Chelsea and I love our new farmland in Southern Idaho. We thought that installing a six foot fence would keep the dogs but after a half dozen semi-trucks had to stop in the road, blaring their horn, to keep from hitting the pups, we needed something new. Enter our sponsor Cesar Millan, and his new Halo Dog Collar!
Keeping Dogs from Wandering
As a family, we’ve had a number of puppies over the years. Our last puppy was tragically hit by a delivery truck driving into our new farm driveway. After that happened, I put up the 6 foot fence and gated the driveway so we’d never have anything like that happen again. Unfortunately, I soon found out that our new puppies are experts at discovering holes. I found myself being startled by the blaring horns of large semi-trucks braking as hard as they could to stop from hitting our wandering pups.
A Fence with No Holes
A friend told us about the Halo Dog Collar and sparked our interest. Then, I got the opportunity to try the collar out after Halo reached out to sponsor me. I looked into the features of the smart collar and learned it not only created a virtual fence but also could be used for activity tracking and came with a training program.
A Quick Start Dog Collar
The Halo Dog Collar is a quick setup world-renowned smart collar that uses WiFi and GPS systems with real time feedback. Using the Halo app, any pet parent can quickly keep their dog safe by working with smart fences and a Halo beacon. You can even use it for activity tracking, so you know what your pup has been up to.
I unboxed the Halo Dog Collar and plugged it in to charge. After getting the collar paired up, I set about editing my pup’s profile. Each collar gets their own unique picture to help set them apart or remind you which dog gets which collar.
Time for some Field Testing
I am a hands-on type of guy and definitely like to put any of the tools I have through their paces. After a quick drive over to the property, I quickly sized up and fit the collar to Moose, who was more than happy to freely run the grounds.
I jumped back on the Halo app and popped open the “Fences” button to start setting my property’s virtual fence. I was really impressed by how fast the app located the Halo dog collar with the GPS.
Like Finger Painting, Only Better
With the collar linked and located, the next step was to set up the fence for our farm. This process was intuitive and as simple as connecting four little points on my map. I just looked at the fence line on the GPS satellite style map and followed it along with my finger until I connected the end point to the beginning.
Another point of fact that I really like about the Halo dog collar is that it gives you the ability to create up to 20 different virtual fences. For our family, this is absolutely essential as we travel to different properties and different camp sites, cabins, and boating areas that would benefit from having limits set for the pups. This allows us to be flexible in where we go with the dogs and still have the benefit of a Halo collar.
Keeping Dangers at Bay
Just outside the backside of our property is an irrigation canal that has always concerned me. Not only for the safety of the boys, but the puppies as well. The unfortunate truth of labradors is that you always have to contend with their natural love of water. This particular canal has an underwater pipe that sucks down the overflow and shoots it out hundreds of yards away into a reservoir. Scary stuff.
I love playing fetch with Moose in safe waters, but for the longest time I had to repeatedly go and get her and her sister out of this canal. The fear of what could happen was aggravating, and the drain was a literal drain on my productive farm energy. I needed a solution that didn’t require me to pay attention to EVERY SINGLE THING the dogs were doing.
Clear, Invisible Boundaries
I love my dogs, which is why I love what the Halo dog collar does for me and for them. I come from an old school way of thinking, which considers my dogs as both working dogs and members of our family. I love that I take my dogs bird hunting, camping, exploring, and they have a protective family instinct to them. I also love knowing I can keep them safe in return.
Just like Cesar Millan explains and advocates, discipline is the key. I know they love water and would be thrilled to run and explore, but there is a correct time and place for that. The Halo dog collar is simple, unobtrusive, and effective enough to keep ‘home’ the place where the pups stay and play.
Happy Dog Life
Dogs learn early who their family is, and that they are important to them. Like the boys, it takes time and effort to teach them the rules and boundaries. This is definitely true with farm dogs, which is why the halo beacon helps teach them the things they should stay away from – like a hunting bird dog hanging around a chicken coop!
A Collar for a Water Dog
Of course, you can’t get a smart collar for a water dog without considering, well, water. The good news about the Halo dog collar is it has gone through submersion, swim, and even saltwater testing. A fantastic solution for any active pup with no limits on activity!
Would a Halo dog collar help around your household?