I work with the humane society as a dog trainer and it gives me the opportunity to work with a variety of dogs and temperaments. The dogs love it when I come because they get to be release from their cages and play and work outdoors.
This is the second review of the Dogtra brand of electronic training collars.
This Dogtra 200NCP Gold is the second collar in their line and says it is the collar that is the best seller year in and out. This is probably because it is still reasonable on price, small in size but offers a few additional perks the base model does not.
The 200 model has the same receiver as the 175 model, however the transmitter is slightly more ergonomic for the hand. The base box is rounded at the edges instead of the hard box square on the beginner model. It is slightly taller but thinner in the width. There are three buttons on the transmitter, the nick, constant and a vibration only button. This has a similar feel to your cell phone when it vibrates and offers the dog the opportunity to feel a sensation and not a static shock and make the decision to correct the behavior.
The 200 model also offers a slightly longer distance range at ½ mile and the collar is also waterproof. The transmitter is still only water resistant, but in the event it is raining and it gets a fews drops on it, the collar should still be fine. You do not want to go out in a lake and submerge the transmitter as you would probably have problems.
I did use this to train a dog named Henry at the humane society. Henry was a hound mix who was always very interested in smells when he would go outside and he needed to learn focus if he wanted to be adopted. He also needed a job when he was outside so he could focus his nose and efforts on some task at hand. Having the extended range was great as I was able to start tracking work with him. He worked with food as his main source of scent and with the use of a lone line initially and this collar I was able to allow him the freedom to work away from me, knowing that I could have control to get him back to me if he wandered away. That is the beauty of these electronic collars. They are wireless meaning you can ultimately get to the point where you may not need a leash attached to your dog but have a way to get them to re focus on you if needed.