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How to Use the NEW Dogtra Pathfinder2 Remote Training Collar with GPS

How to Use the NEW Dogtra Pathfinder2 Remote Training Collar with GPS

Dogtra has long been a stalwart in the field of remote training e-collars. In the decades since Dogtra shock collars were introduced into the market, the company has established itself as a reliable source of durable and dependable dog training collars.

The Pathfinder series is one of the best Dogtra collars to hit the scene. Coming with a GPS option, this e-collar allowed dog owners and hunters to keep track of their dogs while still being able to train them using static stimulation and tone.

Now, the old Pathfinder is being phased out and upgraded. Enter the new Dogtra Pathfinder2 remote training collar with GPS.

Getting Started with the Dogtra Pathfinder2 Remote Training Collar

What is the Dogtra Pathfinder2 remote dog training collar? The Pathfinder2 is an e-collar for dogs with GPS functionality. E collars are also called remote trainers, shock collars, or remote training collars. These tools help in correcting your dog’s undesirable behavior. They are also used for reinforcing already learned commands. E-collars work because you can issue commands at a distance, making them valuable communication tools, especially for hunters out in the field. They are excellent for fostering better relationships between pets and their owners.

If you’ve just gotten a Dogtra Pathfinder2 e collar or want to purchase one for your beloved pet, here’s everything you need to know.

What comes in the box:

Dogtra Pathfinder2 Package Inclusions

  • Pathfinder2 GPS Receiver
  • Pathfinder2 GPS Connector
  • Battery Charger
  • Splitter Cable
  • Contacts Points
  • Contact Point Extension Washer/ Adjustment Tool
  • Test Light
  • Belt Clip
  • Owner’s Manual

Dogtra Pathfinder2 Remote Transmitter (GPS Connector)

 Pathfinder2 GPS Connector with Parts Labeled

The Dogtra Pathfinder2 remote transmitter is also called a connector. It is bright yellow and has a function button prominently placed in front.

Dogtra Pathfinder2 Receiver Collar

Pathfinder2 Receiver Collar with Parts Labeled

The Dogtra Pathfinder2 receiver collar has an orange strap and a yellow GPS module for better visibility.

The Pathfinder2 Remote Training Collar by Dogtra features:

  • 9-Mile Range
  • 1-100 Low to High Stimulation Levels
  • Nick/Constant Stimulation
  • Pager Vibration
  • Audible Tone
  • Tracking Only Mode
  • 2-Second GPS Update Rate
  • Offline Maps
  • LED Locate Light
  • Sleep Mode
  • E-Fence, Geo-Fence, Mobile-Fence
  • Enhanced Contact Points
  • 5-Hour Rapid Charge Batteries
  • IPX9K Waterproof Certified
  • Belt Clip
  • Expandable to 21 Dogs

 Pathfinder2 Summary of Features in Icon Format

The Dogtra Pathfinder2 remote training collar also comes in these variants:

The Dogtra Pathfinder 2 can fit necks as small as 12.5” and is best for dogs 35 pounds and larger.

The Dogtra Pathfinder2 Remote Training Collar – Cut ‘Em Loose!

The Dogtra Pathfinder2 remote training collar is a fantastic basic to advanced dog training tool. It’s ideal for training hunting dogs as it has GPS functionality that lets you know where your dog is at all times.

This remote trainer has a 9-mile range, letting your dog run further without worries. The Pathfinder2 remote training e-collar has 100 levels of static stimulation. The power output goes from low to high. This means whether your dog is shy, of normal temperament, or on the stubborn side, you can find a level that works just right. The new Pathfinder also has tone and vibration options.

What is the Difference Between the Dogtra Pathfinder and Pathfinder2?

Since being introduced in the market, the Dogtra Pathfinder has been one of the best GPS collars. With the old Pathfinder being phased out, the Pathfinder2 is set to take the helm. But what is the difference between the old Pathfinder and the new Pathfinder2? Is the newer system worth all the hype? Here’s a breakdown of features and differences between the two systems.

Dogtra Pathfinders Comparison Chart

Aesthetically, it’s easy to spot the difference between the two Pathfinders. The Pathfinder2 has a high-visibility yellow connector remote, making it easier to spot. This is particularly helpful when fishing it out of your bag or accidentally dropping it on the field. The receiver collar also has the same high-visibility yellow GPS module, making it easier to see. In the old Pathfinder system, the remote and GPS modules are black.

Pathfinder and Pathfinder2 Sets

You may also notice that the remote layout is different. The primary difference is the addition of the function button on the Pathfinder2. In the old system, correction is only allowed through the phone app. The function button on the new Pathfinder2 connects to the phone and will enable you to use either the remote or phone app to administer correction, giving you more options.

The receiver collar used to have the LED light at the bottom of the unit. In the Pathfinder2 system, LED lights are at the top, near the power button. This makes for better visibility on the field. On top of that, the GPS module circuit board also received an upgrade that made for a better, more stable connection over greater distances.

Regarding available corrections, both Pathfinders have E-Stim levels between 1-100. Both also have tone, although the Pathfinder2 comes with a better speaker. The Pathfinder2, however, has the advantage of also having a vibration option. Again, these corrections can be triggered from the remote or the app. It must be noted that the last dog and the last correction used on the phone also becomes active on the Pathfinder2 connector function button.

Another stark difference between the two units is the User Interface of the phone app.

Dogtra Pathfinder App UI Comparison

As seen in the images above, the original Pathfinder app menu can be found in the screen's upper left and upper right parts. The Pathfinder2 app's menu has been simplified and placed at the bottom.

Both still have the lock option (left for the Pathfinder, centered on the Pathfinder2). The stim level control is still centered and adjustable on both apps. Both still do not allow corrections to be given once the stim page is locked. However, Pathfinder2 does allow correction when only the stim level is locked. You won't be able to adjust the level, but a correction can be issued.

Geo-Fence and Mobile-Fence are available on both systems. But only the new Pathfinder2 comes with an E-Fence option.

The new Pathfinder2 has a Sleep Mode that reduces LED frequency light to conserve battery. This is very helpful for extending the life of your unit in the field.

Finally, the Pathfinder2 is now compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Series as well as the Apple Watch Series 5 and above.

Pathfinder2 SmartWatch Compatibility


What’s New in the Pathfinder2 System:

  • Yellow GPS Connector Remote
  • E-Collar Function Button
  • GPS Receiver Collar with Pager Vibration and LED Locate Light
  • Receiver Lock Mode
  • Sleep Mode
  • GPS Connector Locate Tone
  • New USB 5V Charger
  • Updated Pathfinder2 App User Interface
  • New Smartwatch Compatibility (Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 and above)
  • E-Fence Mode

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an e collar?

  • An e collar is a dog training tool that’s also called a remote trainer, remote training collar, or shock collar. It allows you to communicate remotely with your dog. Used correctly, it can help reinforce commands and correct undesirable behaviors in your pet. It provides you the means to train your dog with more precise timing and consistency. This makes an e-collar a very effective training tool.

Will an e collar hurt my dog?

  • A remote trainer works by sending a signal from the transmitter to the collar on the dog’s neck. The signal then triggers the stimulation, which can be a static shock. The stimulation distracts the dog from doing something they’re not supposed to or marks the desired behavior. The stimulation may be unpleasant but generally harmless.

The Dogtra Pathfinder2 also has a non-stimulating, high-performance pager (vibration) and tone options if you do not want to use static or if your dog is more sensitive.

Are e-collars effective?

  • E-collars can be invaluable training tools, but only when used correctly. If you are unsure about using one or do not know how to start, please consult with a professional trainer.

When can I use an e collar for dogs?

  • PetsTEK does not recommend using an e collar for dogs younger than 6 months old. We recommend supplementing training with a remote trainer only when your dog has already learned the basic commands.

Are Dogtra collars worth it?

  • Dogtra is a very reputable dog e-collar brand. Their dog training collars are reliable, durable, and effective if used correctly.

Dogtra Pathfinder2 Cut 'Em Loose

How does the Dogtra Pathfinder2 work?

  • The Pathfinder2 can work as any regular remote dog trainer. The remote transmitter (also called the connector) sends a signal to the receiver collar on the dog’s neck. The collar has two contact points, also called prongs, that deliver static. You can also set the remote to provide vibration or tone to mark the message you’re sending your pet.

Unlike regular e-collars, however, the Pathfinder2 system has GPS functionality. This means you can keep track of your dog's whereabouts at any given time as long as they are wearing the collar and within the remote connector range.

The Pathfinder2 also connects to your mobile phone via the app, so you can control the stimulation without using the remote.

Does the Dogtra Pathfinder2 have any safety features?

  • The Dogtra Pathfinder2 stimulations can be set and locked using the mobile app.

What is the difference between the Dogtra Pathfinder and Pathfinder2?

  • The old Pathfinder has an entirely black remote and GPS module. The Pathfinder2 system has a high-visibility yellow remote and GPS module that makes it easier to see. But more than the physical differences, the Pathfinder2 also has upgraded features, including a function button, improved GPS circuit board, speakers, vibration, E-Fence, Sleep Mode, and an overall better and more user-friendly app user interface.

What is the difference between the Dogtra Pathfinder2 and Pathfinder2 Mini?

  • The Dogtra Pathfinder2 Mini is 22% smaller than the Pathfinder2. It also only has a 4-mile range versus the 9-mile range of the bigger Pathfinder2.

What is the difference between the Dogtra Pathfinder2 and Pathfinder2 TRX?

  • The Dogtra Pathfinder2 TRX is a tracking-only system. It does not come with any contact points as it does not have stimulation, vibration, or tone features.

Does the Dogtra Pathfinder2 e-collar have a tone?

  • Yes, the Dogtra Pathfinder2 has static stimulation, vibration, and tone.

How to Set Up the Dogtra Pathfinder2 Remote Training Collar

Pathfinder2 GPS Pairing Instructions

Basic Pathfinder2 Set-Up Instructions – How do I Pair the Pathfinder2 with GPS?

You will need a Pathfinder2 System. (Please note that the Pathfinder2 is NOT compatible with the original Pathfinder app and systems.)

  1. First, you need to know the phone requirements:
    • For iPhone Users: iOS 12.1 or higher (iPhone 8 and above, Apple Watch Series 5 and above)
    • For Android Users: Android 6.0 or higher
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • Pathfinder2 App
  1. Download the Pathfinder2 App.
    • For iPhone:
      • Go to the App Store.
      • Type “Dogtra Pathfinder2” in the search bar.
      • Download the app.
      • Allow all permissions.
    • For Android:
      • Go to Google Play Store.
      • Search for the “Dogtra Pathfinder2” app.
      • Download the app on your mobile device and allow all permissions.
  1. Once the app is downloaded, open it. It should say that GPS is not connected. Go to your phone’s settings to start the GPS pairing.
  2. Turn on the phone’s Bluetooth.
  3. To pair the remote with the phone’s GPS, press and hold the power button on the remote transmitter. The LED light will start blinking rapidly, and a melody will play.
  4. Tap “New Connect” on your phone.
  5. A triple beep will sound to indicate the connection is successful. Your phone screen will also display the Bluetooth icon inside a green circle.
  6. Click “Confirm” to finish the pairing setup.

Once the transmitter and app are paired, you can click on the location icon at the lower right part of the phone screen to see your location. You can click to toggle between a map view and a satellite view.

Basic Pathfinder2 Set-Up Instructions – How do I Pair the Pathfinder2 with the Receiver Collar?

To pair your collar with the remote transmitter:

  1. Put the transmitter into “connector GPS receiver” mode by pressing the “connector GPS receiver” button on the remote. Hold the button until the light starts rapidly blinking.
  2. Press and hold the power button on the receiver collar. The green light should start blinking rapidly, and the melody will start playing.
  3. A triple beep will then sound to indicate the collar is connected to the remote.
  4. To check for successful pairing, look at the phone screen. A second dot will appear on the map to indicate the collar location.
  5. To see if the collar is working, hit the “Pager” button on the phone screen. The collar should vibrate if paired successfully.
Pathfinder2 GPS Receiver Collar Pairing Guide

Basic Pathfinder2 Set-Up Instructions – How do I Pair the Pathfinder2 with a Second Receiver Collar?

If you have more than one dog, you’d also want to pair a second collar to your Pathfinder2 system. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Press the “connector GPS receiver” button on the remote until you see the green light rapidly blink.
  2. Press and hold the power button on the receiver collar. The green light should start blinking rapidly, and the melody will start playing.
  3. A triple beep will then sound to indicate the collar is connected to the remote.
  4. To check for successful pairing, look at the phone screen. A third dot will appear on the map to indicate the collar is active.
  5. To see if the collar is working, hit the “Pager” button on the phone screen. The collar should vibrate if paired successfully.

How do I fit the e-collar?

  • Making sure the e collar fits correctly will ensure more consistent correction. To fit the e-collar properly:
  1. Put the receiver on your dog’s neck below the ears, on either side of the windpipe.
  2. Make sure the contact points are firmly pressed against the skin.
  3. Check the fit. You should be able to fit a couple of fingers between the strap and your dog’s skin.

Illustrated Guide of How to Fit an E-Collar Properly

If the collar is too loose, it won’t administer correction reliably. Meanwhile, a too tight collar is an irritation risk. So, make sure your dog is comfortable. Rotate the collar every 2 hours and never leave it on for more than 10 hours every day.

How do I charge the Dogtra Pathfinder2 Remote Training E-Collar?

  1. Connect the charger to the GPS connector and receiver using the splitter cable.
  2. Plug the charger into a 120-volt outlet.
  3. When fully charged, detach the cables. Cover the charging ports with the rubber caps.
Charge your system when:
  • The LED indicator light on the connector remote or receiver collar is red.
  • The app displays low battery for the connector or receiver.
  • The LED will not turn on.

 Indicator lights:

    • Red – charging
    • Green – full charged 

A fully depleted Pathfinder2 unit may take up to 3.5 hours to fully charge.

 Illustration of How to Charge Pathfinder2

Please make sure your Dogtra Pathfinder2 system is fully charged before using it. Use only the official Dogtra chargers. Do NOT use more than one (1) splitter cable with a single battery charger. Never charge your system near flammable substances.

If you are storing the device for a month or longer, fully charge the system first.

How do I turn the Dogtra Pathfinder2 e-collar on?

  • To turn the transmitter on, press the remote connector “Power/Connect Phone Button” until the green LED light appears and three (3) short beeps emit.
  • To turn the receiver collar on, press the power button until the green LED light appears and three (3) short beeps emit.

How do I turn the Dogtra Pathfinder2 e-collar off?

  • To turn the transmitter off, press the “Power/Connect Phone Button” until a red LED light appears and one (1) long beep emits.
  • To turn the receiver collar off, press the power button until the red LED light appears and one (1) long beep emits. 

What do the LED indicator lights mean?

  • On the GPS Connector remote, the LED lights will blink every 2 seconds while the unit is turned on.
    • Green Light – Battery is between 50-100% capacity
    • Orange Light – Battery is between 10-49% capacity
    • Red Light – Battery is between 0-9% capacity
  • On the GPS receiver collar, the LED lights will blink every 2 seconds while the unit is turned on.
    • Green Light – Battery is between 50-100% capacity
    • Orange Light – Battery is between 10-49% capacity
    • Red Light – Battery is between 0-9% capacity
  • When the E-Fence or Locate Light function is activated, the LED light colors on the GPS receiver collar will be different.
    • Blue Light – E-Fence mode is on. This will blink alternately with the battery indicator light.
    • White Light – Locate Light is on. This will blink rapidly, roughly every 0.2 seconds. The battery indicator light will not blink.

How do I adjust the stimulation level of my Pathfinder2 e-collar?

  1. Open the Pathfinder app on your mobile device.
  2. Go to the E-Collar tab.
  3. Select your dog and stimulation level.

The stimulation level goes from 1 to 100. Always start at the lowest level and slowly work your way up.

GPS Connector's Function Button

Can the Dogtra Pathfinder2 stimulation intensity be adjusted when in use?

  • The Pathfinder2 stimulation intensity cannot be adjusted once the stim level is locked. If the stim page is locked, no correction can be issued.

What is the difference between stim level lock and stim page lock on the Pathfinder2 app?

  • The stim level lock sets the stimulation level. Once locked, you can issue a correction but cannot adjust the level until it is unlocked. The stim page lock will not allow you to issue a correction to any dog on your list.

Why can’t I get the full range on my e-collar?

  • The 9-mile is more than enough for most dog training. However, the actual range may vary depending on use. Hold the transmitter away from your body and avoid touching the antenna for best results. It also helps to keep the unit adequately charged for maximum signal strength. Your GPS connector remote must also be within 33 feet of your mobile device for proper operation.

Illustrated Guide to Getting Maximum E-Collar Range 

How do I know if my Dogtra Pathfinder e-collar is ready for use?

  • If the receiver collar is on and properly paired, you can try tapping on the vibrate button on your phone app. The collar will vibrate if it is successfully paired and ready for use.

What do Nick and Constant stimulation mean?

  • The Dogtra Pathfinder2 has Nick and Constant stimulation options that you can set from your mobile app. When pressed, Nick issues a single rapid pulse of electric stimulation. Meanwhile, Constant stimulation gives continuous stimulation for as long as the button is pressed.

What is the Pathfinder2 Pager?

  • The Dogtra Pathfinder2 has a vibration feature called a pager. Pressing the button on the app will issue a vibration on the collar.

How do I replace the antenna on the Pathfinder2 connector remote?

  1. Twist the antenna counter-clockwise to remove it.
  2. Place the antenna on the bolt and turn clockwise to tighten.

Replacing the Pathfinder2 Antenna

How do I replace the contact points on the Pathfinder2 receiver collar?

  1. Using the included contact points adjustment tool, unscrew the contact points by twisting counter-clockwise.
  2. Put the new contact points in and screw them clockwise to tighten.

Replacing the GPS Receiver Antenna

More FAQs

Is the original Pathfinder app going to disappear?

  • No. At least not yet. Dogtra will still keep the old app and provide updates. Dogtra’s customer service team is also well equipped to answer any questions related to the old Pathfinder system and app.

Will Dogtra still honor the warranty on the old Pathfinder?

  • As long as you’re still within the warranty period, Dogtra will assist you with repairs and troubleshooting.

Is the Pathfinder2 app free?

  • Yes, the new Pathfinder2 app is free. There is no need to pay extra.

Pathfinder2 with Free App and Map

Can I use the old Pathfinder app with the new Pathfinder2?

  • The old Pathfinder app and system are not compatible with the new Pathfinder2. Please download the Pathfinder2 app from the App Store or Google Play store. The new Pathfinder2 app icon is yellow with a PF2 logo on it. For comparison, the old Pathfinder icon is black with the word Pathfinder written on it. 

I already have the original Pathfinder. Can I just get a new collar and pair it?

  • No. The Pathfinder2 is upgraded, and the technology used differs significantly from the original unit. Because of this, you cannot pair an original Pathfinder remote with a Pathfinder2 collar or vice versa. They just won't be able to communicate.

Troubleshooting the Dogtra Pathfinder2 Remote Training Collar

1. Why is my dog not reacting to the e-collar?

There may be several reasons your dog is not responding to the e-collar stimulation.

  • The system is not on. Check that both transmitter and collar are charged and paired correctly.
  • The contact points are not touching your dog’s skin. Check the collar’s fit. The collar strap needs to be tight enough for the contact points to deliver consistent stimulation. If the strap is already tight and the contact points are still not touching skin, consider getting longer ones. You can also try trimming the dog’s hair near where the contact points touch.
  • The stimulation level is too low. Try increasing the stimulation level until you get a reaction.

Check our blog for more reasons why your dog is not reacting to the e-collar.

2. The test light turns on, but I do not feel anything. 

  • You may simply have a high tolerance. Try turning the level up.
  • The battery could be low. Check the LED indicator lights or the app for battery life.

3. The range is less when the dog is farther away.

  • Check the antenna. The range may significantly decrease if the antenna is damaged or touching other things.
  • Scan the terrain. Heavy brush or tree cover can affect the range of the device. Similarly, any electrical conductors in the area will affect the range of the e-collar. Best results are usually had in line-of-sight flat terrains and away from metal structures and radio towers.

4. My Pathfinder2 is not holding a charge.

  • Check the charging pin. This is a metal pin inside the charging port. The pin should be standing straight up in the center. If it is broken, missing, or even wobbly, you won’t be able to charge the unit correctly.
  • Check the charging port. If the charging port is dirty, try cleaning the dirt out with a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol. If the collar was in salt water, rinse the receiver with clean water.

For any damages, please contact Dogtra for repair.

5. My dog has skin irritation from the collar.

If your dog exhibits signs of irritation, stop using the collar and consult a veterinarian. Use the collar only after the skin returns to normal or as the vet advises.

  • Check the collar’s fit. If it’s too tight and the contact points are pressing on your dog’s neck too sharply, it may irritate.
  • Check how long your dog has had the collar on. Never leave the collar on for more than 8-10 hours per day. You also need to rotate the collar every 2 hours.
  • Check if your dog is allergic to the materials in the collar. Contact points may contain nickel which is an allergen for some dogs. You may consider getting titanium contact points instead as they are hypoallergenic.

Additional Basic Maintenance Tips

  • Always place the rubber caps securely in place when the receiver collar is not in use.
  • Carefully inspect your unit for any missing or broken parts. A damaged casing may affect the waterproof guarantee.
  • Make sure your antenna is securely in place for maximum range.
  • Charge the unit for 3.5 hours before storing it for extended periods.
  • Charge the unit once a month while in storage.
  • Charge the unit fully before use.
  • Do not keep your Pathfinder2 exposed to extreme climates.
  • Always check the App Store or Google Play store to ensure your app is always up to date.

Please check our blog for more information on how to use the Pathfinder2 app.

For more information on how to use your Dogtra Pathfinder2 remote training collar, please check the user manual.

Looking for a different Dogtra collar? Find what you need with the help of our Dogtra E-Collar Buying Guide.


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