(Pocket-lint) - Garmin offers GPS-tracking collars for dogs, and the company has launched its latest version, called the DC 50, that's "more robust and reliable" than previous models.

The DC 50 offers new features like built-in bark detection, improved battery life for up to 26 hours when fully charged and a waterproof transmitter that works down to 10 meters. The collar's new design also provides a clearer signal to satellites.

The main GPS housing on the collar sits below the dog’s neck, while an enhanced, low-profile antenna sits above the dog’s neck and supports GLONASS, offering 20-per cent faster GPS speeds and the ability to lock on to 24 more satellites.

Speaking of the new antenna, it's made of braided steel and "built to take any punishment that hard-charging dogs can deliver". The collar comes with a 22.5-inch antenna or an 18.5-inch antenna, with the larger option being able to reach up to 9 miles.

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The collar itself boasts a standard one-inch coated polyurethane strap that comes in blue when shipped alone, although an orange colour is available when purchased in conjunction with an Astro 320 handheld tracking system.

The DC 50 collar costs $229 (£150), with the Astro 320 and DC 50 bundle $599. Both will be available in July 2013.

Writing by Elyse Betters.