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Halo Collar Review: Does It Really Worth Its Price?

Halo Collar Review
Written by Mark Braeden

Halo Collar is one of the most popular smart collars in 2021. The reason why, you’ll see later after showing you all its pros and cons, and features on our Halo Collar review. I will share my experience too. At first, I was quite sceptical, thinking: “What kind of collar costs $999?”, while other smart collars like Fi Collar way cheaper…  but Halo exceeded my expectations.

So, many dog owners worry about their dogs getting out of our house or running after squirrels or cats or other small animals they find on the streets and getting lost just like that. We love our dogs so much that being away for too long out of our sight and the safe space and physical fences we created for them, it becomes too worrisome, especially if we have nothing to use to search for them or locate them instantly. And this is where Halo Collar comes in. This is such a great collar to have not only because of all the features that I will be discussing below, but also because it is supported by none other than Cesar Millan (I am sure you heard of him), a well-known dog expert and also an animal lover himself.

Being a dog breeder and trainer on my own, I was extremely excited to try and test Halo dog collar. I decided to spend the money and provide a detailed review because this what potential buyers need.  Check out the Halo Collar review below and see if it worth paying $999

Quick disclaimer: if you decide to purchase a Halo collar I would highly appreciate if you use my referral link I use a few times in the review. This helps my website maintain high-quality content, test such expensive dog technologies and provide an honest opinion. Also, this is not a sponsored review. I do not delete negative comments compare to many other websites. Feel free to check them at the very end before you make a decision to spend $999 on the collar!

What is Halo Collar?

Halo collar design

Halo Collar is the next generation smart dog collar featuring an invisible and customizable virtual fence that keeps your dog safe within the boundaries that you can easily set up which then prevents it from running away. This collar combined every single feature:

You don’t have to buy each device separately, Halo collar combined them all and eventually you save money and get a decent dog gadget (check the current price here, the regular cost is $999 but they run specials once in a while).

This is not like any other smart dog collars out there that monitor your pup then only alerts you by the time they have already escaped the safe zone you created for them. The Halo Dog Collar prevents your dog from getting lost or leaving your home even before you know it. 

Are There Halo Collar Alternatives?

The only true alternative for Halo is SpotOn virtual fence. However, SpotOn is way more expensive and it’s currently hard to get due to COVID-19 electronic components crisis.

However, you might still consider in-ground invisible dog fences too.

Who is Halo Collar for? 

Dog with Halo collar

The Halo Collar is made for all types of dog owners and dog trainers out there, whether new in the field or not, although this is especially designed for those who want to focus on training their dog’s boundaries. Some new dog owners are also not familiar with how to properly train their dogs, and sometimes, giving treats as positive affirmation and reinforcement is just not enough and are struggling to find the right solution for them that will also suit their dog’s needs. The Halo Collar is perfect for you as it is integrated with Cesar Millan’s 21-Day Training Program that dog lovers out there would surely not want to miss on a fantastic smart dog collar. It helped to train my four dogs to stay away from the virtual boundaries!  More on this below. 

Features of Halo Collar

  • Smart Fences

Creating a virtual fence in Halo collar app

The Halo Collar features smart virtual fences which can be easily customizable via the Halo App to set up the perimeters of the fences where you want your pups to stay and play in safely and securely. This feature gives you the freedom and security to let your dogs roam within their virtual smart Halo Fences off-leash without the anxiety of them getting out of it without your knowledge. It’s my favourite feature but there are more of them.

  • Safe Boundaries

This is another fantastic feature of the Halo dog collar because the smart virtual Halo Fences are stored into the Halo Collar itself. The Halo Fences is integrated with GPS and the Halo Collar’s automated internal logic. This means less worries for all the dog owners out there as this feature works even without Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. 

  • Natural Guidance

The Halo Fence boundaries are designed to automatically and intuitively communicate with the easily customizable Prevention Feedback depending on your dog’s needs. Another fantastic feature to note is the usage of Encouragement Feedback that can guide and command your pup to come back home. 

  • Limitless Locations

Checking dog's location with Halo dog collar app

The Halo Fences are integrated with GPS and GNSS which means less hassle for users because there is no need for you to install anything to set up safety fences for your pups. Just use the Halo App, and tap the location in the map where you want to create the fence or just simply walk around the boundary to set up that fence. 

  • All Terrain Types

The integration of GPS into the Halo Fences system improved its capacity to be used in all-terrain types such as streams and rivers, or even driveways, and other types of surfaces and elevation. 

  • True Portability

The Halo Collar gives you true portability in terms of creating virtual fences as opposed to building your own electric fence at home which you cannot take with you whenever you leave your house for a walk or a day at the park or when travelling far from home. The Halo Collar portability feature has your back regarding this subject and will surely keep you at ease about your dog’s safety wherever you go as the app allows you to set up smart virtual fences all over the globe. The Halo Collar can track the location of your dog within 10 feet with high accuracy. This also lets you create up to 20 fences wherever you need. 

  • Safety Statuses

The Safety Statuses of the Halo Collar shows you the location and activities of your dog in real-time. This is possible because of the integration of GNSS & GPS systems and the cellular and Wi-Fi technologies into the Halo Collar itself. Less worries for you at this will keep you at as ease wherever you may be, even when you are not with your pup. 

  • Activity Tracking

The Halo Collar also comes with this feature that lets you track your dog’s activity just like how FitBit and AppleWatch work. With this feature, the device will be able to monitor and create reports about how many steps your dog has made, and how many hours they have spent resting and doing activities, and many more. All of these will be shown in the app’s dashboard. 

  • Prevention Tracking

Another astonishing feature of the Halo Collar is the Prevention Tracking wherein the Halo Collar tracks the frequency of the prevention it received such as the Prevention Feedback like the boundary, warning, and emergency prompts. This data can show you the patterns and changes in your dog’s behavior that needs to be given more attention during training. 

  • 21-Day Halo Program 

21 dog training program by Halo collar

The Halo Company partnered and collaborated with the well-known dog expert trainer, Cesar Millan, to integrate his expertise in Behavioral Psychology Training Methods into the Halo Collar which involves boundary training for 21 days by just following the four detailed steps that they very well provided. This 21-Day Training Program is dubbed as one of the most effective and safest training methods. I can prove it, I trained all my dogs really well even my extremely stubborn Bulldog Steve! 

Steps 1 and 2 of the training includes the Days 1 and 2 Training, and they involve Setting Up & User Training and Introduction of the Halo Collar to your dogs, respectively. So for the first and second days of training, all you need to do is to familiarize yourself and your pup with the Halo Collar. It is so easy to use as it has step-by-step training to guide you along the way. I have personally tried this Halo Collar because I wanted to see for myself how Cesar Millan’s method works and if this will suit my dog’s training needs. 

You will be able to follow through your dog’s training because it tracks your dog’s progress via the Halo App. Then there are exclusive videos from Cesar that is very helpful as it gives visuals on how Cesar does his trick of properly training his dogs. It is very easy to follow because there are step-by-step instructions in the tutorials and short-content looped videos. I am a very visual person therefore this is heavent-sent platform for me. 

Cesar Millan during training process with a dog and halo collar.

Cesar Millan With A Dog

The third and fourth steps include Days 3 to 10 which involves Indoor Training and Days 11 to 21 which is Outdoor Training, respectively. So the Halo Collar features 6 different types of feedback: 

  • Encouragements include boundary, warning, and emergency feedback 
  • Preventions include good dog, come home, and whistle feedback. 

3 Types of Customizable Feedback:

  • Vibrations
  • Sounds
  • Static

Setting up custom feedbacks for dog training in Halo collar app

I loved this feedback feature so much as it automatically does its job, especially the come home feedback, as the system intuitively sends out the feedback to tell your dog when it needs to. I also loved the fact that they included Cesar’s famous “TSCH” command. No need to worry though because if you are not a fan of this or the other feedback types, you can easily customize and change everything as the Halo brand gives you the full authority and control over all of what you want your dog to experience. Cesar will also guide you through the process of choosing the best feedback for your pup and this is what helped me find the best one that my dog responded well to. 

My pup is a bit sneaky and I was using a different smart dog collar before purchasing the Halo Collar. The old collar of my pup only showed me his location and some records of his daily activities, and don’t get me wrong, it is very helpful in locating him and alerting me just in case my pupper escapes. I was trying to train my dog to set boundaries but he is too naughty and my efforts were not enough, and this is what made me decide to try the Halo Collar for my dog, especially when I found out about the integrated dog trainer and feedback types in the collar. 

There’s this feature called the Indoor Halo Beacons that communicate with the Halo Collar which provides the perfectly-timed feedback to guide your dog to stay away from the boundaries of the fences you created. This has helped me a lot when I was training my dog as the Halo Collar helps in creating positive associations and boundaries intuitively. 

For the Outdoor Training, the GPS and GNSS systems work wonders in accurately locating your dog and the good thing is when my pup tries to run away, the Halo Collar lets out a warning at least 10 to 15 feet leeway before the boundary I set. I also love the fact that this smart dog collar works autonomously therefore I never need to constantly watch out over my dog and do the commands myself; this collar does the job of preventing my pup from slipping from that virtual Halo Fence and encouraging them to come back home. 

Halo Vs. Other Smart Collars

Check my expert comparison reviews on how Halo is different compare to other options on the market:

Is It Worth It To Purchase The Halo Collar?

Discussing Halo dog collar price

Totally yes, that it is worth it to purchase because of all the various features and advanced technology they have integrated into the Halo Collar discussed above. Furthermore, it is approved by one of the best dog experts (including me) in the world and even integrated his training program into the Halo Collar itself as one of its main features that are truly beneficial for all dog owners out there.

Pros and Cons of the Halo Collar

Pros Cons
  • IP67 water rating
  • Smart virtual fences
  • Multiple subscriptions plans to choose from
  • Allows you to set up 20 virtual fences
  • Uses GPS/GNSS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE technologies
  • Features Cesar Millan’s dog psychology training
  • Pricey (check the current price here)
  • Not recommended for very small dog breeds (e.g. Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians and so on)
  • Does not properly work without the internet connection
  • Premium features cannot be used with no subscription

Conclusion

I love everything about this Halo dog collar and am very grateful as the various features really helped me in correcting my dog’s negative behavior (especially my bulldog) and encouraging the positive ones. I especially like that the smart dog collar works autonomously in guiding and training my dog to become a better pup. The two things I am not fond of is that one, the insanely high price of this product; it is too expensive that it will make you doubt if it is worth it and there would be a lot of what ifs; and two, the battery drains way too fast, but this can be understandable as the device uses GPS and GNSS which are very beneficial in locating your dog at high accuracy. I have tried and tested this product and I can say that it was effective for my dog and this smart dog collar helped him become a well-trained and well-behaved dog. I highly recommend getting his device for your pup. You can check the current price on the official website, they also offer great financing options if you are into this collar. However, if you do not really smart fence and training features but only GPS & activity tracking, I would recommend considering Fi dog collar. If you are specifically interested in creating virtual boundaries for your dog, Halo Collar is the best device for its price so far on the market for sure. 

Halo Dog Collar Review
  • Halo Collar Final Score By Technobark
4.7

About the author

Mark Braeden

Mark is the dog breeder for 17 years. Mark also has 4 dogs: Alaskan Malamute, Clumber Spaniel, Irish Terrier and Mutt. Mark also into latest technologies and he is trying all the latest dog gadgets & technologies on the market and sharing his experience.

61 Comments

  • Why is it not recommended for smaller dogs? I have a jack Russell that I need an option for.

    • Actually, I use it for my Jack Russel and it works almost perfect. Their smaller size is slightly bigger for him but I don’t see the issue. However, some dog owners complain because they expect a perfect fit. It’s up to you, but it works for my Jack Russel.

  • Halo collars ARE GARBAGE provides a collar that seems to only work in areas with high cell coverage and after three months and countless hours on the phone with tech support and running updates my dog has now lost her collar and its still not accurate enough to even be found. These are garbage and will be contacting BBB and Consumer Protection Agency in my States Attorney Generals office. Product never worked, would lose signal, lose map and saved parameters even after weeks pf working with them to make troubleshoot and update. Stay away!

    • Thanks for your opinion, Tom. Everyone has a different experience. In my particular case, Halo Collar worked great for my dogs, no complaints about cell coverage. In fact, it’s mentioned in the description that you will need proper cell coverage it’s common for the most GPS dog collars. If you want a proper GPS & Training system WITHOUT a need to have cell coverage, I’d highly recommend you to consider Garmin collars. My personal favourite is Garmin 200i.

  • I have a “runner” but am moving to unfenced 5 acres soon. I’ve read that the signal will sometimes “correct” them in the middle of the area. Have you found this to be true? I’m really concerned about my guy!!

    • Hello Mindy, thank you for the comment. You will need proper training with your dog. I have the same issue with my Jack Russel, when going outdoors he might run 3-4 miles away from me (when outdoor, I use Garmin Alpha 200i). However, this 21-day training program that comes with Halo did the magic on my dog. He clearly understands the boundaries. Anyways, they have a 60-day refund policy, it’s not terrific conditions but if you don’t want to waste $999 you can try on your dog and return for a small fee. Check their return policy here.

      • Why does it say no restocking fees but it now seems there is restocking for all returns? I’m considering purchasing this product but this makes it seem dishonest.

  • Hello! We have a 1 year old Boston Terrier named Axl and now we have his little brother, Charlie, who is also a Boston and about 5 months old. We live in town and do not have a fenced in yard, so we are looking into this type of fencing for a couple of reasons; portability, we can take it with us if we move, etc. However, our little one, Charlie, may be deaf. We still aren’t sure because at times he seems to react to sounds and other times a marching band could walk through our living room and he wouldn’t even glance in their direction. Would this collar work for him if he is deaf? Thank you!

  • Can you clarify what the “static” options are. Does this “shock them” when they are close if you want it to or not like an electric fence?

    • Static feedback provides a sense of “touch” that feels like a tap on the shoulder for your dog. This breaks your dog’s fixation in dangerous situations and distraction-filled environments to keep them out of harm’s way. You’re never required to use static with your dog’s Halo—the Halo training process will help you customize the feedback that your dog will respond to. With a range of static levels available, you can provide the right tap-on-the-shoulder effect that is most appropriate to keep your dog comfortable and safe.

  • You stated they do not work on small dogs, I have two French Bulldogs and one is a runner, the only good thing is when they do get out they stay together. Do you see any issues in fitment with this breed?

    • I have a Jack Russel and it fits him very well. I’d recommend avoiding this for very small dogs and breeds I mentioned in the article though.

  • My dog is 5 months old and we live in a highly wooded area with unfenced property. I’d really love to start him on this sooner than when he’s full grown. Do you think using his DNA estimate of full growth size and buying that sized collar now is a foolish idea? I was thinking I could attach it to his existing collar for now, so it stays on him. I’d never leave him outside alone at this age anyway. Just curious what your dog trainer thoughts are.

    Also, he’s a super smart 50% German Shepherd, 35% Dalmation, 15% Treeing Walker Coonhound, which means he also needs lots of exercise. This will be easier if he’s running around free on our property.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Meredith, Halo Collar is adjustable so I’d definitely give it a try on your pup. I personally fully trust DNA estimates. German Shepherds (even though it’s 50%) are easy to train too, I think this 21-day training programm that comes with Halo Collar will be extremely helpful.

  • Will this collar work in another country such as Dominican Republic?

    I just read it requires cellphone coverage.

    I will be using in a small one acre property in DR.

    • Yes, Halo collar will work anywhere, all you need is cellphone coverage. I have a few friends who use it in Canada and Costa Rica

      • how does the cell service work?

        Does Halo collar work out the box or do I need to add have a plan for service?

        • The cell service depends on your provider. As long as you have a good connection, you are food to go with Halo collar

      • Hi Mark
        Sadly we were not able to get a signal around our perimeter. Now we have been waiting since June 21st for an RMA.
        We completed all the required on line forms, send pictures as requested to no avail. Can you please advise me as to how we can get an RMA…good contact person? Getting pretty frustrated, will appreciate any assistance you can provide.
        Thank you

        • Hey Randy & Meg,

          It’s frustrating to hear about such an experience when you spent over $800 in particular. I hope they will fix it for you.

          I am personally talking to them through media@halocollar.com , they also have info@halocollar.com

          When manufacturers don’t reply to me, I go to their Facebook page and message them my concern directly as well as comment on the latest post. Usually, it’s the fastest way for manufacturers to reply. Hope it helps and let me know how it goes because I gave kudos to their support but maybe they are nice to me because I am a media person lol

          Their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/HaloCollar/

  • I have a AutoMower (robotic lawn mower) that interfere with other invisible dog containment systems I have tried. Do you know if this will work without issues?

    • You are creating virtual fence/boundaries on your phone app with Halo and when your dog is trying to cross these borders, the Halo Collar sends a signal to the dog. Your AutoMower should not be the issue in this case.

  • Do you have to have good cellular service for this to work.

    I want to use it camping and sometimes don’t have great service

    • No, I personally would not recommend it using for camping with bad service. I think Halo is great when cellular is good, but when it’s bad the collar is losing its value.

  • I have 40 acres. Wondering how it works would I be able to cover it all or some. Is there a limit on how good/well it covers large amount of land? Also is it water proof?

  • Any idea how to get it connected to cellular. I unboxed mine today and while connecting it with my phone, it said ‘Activating unlimited LTE service’, but if I have it out and about it always says ‘Cellular connection is unavailable’ I drove it up and down the highway into town for a couple of hours and got nothing. Had good services on my phone the whole time.

    • Hmm not sure what the issue, you are better to message directly to Halo support they are very responsive.

  • We have a multipoo. We also have an eagle flying over our yard and worried eagle will pick up our seven pounder. We never can just leave her in our fenced yard. Any suggestions?

  • You mentioned a featured about “no bark” but didn’t review it. Can you give me more insight on that?

  • I have 3 large dogs (an 80 lb golden retriever, and two 100 lb Labs)… would I need 3 separate collars?

  • Is there any case in which you would not recommend this collar? I am hesitant to spend the money, as my dogs are past their training prime (my mini schnauzer is 14 and my golden doodle is 7), but I need a solution to keep my dogs safe.

    Also, my dogs are not nice to other dogs (they were never properly socialized), and I worry they would leave the yard and harm another animal. Even between the two of them, I keep them separated at all times, as we had an incident this year between the two which left me with a hefty vet bill, followed by some even heftier hospital bills for myself and a permanent injury to my left hand.

    This month I am moving into a home with a larger, unfenced yard, and I would like to find the best way to make it a safe and happy home for my pups without breaking the bank or wasting my money on something that takes hours of training each day or may not be a good fit due to their ingrained behavioral issues.

  • I am very confused by your statements that the Halo collar required cellular service. The Halo website states repeatedly that you do NOT need cellular service. Please clarify for us!

    • On the website, they say “If you intend to go to a zero-coverage area, you can set up your Halo Fences before you leave, and it will work seamlessly. Halo Fences are stored in the collar’s memory and won’t be lost even if/when it loses power or an internet connection.”
      It “technically” work if you set up the area in advance, but it’s quite hard to do right? You never know where you end up to camp or so… However if you know the exact area you’d like to set up the virtual fence, that would work with no coverage.

  • I am considering buying the Halo Collar. Will it work properly on a small yard, about 1/3 of an acre?

  • I love the concept of the collar and purchased but have been pretty frustrated with the latency of feedback and the fact is, my golden retriever pup (17 weeks old) is hardly responding to the beep and vibration modes. I think it’s a great idea but needs more development (the company hasn’t been around for long and the product is in really an “early adopter” phase. I am sure it works for many but I have also read of other frustrated owners that are experiencing similar issues that I am.

  • Collars are junk. I bought 2 and they are constantly giving false locations and corrections/warnings in error, even after multiple firmware updates to correct. Poor design as well, combining metal and plastic parts that break. Both of my collars have come apart and company uses “damage” clause in warranty to not repair or replace design flaws.

    • Works totally fine on my two large dogs, Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd, as well as pretty fast Jack Russel who bumps into something once in a while. None of them are broken.
      Regarding “false location” how’s your cellular signal?

  • Can we set this up on multiple cell phones? We are on a multi-family property and would like at least four or five people to have access to monitor.

    • I am almost positive that you can but it’s better to clarify with their support just in case

  • My dog (cattle dog/boxer/Boston terrier mix) goes CRAZY when she sees a squirrel. Does anyone have experience knowing if your squirrel-chasing dog will be contained within the boundaries or will he/she ever break through?

    • You’ll need. more than just Halo collar even though the 21-day training program would be really helpful. Same thing happens with my Jack Russel sometimes.

  • I bought one. We live on 150 acres, many miles from cell service, and it works great. I love it. However, it’s only been ten weeks and it completely failed. Now I have to wait “5 business days” after they receive it (so a few more day) until they can ship it (so a few more days, again). I spent $1000 on this thing, and being without it for two weeks was never part of the agreement. That’s a lot of money, and they should send me one overnight, now, while they figure out what’s wrong with mine. It’s. 2021: they aren’t going to “fix” it. They’re just going to send me a new one. So do it now.

    • Unfortunately, this kind of problem happens once in a while with many expensive devices. I had the issue with Halo too, but I really loved the product support because my problem was resolved the same day. Trust me, I tried so many dog devices in my life, and the quality of product support is everything. Hoping your issue will go away once you get a new Halo collar! Thanks for sharing your experience.

      • Product support is only email. There is no phone number you can call to talk with a person. In addition I’ve tried all the “tweaks” and none worked for me.

  • What is the no bark experience? I need that as much as a fence but can’t find anything on the no bark features

  • GPS is not accurate resulting in false results. For example the dig is on the front porch about middle of the boundary and the alert goes off. App Refresh button only works sometimes by design I think. I’m writing this review at the same time as my dog just left the boundary 5 minutes ago and no alert went off. That’s not normally my problem with the collar. My main problem is the collar alerts when the dog is not outside the boundary.

  • I get1 or 2 bars of cell signal and have treed property. Will it work here?

  • Hi,
    There seems to be a contradiction in the details of this product. It says it works without cellular or wifi coverage, but then in your Q&A you recommend the Garmin for areas without coverage.
    I live on 2 acres and would really love this product to work for my husky. She is well trained on and off leash, but our neighbors are too much fun, and she loves to go visit and ignore me. I also want it to prevent her from chasing wildlife. However, we do not have cellular or wifi coverage outside of our house. Will this still work? I already have a garmin collar for off leash trail running, but it doesn’t have a correction feature.

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