Garmin Astro DC 30 GPS collar for hunting dogs

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The Garmin DC 30 slips around your dog’s next, counterbalancing the electronics to keep an antenna high in the air, the better to broadcast your pup’s location to the “Astro” handheld GPS unit. By default the DC 30 sends a blip every five seconds for up to 17 hours; increasing the interval increases battery life — up to 36 hours for 30-second spurts. Depending on the terrain, you’ll be able to track your dog from up to seven miles away.

It’s designed for hunters, of course. Most of us don’t need a $200 collar and a $650 GPS unit to let us know that, yup, the dog’s still in on the couch drooling all over a copy of Field & Stream.

While we’re on the subject, I’d like to make a request to other gadget manufacturers: please provide more images of your gear being used by dogs. That your product is not specifically designed for canine use is inconsequential.

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6 Responses to Garmin Astro DC 30 GPS collar for hunting dogs

  1. Marcel says:

    Rutger Hauer called. He wants his necklace back.

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    Boing Boing posts about dogs wearing high tech gear, from memory:

    K9 topcoat (form-fitting jumpsuit)

    Doggles . . . goggles for dogs.

    Camera helmet for police dogs.

    A mutt wearing all of these would look fetchingly post-canine.

  3. Viadd says:

    Wait, you use this for hunting dogs?

    I think it would be more sporting to not use a tracking device. Also, give the dog a 5 minute head start before you start hunting it.

  4. airship says:

    Dog love tech gear. Because they love attention. And when they’re wearing $5,000 worth of technology, they get lots and lots of attention.

  5. celia says:

    That’s why there’s a sporting group and a non-sporting group in the AKC. If they’re just going to cheat anyway, what’s the point in you playing fair?

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