a feature that we usually find in standard obedience remote trainers.
One of the biggest downsides we found in other models we reviewed is the old NiMH technology, so it was refreshing to see that both the collar and transmitter use the newer Lithium-ion batteries and are rechargeable. It takes about 3 to 4 hours in order to get a full charge, after that you're good to go until that indicator light starts flashing. The package includes a 2 in 1 charger so you can charge the entire system at the same time.
The system supports only two collars at once which gives it even less versatility and to be honest, the two-dog mode is kinda confusing and the transmitter controls for it are very wonky. This was one of the let-downs but it wasn't a deal breaker for us. We kind of accepted that this particular model was not made for it even though it was advertised as a two-dog mode unit.
• The range is great
• Rechargeable Li-ion battery
• 15 precise corrections levels
• Lacks versatility
• Limited to two collars at the same time
What We Liked about It
Great range, 15 levels of correction, fast recharge, and good battery life. Pack that all into a waterproof compact body and you got to ask yourself what's not to like?
Sure, this is not a perfect device, but what standard obedience remote trainer is? If you're an owner of a slightly larger dog that is hyper by nature and gets distracted easily, then this is the right device for you. Verbal commands just won't cut it and having the right tool to help is essential. It's going to make your life much easier, also it's going to affect your relationship with your canine pal in a very positive way.
What We didn’t Like
Besides the already stated lack of versatility, we weren't really happy with the finish on the transmitter. While the size is great, the buttons are too rigid and small. We were testing this in a colder environment and pressing the buttons was quite challenging while using gloves.
In a perfect world, this device is more suitable for smaller-sized dog breeds and it can handle more than two collars at the same time. But hey, you can't get everything right?
We gave this device a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and trust us we were being stingy. If there were a couple of more features for the price it would definitely top our list. Maybe a more clever transmitter design while keeping the digital display and the range. All in all, definitely an improvement compared to some other products from the same company, and a strong competitor in its category.
Proper training and behavior correction is not easy, but it doesn't have to be a nightmare either. Pack yourself with patience, a sense of humor, combine all that with a wireless remote trainer, and you're set.