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Cujo Control CC-810 Remote Training Collar Review

Cujo Control CC-810 Remote Training Collar Review

Cujo Control CC-810 Remote Training Collar Review

There is an enormous array of products on the market to train your dog into full subservience. From simple leashes to elaborate electronic pet fences, there seems to be an endless choice of options of gizmos and gadgets available to properly train your pup. Now there is one more, the Cujo Control CC-810 Remote Training Collar. When we received one free in exchange for an honest review, we gave it a try. Well actually, we tried it on the dog.

Cujo Control is based in Roseland, New Jersey. The company currently offers two dog training products, a “no bark” collar and a dog training collar with remote. The CC-810 is the latest version of the training collar and it is the product we received for the review.

The CC-810 is a dog obedience training device capable of delivering three types of disciplinary actions, including a high pitched auditory tone the dog can hear, a vibrating action the dog can feel, and a “stimulation” the dog can feel, or more precisely, an electric shock. According to the company, it’s a “safe but annoying” stimulation, and is “proven safe”.

Cujo Control CC-810 Kit

Cujo Control CC-810 Kit

The CC-810 consists of three primary components:

  • An adjustable collar
  • A radio controlled receiver unit
  • A remote radio transmitter

The collar is designed to accommodate dogs of almost any size, from small to large. The receiver unit attaches to the collar and against the underside of the dog’s neck. The receiver has two metal contact points. These contact points rest directly on the skin of the neck.

The receiver is controlled by the remote radio transmitter, which looks and feels like a small two way radio without the mic and speaker. According to the specs, it has a range of up to 300 meters, or about 984 feet. The transmitter can control up to two dogs with receivers (the additional receiver is purchased separately). It is equipped with a small blue backlit LCD display and a set of buttons to control the tone and type and intensity of the vibration or “stimulation”. The CC810 allows up to 16 levels of shock and vibration. When activated by the transmitter, the receiver delivers the appropriate response for as long as the particular button is pressed, up to a maximum of 10 seconds.

Both the transmitter and receiver operate on two AAA alkaline batteries. Four batteries are included in the kit, two for each device.

The CC810 includes a 31 page Operating and Training Guide. It is fairly thorough, with important safety information and warnings, assembly instructions, and step-by-step training procedures with helpful tips. It is, however, riddled with typographical errors.

We tested the CC-810 on Tommy’s dog, Cosmo. the results were, well, interesting.

Now, Cosmo is already a fairly well-behaved dog. We wouldn’t say he is fully trained in all areas of obedience, but he does understand a number of commands, and will usually respond to them as long as he isn’t too distracted. However, he is still learning, and he could always use more obedience training, and he was the only dog available, so he was the prime candidate to test out the CC-810.

First, Tommy assembled the CC-810 collar and receiver unit according to the instructions printed in the manual. He did this on camera for the CC-810 video review. The kit contained everything he needed for assembly, including the batteries (which seems to be the new normal for battery operated electronics these days). The manual was easy to read, but riddled with typos. Fortunately, assembly was simple and straightforward, so it wasn’t a big deal.

CC-810 Receiver Collar

CC-810 Receiver Collar

We put the collar on Cosmo, and took him outside to test it out. The manual suggested we start at the lowest level and work up to find his level of tolerance to the vibration and shock. There was no reaction at level one, but he began to respond to the vibration around level 4 and the “stimulation” (shock) at level 5, so we kept it there for awhile.

Following instructions in the manual, we first tested the tone on the dog. He could hear it, and the first time we used it, he did respond, but after that, he ignored it.

Next we tried using the vibration function. The first time it startled him. We tried it a few more times and Cosmo responded to our commands. Each time we used it with a command, he was rewarded with a treat. After several of these, he became used to the vibration and began to ignore us. Tommy raised it to level 6, he began to respond to our commands again.

Then Tommy tried the stimulation, or as I now call it, the zapper. Cosmo didn’t like it at all. After a zap or two at level 5 (the minimum threshold we initially set), it clearly upset him, so we didn’t use it again and stayed with the vibration instead.

The manual includes step-by-step procedures for using the collar to train a dog to come. We performed a variation of this one without a leash, using vibration and the word here. Since Cosmo already knew this one, he quickly made the connection and understood what we wanted him to do. The manual also included instructions to teach certain commands as well as deter or control several behaviours, none of which we tried, simply because after few tests with the command here, we felt Cosmo had already endured enough.

After removing the receiver collar from Cosmo, Tommy and I decided to check the stimulation for ourselves. We took turns placing the tips of our fingers on the contact points and pressed the button on the transmitter. Neither of us felt anything at levels one and two, and although I still detected nothing at level 3, Tommy did feel a slight tingle.

Then we both tried level 6.

The receiver delivered a strong electric jolt. It reminded me of a medical TENS unit that was set a little too high.

We decided not to take it to level 16.

CC-810 Transmitter

CC-810 Transmitter

To summarize, The Cujo Control Remote Training Collar is best suited for young, healthy dogs with little or no previous obedience training. The transmitter is simple to use and works well in close range. The company claims a maximum range of 300 meters, however we didn’t test the coverage. There were no specs available for the radio, and there was no FCC ID on the device, so we were unable to determine its frequency band or wattage. Range depends on a number of variables, including terrain, nearby obstructions, interference, atmospheric conditions, and the quality of the antenna. As licensed ham radio operators, we can say that your range may vary greatly.

The receiver is a bit of a mix. Like the transmitter, it is simple to operate. The trick is to be sure it is attached to the collar, positioned on the dog’s neck and operated correctly. The kit we received included two pairs of contact points for the receiver, one longer than the other. We didn’t know which set to use, and it wasn’t explained or even noted in the manual, so we chose the shorter pair, based on the fact that Cosmo is a small dog.

The tone function is not very loud. Perhaps it doesn’t need to be, since the receiver is mere inches from the dog’s ears, and dogs do hear well. The vibration function is quite robust, and at higher levels can even be heard. As for the stimulation function (the zapper), while somewhat mild at very low settings, it is capable of delivering a surprisingly strong shock at higher settings. Although Cujo Control claims the device is safe, I have some reservations, especially if this feature is used carelessly or abused. Tommy and I each experienced an uncomfortable jolt at level 6, and that was on the low end of 16 settings! It may be needed for larger dogs, but for some smaller canines like Cosmo, I think the vibration function is probably sufficient for training.

The bottom line: The Cujo Control Remote Training Collar is not a toy, it is a serious training device and should be used responsibly. Used improperly or abused, it could make your dog frustrated, distrustful of you or even angry. It could possibly even hurt your pet. However, in the right hands, with the right instruction, and used judiciously, it can be an efficient and effective dog obedience training tool.

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my unbiased review. The opinions are my own.

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National Sandwich Day (yes, that’s a thing”) falls on November 3 this year, and Subway has a very charitable deal to make the most of it. They are offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal for anyone who purchases a sub sandwich and a drink. Once you make your purchase, they will allow you to order another sub for FREE!

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Wisconsin Cheese Variety Guide Review

A little something for you cheese fans out there.

As you probably already know, Wisconsin is known as the “Cheese State”, “State of Cheese”, or any other variation of that. Simply put, it’s known for its cheeses. With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you that there is an official guide to cheeses from Wisconsin called “Wisconsin Cheese: A Guide to Cheeses from Wisconsin”. You can order it online at www.EatWisconsinCheese.com. Let’s take a look inside.

It opens tri-fold style and is small enough to be pinned on any fridge for later reference. It doesn’t look like much at first, being fairly small, but once you open it you are greeted by a long list of many different cheeses.

The list is alphabetized starting with Anejo Enchilado Cheese and ending with Swiss & Baby Swiss Cheese. Under a very delicious looking picture of each cheese, there is a short description of what the cheese may feel or taste like. For example, Anejo Enchilado Cheese is described as “A bright, reddish-orange exterior with a firm, ivory interior. Texture is semi-soft, almost firm and slightly crumbly. It offers a full, strong, slightly salty flavor.” Can’t you just taste it already. I think you can tell by now that whoever was writing the descriptions for these cheeses was very well educated in the field, and probably enjoyed taste-testing them, too.

For some cheeses, there is even a little tidbit of history for those who are curious. Other cheeses, such as Colby Cheese, are labelled as a “Wisconsin Original”.

On the outside flaps, there are various tips for cheese enthusiasts, such as tips for cheese storage and cooking.

All in all, the Wisconsin Cheese Variety Guide is a neat little booklet to have on hand when you’re curious for a little info on cheeses. And the best part? It’s FREE! To get your Wisconsin Cheese Variety Guide, just visit their official website and fill out the form.

Kids eat FREE at Chipotle on September Sundays!

Here’s some good news for those of you who don’t know where to take your kids to eat on Sunday. Every Sunday in the month of September, 2016, Chipotle Mexican Grill is allowing you to get one free kids meal with the purchase of a regular bowl, burrito, taco, or salad (kids can also get an activity sheet to keep them occupied). This deal is only valid for kids 12 and under. The site states that the offer must be redeemed at the same time it is offered, and it is not valid for orders that are catered. It also states that the offer “may not be combined with other offers; additional restrictions may apply.”

A kids order consists of a small quesadilla or two tacos, as well as various sides and drinks, and fruit.

You can also read about the offer on Chipotle’s official website. What do you think of this order? Let us know in the comments!

Penny Stock & Options Trading audio book review


Penny Stock & Options Trading audio book

Penny Stock & Options Trading audio book

I’ve been interested in the concept of investing for quite a while now, and am still researching all the possible opportunities to grow personal wealth. Earlier this year I considered the prospects of investing a small amount of my income in penny stocks. Thinking this would be an easy, inexpensive way to dabble in the stock market without risking huge sums of money that I didn’t have, I set up an account with an online brokerage and began the process of searching for companies in which to invest.

However, as I began to research the penny stock landscape, I got cold feet. The more I read about it, the more cautious I became. After a few weeks, I realized that I didn’t know enough about penny stocks to feel comfortable enough to dive in, so I backed out of the idea entirely and without investing a single penny. I’m glad I waited.

Recently I received an invitation to review an audio book called Penny Stock Trading & Options – Trading QuickStart Guides: The Simplified Beginner Guides to Penny Stock Trading & Options Trading. Published by ClydeBank Media and available at Audible.com, this audio publication is a primer for the beginning investor who is interested in dipping a toe in the penny stock and stock options markets. Actually, it isn’t one audio book, but two, offered together in one convenient bundle for $14.95. I received a copy of this audio book free in exchange for my honest review. As it turns out, it was just what I needed.

Narrated by Peter Bierma, The Penny Stock Trading Quick Guide is a no-nonsense, easy to understand beginner’s introduction to the world of penny stocks, and in some aspects, the stock market as a whole. The first chapter starts off with the basics of stock trading, and I mean the basics, such as what stocks are, what a stock market is and how stocks are traded. From there it dives right into the specific area of penny stocks with a fast but surprisingly thorough set of tutorials. These lessons covered the risks involved, the metrics and formulas to learn and use when researching the performance of the stocks and companies in which you want to invest, and the pitfalls to watch for when trading. The audio book also warns about the many scams that permeate the penny stock marketplace.

I had already done some research into the topic, so the first few chapters were somewhat rudimentary for me. I was also aware of some of the more well-known scams, such as the pump-and-dump schemes. However, the metrics, formulas and ratio calculations were quite helpful. These were the tools I did not have on my first visit to penny stocks. I now have something to work with, a renewed interest in the penny stock arena and a little more confidence in the world of investing.

The second title in the audio book bundle, Options Trading, was a bit more awkward to get through. Also narrated by Peter Bierma, this one dealt with stock options, something I’ve heard a lot of but knew little about. It is clear this one is also written for beginners, but it also tackles an area of the stock market that is more complicated to navigate and understand than simply trading the stocks themselves. I slogged through it, and I learned a lot more from this one, but I was still left somewhat confused. To be fair, my interest in the stock market doesn’t include the specific area of stock and commodity options trading, so I’ll admit I got lost a few times. I do know that knowledge is power. The more I know about how the stock market works, the greater the chances of success with it, so I listened.

In short, Options Trading does a good job of explaining what I consider a more convoluted area of the stock market in relatively simple terms. Had it been a dryly written paperback, I would have dozed off after page 1, but it wasn’t. I can’t say that it was more interesting as an audio book, but it kept the explanations simple with enough real world analogies and examples to keep me from getting totally lost. The only downside to Options Trading is that the topic itself doesn’t work well in an audio book format without a visual element to accompany it. Some of the concepts can be difficult to grasp without a chart, graph or some other illustration to more effectively explain them. Fortunately, this package has it covered.

The audio book bundle includes a supplemental in the form of the Audiobook Companion PDF, a document in pdf format with all the charts, graphs, tables and formulas referenced in both Quick Guides. Although touted in the audio book as helpful but not necessary, the supplement is indeed important, especially when listening to the second audio book.

The pdf file isn’t bundled directly with the audio book. It needs to be downloaded separately, and the audio book includes instructions at the beginning on how to do so. Do this before you get too far into the books. Trust me, you’ll need it.

There is one issue with the audio book bundle. Each illustration in the companion pdf is labled figure 1, figure 2, etc. and the narrator refers the listener to them as the book progresses. The Options Trading book and companion are not in sync from illustrations 24 to the end of the companion. For instance, when the narrator says “please refer to figure 24 in the companion pdf”, the correct reference is figure 28. It isn’t a deal breaker, but makes an already challenging topic to grasp all the more confusing.

In summary, Penny Stock Trading & Options – Trading QuickStart Guides: The Simplified Beginner Guides to Penny Stock Trading & Options Trading is a recommended listen for anyone who wants to get into the stock market for the first time. It’s relatively easy to understand and easy to listen to, even when you are on the go. It also contains some good advice, without being preachy. Before you spend a penny on penny stocks, you may want to consider this audio book. It may save you much more.

Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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AYL TC-80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight review

AYL TC80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight Review CREE - Tactical Emergency Nightlight

The AYL TC80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight CREE – Tactical Emergency Nightlight

Some things are never really appreciated until they are absolutely needed, and when they are needed, they can be indispensable. Take flashlights, for instance. Years ago, I never thought much about having a flashlight until there was a power outage, or I was stuck on the side of the road changing a tire late at night. When something like that happened, a flashlight was the first thing on my mind.  Today, however, I like to be prepared for such emergencies. So when I had the opportunity to receive a free AYL TC-80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight in exchange for a review, I saw a light, so to speak.

The AYL TC-80 is an LED flashlight that can also convert into a small lantern or a flashing emergency beacon of sorts. It is sold by a company called Accessorize Your Life, which apparently is what the acronym AYL stands for. The company sells an assortment of tech related products, including cases and sleeves for smartphones and tablets, wireless mini speakers, and of course the TC-80.

AYL promotes the TC-80 as a “Tactical Emergency Nightlight with Telescoping Body and Magnetized Base – Water Resistant Spotlight for Work, Auto, Camping, Garage, Emergency – Battery Powered”. The flashlight is equipped with Cree® LED’s. Cree is a well known and respected manufacturer of LED lighting components, and a flashlight manufactured with a CREE branded LED is usually considered higher end.

The flashlight arrived packaged in a plain small brown cardboard box with no fancy labeling, graphics or frills. It was a very unassuming package indeed, and gave no hint of anything particularly special inside.

Then I opened the box. The moment I took the TC-80 out of its bubble wrapped sleeve, I was somewhat impressed. I saw photos of it online, so it was about what I expected as far as looks were concerned. However, it had some real weight and felt solid and durable. It was what I hoped for, and what I expected, but the reason it impressed me was because I wasn’t disappointed. It met my expectations.

The TC-80 takes 4 AAA batteries, and does not include them, so I had to shop for a pack before I could test the flashlight. (Most of my devices use AA batteries or rechargeable battery packs, so I didn’t usually keep the little AAA cells handy.) Once the batteries were inserted, things really lit up – literally.

The front beam consists of a CREE XP-E R3 Ultra Bright LED with a telescopic lens assembly capable of instantly adjusting from a narrow focused beam up to an almost 180 degree spread. The beam is very bright – the first time I turned it on it really lit up the room. The narrowest focus is so sharp it projects the shape of the square LED chip itself. I don’t know if that’s considered a good or bad among flashlight aficionados (and there is such a thing as a flashlight connoiseur, believe it or not), but that little projected square is really, really bright.

AYL TC-80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight review The AYL-TC-80 Built-in Mini-Lantern

The AYL-TC-80 Built-in Mini-Lantern

The most unique feature, in my opinion, is the mini-lantern built into the flashlight. The TC-80 has a telescoping base that, when extended, reveals a second light consisting of a COB (Chip-On-Board) strip light designed to serve as a tiny lantern. The power switch toggles between three modes: the front beam, the mini-lantern and a third light- a flashing red light that eminates from the COB! This is something that could come in quite handy and could even be a life saver if one is stuck on the side of a highway at night.

The TC-80 has one more nice touch. The base of the flashlight includes and embedded magnet, which is powerful enough to firmly support the flashlight when attached to a metal surface such as the side of a vehicle when changing a tire. Think of the possibilities! I know I can.

According to the product description, the TC-80 is made with aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, and is advertised as shock proof and water resistant. Now, keep in mind that water resistant does not mean waterproof. There is a difference, and it’s an important one. It may be able to take some moisture, and even some rain, but don’t drop it in a lake. I haven’t tested it in the rain yet, so I don’t know just how much moisture it can take, but it looks and feels fairly rugged, so it can probably survive at least a light sprinkle.

To summarize, the AYL TC-80 is a well designed and solidly constructed flashlight that can be quite useful for a number of applications when emergency light is needed. I personally think everyone should have a TC-80 or something like it in their vehicle or at their bedside, just in case. It retails for around $50 but you can pick it up on Amazon for about half that. This is not a cheapo plastic D-cell flashlight from Wal-Mart. The TC-80 ranks closer to a pro model. There are high end, professional grade flashlights out there that cost $100 or more, and while this isn’t the top-of-the-line as flashlights go, The AYL TC80 is well worth the retail price, in my opinion. At half that, I think it’s a bargain.

I received a free AYL TC-80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight in exchange for my honest review. The review, comments and opinions are my own.

Free Game “Tumblestone” for Xbox One

If you’re an Xbox One owner with Xbox Live Gold Membership, you can download a FREE copy of Tumblestone. Tumblestone is a puzzle game released on July 16, 2016. This deal is a part of Xbox’s Games With Gold program, which award free games to members with an Xbox Live Gold Membership. Keep in mind that you DO need an Xbox Live Gold Membership though, and it costs around $40.00. Along with free games periodically you can play games online and stream videos. To obtain this deal, you will also, obviously, need an Xbox One.

The file size is 958.47 MB and the game normally sells for $19.99. If you’re interested in this offer, you can head on over to Microsoft’s official website and download it now, or use your Xbox One to obtain this offer. This deal is good until August 15, 2016.

Have you tried Tumblestone? Do you intend to? Let us know in the comments!

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