Honest Halo dog collar review

The Halo collar is a sensational dog training collar advertised by dog expert Cesar Millan. Its price ranges from $700 to $1,000, which is incredible for such a product. So buyers have a logical question: is such an expensive collar worth buying? Is it really good?

I did some thorough research to write my honest halo dog collar review for you. Here I will talk about the pros and cons of this collar and compare it to other popular GPS trackers to decide which one is better.

halo collar review

Note. In this article, I’m reviewing the latest Halo 2+ model.

Is the Halo dog collar really different from others?

On halocollar.com, the manufacturers justify the high price of their collar as follows:

“Halo is the safest and most advanced wireless fence for your dog and it offers so much more than any other GPS dog collar. It combines a wireless dog fence, GPS collar, dog activity tracker, and training collar-all in one smart solution.”

I decided to take apart each of their claims to see if they were valid.

Is it really an accurate GPS tracker?

The information about the accuracy of the Halo 2+ is mixed. It works fine for some, but there are also many reports that the detection system is poor:

I’ve seen many reviews of other GPS trackers that successfully locate but cost 4-5 times less. So the accuracy of the GPS does not justify such a high price.

In addition, a very weak battery ruins everything. The Halo dog collar can only last 20 hours without recharging. It would be very unfortunate if your dog gets lost and the collar is dead or on the fringe. Is there even a point in buying a GPS tracker if it won’t help find your dog if lost? I think not.

Is the wireless fencing feature good?

One of the seeming advantages of the Halo 2+ is the wireless fencing feature. I even thought that was the main purpose of this stuff.

You will be able to set boundaries for your dog anywhere. If your dog tries to cross those boundaries, he will get a “warning” through the prongs on the collar. It can be vibration or static. Boundaries can be set through an app on your phone.

However, the minimum radius of a virtual fence is 250 square feet, which is quite a lot in some cases. And, unfortunately, the Halo collar trigger late because the GPS signal is delayed. Sometimes the dog has already left the border but is suddenly overtaken by a delayed “hit.” There are a lot of reviews on the web with complaints about the incorrect work of this system.

Furthermore, some dogs react very poorly to invisible fences. They don’t understand why they are being electrocuted and may run away in fright. Also, you have to try very hard to help your dog understand that the collar signals mean “no trespassing.” So I think regular kennel will be much better.

You can read more about the harm of invisible fences on PetMed and PETA websites.

Can the Halo collar be used for training?

Halo says that their product is a tool for dog training. But for training you need a device with a remote control; and Halo doesn’t have one.

I couldn’t find any information on how you can still train your dog with the Halo collar. They only offer access to tutorials from Cesar Millan on how to train a dog to an invisible fence. So their words about a “training collar” can be considered nothing. 

Check out my NO shock dog training collars review if you really need an auxiliary tool for dog training.

Is it a good activity tracker?

Another feature of this miracle collar is the activity tracker. I won’t have any complaints about it. The Halo collar collects information on how long your pet has been active and how much sleep.

halo collar activity traking

This data can actually be useful if you keep track of it. But this is far from an original feature. Other trackers have it, but they cost 6-10 times less.

Does the Halo collar use electric shock?

It is another important question. But manufacturers don’t give a clear answer about what exact kind of action is used in their collars, avoiding the use of the word “electric shock.” They use terms like “static feedback” and describe the effect as a pat on the shoulder.

halo collar feedbzck settings

But if you do a little research, you’ll find that static exposure is nothing more than exposure to electricity! Since most dog owners have a negative attitude toward shock collars, manufacturers have begun to replace this term with “static.”

Yes, static is not the same as electric shock. It causes the muscle to contract, and it may be barely perceptible at weak levels. But weak levels will have no effect (it will not make the dog obey). Therefore, dog owners must use high levels of static current, which cause unpleasant and disgusting feelings.

There are many more reasons why a growing number of dog owners are giving up on shock collars. You can read about them in my article "Are shock collars cruel?"

What’s wrong with the return policy

Halo promises they will refund your money for an item if you don’t like it. You can make a return within 60 days. The return guarantee is great because it reduces the risk of buying the wrong product.

However, while reading reviews of the Halo dog collar, I noticed that there are often some difficulties with returns. Usually, if someone successfully returned an item, they would only get a small refund.

Contacting customer service is also very difficult. This kind of feedback is quite common:

Honestly, guys, this is awful. I didn’t want to write so many downsides, but it looks like it’s all true because there are too many negative reviews. Yes, every product has negative reviews, but a good product can’t have that many!

Best Halo collar alternatives

I will not recommend other invisible fences to you, as I’ve already explained my position on them. But here are some good GPS trackers to help you keep track of your dog and not lose him.


jiobit GPS tracker

Why I like it:

  • This GPS tracker is just like the Halo; it determines your location in real time. It uses a combination of cellular, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth;
  • Jiobit has a longer battery life of 7-10 days (although according to some reviews, this time is three days maximum);
  • With Jiobit, you’ll also be able to set up virtual fences that will alert you when you cross them. But your dog won’t get shocked.

Moreover, its cost is only $100!


fit bark dog activity and GPS tracker

In addition to being an accurate GPS tracker, it is also one of the best health trackers. It shows activity, sleep quality, distance traveled, and calorie balance and sends you alerts if your dog is acting weird (like running around the room or scratching a lot). It helps keep an eye on your dog’s health and spot problems in time.

The FitBark has a few other perks:

  • It can run for up to four weeks without recharging;
  • it is very lightweight and will fit even the smallest dogs;
  • affordable price (about $100), and FREE Shipping & Returns;
  • it has a virtual fence creation function.

But there is one drawback: FitBark only works from a mobile network within the U.S.

You can find more good GPS trackers in my review. There are even $30 options out there.

Conclusions: is the Halo collar worth its money?

After reading many reviews, I concluded that the “coolness” of the Halo collar is just a marketing ploy. You always have to overpay for promoted brands, but that doesn’t mean they are much different than cheaper products.

Yes, the Halo collar does the job of detecting your pet (with mixed success), and it can also work as an invisible fence and activity tracker. But there are many other typical products with much lower cost and impressive features.

What’s more, the Halo collar has very little battery life, and many other downsides come up frequently in reviews:

  • it often lags, and “feedback” is not triggered when needed;
  • the location displayed is often far from reality;
  • some are unhappy with the quality of the collar itself;
  • the return policy is disgusting.

The use of static is a separate issue. You should think carefully before using an electronic fence on your dog. I would avoid such a method.

If the Halo collar were $100, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But they want $700 for it! And positioning it as the best of its kind. 

It is unclear to me why Cesar Millan is advertising it. Although…it’s clear that it’s about the money.

I hope my honest review helps you and at least someone avoids this trap!


Is there a monthly fee for the Halo Collar?

Yes, you have to pay to use GPS. Almost all GPS trackers require a monthly fee. Halo plans range from $5 to $30 per month, the average market price.

Does Halo require an Internet connection to work?

The Halo collar uses GPS technology, so it does not need the Internet. You will only need the Internet to set up invisible fences.

How long does it take to charge the Halo collar?

It takes 2 hours to fully charge.

Is the Halo collar suitable for small dog breeds?

The Halo is designed for dogs over 20 pounds. The strap is too big for a small neck and is also heavy.

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