Garmin Astro DC-50 GPS Collar

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Garmin DC-50 GPS Dog Tracking Collar

Item Number: GDO-14257
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Please note: The Garmin DC-50 Collar is only compatible with the Garmin Astro 320 and is NOT compatible with the Astro 220 or the Alpha handhelds.

The Garmin DC-50 has a new top mounted receiver to track additional satellites using a combination of GPS and GLONASS technology.  This means you will be able to track your dogs position, even in the thickest cover.  The DC-50 will send your dog's position the Garmin Astro 320 handheld as frequently as every 5 seconds. The unit also features a new rugged braided VHF antenna, made of steel, adding more durability that ever before!  Garmin has also included a long range collar antenna in the package.  The DC 50 has a nine mile range - depending on  the terrain.  

Garmin also features behavior detection which will alert you when your dog is on point, sitting, running, or treed an animal.  You can track up to 10 dogs with the Garmin Astro 320 handheld.  The DC-50 can be used in conjunction with the DC-20, DC-30 and DC-40 tracking collars.  Please note, the DC-50 is NOT compatible with the Garmin Astro 220 or the Garmin Alpha system.  

The Garmin Astro 320 is the compatible unit for the DC-50 collars and can be extended up to 10 dogs simultaneously.   Dog positions can be set at 5, 10, 30 or 120 second intervals with updates given.  There is also a feature called the PIN-based lock feature to make sure other Astro users in the area cannot track your dog. 

Comes with a blue collar strap - 1" wide– durable polyurethane-coated nylon with nickel-plated square buckle and collar keeper

DC-50 Features:

  • Top Mounted GPS/GLONASS Receiver
  • Bark Detection
  • Compatible with Garmin Astro 320 handheld
  • Range: 9 miles
  • 1" Collar Strap
  • Stainless Steel VHF Antenna (21.5" in length)
  • 21 to 48 hr. battery life
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Weight - 10.5 oz
  • Dimensions - 1.75" x 3.5" x 1.5"

DC-50 Package Contains: 

  • DC 50 Transmitting GPS Collar, 
  • Blue Collar Strap, 
  • AC Adapter, 
  • Vehicle Charging Adapter, 
  • Charging Cable, 
  • Quick Start Manual

So what's new with the Garmin DC-50?  

New Top Mounted GPS Receiver
The Garmin DC-50 GPS antenna is now mounted on the top of the dog's neck where it is more likely to be able to recieve and transmit a signal in thick or heavy cover.  The collar strap is a standard 1 inch wide – polyurethane-coated nylon with nickel-plated square buckle and collar keeper that will fit neck sizes between 13 inches and 22 inches.  Unlike the older DC-40 collar the DC-50 does not bolt onto the strap, the strap simply feeds through the collar guides - so changing the strap is a simple as sliding out the old strap and sliding in a new one.  

New - Bark Detection Mode
The Garmin Astro DC-50 Tracking collars has the ability to detect barks and alert  you even if your dog is outside audible range. When you put the unit in bark mode the handheld with display a "barking" icon and will display the number of barks per minute.  

New Extended Battery Life
Garmin has extended the standard life of the lithium-ion batteries in the Garmin DC50 to 21 hours (when run at an update rate of 5 second).  If you operate the collar in a slower update rate of 120 seconds you can expect to get up to 48 hours from a single charge. The unit can be fully charged in about 4 hours.  

Additionally, Garmin has improved on the charging cradle.  Instead of the charging cradle attaching to the USB cable, the cable is now integrated into the cradle so you have one less thing to lose when in the field or at home.  

New Recovery Mode
Garmin has added a "Recovery Mode" feature to the new DC-50 collar.  When the battery on a Garmin DC-50 collar drops below 25%, the collar operates in rescue mode and changes the update rate to 120 seconds, which prolongs battery life to extend your search. 

New Basecamp Live Tracking
Garmin Base Camp has been around for a while but is new to the Garmin Astro tracking system.  Once you have downloaded the Garmin Base Camp software on your laptop you can simply plug your Garmin Astro 320 handheld into the USB port on your laptop and you can begin tracking your DC-50 collars on your laptop's screen just like you would on the handheld - but a much larger display!

New Collar USB Port
The DC-50 now has a USB port which makes firmware updates easy.  You can simply plug your collar into your laptop and apply updates directly to the collar.  

New Added PIN Security
The DC 50 features a PIN based collar lock feature to prevent unauthorized users from tracking your dog. In order to track one of your dog collars another user must have your 5-digit PIN number and be in range, which makes it extremely unlikely that someone can track your dog without your permission. This is a huge improvement over standard telemetry dog tracking collars where anyone can track a collar simply by knowing the collar frequency.

The FREE software download can be performed at

One Year Consumer Limited Warranty:

Our non-aviation products are warranted to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for 1 year from the date of purchase. Within this period, Garmin will, at its sole option, repair or replace any components that fail in normal use. Such repairs or replacement will be made at no charge to the customer for parts or labor, provided the customer shall be responsible for any transportation cost.  This warranty does not apply to: (i) cosmetic damage, such as scratches, nicks and dents; (ii) consumable parts, such as batteries, unless product damage has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship; (iii) damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse, water, flood, fire, or other acts of nature or external causes; (iv) damage caused by service performed by anyone who is not an authorized service provider of Garmin; (v) damage to a product that has been modified or altered without the written permission of Garmin; or (vi) damage to a product that has been connected to power and/or data cables that are not supplied by Garmin.  In addition, Garmin reserves the right to refuse warranty claims against products or services that are obtained and/or used in contravention of the laws of any country.


Garmin DC-50 GPS Dog Tracking Collar

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By:Geoffrey English
Garmin DC-50 - Exceptional
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Summary:We were fortunate enough to get our hands on a Garmin DC-50 prototype. Boy what a collar. They greatly improved the the GPS antenna and added the bark indicator to the collar for hound folks. Great job Garmin! Here is a link to the complete review -
Pros:Top Mounted GPS Antenna, Bark Indicator, Battery Life
Cons:Not compatible with Garmin 220 and Alpha Systems.

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