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Please read all safety and product information below before using your Dogtra product. Failure to follow these safety instructions could result in injury to you, your dog and others, or it could result in damage to your Dogtra product or other property.


Proper Use
Dogtra products should be used to train, educate, monitor, or track dogs. Each dog may have a different tolerance for and reaction to Dogtra products. Closely observe your dog when determining the right level of stimulation, collar fit, and other settings of your Dogtra product.

Training Methods
Dogtra products may be used with a variety of training methods that provide clear and consistent messages to your dog.

Fit and Wear
Proper fit and wear of your Dogtra product is important for the comfort of your dog as well as the functioning of your product. Dogtra collars should fit comfortably and not too tightly, so that the collar stays in place and does not move around your dog’s neck. Do not leave a collar on your dog for an extended time. Although each dog is different, Dogtra recommends that its collars be used a maximum of 4 to 6 hours at any one time on your dog. A collar that is used for overly long periods or that fits improperly may cause skin irritation or sores on your dog’s neck. Regularly check the collar’s contact area on your dog’s skin. If your dog exhibits skin irritation or sores, stop using the Dogtra product and consult with a veterinarian.


Dogtra products should be used only in a safe and responsible manner to train, educate, monitor, or track dogs. Dogtra products are not intended for use in any other manner; they are not intended for use with other animals or with humans; and they are not intended for use in unsafe situations or environments that could lead to death, injury, loss or damage.

Your Dogtra product contains batteries. Do not attempt to replace the battery yourself. Contact Dogtra or your Dogtra retailer to replace your battery. Dispose of batteries as provided by your local regulations. Do not disassemble, crush, heat, or otherwise alter the battery as it may cause fire, explosion, injury and/or property damage.


Handling and Repair
Dogtra products can be damaged or malfunction if dropped, especially on hard surfaces, or otherwise improperly handled. Do not use a damaged or malfunctioning product as it may cause injury or property damage. If your product is damaged or malfunctions, contact Dogtra to obtain service before using the product.

Electrical Product
Your Dogtra product contains electrical components and batteries. Do not use or keep your product near heat or flammable sources. Such use or storage may damage your product and/or cause fire, explosion, injury, or property damage.

Only charge your Dogtra product with its accompanying Dogtra charger. Do not attempt to charge your product in any other manner or in temperatures less than 32°F (0°C) or over 113°F (45°C) as it may cause fire, explosion, injury, and/or property damage. If you notice damage to your product, its charger, or battery, obtain service from Dogtra before charging the product. Do not use more than one splitter cable with a single battery charger.

Medical Device Interference
Dogtra products contain electrical and magnetic components that emit low level electromagnetic waves and radio frequencies. These electromagnetic waves or radio frequencies may interfere with pacemakers, defibrillators, or other medical devices. Consult your physician or medical device maker before using your medical device with a Dogtra product. If you think that your Dogtra product is interfering with your pacemaker, defibrillator, or other medical device, stop using the Dogtra product.

Aggressive Dogs
Do not use Dogtra products with aggressive dogs as such dogs may react adversely and cause injury to people or other dogs. Seek the assistance of a dog-training specialist or veterinarian when dealing with aggressive dogs.

Dogtra products are not toys. Adult supervision and close attention are necessary when Dogtra products are used by or near children.


Package Contents

GPS Connector

GPS Connector

GPS Collar

GPS E-Collar

Battery Charger

Battery Charger

Splitter Cable

Splitter Cable

Owner's Manual

Owner’s Manual

Belt Clip

Belt Clip

Test Light

Test Light

Contact Point Extension Washer/Adjustment Tool

Contact Point
Extension Washer/
Adjustment Tool

Non-Stimulation Contacts



Main Features of the PATHFINDER MINI

Icons of features



GPS Connector

GPS Connector

Collar contact points, Power Button, Charging Receptacle
Collar GPS and MURS Band Antennas, Strap, LED, Sensor, Black Antenna Casing

GPS E-Collar


Understanding Your Training System

Connector power button
Collar power button


GPS Connector
• To turn on the GPS Connector, press the blue Select button until the LED turns on.
• To turn off the GPS Connector, press the blue Select button until the red LED shows.
GPS Collar
• To turn on the GPS Collar, press the Power button until the LED turns on.
• To turn off the GPS Collar, press the Power button until the LED turns red.
• A tone will be played to indicate that the GPS Collar is turning on or shutting down.

GPS Connector Button
GPS Connector Button

2. Button Function

GPS Connector
The SELECT button is used to turn the Connector on/off and select a device to pair. While turned on, press the Select button once to set pairing to the GPS Collar, press the Select button a second time to set pairing to the smartphone app.

The CONNECT button is used to connect the GPS Connector to a smartphone and GPS Collar.
Pairing: Use the Select button to set the GPS Connector to Collar to pair the Connector with the Collar. Set the GPS Connector to Phone to pair the Connector to a smartphone.
Press and hold down the Connect button until the LED blinks rapidly. The GPS Connector will now be ready for pairing.

Collar power button

GPS Collar
Power On: To turn the GPS Collar on, press the Power button until the green LED turns on.
Power Off: To turn the GPS Collar off, press the Power button until the LED turns off.
Pairing: To place the GPS Collar into pairing mode, begin with the device turned off and hold down the Power button until the LED blinks rapidly.
A melody will be played when the GPS Collar is in pairing mode.
* The GPS Collar pairing mode is used to pair the GPS Collar and the GPS Connector. The PATHFINDER MINI set comes with both parts paired to each other.

Collar and Connector plugged into electrical adapter
Splitter cable plugged into electrical adapter. Splitter cable plugged into another splitter cable

Splitter Cable
Do not use more than one splitter cable with a single battery charger.

3. Charging the PATHFINDER MINI

Fully charge the PATHFINDER MINI GPS Connector and GPS Collar before the first use. The PATHFINDER MINI uses lithium polymer batteries.
• Only use official Dogtra chargers with the PATHFINDER MINI.
• Do not charge the PATHFINDER MINI near flammable substances.
• Fully charge the PATHFINDER MINI if storing for 1 month or longer.

When to Charge
• When the LED is red on the GPS Connector or GPS Collar.
• When the PATHFINDER MINI app displays a low battery percentage for the GPS Connector or GPS Collar.
• When the LED on the transmitter or receiver will not come on.
• When the indicator light turns on momentarily, but will not stay on when the Constant button is pushed.

How to Charge
1. Connect the charger to the GPS Connector and GPS Collar using the splitter cable.
2. Plug the charger into a 120-volt outlet.
3. When fully charged, detach the cables and plug the rubber caps over the charging ports on the GPS Connector and GPS Collar.
4. The GPS Collar turns off and cannot be used while charging. The GPS Connector functions while being charged. The LED will display red while charging and green when the unit is fully charged. The GPS Connector LED will be green when turned on while charging. A depleted battery requires 2.5 hours to fully charge.

Connector LEDs
Collar LED

4. LED Indicator

GPS Connector
Power: The Power LED blinks every 2 seconds while turned on. The LED colors represents the battery life: Green when 50-100% battery, Orange when 10-50% battery, Red when 0-10% battery.

Phone: When turned on, press the Select button to set the GPS Connector to Phone. When set to Phone, a green LED will stay on. Hold down the Connect button until the LED blinks rapidly to place the GPS Connector into pairing mode.
Collar: When turned on, press the Select button the set the GPS Connector to Collar. When set to Collar, a green LED will stay on. Hold down the Connect button until the LED blinks rapidly to place the GPS Connector into pairing mode.

GPS Collar
The LED on the GPS Collar blinks while turned on, and the LED colors represents the battery life: Green when 50-100% battery, Orange when 10-50% battery, Red when 0-10% battery.

IOS and Android install pages for PATHFINDER MINI app

5. Installing the Pathfinder MINI App

Compatible Phones
1) iOS: iOS 8.1 and above
iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6+, SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+, X, XS, XS MAX, XR
iPad Generation 3 and above
2) Android: Android 4.3 and above
Samsung Galaxy S4 and above, Note 2 and above, and LG G3

Downloading the App
Search for Dogtra PATHFINDER in the App Store or in Google Play

Smartphone connected via Bluetooth (max 33ft) to Connector connected via MURS Band (max 4 miles) to Collar

6. Pairing

PATHFINDER MINI GPS Connector connects between your smartphone and PATHFINDER MINI GPS Collar. These devices need to be paired for the PATHFINDER MINI system to work properly.

Pairing a Smartphone to the GPS Connector
1) Launch the PATHFINDER app
2) Turn on the GPS Connector
3) In the PATHFINDER app, navigate to Menu → Settings → Bluetooth Pairing
4) Set the GPS Connector to pairing mode and click search in the app.
• Once paired, launching the app when the GPS Connector is on will automatically connect the phone and Connector together.
• The GPS Connector should be within Bluetooth range (33 feet) of your phone to operate.
• The GPS Connector will reconnect with the phone when it is within range.
• Reinstalling the app will require pairing with the GPS Connector.
• The PATHFINDER app may need to be restarted for compatibility issues.

Pairing Additional GPS Collars
Pair the GPS Connector and GPS Collar in close proximity to each other.
You can use the PATHFINDER app to check if the GPS Collar is properly paired.
1) Turn the GPS Connector on.
2) Check that the GPS Collar is turned off.
3) Use the Select button on the GPS Connector to set the LED to Collar.
4) Hold down the Connect button for 5 seconds until the LED blinks rapidly. Release the button.
5) Hold down the Power button on the GPS Collar until the LED blinks rapidly and emits three beeps to show it has coded.
6) The GPS Connector and Collar will return to blinking in normal intervals when pairing is complete.


7. Acquiring GPS Signal

The PATHFINDER MINI is meant for use in open outdoor areas. After pairing, take the GPS Collar outdoors to acquire a GPS signal. Once the signal is acquired, the GPS Collar icon will appear on the Map tab of the PATHFINDER app.

Operating the PATHFINDER MINI near tall buildings and other steel structures will reduce the range of the GPS signal. Not acquiring a GPS signal for prolonged periods of time while outside may indicate issues with the unit. website on phone website on computer


In the app, check the PATHFINDER MINI Web Manual at the bottom of the Menu to see all the app features, such as:

• Map Features
• Marker
• History Record, File, Detail
• Device List Options
• Device Sharing & Receiving
• Map Management: Offline & Custom Map
• Geo-fence
• App Setting

From your computer, check out the manual at for a full version of the PATHFINDER MINI manual, Q&A, and more.


Changing the Contact Point Length

Unscrew points counterclockwise and screw in points clockwise

The Dogtra PATHFINDER MINI comes equipped with standard 5/8” contact points that can be extended to 3/4” contact points, for use on dogs with longer coats. To increase the contact point length from 5/8” to 3/4”, follow the steps below.
1) Using the included adjustment tool with the side marked 5/8”, unscrew the contact points counter-clockwise.
2) Place the contact point extension over the exposed threads, flat side down.
3) Place the contact points over the extensions and tighten the contact points and extensions clockwise using the adjustment tool with the side marked 3/4”.

Tighten until firmly in place. Be careful not to over tighten. To shorten the contact points back to the standard 5/8″, start with the adjustment tool with the side marked 3/4″, remove the contact point extensions, and tighten the contact points with the adjustment tool with the side marked 5/8″.


Collar Fitting

2 fingers tucked under collar on dog's neck

Proper Fit
The collar should be fitted so that the surgical stainless steel contact points press firmly against the dog’s skin. You should be able to fit a finger in between the contact point and your dog’s skin. The best location is on either side of the dog’s windpipe.
Improper Fit
A loose fit can allow the collar to move around on the dog’s neck. When this happens, the contact points may rub against the skin and cause irritation. If the collar is too loose, the contact will not be consistent and cause the corrections to be inconsistent. Dogtra uses surgical stainless steel contact points and anti-microbial plastic to protect the dog’s skin.


Leaving the receiver/collar in the same location on the dog’s neck for an extended period of time can cause skin irritation. If the dog is to wear the e-collar for long periods, occasionally reposition the collar so that the contact points are moved to a different location on the dog’s neck. Make sure you check for skin irritation each time you use the unit.

Finding the Right Stimulation
• Open the PATHFINDER app to the E-Collar tab and select your dog and stimulation level.
• The stimulation levels are from 1 (lowest) to 100 (highest).
• Always start at the lowest level of stimulation and work your way up.
• The appropriate level can be found when your dog responds to the stimulation with a mild reaction, such as a tensing of the neck muscles.
Note: Every dog has a different tolerance and reaction to the stimulation. Please look at your dog’s reaction to find the right level of stimulation. The stimulation level may vary depending on the situation and distractions. A distracted dog will require a higher level of stimulation compared to when there is no distraction.


Replacing the Antenna

Unscrew antenna counterclockwise and screw in antenna clockwise

For the GPS Connector
1. Twist the antenna counter-clockwise to remove.
2. Place the new antenna on the bolt and turn clockwise to tighten the antenna.

Three small screws located on center and left side of back of collar

For the Collar
Open the antenna enclosure by removing the 4 screws and the contact points. Remove the screw holding the antenna in place to replace the antenna.


Maximizing the Distance

person holding connector up high for max range. person holding connector at chest for typical range. person holding connector at side of thigh for minimum range

· The PATHFINDER MINI has a 4-mile line of sight range.
· To get the greatest range, hold the GPS Connector away from your body and avoid touching the antenna.
· Keep your unit properly charged for maximum signal strength.
· The GPS Connector device must be near your phone for proper operation, preferably less than 33 feet.


Attaching the Belt Clip

screw belt clip on the back of the connector

Follow the instructions below to attach the included belt clip to the GPS Connector:
1) Align the belt clip to the grooves on the back of the GPS Connector.
2) With a firm grip, screw on the belt clip’s Phillips head screws with a screwdriver.

Tighten until firmly in place. Be careful not to over tighten.


Using the Test Light

Test light aligned on collar contact points

1) Turn on the GPS Collar and place the test light over the contact points.
2) Press the Nick button in the PATHFINDER app and the test light will light up momentarily.
3) Press the Constant button in the PATHFINDER MINI app and the test light will light up as long as the button is pressed, for up to 12 seconds.
4) The test light will glow brighter at higher levels of stimulation and dimmer with lower levels.
Note: The test light may not be visible if the intensity level is set below level ten.



phone screen showing forested map with colored lines to each of 4 dogs

1. Map Tab

With the GPS Connector paired to a GPS Collar and phone or when receiving shared GPS Connector/Collar devices, the positions will be displayed on the map.

Dog Position Display
Your dog’s location is viewed on the map along with the collar name and distance from your position. The dog icon displays your dog’s current action status.
The real time ‘Collar Icon’ information has been added to check the Traveled Distance, Current Speed, Altitude, Battery, Updated Time, and Shared Device.

My Position
When the GPS Connector is paired with your phone, your current position and tracks will be displayed. When viewing shared GPS Connector devices, an icon ( Android Connector Icon ) or ( IOS Connector Icon ) will be displayed along with the device name and distance from your position.

* Devices that are offline or hidden will not be displayed on the map.
* The GPS Collar name and color can be edited from Menu/Device List/ Device/Edit.
* IOS Connector Icon : iOS
* Android Connector Icon : Android

8 round icons (Resting, Resting + Bark, Running, Running + Bark, Pointing, Pointing + Bark, Treed, Treed + Bark)
3 round icons (Poor Connection, GPS Signal Lost, Low Battery)

2. Dog Icons

When your dog’s action changes, the icon action status will change as well. The dog icons that will display are for Resting, Running, Pointing, and Treeing. A Bark Indicator will display in combination with these icons if the dog barks while doing any of these actions. 

The dog display icon will change to an icon that represents issues, such as poor connection, GPS signal loss, or low battery. Devices shared will display the shared symbol on the device icon.

The PATHFINDER is displayed as a circular icon( Circle Symbol Icon ) shape, while the PATHFINDER TRX is displayed as a square icon( Square Symbol Icon ) shape. The icon shape will change depending on the item purchased.

Forested map on phone with 2 dog track lines to dog icons of different colors

3. Dog Alerts

Select a dog on the map to receive notification alerts for that dog. In the Alarm Settings for Dog Alerts, you can receive notifications for the Selected Collar and All Collars. The current selected dog is displayed with an outline around their icon.


4. Map Features

The PATHFINDER Map tab has multiple map features to help make finding your way around easier.

• Double tap the map with one finger to zoom in once.
• Single tap the map with two fingers to zoom out once.
• Use two fingers to pinch the screen to zoom in and stretch the screen to zoom out.

• You can scroll by using one finger to drag the map to the area you want to view.

• Tilt the map by using two fingers and dragging the map up or down.

• Rotate the map by using two fingers and applying a turning motion.

Forested map on phone with popup saying: Would you like to create a
(Truck) marker?
Forested map on phone with icons circling a pin point
Ruler lines and distances between way points on forested map.
Forested map on phone with marker with text box saying Destination with an address listed

5. Marker

Add a ‘Truck’ marker to mark your car location when the app launches to draw a line between the ‘Truck’ and ‘ME’ markers. You may also create a ‘Truck” marker at the current location you are at when using the app.

Long press anywhere on the map to open up the Marker Ruler Menu. The markers can be used to mark important locations.

The marker will be stored in the history file. When starting a new Tracking History, the previous marker will still be on the map. If you tap on the marker, you will see the marker delete button and a line from the current location to the marker.

Text can be saved along with the markers. You can create 20 markers of each type (except Ruler and Direction).

You can tap the marker to draw a line between the hunter and the marker. You can see the direction and distance between these two markers on the Compass tab.

The distance ruler can measure the distance between multiple points. When finished, click ” x ” to exit out of the distance ruler.

The Directions function is used to find your way back to your desired destination, which can only be marked with one marker. You must have the Google Maps application installed in order to see the directions to your destination. You will also need to use either cellular data or Wi-Fi to use this function.

Forested map on phone with options for recording

6. Option Menu

Start Recording
The recording time box in the lower left corner will show the amount of time that is being recorded. Press the recording time box to show the pause or stop button. Press the ‘Stop recording’ in the top right corner menu or press the stop button in the recording time box to stop recording.

When you press the ‘Start recording’ button, the ‘START’ marker will be created. When you press the ‘Stop recording’ button, a ‘STOP’ marker will be created. The markers cannot be deleted while the recording is in session. You must stop and save the session in order to delete the ‘START’ and ‘STOP’ markers.

Press the Stopwatch time box in the lower left corner to show the pause or stop button. Press the ‘Stopwatch OFF’ in the top right corner menu or press the stop button in the stopwatch time box to stop the Stopwatch. The Stopwatch can be used during the recording session.

Reset Tracking Lines
Select to remove previous tracking lines.


Compass Tab

compass on phone indicating dog direction, marker direction and direction faced. Truck, and 2 dog distances shown below

View the direction and distance of dogs, or a selected marker and hunter at a glance. Select dogs and hunters from the list to display them on the compass. You may also tap on a marker on the map to show the information on the Compass tab. Use the ‘View All’ button to view all dogs and hunters at once. Dogs and hunters are not displayed when hidden or offline.
• Metal phone cases or metal objects attached to the phone will interfere with the compass.
• The phone may need to be calibrated for the compass to work properly.


E-Collar Tab

Dogtra app showing options to Tone or Nick or Constant stimulation of selected dog

1. Training Functions

The Nick or Constant stimulation or an audible tone can be sent to the selected dog.

The tone sound level cannot be adjusted and the tone will ring each time the button is pressed. The Nick and Constant stimulation modes have stimulation levels from 1 to 100. The stimulation level is controlled by the stimulation slider and stimulation increase/decrease buttons on the left and right of the slider. The stimulation level can be set for individual dogs.

The light button has two functions:

1. Beacon Light: will continuously blink every 3 seconds when the button is turned on.

2. Locate LED Light: will stay on as long as the button is pressed, for up to 12 seconds.

closeup of app features showing Lock, Tone, Nick or Constant Stimulation, Mode Switch for Nick or Constant, Stimulation level, List or Map view button

2. E-Collar Buttons

List/Map View
Dogs can be selected using the dog list or in map view. List view displays dogs in a list along with their distance from you. The List view is recommended when training multiple dogs. Map view displays selectable dog icons on a mini map. The Map view is recommended for long distance recall commands.

* Dogs are not displayed when hidden or offline.
* The Shared Collars and Shared Friend E-Collars will not show on the List view.

Mode Button
Use the Mode button to switch between Nick and Constant stimulation modes.

Lock Button

The Lock button disables training functions until unlocked. Use the lock feature so dogs are not accidentally stimulated.

Sending Stimulation

1) Select a dog from List or Map view.
2) Select the stimulation level using the stimulation slider or stimulation increase/decrease buttons.
3) Set the stimulation to Nick or Constant using the mode button.
4) When Nick is selected, the receiver emits a single rapid pulse of electrical stimulation. When Constant is selected, the stimulation will give continuous stimulation as long as the button is pushed, for up to 12 seconds.

Beacon Button
The light will blink every 3 seconds when the button is turned on.

Locate LED Light
The light will stay on as long as the button is pressed, for up to 12 seconds.


Device List

List of dog icons, names, battery level distance and share option. Also the user is listed as ME.

1. List of Connected Devices

• Connected devices are displayed on the Device List.
• The dog icons display the dog’s current action.
• Device battery life and distance from your location are displayed.
• Selecting a device will display detailed information.

Modal window showing Hide, Reorder, Cancel

2. Device List Options

Press the more options button (…) to bring up the options to hide or reorder devices.


Hidden devices do not show up in the Map, Compass, and E-Collar tabs. Use the more options button in the Device List to unhide a device.


Reorder how the devices show in the app. Press reorder to place the device in sorting mode. Hold down the sort button and place the device in the desired position. The new order will be used in the Map, Compass, and E-Collar tabs.

Modal window over device list showing Receive Collar/Connector, Send Collar/Connector, Cancel. Another image with modal with device sharing in progress
Modal with device sharing in progress. Another image with devices listed including a person icon, name, battery level, distance and share options

3. Device Sharing and Receiving a Device

Device Sharing
Press the share button to share and receive GPS Connector/Collar devices. Both sharing and receiving PATHFINDER MINI users must use the device sharing feature within close proximity to each other.

Sharing a Device
• You can share your position or your dog’s position.
• Press the share button and select the device you want to share.
• A pop up will appear when a device has been successfully shared.

Receiving a Device
As another PATHFINDER MINI user is sending a device, press the share button and receive from the pop up menu. A pop up will appear when a device has been successfully received. Shared devices can be identified by the shared symbol ( ) or ( ) and are displayed on the Map and Compass tabs, along with the tracks and dog statuses as they update.

• E-collar and updating GPS settings are disabled for received shared devices.
• GPS settings are disabled for offline devices.
• TRX Collars that are shared are displayed with a square icon when they are received.

Detail page for person showing distance, speed, GPS rate, id, battery level, bluetooth.
Detail page for dog showing dog status (pointing), distance, speed, GPS rate, id, battery level, RF level, GPS level.

4. Device Details

Press a device from the Device List to go to the device details page.
The device details displays the total distance traveled, current speed, ID, GPS strength, radio frequency strength, battery level, and shared and hidden statuses. Slide the device details page to view other devices.

Edit page with options: Name, ID, GPS Rate, Color, Show/Hide, Rescue Mode. Edit detail with 18 color options.

Device Info Edit
Press the Edit button to change device settings.

Press Name to edit the device name.

The GPS Collar ID can be changed. Change the ID when the signal conflicts with another GPS Collar. The ID of devices that are shared with you cannot be changed. The first number in the ID is the channel and the second number is the order. Do not use the same ID for additional GPS Collars.

GPS Rate
The GPS update rate can be changed for each device with options for 2 seconds, 6 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, and 120 seconds. The update rate of devices that are shared with you cannot be changed.

The color associated with the GPS Collar can be changed. The device color is used in the icon, tracks, compass needle, and in the Device List views.

Collar Show/Hide
Hide or show a hidden device.

Rescue Mode
Turning on Rescue Mode activates when the GPS Collar battery life is at 25% or less. The device is placed in sleep mode, and the update rate is changed to 120 seconds to reduce power consumption. The rescue mode setting cannot be changed for devices that are shared with you.

Delete removes the pairing between the GPS Collar and GPS Connector, or removes from the app devices shared with you. To add the GPS Collar back, the GPS Collar and GPS Connector will have to be paired. Previously shared devices will need to be shared again.



Page with 4 maps listed. Page with 4 maps listed and options to select and delete.

1. History Files

View history files and delete using the edit button. History files currently recording cannot be accessed until completed. Select completed history files to playback and view details. A history file begins recording when the GPS Connector is connected to the phone and the app is open.

3 pages showing playback options

2. History Detail

Play Button
The history file displays the track movement of dogs and people. Use the play button to view the movement from start to finish, or use the slider to jump to a specific time.

Show Statistics
If you press the Statistics button, it will show the dog’s Status, Distance, Speed, and Altitude at the time it was recorded. If you select an item on the list, it will not play on the map.

Send History File
Completed history files can be emailed as a KML file. iPhone users can download the KML file using iTunes. KML files can be viewed on a desktop computer using Google Earth.


Map Management

Page listing Map Select options

1. Map Select

A preferred map view can be selected. Choose between the following options:
• Google Map – Normal
• Google Map – Satellite
• Google Map – Terrain
• Offline Maps – Outdoors
• Offline Maps – Google Normal
• Offline Maps – Google Satellite
• Offline Maps – Google Terrain
• Offline Maps – Custom Maps

3 pages showing download map options

2. Offline Map

The offline map is displayed when cellular data/Wi-Fi is unavailable. Offline maps should be downloaded before entering areas with limited data.

Downloading the offline map area
1) Select the type of map you want to download.
2) Navigate to the area you want to download and use the pinch and zoom functions to specify the area.
3) Select the area to show a green square with is less than 400MB.
* If the file is over 400MB, it will show a red square and cannot be downloaded.
4) You may select the map you downloaded in the Offline Map List.

3 pages showing map selection

Using zip code to download maps
1) Select the type of map you are going to download.
2) Press the Zip Code button and enter the zip code of the area you want to download.
3) The map can be downloaded if the map size is less the storage space of your smartphone. Please note that it may take a longer time to download if the map area and file size are larger.
4) You may select the map you downloaded in the Offline Map List.
* Zip Code: US & Canada only

Screenshot of website at

3. Creating Custom Map

What is a custom map in the PATHFINDER app?
The PATHFINDER app can display custom maps created in Mbtiles file format. Users can save and share portions of the map in Mbtiles file format. Here you can see how to create and upload Mbtiles files for use in the PATHFINDER app.

Creating Mbtiles Files
The introduction to Mobile Atlas Creator and Maperitive will go over the differences for each program. Use the program that best suits your needs.

Mobile Atlas Creator
Mobile Atlas Creator is free software that converts images used in maps into the Mbtiles file format.

Screenshot of SourceForge website with Mobile Atlas Creator article

Installing Mobile Atlas Creator on your Computer
1) To create Mbtiles files, you must first install Mobile Atlas Creator on your computer. The latest version of Mobile Atlas Creator can be downloaded from
2) Unzip the file and run the installation program.
– Window : Execution Mobile_Atlas_Creator.exe
– Mac or Linux : Execution Mobile_Atlas_Creator.jar
3) For more information, visit ‘’.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Selected Map source on top left

Create Mbtiles files
(1) Select the desired Map source

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Selected area of map, Drag

(2) Select the desired area on the map using Drag and Drop.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Select zoom level on left

Note: Please check the number of image tiles downloaded. Downloading more than 10,000 image tiles is not recommended.

Modal of zoom levels with (25 tiles) highlighted and word Caution!

(3) Select the Zoom level to save.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Select Rename to rename on left

(4) You can change the name of the file in Atlas Content by right-clicking the title and selecting Rename.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Enter a name for the areal on the left side

(5) Add the selected area to the map in Atlas Content. First, enter a name in the Name field.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Click Add selection on the left side

Click the Add Selection button to add the selected region to Atlas Content.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Select Convert Atlas Format on the left top

(6) Click on Atlas in the upper left corner to open the menu and select Convert Atlas format.

Computer screenshot of map, wit middle modal indicating: Select MBtiles SQLLite

(7) Select the Mbtiles SQLite file format.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Click Create Atlas on the left side

(8) Click the Create Atlas button to start creating Mbtiles.

Computer screenshot of map, with center modal indicating: Click Open Atlas Folder on bottom right of modal

(9) When the creation process is completed, you can check the completed file Maperitiveby pressing the Open Atlas Folder button.

screenshot of


Maperitive can create Mbtiles files from Open Street Maps.

screenshot of download button highlighted

Installing Maperitive on your Computer

Windows: Compatible with Windows XP SP3 and newer with Microsoft.NET 4 installed. Download the latest zip file from ‘’. Unzip the file and run maperitive.exe.

OS X: To run Maperitive on OS X, download the latest version of Mono from ‘’ (X11 is already installed on MAC).
Download from ‘’, and go to the Applications directory to unzip it. From the terminal, you can go to the Maperitive directory and run it. Please refer to the Wiki Maperitive Installation for detailed installation instructions.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Expand the Desired Area

Create Mbtiles files

(1) Turn on Maperitive and zoom in on the desired map area.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Tools Selection, Select Add Web Map, Select Map Style

(2) Select the desired map style through Tools -> Add Web Map

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Select Map, Select Set Geometry Bounds

(3) Select Map -> Set Geometry Bounds to select the area to save.

* After selecting an area, zoom out to review the selected area.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Select Map, Select Download OSM Data

(4) Select Map -> Download OSM Data. Wait for the download to complete.

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Command Input

(5) To create Mbtiles, enter the zoom level range (minimum and maximum) for the desired area into the Command prompt. For example: if you want to create Mbtiles with a zoom level between 5 and 18, type into the Command prompt “generate-mbtiles minzoom = 5 maxzoom = 18”.

For more information, please reference:

Computer screenshot of map, indicating: Confirm Generated MBtiles on

(6) After the download is complete, follow the path displayed in the Command prompt to see the Mbtiles created. For detailed explanations please refer to ‘’.

Computer file list and drive. Select Smartphone, Select Smartphone storage

4. Uploading Maps to Your Smartphone (Android, iPhone)

Uploading Mbtiles files
To use the created Mbtiles files in the PATHFINDER app, they must be placed in a specific repository on your smartphone. You can upload it directly to your smartphone or upload it to a cloud service and download it via the PATHFINDER app.

Uploading directly to your smartphone – Android
(1) Connect your smartphone to a computer using a USB cable.
* This guide is based on a Windows 10 PC and Galaxy S5 smartphone.

(2) Select your smartphone storage from your computer.

Select the Path, Move folder or files

Copy files to a folder
(3) Select the path to save the created Mbtiles file.

Computer file list with path highlited

* When saving to internal storage, save Mbtiles in the PATHFINDER / CustomMaps folder to skip importing from the PATHFINDER app.

If the CustomMaps folder is missing, create a new folder directly in the PATHFINDER folder and rename it to CustomMaps. Mbtiles can be copied to the newly created CustomMaps folder.

iTunes with smartphone icon selected
iPhone summary page in iTunes

Uploading directly to your smartphone – iPhone
(1) Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes.
* This guide is based on iTunes version

(2) Go to the iPhone summary page.
* Click the icon to go to the iPhone summary page.

Select File Sharing

(3) Select File Sharing from the left menu.

Select Pathfinder

(4) Select PATHFINDER from the File Sharing list.

Drag and Drop

(5) When the Document tab of the PATHFINDER opens, add the Mbtiles by Drag & Drop or the Add button.

File list with SampleMap.mbtiles file highlighted

(6) You can see that the Mbtiles files have been added.

* Mbtiles files placed in the PATHFINDER folder via iTunes can be used without importing from the PATHFINDER app.

iCloud login screen

5. Uploading Files

Uploading to iCloud – iPhone
(1) Log in using ‘’.
For detailed login instructions, please visit ‘ HT204174/’.

iCloud Drive icon selected

(2) On the main page, click iCloud Drive.

SampleMap.mbtiles file selected

(3) Upload Mbtiles files using one of the following methods. (3-1) Drag & drop the Mbtiles file to iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive upload button selected

(3-2) Click the upload icon at the top of the iCloud page and select the Mbtiles file.

SampleMap.mbtiles file selected, and the Choose option selected

* If you click the icon, the following window appears.

Select the desired Mbtiles file and click [Choose] to add the file to iCloud.

iCloud file list with SampleMap file selected

(4) When the upload is complete, you can see that the file has been added.

Screenshot of install

Uploading to Dropbox

Add files from the desktop app.
(1) Install the Dropbox desktop app.
The latest version can be downloaded from ‘ install’.

Open Dropbox folder

(2) When the installation is finished, open the Dropbox folder from My Computer.

Drag and Drop files to Dropbox folder

(3) Move the desired Mbtiles file to the Dropbox folder. login page

Adding files from a web page
(1) Log in to

Click Upload File

(2) Click the [Upload File] button on the top right corner.

Select Uploaded File, Click Open

(3) Select the desired Mbtiles file to upload and click [Open] to add them to Dropbox.

File icon being dragged and dropped

(4) You can also add the files by dragging and dropping them directly into the web browser.

Google Drive main page

Uploading to Google Drive
(1) Navigate to and sign in with your Google account. Google accounts can be created at ‘’.

Dropdown from New button, with Folder and File Upload highlighted

(2) Click the [New] button in the top left corner, then select the Upload File or Folder button.

Modal for choosing a file opened with two files highlighted, and the Open option highlighted

(3) Select the folder containing the Mbtiles file or the Mbtiles file you want to upload and click [Open] or [OK] to add it to your Google Drive.

Files being dragged and dropped into Google Drive

(4) You can also add the files by dragging and dropping them directly into the web browser.
To learn more about using Google Drive, please visit ‘ com/drive/answer/2424384?hl=ko&co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&oco=1’.



3 phone screen images with forested maps and selected areas demonstrating Geo-fences

A Geo-fence can be created for a specified area and will be displayed on the Map tab. The dog alerts for the Geo-fence are turned on by default and a notification will appear when a dog exits or enters the Geo-fence. The notification will blink the ‘Collar Icon’ and app screen, or on the home or lock screen.
• The Geo-fence alerts can be turned on and off in the Settings.

Geo-fence Info
The info button displays more information on setting up the Geo-fence.

Saving a Geo-fence
Long press the map to create a Geo-fence point. The Geo-fence points must be created in a clockwise order and cannot intersect. A valid Geo-fence will be displayed in green, while an invalid Geo-fence will be displayed in red and cannot be saved.
Once a valid Geo-fence is created, use the save button to save the Geo-fence on the map. The Geo-fence points can be edited before saving by holding and dragging the points to edit its location.

Multiplex Geo-fence
You can create up to 10 Geo-fences, but they cannot intersect or overlap each other. The overlapped Geo-fences will be displayed in red.
You may create a name for each Geo-fence, which will be used for the fence alarm as well.

Remove a Geo-fence
In the Geo-fence setup window, you may delete the Geo-fence by tapping the center of the fence.


App Settings

Screen Saver
• The phone screen turns off when covered or in a pocket and turns on when viewed.
• Turn this feature on and off using the On/Off button.
• On Android devices, the screen will turn off when the proximity sensor is covered and turns on when the sensor is exposed.

Shake Control
• Shake your phone to jump between dogs or the main tabs.
• Select between tabs, dogs, and no action.

Volume Button Control
• Use the volume buttons to jump between dogs or zoom in/out on the map.
• Select between zoom, dogs, and no action.

Distance Unit
• The distance is displayed on the main tabs and device list.
• Select between meters and yards.

Speed Unit
• Select between seconds and hours.

GPS Data
• The GPS Data Limit sets how far back the tracks are displayed. If 2 minutes is selected, only the tracks up to 2 minutes will be displayed.
• Select between intervals in 1 to 10 minutes or unlimited.

Tracking Only Mode
The PATHFINDER MINI comes equipped with standard 5/8” contact points that can be replaced with the non-stimulation contacts to disable the e-collar hardware. Set the app to Tracking Only Mode while using the non-stimulation contacts to track only without training features.
• A new history file will begin recording when the Tracking Only Mode is turned on.

Offline Map Data Usage
Turn Offline Map Data on to use cellular data when available with Offline maps. Turn Offline Map Data off to restrict data usage and only display downloaded Offline Maps.

2 phone screens with options for 1) Alarm Setting, and 2) Pointing

Alarm Setting

Selected Collar Status
• Set the alert type for dog status changes.
• Separate alert types can be set for each dog status.
• Selected Collar: if you select a collar, the alarm will sound for that collar.
• All Collars: if you do not select a collar, the alarm will sound for all collars.
• The options for alerts are pop up, vibration, and sound, which can be turned on and off.
• Sound alerts include 5 melody options and voice.

Allow Alerts
• Turning off Allow Alerts disables all alerts for the dog status.
• Pop Up Message displays a pop up notification alert.
• Vibrate is a phone vibration alert.
• Sound alerts include 5 melody options and voice. Turn off sound alerts by selecting none.

3 phone screens with 1) Mobile fence alarm settings, 2) Alarm settings for Geo-fence and Mobile Fence, and 3) forested map with icon of ME and circle around it representing mobile-fence radius

Mobile-Fence Alarm

The Mobile-fence alarm alerts the user when a dog enters or leaves the preset radius, which can be set to 1 to 2,000 yards or meters. The Mobile-fence alarm will use the same alarm as the Geo-fence.

Geo-fence In/Out
• Turn on/off alerts used with a saved Geo-fence.

Low Battery Warning Level Setting
• The battery warning changes the device icon and displays a notification when the device battery reaches the battery percentage selected.

Bluetooth Pairing
• Begin pairing mode on the phone to pair with the GPS Connector. Use the pairing mode to pair with a new or replacement GPS Connector.


Basic Maintenance

• Be sure the rubber charging cap is securely in place on the GPS Connector/ Collar when in use.
• Carefully inspect the unit for any missing parts or damage to the casing after use. Damaged or broken casing may affect the waterproof guarantee on the unit.
• The antenna must be securely in place for maximum range.
• Charge the unit for 2.5 hours before storing for extended periods.
• Charge the unit fully once a month while in storage or before use.
• Do not keep the unit exposed to extreme climates.
• Dogtra may include updates and improvements to the PATHFINDER MINI app which can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play.


Troubleshooting Guide

1. Dog Does Not Respond to Stimulation
– Make sure the receiver/collar is turned on.
– Be sure the strap is on the dog tight enough so that both contact points are touching your dog’s skin.
– The contact points may be too short for your dog’s thick or long coat. To place an order for longer contact points, please contact Dogtra or a Dogtra dealer. If you are already using longer contact points, you may need to trim the hair on your dog’s neck, so that both contact points are touching your dog’s skin.
– The intensity level may be too low for your dog. Increase the stimulation until your dog responds, usually by a neck movement, head shaking, or looking over the shoulders. The response may be very subtle.

2. The LED indicator light comes on, but I do not feel any stimulation.
– Your tolerance may be higher than your dog’s. We recommend placing both contact points on your inner wrist, where the sensitivity is higher, in order to test the unit.
– The battery may be low. Check the LED indicator lights or the app for battery life.

3. The PATHFINDER MINI has no range or the stimulation is weaker when my dog is farther away.

– Check to see if your fingers are touching the antenna as the range may decrease substantially.
– Keep objects away from touching the GPS Connector antenna as the range may decrease substantially.
– The range indicated is for line-of-sight flat terrain. Heavy brush, trees, hills, buildings, and/or moisture will affect the range of your unit. For the best range, hold the GPS Connector vertically above your head, and/or try moving to higher ground.
– Any electrical conductors will affect the range, such as cars, chain-link dog runs, metal structures, and radio towers. For the best results, operate away from these structures.

4. The GPS Connector/Collar is not holding a charge.

– The charging pin may be damaged. A metal pin inside the charging port should stand straight up and firm in the center. If the pin is wobbly, broken or missing, you will need to send the unit in for repair.
– The charging port must be clean prior to charging, clean out any dirt with a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol. If your dog was in salt-water, be sure to rinse the GPS Collar and charging port with clean water.
– For Dogtra units over two years old from the purchase date, the batteries may need to be replaced. You can replace them yourself by contacting Dogtra for a replacement battery. Damages incurred to the unit due to improper battery installations are not covered under the warranty. Dogtra strongly recommends sending the unit in for inspection and repair.

5. My dog has skin irritation.

– This may be due to an improper fit or from wearing the collar too long. If your dog exhibits signs of skin irritation, consult with a veterinarian. Once your dog’s skin returns to a normal condition, continue to use the collar and check your dog’s neck each time you use the unit.


The PATHFINDER MINI complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This is a sensitive radio device. Any unauthorized changes or modifications to this device that are not expressly approved by Dogtra will void the warranty and may void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. Please do not tamper or modify the unit.

Radio Frequency Radiation Exposure
This device is a mobile transmitter and receiver that uses an external antenna to send and receive low levels of radio frequency (RF) energy for data communications. The device emits RF energy below the published limits when operating in its maximum output power mode and when used with Dogtra Co. authorized accessories. To comply with RF exposure compliance requirements, the device should be installed and operated with a minimum of 0.2m between the device and your body. The device should not be used in other configurations. This device must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other transmitter or antenna.

For Dogtra Products Purchased from Dogtra Authorized Dealers

One-Year Warranty
Except as otherwise provided below, Dogtra warrants to the original retail purchaser (“You”) that its Dogtra products shall be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase (“Warranty”).  The Warranty covers the cost of repair (parts and labor) or replacement (if repair is not feasible) of a defective Dogtra product during said one-year period.  For such repaired or replaced products, the remaining portion of the original warranty period, or ninety (90) days, whichever is longer, shall apply.  Dogtra, at its sole discretion, shall determine whether to repair or replace a product covered by the Warranty.

Warranty Conditions
The Warranty is not transferrable and applies to your Dogtra product only if:

    (1) You are the original retail purchaser of the product,

    (2) You bought the product from a Dogtra authorized dealer, and

    (3) You present a receipt or other proof of purchase showing a valid purchase date, the name and address of the authorized dealer, and the purchased product identified by model and/or serial number.

Warranty Exclusions
The Warranty does not cover damage, loss, or deterioration to your Dogtra product caused: by misuse, neglect, abuse, or other improper handling of the product; by failure to follow use or care instructions; by use of the product for other than its intended purpose; by accident or natural forces such as fire or flooding; or by normal wear and tear such as scratches to the product surface.

The Warranty also does not cover Dogtra products that: are purchased from non-authorized dealers; are purchased outside of the United States or Canada; have been damaged during shipment (even if Dogtra paid or arranged for shipping); have been modified or tampered with in any manner; are opened or repaired by anyone other than Dogtra; or have serial numbers that have been altered or defaced.

Sole Warranty
This Warranty is the only warranty offered by Dogtra for its Dogtra products.  Other than said Warranty, Dogtra makes no other representations or warranties whatsoever regarding its products, whether oral or in any product manual, on any packaging, on any website, or in any other written material.  No dealer of Dogtra products, nor any employee or agent of Dogtra, is authorized to make any additions, changes, or extensions to the Warranty.  Dogtra, at its sole discretion and at any time, reserves the right to modify the Warranty.

Disclaimer of Other Warranties


Limitation of Remedies
Dogtra’s liability is limited to the cost of repair or replacement of the Dogtra product under Warranty.  Any claim or action to enforce the Warranty must be commenced within thirty (30) days of the Warranty’s expiration for your product.  Dogtra will not be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or similar damages based on breach of warranty, breach of contract, negligence, strict tort, or any other legal theory related to Dogtra and its products.  Damages that Dogtra will not be responsible for include, but are not limited to: loss of income or profits; loss of revenue or savings; loss of use of the product or associated products; cost of any substitute products or services; inconvenience, downtime, or any other time; loss of goodwill; claims of third parties including customers; and damage to property. 

Legal Rights May Vary By State or Jurisdiction
The Warranty gives You specific legal rights, and You may also have other rights which vary by state or jurisdiction.  Some states or jurisdictions do not allow certain limitations of implied warranties or of incidental or consequential damages or other remedies, so certain of the foregoing limitations may not apply to You.

If any portion of the Warranty is held by a court to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions of the Warranty shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected or invalidated, and the invalid or unenforceable portion shall be modified so as to most nearly achieve the intent of the Warranty.

Product Registration
Dogtra recommends that customers register their products as soon as possible after purchase.  Product registration will facilitate any future warranty service.  You may also receive useful information and updates about your existing and future Dogtra products.  To register your product, visit  If your product is not registered with Dogtra, You will be required to provide a receipt or other proof purchase (as provided above) to qualify for warranty service.

How to Obtain Warranty Service
Should your Dogtra product require warranty service, please contact Customer Service by phone or email for a warranty evaluation (see below for contact information).  Upon approval of your warranty work, Dogtra will repair or replace (at Dogtra’s election) your product without charge for labor or parts.  You are responsible for shipping, including cost, of your product to Dogtra for warranty service.  Dogtra will handle shipping, including cost, of the repaired or replaced product back to customers in the USA.  Dogtra will not be responsible for shipping, including cost and/or applicable taxes or fees, for products sent to Canada.  Such costs, taxes, or fees will be borne by the customer.


To register your product, visit


Dogtra Customer Service
22912 Lockness Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501
(888) 811-9111
Mon – Fri, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)

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The diagrams and representations in the manual may differ slightly from the actual product depending on the model type.