SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers – Including New X-Series – Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock, Vibrate, and Tone – 500 Yard Range

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  • Designed for the waterfowl environment with Realtree Max-5 camo finish
  • 500-yard range e-collar that can support training 3 dogs with the same remote with purchase of additional collars (SDR-AC)
  • Choose to train with vibration (buzz), tone (beep), or 21 levels of static simulation in either momentary (nick) or continuous
  • Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet using DryTek technology
  • Lithium ion, rechargeable batteries feature a 2-hour quick charge, and a low battery indicator lets you know when to charge
  • Fits dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″
  • Features 1-year warranty and a locally based Customer Care Center available at 844-209-4636 to answer any questions

SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers - Including New X-Series - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock, Vibrate, and Tone - 500 Yard Range

SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers - Including New X-Series - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock, Vibrate, and Tone - 500 Yard Range

SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers - Including New X-Series - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock, Vibrate, and Tone - 500 Yard Range

SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers - Including New X-Series - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock, Vibrate, and Tone - 500 Yard Range

SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers - Including New X-Series - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock, Vibrate, and Tone - 500 Yard Range

SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers - Including New X-Series - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock, Vibrate, and Tone - 500 Yard Range

SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers - Including New X-Series - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock, Vibrate, and Tone - 500 Yard Range

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500 Yard Range

Ideal for training in the yard or field, or for hunting with close-working dogs, the SD-425XCAMO features up to 500 yards of range.

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Range

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Rechargeable

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Waterproof

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Static / Tone / Vibe

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Special Feature

Wrapped in Realtree Max-5 camouflage

Longer range and supports training more dogs

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Easy-to-read, bright OLED screen

Range

500 Yards

1 Mile (1760 Yards)

500 Yards

500 Yards

Stimulation Types

Tone, vibration, and 21 levels of static stimulation

Tone, vibration, and 21 levels of static stimulation

Tone, vibration, and 21 levels of static stimulation

Tone, vibration, and 10 levels of static stimulation

Dog Expandability

Supports training up to 3 dogs

Supports training up to 6 dogs

Supports training up to 3 dogs

Supports training up to 2 dogs

Waterproof

Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet with DryTek technology

Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet with DryTek technology

Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet with DryTek technology

Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet with DryTek technology

Dog Size

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

Battery Type

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Remote Battery Life

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 40-60 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 20-40 hours per charge

Collar Battery Life

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 140-160 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

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30 ft. Check Cord
Locator Beacon
NoBark Collar
Plastic Dummy
Roy Gonia Special Whistle

Additional Products from SportDOG Brand

Expand your Remote Trainer to a multi-dog system.

Tool for exercising and training dogs. Especially useful during recall training.

Highly visible, long range dog collar light that slides onto the collar strap.

Control your dog’s barking with this automatic, rechargeable bark collar.

Training tool for dogs who will hunt smaller game or just starting dummy training.

Features an easy-to-blow design for effective communication while training or in the field.

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500 Yard Range

Ideal for training in the yard or field, or for hunting with close-working dogs, the SD-425XCAMO features up to 500 yards of range.

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Range

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Rechargeable

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Waterproof

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Static / Tone / Vibe

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Special Feature

Wrapped in Realtree Max-5 camouflage

Longer range and supports training more dogs

Most popular

Easy-to-read, bright OLED screen

Range

500 Yards

1 Mile (1760 Yards)

500 Yards

500 Yards

Stimulation Types

Tone, vibration, and 21 levels of static stimulation

Tone, vibration, and 21 levels of static stimulation

Tone, vibration, and 21 levels of static stimulation

Tone, vibration, and 10 levels of static stimulation

Dog Expandability

Supports training up to 3 dogs

Supports training up to 6 dogs

Supports training up to 3 dogs

Supports training up to 2 dogs

Waterproof

Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet with DryTek technology

Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet with DryTek technology

Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet with DryTek technology

Waterproof and submersible to 25 feet with DryTek technology

Dog Size

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

Battery Type

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Remote Battery Life

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 40-60 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 20-40 hours per charge

Collar Battery Life

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 140-160 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

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Add-A-Dog Collar
30 ft. Check Cord
Locator Beacon
NoBark Collar
Plastic Dummy
Roy Gonia Special Whistle

Additional Products from SportDOG Brand

Expand your Remote Trainer to a multi-dog system.

Tool for exercising and training dogs. Especially useful during recall training.

Highly visible, long range dog collar light that slides onto the collar strap.

Control your dog’s barking with this automatic, rechargeable bark collar.

Training tool for dogs who will hunt smaller game or just starting dummy training.

Features an easy-to-blow design for effective communication while training or in the field.

Size

Camouflage E-Collar, E-Collar, Stubborn Dog E-Collar

Style

New X-Series, Original, Original (Old Version)


  1. (verified owner)

    I don’t know what is up with the other two 1-2 star reviews but I can assure you they are wrong..1) The longer prongs were included in the box, i’m not sure if he got a knock off or just didn’t see them, but they are there.2) Other guy who had his clasp come off with a leash, the manual clearly says DO NOT use the collar with a leash, have the dog wear a separate collar if your going to take it for a walk, think about it, if its on a leash the prongs are digging into the skin and if the dog ever pulls on the leash that has to hurt it. So I suggest you read the manual. Shock collars are not designed to replace the main collar’s duties such as walks, it’s solely there for disciplinary and training actions.Now that that’s off my chest I can tell you guys that you will not be disappointed by this collar. The receiver is small and lightweight as is the transmitter. It has 7 shock settings, a tone button, and a vibrate setting. I used the tone, vibrate, shock method with my dog and it took her one day to realize a tone meant a shock was coming and now I rarely have to shock her, I just give her a tone.I’ve heard complaints that there is no safety switch so you might accidentally shock your dog. There is no way that could happen.. the buttons are flush with the rest of the remote and are not that sensitive, so an accidental shock is unlikely, plus if your that worried about it switch it to vibrate, that doesn’t hurt the dog in anyway.Were going on about a month of owning this collar and it still performs fantastically, its 100% water proof and has performed even after the countless times my dog decided to roll around in the mud and then go swim in the river, its never failed on me. A charge lasts me about 4-8 days depending on how often I use it and charging time is probably only about 2 hours.This product has surely met my expectations and then some and i’m sure it will meet yours. My dog is by far more obedient now then it was before I purchased this collar and it was one of the best purchases I made for her. Hopefully this helped you guys out!

  2. (verified owner)

    We adopted a 65 lb Lab/German Short Hair mix dog from the pound. She was 9 months old and very intelligent but also powerful and willful. Given her age at the time we guessed she was a cute Easter puppy that was kept as a lap dog with no manners and no rules. She was horrible. She ate everything, pulled so hard we could barely walk her, and would run and not look back if allowed off leash. We took her to a reputable trainer and got some good advice. BUT it was the wrong type of training for this dog. She is too intelligent and was allowed to dominate humans so she behaved when the treats were available and she was interested in learning tricks –but when she chose to ignore us she was unreachable even as she dashed into the street or was nearly drowned by a mother swan.We could see why she was given up.Then we tried this collar and it was a MIRACLE. We read and followed the training guide and she responded to the immediate feedback right away and it changed her life. She now listens and understands her place in our home. She is much less nervous and has stopped destroying her home as she is comfortable in her role as a dog. We can allow her off leash at our lake home where she can swim and chase tennis balls with no concern that she will hunt the ducks etc. or run away to play with neighbor children who may be frightened of her. She listens and even if she gets out the front door as a guest comes in, she comes right back instead of dashing off into the street.In short, it might seem cruel to use a shock collar but it is quite the opposite. The Sportdog Field Trainer might seem like a hunting dog tool but it is really a family dog maker too. For our dog, it actually gave her freedom and we get compliments on how well she listens all the time since we have used the collar. Wouldn’t be without this powerful tool when training.

  3. (verified owner)

    Wow, SportDOG has really made some improvements since their previous model. Read my detailed personal experience further below if you’re a first time user wondering if this is right for your dog. If you’ve purchased previous models, here’s what you need to know about this one: The remote is MUCH lighter and the buttons are easier to press (not that it was difficult before, but still easy to the touch). The momentary, continuous and sound functions remain the same, but the vibration feature is new. The collar itself has a streamlined design – it’s also lighter, the electronic component is MUCH smaller, and the standard collar color is black. There are two power settings, versus only the one on the previous 400 model. Each of those settings uses the 8 levels on the remote. On the Stubborn Dog model, you have 3 power settings, each using the 8 levels. The 425 model is much more powerful than the 400. We’ve had to rotate the two models on the dogs and reduce the typical levels we use to keep it safe for them. The charger and charging ports are a 2-prong set, so you cannot use your old chargers. You can still sync multiple dogs (collars) to one remote…with this feature, one button stimulates ALL dogs. We prefer to keep it separate.I am not a hunter, so I don’t use the Field Trainer to “work” my dogs. I have two lovely rescue dogs – neither clearly ever lived inside a home before we met. They peed in the house, chewed on whatever they pleased, dug up my ENTIRE garden. I used to cry because they were so bad. We worked with them on a lot of their issues, but some seemed impossible. Long story short – my 40 lbs beagle pit bull mix is very strong and follows his nose – the best of both breeds. I couldn’t keep him under control if he saw another dog, a lizard, bunny, etc. My smaller 25 lb mutt also has a very strong prey drive and is absolutely nasty to other dogs…but only when she’s on a leash. Leash laws…she’s always on a leash when off property.With PROPER USE, these collars have been a wonderful TOOL.Proper use: you’re using electronic means to train your dog, not punish them. Read every word of the manual and training booklet, watch the DVD that comes with the set. I tried the collar on myself so I know exactly what it feels like. I would consider my dogs both to be “stubborn” but I only use the lowest power setting (see my first paragraph) and generally use the 1-3 levels on the dial and only go up to 5 if I’ve lost them and their senses are overly heightened. I wouldn’t even mess with the Stubborn Dog model.Tool: The collar shouldn’t be the only method you use. We walk, hike, they run alongside when I bike. I use treats and games to teach verbal and nonverbal commands. “Exercise, disciple, then affection.” My dogs have manners because I work with them consistently at every opportunity. After two years, I trust leaving my dogs off leash with plenty of distractions to tempt them. I put the collars on and often don’t even use the remotes.I’ve put in 1000% effort so these dogs will never see the shelter again. I’ve read books, watch videos, gone to classes, shelled out $$ on one-on-one sessions. It was all worth it, but the remote collar has been invaluable…as a part of an entire routine.

  4. (verified owner)

    PROS:- works consistently, every time, without having to guess if the stimulation was delivered (so far)- rechargeable batteries with long battery life (battery powered models eat up a lot of batteries even in standby mode)- simple to operate- transmitter smaller than was expecting based on photo (size of the smallest flip phone)- tone is NOT automatically sent with every “stimulation” but rather via separate button, which means if you never use the tone to correct BAD behavior you can train your dog to respond positively to tone signals, like coming to you when he’s too far away to hear you calling his name.CONS:- packaging. Wrapping it in a sealed box is one thing. But inside that box, it’s sealed up in plastic tough enuf you need tin snips to cut it open so don’t buy except from trusted seller like Amazon that has a no fuss return policy.SD-425 model or SD-425S model for “stubborn dogs”?Owners use these collars mainly for 2 reasons: to train hunting dogs from a distance too far to always be shouting commands, or to correct unwanted behavior. I’ve trained dogs for 40 years. I can’t imagine a stubborn dog would be a good candidate as a hunting dog. So I have to guess the “stubborn dog” model was invented to correct bad behavior.Some reviewers have said the S model emits too strong a shock even on the lowest setting. I’ve tested it on myself so I know for a fact that it is equivalent to a hard tickle, unpleasant but nothing that would make a dog yelp in pain. If for some reason, the lowest setting is still too strong for your dog, you can always just use the vibrate mode but at least you have the higher intensity in case your dog develops new behaviors, like blindly charging out of the yard into dangerous traffic.BTW, you owe it to your dog to test the stimulation level on yourself (unless you have a heart pacemaker) so you know what kind of jolt your dog is getting, that it is humane.I’ve not trained sport dogs but have used these collars to correct unwanted behavior like random barking, digging, running along a fence barking at every pedestrian, getting them to stop sleeping on a certain pieces of furniture, etc.Different trainers have different methods, but here’s what has worked for me:- dogs are incredibly smart and will learn quickly, literally in one day. If proper procedure is followed, I’ve never had to “stimulate” a dog more than 3 times to stop any bad behavior, and that includes dogs that their owners have said have been uncontrollable barkers for 6 yrs. In fact the older the dog, the easier it is to correct bad behavior.- but they can also learn just as quickly that they only are getting zapped when the collar is on. I suggest you have the dog wear the collar a week before using it AND once ur dog has corrected his behavior be prepared to for the dog to wear the collar for several months afterwards, esp when you’re not home or in situations that generally would trigger his bad behavior, to the point that he’s long forgotten his bad behavior even though you no longer have to stimulate him.- dogs are smart enough to even notice if you’re wearing the transmitter around your neck. Carry it in your jacket pocket instead.- anticipate your dog’s behavior: if he jumps out of bed in the morning and the first thing he does is head for the front window to bark, put the collar on BEFORE he gets up.- modify one behavior at a time.- the instructions say to give a command followed by a “stimulation”. The only verbal command that should be given is “no” or “stop”. And then only if you or multiple members in a family have yelled “no” at the dog so many times for so long that he’s learned there are no consequences to not listening to you.- Although humane, a stimulation is at least irritating to mildly painful depending on the needed setting. A painful zap will never train a dog to respond positively (as in coming, heeling or sitting). That’s like calling for your dog downstairs to come up to your bedroom and then yelling at him for chewing the shoes you just found — trust me, the dog will think twice before he comes running next time you call him.- my preferred approach is to NOT to give any verbal command. If you don’t want the dog on the white sofa, watch him. When he jumps up, zap him, SAY NOTHING and just watch him jump off. He’ll look confused, maybe shake his head but generally after no more than 3 attempts he’ll realize that sofa is no longer a pleasant place to nap and will instead go sleep on the leather sofa. And don’t let him in the room with that white sofa unless you are around to correct his behavior again if needed. That way, the dog is “tricked” into believing there’s something suddenly uncomfortable about that sofa or his action is causing the zap, whether you are around or not.Should your dog yelp or run to you confused wondering why he just got stimulated, just reassure him with comforting words, like “what happened baby?” He’ll quickly associate the zap with the bad behavior and not because YOU issued the command and therefore will stay off that white sofa even if you are not around.These collars are NOT a replacement or short cut for proper basic training. But if used correctly they are invaluable in correcting single or isolated bad behaviors.

  5. (verified owner)

    We recently rescued a 5 yr. old GSD. He’s the product of a divorce, had separation anxiety issues, chewed on his forelegs, supposedly went through a window, you name it. Now we are VERY experienced Shepherd people, even trained one for fun agility competitions but this dude’s behavior was a challenge. After working with him for a few weeks and having problems getting his attention, reading up on the collar and talking to our son who bought one for his family’s lovely Golden with a head of stone we bought this collar. I set it up, put it on myself and tested the shock: barely felt it. Put the collar on the dog and away we went. Used the momentary shock. Dog screamed like he’d been hit with a cattle prod. Wife was upset. Both recovered. Wife took longer. Dog’s attention was now magical and we’ve NEVER had to use the shock again, just voice and the occasional collar beep work wonders. Dog now comes when called, drops his Kong ball on command, “leaves it” sits, lays down, does jumps, does a few poles. We’re working on heel. He’s a lovely sensitive animal as all of the Sheps we’ve had were, but we needed a way to penetrate five years of what was apparently poor training. Dog lives with us and eight cats, two Macaws. When we call his name he LISTENS and responds. We can take him to a fast food drive thru and he doesn’t even act like we have food. Doesn’t bother us at dinner and works for fun, not treats. This collar allowed us to break through to his wonderful potential. I love it!!

  6. (verified owner)

    Ok, so my wife and I were really hesitant to buy/use and E-collar on our newly rescued 1 1/2yr old Shepard Mix, because we just didn’t feel good about it and didn’t want it to affect her in an adverse way. After much thought, reading reviews, talking with trainers, other dog owners and etc, we decided to try it.Wow…what a difference this has made in our life after only using it for the 2nd day! We rescued her about 4 months ago from the Humane Society and she’s a wonderfully sweet, loving, caring, super intelligent dog. She loves cuddling with us all the time, absolutely loves every person and dog she meets and is always happy and great natured, BUT, she has NO RECALL! 🙂 We have another 1 1/2yr old GSM that we rescued when he was about 10wks and we’ve worked well with him and he stays and returns when commanded, but this little sweetheart, just won’t do it when she’s off leash. We’ve been working with her and trying everything we could to get her to listen and return when called, but it just wasn’t working.She’s not food motivated at all, so when off leash, we’d try to get her to return to us with positive commands and offering a treat, but she’d basically look at us with a smile on her face that said, “no thanks I’ll find my own treats” and off running she’d go! :)We lost her twice and thankfully nothing bad happened and after searching the neighborhood for hours, each time we got a call from the humane society saying someone had found her and turned her in. That stress alone was enough for my wife to say, she was never letting her off leash again, because she was too stressed, nervous and scared something bad would happen if she continued to run away. Ok, so we finally decided to purchase the collar and actually had it for over a month before finally using it. We were trying to go through the video instructions and teach her the way the video guide said, but even that wasn’t working well, so we finally just went for it and put it on her. We went to a really nice dog park, which is about 1/4 mile long in natural mountain terrain, but still fenced in, so she couldn’t get away. She was running all over the place, loving the terrain and exploring everything. We let her run for a little bit and then started to call her name and get her to return to us, but as usual, she just kept running. I first tried the tone button a couple of times, while commanding her to come here, but it did nothing. I then tried the vibrate function, and she seemed to ignore this as well.Ok, so now I set the shock on level 1 and hit the “single nick” button once, but this did nothing, so I went to level 2, but still nothing. As much as I didn’t want to, I bumped it to level 3 and this stopped her dead in her tracks! I watched her shake her head, so I knew that she had felt something. She stopped running, she turned back towards me and came running back, wagging her tail.She came right up to us! My wife and I were stunned and amazed. We pet her and praised her and then off she went running again. After a few minutes, I commanded her again, but she didn’t respond, so I “nicked” her again, but this time, I only needed level 2 once and she returned wagging her tail again.After about an hour of letting her run and only having to “nick” her on level 3 one time, level 2 twice, we were then able to use level 1 or just the vibrate function with the command! We were truly amazed at how she was responding! Each time I pressed the button, I commanded her with “here’” or “come” and she was getting it. I was so confident with her responses, that I decided to leave the fenced in dog area and venture into the “open mountain area” that is “off-leash” permitted for hiking(my wife was a little concerned about this decision). We couldn’t have been happier and more amazed! We went for a 2 mile hike in the mountains with both her and our other dog running all over the place, exploring, playing, chasing and etc, but anytime we needed her to come back to us, I’d command her and many times she was now doing it without me even pressing any button, but at times, I still only had to use level 1 or vibrate function and she returned! It truly changed our experience and pleasure for us with this dog and for her!The 2nd day I took her around a lake near our house(which is where I lost her once) and we had the same great experience. She’s running free having a good time, exploring, wagging her tail and if at any moment I need control and to get her back to me, I command her and press the button once and she’s right back to me.It’s only been 2 days, but if this is any indication on how well this is gonna work for us, then this well worth the money. The next test is an open park by our house, where dogs are allowed off leash. This is the 2nd place we lost her when she took off running down the street and disappeared, so if it works for this scenario, I’m truly gonna be happy and blown away!The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because the collar itself is a little stiff and I’d prefer it be a little softer or nicer for her neck. Maybe in time, it softens up and is nicer for her to wear, otherwise, I may try to retrofit the “stimulator” to a nicer, softer collar? It doesn’t seem to bother her at all, it’s more of my personal preference to have a nicer collar. Sorry for long write up…hope it helps!

  7. (verified owner)

    Absolutely excellent. But understand that this isn’t some sort of “magic fix” for problem behaviors. It’s a training tool. You have to put in the work to get results, and you have to understand that the collar is not designed as a mechanism for delivering punishments to your dog. Every dog has different needs. Every owner has different expectations. All dog owners should attend a group training class before ever attempting to use something like this. If you don’t have the foundation in place, you won’t get the results you want. WATCH THE DVD because it will show you how to use this tool effectively (and is also pretty funny and charmingly redneck).That said, the collar is perfect. No problems with the range, the charge lasts forever, and I can vouch for the waterproofing as my Kelpie swims with it constantly. It performs exactly as advertised. Worth noting is that this product should not HURT your dog. The lowest setting on the medium dial is perfect for mine — it’s just enough to get his attention without causing him discomfort. To give you an idea of the intensity, my 4-year-old nephew asks me to shock his arm with it whenever I visit because he thinks it tickles.

  8. (verified owner)

    I’m revising this review, now 2 months later. I still use (and love) the collar on our daily hikes in the forest, though at this point, my dog is so well-trained I only use it for emergency situations where he must stay at my side (cars, kids, horses). I’m going to take off one star, though, because as of this morning, the rubber cover over the transmitter charging port is gone! Yes, it fits in a front or back pocket, but that is the risk – if you are not super careful to push the charging port cover flush with the body of the transmitter (or at least that is what I assume happened). I’m hoping to get it replaced or repaired, but thought to share my interim solution. To prevent damaging the open charging port, I found a wide rubber band (usually from a bunch of broccoli) and have put this around the body of the transmitter, covering the port. If I do get this fixed, I think I’ll still keep the rubber band on it, because it is always in some pocket on the trail. See photo.Love it. I have a very energetic one year old, 70 lb Gordon Setter. We did Petco Puppy training, but let’s face it, a dog treat just can’t compete with a squirrel. I bought this for 3 main SAFETY reasons. I wanted to be able to take my dog on long walks/runs off leash in the forest that surrounds my house. First, he was picking up trash (bottle caps, empty cigarette packs, etc) and chewing on them, then running away when I tried to get him to “drop it.” Second, he would run into the parking lot at the trail head and was not car-savvy, so I was afraid he’d run into the main road and get hit by a car. Third, he chased after mountain bikers or ran far ahead and barked at people, horses, etc, making me afraid some hunter would shoot him. After 2 weeks of training at home, we were out on the trails, and he stays within 50 feet, coming back on a whistle or a low stimulation. If there is a situation where he needs to stay close (coming up on small children on the trail), he will respond to a higher stimulation, staying right at my side until we know he won’t scare them. He loves it as much as I do, because he gets to run ahead and free and it is just an effective means of communication to tell him when he need to circle back around to me. After only a short time, we only need to use the lowest setting for most of the time. I also use it around the house to moderate excessive barking, so that he doesn’t have to have an all-or-nothing barking collar on.

  9. (verified owner)

    We are 0 for 2 on this product. When purchasing most any item from Amazon, I always read the reviews. This product received such high rating that I thought it would actually be good. After several days of trying to figure out how to properly use the product and reading the instruction guide I finally reached the conclusion that I had a defective product. The stimulation only worked intermittently at best. We decided to send it back for a replacement. The replacement doesn’t work either! From what I can tell, it appears to be a problem with the receiver. When I press the buttons on the transmitter a red light appears on the receiver. That would indicate a low battery, right? That’s what the product guide says. I had even charged it for many hours! The only thing that seems to work is when I use the “tone”. That’s it. I’m sending it back.

  10. (verified owner)

    Wow! I am shocked at how awesome this product really is. I live on a corner lot of a high traffic area, both to automobiles and pedestrians (who walk their dogs). My 2.5 year old 80 lbs German Shepherd loves to jump and almost clear the brick wall that is parallel to sidewalk. He scares the heck out of people by jumping and barking almost in their face. I tried building a wood fence to prevent him from looking over or jumping by the wall, but that did not last long. He knocked that fence over in a week. My back yard is hard to explain, but it’s very difficult to build anything that will prevent him from doing what he does. He even barks likes crazy when I have him in his dog run which is located next to the wall.After running out of ideas, I finally purchased this collar but was skeptical it would work. Wow, was I wrong. After only 2 nicks at level 3 on the very 1st day, he stopped completely. I nicked him when he jumped and barked. He’s yet to do it again.I work at home so I hear and see everything. His entire demeanor has changed. I also started training him again and he responds to the ‘Tone’ alone. My wife and I can’t believe how quick this device solved our problem. We now have a dog that behaves and listens. Seriously, it only took 2 nicks at level 3! I could not be happier. I also love the fact that it’s waterproof, because he swims in our pool year around. Thank you!

  11. (verified owner)

    I’m am experienced dog trainer and have been using a 20 year old tri-tronics trainer periodically on my English Golden Retriever. My 18 month Golden is pretty well trained but still have some off lead issues and the old remote trainer was on its last legs. I got the SD-425S field trainer today and gave it a trial run. The collar is 1/3 of the weight of the old tri-tronics trainer, and the sensitivity is fantastic. I took “Bear” outside for some long recalls. I mean LONG recalls. I had the sensitivity on 2, and I only needed to use the reinforcement maybe twice. After that, I used the tone button for minor reinforcement. I can see how well this product is going to help me with training. Love it!For those who have never used ecollars and are concerned about them, let me say this. I’ve always tried it out on myself before ever putting the color on the dog. It is humane, and simply gets your attention – not painful if used properly.

  12. (verified owner)

    The Kraken controller! Ok so that’s what I call it. I have a VERY active Bully Mix that thinks farm life is just oh so awesome, and cats are awesome, chickens, horses, people, poop piles, and running away at mock 10 is most awesome of all. Prior to owning this if she managed to break free of my grasp she was gone. Since training with this she only needs the audible beep noise and instantly stops in her tracks. I think I’d still be pulling my hear out if it wasn’t for this collar.Update 4/20/17So The Kraken found the remote and chewed the antenna off. It still works just fine but I ended up buying a 2nd one anyway mainly because I keep dunking the thing in water buckets as I do chores and wanted something water tight.Still love this collar, works flawlessly. Kraken only needs the tone and I’ve never had to go above a 3. She’s very responsive and it’s allowed me to take her with me when we go trail riding or driving with the horses. Quick beep and a hand signal and she’ll file in behind the horses as we pass other people and dogs on the trail.

  13. (verified owner)

    This is amazing! I read the book, watched the cd, made sure my dogs knew the basic commands (sit, stay, down, come) and then I tried it on myself first. I put it on my neck and went up to a 5 before I said “okay that’s where I’ll stop”. It doesn’t hurt, it is a weird sensation that goes up in intensity as you use it. I have not needed to go past level 1 for my sheltie and a level 2 for my very large GSD (a long haired, very tall, 95lbs at 10 months). Both dogs “Velcro-ed” to me within an hour of training. I have checked their necks every time after I take it off and they are never red nor is the area hot or warm. Now if I want the dogs to follow me outside or if I want them not to bark I simply have to put the collars on and their attitude changes. They are both on vibrate now as the sensation gets their attention. So much better than a choke collar or prong collar! This doesn’t hurt them or choke them (my GSD pup would throw up and gag when ever I had the “training collar”on him and had to “pop” him). This product is amazing! Read the book and watch the cd and do your job as a responsible pet owner/parent and train your dog! Then use this as a finishing touch and you will be very pleased.

  14. (verified owner)

    Before training with this collar my terrier showed strong dog aggression and toy possession (but loves people). He has gotten into several scuffles at the dog park due to his domineering and extremely over protective behaviors. I had to bypass the vibration and even level 1 to get a reaction out of him when he misbehaved. Now after 8 weeks of training with this collar he is much better and some even say he is a different dog. However, he has a long way to go as he is only 10 months old and has much martiring to still do. Before using this collar I was very anxious about his aggression and how I would get a handle on it. This collar has been a magnificent tool in helping me to communicate with my dog and to help him understand what is and what is not acceptable behaviors.

  15. (verified owner)

    I couldn’t be happier with this product! My fur baby is a 4 year old Malamute/German Sheppard/wolf mix who I rescued from a pound when she was 9 months old. Needless to say she was quite the stubborn toddler. Instincts would kick in and there was no stopping her. I would get scared for her safety with roads, cars, wildlife, etc. She would just bolt and I never had any hope of taking her off leash anywhere. I got this product about a year ago (she was about 3 at the time) and it is the best purchase I could have made! I have the collar set on Medium (this product has a medium or high setting) and I have never had to use over a 3 to get her attention (3/7). It has helped her learn and given me piece of mind. At this point she really dosnt even need it. It’s as if now she has a better idea of what I am asking of her. Before putting it on her I made sure to test it on myself. I would never want to use something on her that I couldn’t handle. It really dosnt hurt. Less than a bee thing…mostly just irritating, but damn does it get her attention. I have already suggested this product to multiple friends and family. My pup is now successfully off-leash trained and can run through the woods and go swimming all she wants with out mama freaking out.This product is durable, truly waterproof, works on thick fur as long as tightened properly, and holds a charge for a long time (we have gone camping and I just leave it on her for 2-3 days without having to worry)One thing to be aware of is the collar has to be pretty tight. I wasn’t a fan of this at first but she never seemed the least bit bothered by it being tight. If the collar is lose the prongs will not consistently touch skin and therefore be useless.

  16. (verified owner)

    I am very happy with this E Collar. Not only is it a great tool, the company website was so informative on how to maximize the benefits of this tool. A couple features of this collar that I think are worth noting.1) The battery life. Both the unit and the remote have a 50(ish) hour life span.2) The collar hasn an on/off button. (it lights up in green when turned on- showing adequate charge and red when it turns off.3) the collar has 2 main levels (low and medium) It comes default on medium but found that I can use the low setting and it is plenty good for my 45lb stubborn Pit.4) it has a tone button that works concurrently to the “stim” button. I use the tone button as signal when my dog makes the right choices5) the Price- very affordable and worth every penny.

  17. (verified owner)

    THE ABSOLUTE VERY BEST!!I tried a couple other cheaper e-collars from amazon before this one, and they all failed. The rechargeable batteries died, I didn’t know if my button press was actually sending a stimulation, and overall quality was just not there.With SportDog, however, you get what you pay for! Top of the line, absolute perfect in every aspect.-Quality is supreme and feels like it!-Buttons are solid/responsive, and sends a signal instantly to the receiver (no guessing).-Remote is small and very well designed.-Receiver unit is also small (not too heavy for small dogs).-Stimulations are easily adjustable from light tickle to stinging sensation (I tried them on myself).-Batteries charge quickly (2 hrs) and last a very long time (I recharge every night but it has never died on me).-The collar has enough slack and holes to fit any dog (I also purchased the blue one, and recommend these as well).Overall, I am very pleased with this product 10/10. Regardless of your needs (hunting or training) you will not be disappointed!

  18. (verified owner)

    I have a 7 month old Saluki/Whippet mix that I didn’t think I”d ever trust off leash. If you follow the very clear instructions, if your dog is intelligent this is indispensible. I hike with my dogs every day about 4 miles, often off leash. Now she hears the tone and immediately looks to me for a hand signal. If she doesn’t come right away, one vibrations is usually all it takes. When chasing birds or gophers, a shock at a 3 is all it takes. I shocked myself at a 7 and felt very comfortable using this unit. She’s so confident now I can’t believe she’s the same dog. Couldn’t recommend it more, especially for a sighthound.

  19. (verified owner)

    I have been using this collar about 1 year and it works great, however My dog is to powerful and large for it, I must go to a larger more powerful collar, Once he passed 75# he could completely disregard the highest setting, this happens when you need it the most,, he spots another dog he wants to fight,, or a animal he wants to chase,, when I needed it most to protect him from harm,Fail…, and game wardens will shoot your dog,, I could not get him to respond,, 45 minutes of terror as my dog ran off into the north woods of Maine,, my heart sunk,,, Thankfully he came back to the camp with out incident… Dogs with high drive or over 70# I would not recommend,, I have trained many dogs and done much dog rescue, My family has a dog rescue facility, and I train and mush my dogs,, they are service and working dogs

  20. (verified owner)

    Product Quality is terrible. I have used Sport Dog products for years, and had previously been happy. I bout this new set to replace an older set that had been lost during a move. When I received it, took it out the box, set it up, charged it, and started using it. Worked great…….for about 3 days. Recharged it, not working. Spent 2 hours on phone with Sport Dog support, they had me try every thing, resets, tweaking the mode settings, resetting the power level….nothing worked. The dogs didn’t even notice it, absolutely no reaction to it. On the highest setting while testing it, I strapped it onto my wrist, I could barely feel a slight tickle when using it. I requested a replacement from Amazon, which I received. This one did not work out of the box, with the same symptoms. I again talked to SportDog support, and nothing they suggested made any change. At this time, I sent back BOTH of the items, the original, and the replacement, and received a full refund from Amazon. As an interesting side note, the serial number on the product box did not match the serial number on the device, on either one that I received. I don’t know if the seller is shipping grey market/previously returned as new. I will try another SportDog product again, but I will buy from a local store, not from Amazon.

  21. (verified owner)

    I purchased this collar to help in training my 2 year old GSD. He needed some help breaking his focus when on the leash and training in the field. This has 7 levels of shock, all of which I tested on myself. After testing, I decided I would probably never used higher than a 5 on him, but after 2 days of collar use, I have never had to use more than a level 1 for results. The vibrate function is also very useful once the dog expects a shock.Also, they mean it when they say waterproof and submersible. A whole day of swimming at the lake and the collar shows no signs of malfunction. Range also seems to be up to par. Would reccommend

  22. (verified owner)

    AWESOME training collar! We purchased this for our yellow lab when she was about a year old to help us reinforce training, specifically to help with: walking on a leash without pulling, sticking with us at the off leash dog park, and to stop jumping on people as a greeting. We can’t keep her out of the water, so we had to purchase a waterproof collar. This product was actually recommended to us by a lady we met at the beach who has two labs and had used these collars for over 5 years and each still worked.Our lab has swam (fully submerged) many times with the collar, in salt and fresh water, and it still works. Haven’t had an issue. There is a small cover on the collar itself to cover the charging port, just make sure it’s in place.We had not problems with the collar burning our dog’s neck or having irritation. We put the collar on before going outside, we take if off when we get in the house. The collar is plastic so I would not leave it on your dog 24/7, as it probably would start to irritate their skin.The range is great, and we love that it has different modes: a beep, vibrate, and then varying level of shock. We used the beep to reinforce good behaviors, and after our dog was used to that for a few weeks, we introduced the vibrate for behavior corrections. We use the shock functions rarely and as a last resort.We used the collar regularly for about 6 months and it really, really helped with our dog’s training. It is a great training tool. We actually don’t use it that often anymore since our dog caught on to everything quickly when she wore the collar and it all has stuck with her.The collar is rechargeable and a charger comes with the package (as well as a training manual which is worth reviewing!). The charge lasts for a few days, very impressive.This collar should not be used with a leash. Also, the collar is very long and you can cut it as needed so your dog doesn’t have extra collar curling around her neck. You could also put the collar receiver on a fabric collar if you find one that is thin enough.I highly recommend this collar. It is absolutely worth the money and is a sound investment in you and your pup’s life.

  23. (verified owner)

    Little plastic clip to hold receiver is the poorest idea I have ever seen the old clip was metal attached to rope around neck. Plastic clip and string already broke what a joke. This is second receiver I have lost because of poor quality connecting receiver to rope. Not very happy when you pay $180 a crack

  24. (verified owner)

    Battery in the collar is bad. I returned 2 collars that would not turn on or charge. Call the manufacturer and they said the collars Amazon has in stock are 5 years old (based on the serial number) and the batteries have gone bad. Manufacturer set me a collar from their inventory and it works perfect. DO NOT buy these collars from Amazon. Purchase direct from Sportdog to assue you get a new collar. All that aside, These collars are great. I have 2 walker treeing coonhounds. I purchased the “add-a-collar” and am extremely satisfied with there performance. Programing the 2nd collar to the remote was easy. Dogs are in the water daily and waterproof is good. Collar range dose vary based on the terrain. So 1 star rating is based on Amazon having 5 year old collars with bad batteries. I would rate the collar itself as 5 star.

  25. (verified owner)

    Definitely, definitely, definitely watch the video, as corny as it seems. Or at the very least read the manual cover to cover. It is a mistake to think that you know how to use this thing, if you have never used one before, or are not a professional dog trainer. We have a very spirited young Australian Shepherd, who is very intelligent, and as a result can be defiant at times. We were nervous about taking her off leash at the park, as many of the other well-behaved dog owners do. after a couple weeks of daily training, witgin the very straightforward guidelines, we now can take her anywhere with confidence, and rarely have to use the collar at all. Note, that we are not using her as a hunting dog, which seems to be the intended market for this device. we have had it for many months, and going through many recharges, and the battery life seems very long. This product is worth the price, just for the stress and anxiety relief knowing that we can correct bad behavior from a distance where ever we are with our dog.

  26. (verified owner)

    LOVE THIS! I super love that it has multiple functions so that you have more options than to shock. Has a super far range which is awesome because our yard is huge and we can use it in the house while looking through the window when our dog was outside. Waterproof which is awesome cause one of our issues was he would jump in the shallow pond, UGH!We tried the shock on ourselves before using it on our dog and we started with one major issue (running into the street) after a few shocks he got the idea and we started using the vibration, then the beep to let him know you’re gonna get shocked if you keep going and he learned super fast not to go to the street. We then used it for jumping on people and at this point we didn’t have to use the shock, we stared with the beep and he knew right away. We always bring it when we go camping or on hikes cause he can get distracted when there’s others around (he is super friendly) and t has been one of the greatest tools to help train our pupper! Love it, we didn’t have to use the shock very long so the vibration and the beep options are awesome!

  27. (verified owner)

    I have a Belgian Malinois (75 lbs)…he is a great dog, but from what I can tell, is nuclear powered, and requires frequent energy release, or bad things happen! If I don’t get him out on the trails at least twice a week, he simply goes batty and drives me nuts! He’s a smart dog, listens mostly, at this point is usually off leash when around the yard or not around others, but he occasionally goes into “forget you, owner” mode…usually when there is a critter in range, or when we’re on the trails and he decides to go “lone wolf”! …and when he was a puppy, he had some minor aggression issues towards dogs at the dog park. So years ago, after much frustration, I finally decided to get a training collar.I bought the 425s model about two years ago. I tried some of the cheaper ones previously, but found them to be really unreliable…the strength was too weak on the highest setting, too strong on the weakest, the transmitter/receiver would lose link, the range was weak, crappy battery/duration, even lost a receiver in the woods when it slipped out of the collar. Not saying there can’t be a decent one at this price point, but use caution. So I finally succumbed to spending the cash for this one (on a promo), and have called the training collar search over.The “s” model has two power modes “medium” and “high”. By default, the receiver comes programmed on the high mode, but, in keeping with the best practice of starting on the lowest setting, and stepping up until it works, I immediately switched it to medium mode. Also, and jokes aside, I do recommend testing it out on yourself, so that you can confidently and safely understand what stimulation you are delivering to your dog. I strapped the receiver to my left arm, and held the transmitter in my right (think about why this is important). I found that, again in medium mode, level one provides a little tingle, level two feels like a toothpick/pin prick, level three starts to get noticeable…with a tiny muscle spasm, and level four will make my arm twitch…that’s where I stopped and decided that that’s the range I’ll stick to for my dog. Coincidentally, his reaction followed suit, he generally ignores 1-2, responds to 3, and yelped at 4…so medium level 3 seems to be the ideal level for our needs. Since both the 425 and 425s have the medium level and a 500 yd range, I suppose from my view the two are interchangeable.As far as design and operation…Pros:-This thing is solidly built…portable, and the rubberized plastic provides a good feel to it.-This thing is waterproof. No concerns when he plays in the streams and sticks his head in to wash his ears out. He hasn’t been submerged/full swimming yet, but I wouldn’t worry about this device if he does.-The range seems as advertised…definitely works at 200 yards, but beyond that hard to say…since in the woods, visibility is limited beyond that range, and I generally keep him within 100 yards. But I yelped him at what sounded like 3-400 yards once, so again, seems good but hard to say.-The charger can charge the transmitter and receiver simultaneously.; no need to switch out. Battery life seems good, and appear to be replaceable if ever needed by contacting Sportdog.-Can control up to 3 receivers with one remote (which limits stimulation to one mode for all three). Also two remotes can control one receiver (though I haven”t used either of these features).Cons:-No LCD…so hard to be sure of dial setting in low light.-In mode 1 (default) the side button provides tone, the upper (front) button provide continuous stimulation, and the lower button provides a “nick”, which you can provide with a quick touch of the upper button anyway. Not to mention, I often forget which button of the two does which. The little green light provides some indication, but it’s hard to see in daylight, and I’m generally not looking at the remote when hitting the buttons. So it would be a really bad day if he was chasing a cat toward traffic while I was mistakenly just pushing the nick button instead of continuous. So in my opinion, the “nick button” is redundant, confusing, and dangerous. I also understand this button is supposed to be used for “training/coaxing”, but i simply don’t agree with that training method…there are better ways to coax a dog….shocks are only for correction in my opinion.-Also, in mode 1, switching from vibrate to static, requires rotating the level dial, which is tedious, and frankly causes feedback delay. Mode 2 will switch the tone and vibrate functions, making the side button for vibrate, but I like having the side button as tone, for test/ranging. So, again, I’d gladly trade the lower, redundant “nip” button for a vibe button, so that you can deliver tone, vibe, or static without having to fumble with the dial. Generally at this point, I just keep the level on three, and have given up vibe. (or you could set it on vibe and give up static). Also, the vibe is weaker than the others I tried.-For what it is, this thing isn’t cheap, but not a bad purchase, if you can find it on at a reduced/decent price.Summary:For the longest time I was hesitant about getting a “shock collar”, but now realize that they are much better than what I was doing previously (a lot of yelling and collar dragging, which is not great for dog confidence). The benefit to these is that the negative feedback is instantaneous, so he is better able to associate the negative feedback to the bad behavior since they happen simultaneously; and he simply learned faster. Also, radio travels farther and faster than I can, so, for off-leash training/activities, the control is incomparable to other methods. So USED PROPERLY, these are invaluable tools for a good, happy, and well-behaved dog. And at this point, I hardly ever put it on him anymore, don’t really have to anymore, maybe a a few times a year just to retrain. That said, if you are new to dog ownership and training collars, please read up on proper ownership and use. I shutter to think of all the poor dogs being abused by these, and in general. So please be a responsible and sensible owner!Bottom Line: Some definite design flaws, but this one is the best I’ve used so far… so i recommend.

  28. (verified owner)

    WE tried the bark collar from Pet Safe and it was somewhat effective and then not at all for our obsessive fox terrier who wants to get every squirrel in our yard. It is ok, if he is safe in the yard, but not terrific. He also runs off if the gate is left open and when we go to the beach or anywhere for that matter. We have been so worried that he will get hit by a car and he is my baby! I have had him in a rewards based training, which he still loves, but no treat on earth will keep him from running after a squirrel or another dog.So a friend recommended this product and wow! It works. Already in 3 days, my 2 year old 19 pound terrier is listening to my commands and I only have to use level 1. There are 7 levels and no need for those yet. The collar is adjustable and even fits his small neck. It works but you have to be around and to control it. I no longer worry that he is going to run off when I am with him. Signal goes 500 yards! Yes, yards! You must have your dog trained to commands for this to work, sit, stay, come at the very least. Mine would do all of that at training, but when we go out with many around not so much. Too many distractions and this gets his attention. At first I felt bad using a collar that delivers a static shock, but it does not hurt him, just gets his attention and I believe will save his life, which is the goal.

  29. (verified owner)

    Great quality electric collar. I’ve used a bargain brand E-collar and there is a huge difference in terms of effectiveness, quality, and features. The best feature of this particular collar is the ability to switch between levels quickly in the event you need to correct stubborn behavior, or most importantly, divert your dog away from danger. If you have one of the many collars that have stimulation levels 1-100 and you have to cycle through each one to get to a level high enough to stop your already-sprinting dog from reaching the busy street..it’s too late. You don’t need 100 levels. 7 is plenty. I can go from level 1 to level 7 in less than a second if needed. Very handy.Note: this model has the medium to high ranges of stimulation (as opposed to the standard low-medium). I have a high-drive, high-energy, strong-willed dog. I have the collar on high range and level 1 on my own hand is fairly uncomfortable. Level 7 on high is very painful, but nice to have on the rare occasion he is about to put himself or others in danger and he can’t hear my voice.Pros:-good build quality and durability-low-profile collar unit-long range (necessary if your dog goes off leash in a area the size of a football field or larger)-ability to switch between levels quickly-no fuss 1-7 levels-great lanyard with quick-release clip-expandable to 3 collars-2 ways to send stimulation (nick and continuous; more useful than you might think)-long battery life (I’ve gone over a week without charging it and I use it 3 times per day)Cons:-seems to be pretty sensitive to obstructions. Wide open areas are best, though it can sometimes reach over a one-story house.-the wheel with the levels can be a bit sticky at first and my wife has a hard time turning it. Some practice can fix that though.Tips:-remember that unlike many other collars, this unit has an on/off button but stays paired to the remote even when off. Sometimes I leave it on all night without realizing it.-it needs to be tight for the best consistent results. If you think it’s too tight, it’s probably just right. Put it up to your own neck and push hard, you’ll realize it doesn’t actually hurt to be tight, it can simply cause soreness if worn tightly for too long (several hours). My dogs neck gets slimmer when he has his nose pointed down, so the collar didn’t deliver stimulation to him during those times. So I just tightened it one more notch and it now works almost flawlessly.

  30. (verified owner)

    I never write reviews, however I decided I need to share my experience with this product and the company as it’s well deserved. I purchased this item a few years back, so I was not expecting to get the service I did from SportDog. At least not these days it seems.First off, the trainer works flawlessly. After a few years of use, the only thing I need to do is basically put it on my Shiba and he knows what the deal is. I’ve never had an issue with either piece of equipment not holding a charge, not working properly, or doing harm to my dog(s). If this product causes harm to your pet, you caused it by improperly using it. So not only should you return the product, you should seek someone who will look after your pet a bit better than yourself. Don’t use it with a leash, don’t keep it too tight, and don’t keep it on your pet for an extended period of time; surprise, it’s all in the manual!Second, at the end of summer (2017), the side button on the remote had fallen off on a hike somewhere in the woods. No rhyme or reason, it just fell off, but possibly could have been due to the heat or just the sheer use of it. I suspect the glue could only hold on so long, no big deal, it still worked. My fiance used it for a few months and I finally got around to emailing SportDog support to see if they would send me a replacement button and I could just glue it on.I got a response back in less than 30 minutes asking about my purchase, registration and the like. Fast forward to a month later after we had moved homes and finally got situated, I sent the info in. Without them skipping a beat and ignoring the fact that a little over a month went by, they said they would ship a brand new remote out to me no problem, and that’s why I’m here now. I got the remote a few days later and it’s working beautifully after re-pairing the collar to it. Happy customer.Don’t buy the cheap versions of these devices. Get one that will work well and is backed by great customer service. Also, pay attention to your pets (I’m looking at you low reviewers). They don’t have thumbs, so our pets need us.TL;DR: Had the remote for a few years working perfect. Remote lost a button. Awesome customer service sent new remote and I’m a happy customer.

  31. (verified owner)

    It’s been almost 3 years since my purchase. The product is excellent! Very much worth the added cost. Recently I went swimming with the receiver on. It put the system a little out of order. I simply emailed customer service and they got back to me immediately with extremely detailed questions and then directions to fix it. It was even on a Sunday. They could have told me I needed new batteries, and I would have purchased them. But they stepped me through the process. Most of the technical instructions are also in video on their website. Save money in the long run and buy Sportdog! We also use the bark collar. That 5 years old and I still haven’t needed to change the battery.

  32. (verified owner)

    I bought this out of desperation to get control over our exuberant 13 month old German Shepherd Dog. We had been using a trainer for him since we got him and weren’t getting the results we had expected, based on our experience with our previous GSD. She had been an extremely mellow, obedient female and the trainer had worked wonders with her. This guy, on the other hand, is one of those small % of dogs BORN to be an alpha male and is energetic as hell. On the first day with the collar, I had to “nick” him 12 times at the lowest setting. It’s now like we have a totally different dog. He is not only completely (or nearly so) obedient, he’s a lot happier. With the ability to enforce our commands, he has quickly figured out that good behavior gets him what he wants and bad behavior does not. Anyone who thinks these devices are cruel doesn’t know what they are talking about. We went from having a $4,000 nuisance to having a loyal and loving family member in a week.Pros: simple remote, reliable, great customer service.Cons: I wish it had a separate button for vibrate, as it does for tone. Vibration is a setting, not a button.

  33. (verified owner)

    Product worked wonderfully for 1.5 month. Now the remote transmitter no longer connects with the collar. I’ve read & tried everything in the instructions provided. Nothing! The transmitter doesn’t seem to even hold a charge. VERY VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED after this cost me $180. Part of the reason I chose this is because it was a “Amazon’s Choice” and I’ve never had a bad experience with an “:Amazon’s Choice” until now. Let’s me know not to trust anything that says Amazon’s Choice anymore. I should have listened to the breeder and purchased the cheap one like he has.

  34. (verified owner)

    I never take the time to do reviews. But this is just so dumb I had to. And if I could give this 0 stars I would. It does absolutely nothing for my dog. He doesn’t respond to it what so ever even on the highest setting. We are incredibly disappointed given that it’s hella expensive. And was rated one of the best if not the best online. I don’t know if we got sent a faulty one or something? It seems to charge, beep and vibrate but when it comes to the shock he doesn’t react at all. Personally I would not spend 10 bucks on this because it’s just a price of junk that we will probably throw away let alone $150 or whatever we paid for it on here.

  35. (verified owner)

    Our big female Doberman was sold from one Doberman breeder to a second because she was so hard-headed and unruly. When she lost a litter of puppies in utero and had to have an emergency hysterectomy to save her life, the second breeder decided to place her in a home since she fought with the other dogs. She has a high prey drive that borders on psychotic, she is food aggressive with other dogs, has a very high threshold for pain, is ruled completely by her stomach & hunger (no matter how much she is fed) and she is hard-headed and stubborn. We are experienced Doberman owners and were kind of her last chance. Luckily she is incredibly affectionate and her high threshold for pain makes her patient with older children, like our son. We are considering a move to the country and in order to keep her – and keep her from being shot – it was necessary that we come up with a way to help her be more reliable off leash, on property that may or may not be fenced with neighboring animals & livestock that she might want to chase. I researched training collars and selected SportDOG Stubborn Dog model because of the quality and because I had never trained a dog as stubborn as her. She had an ear tumor slice-biopsied without yelping once so I knew her pain threshold was HIGH.When I put the collar on her and she cowered, I realized she had been badly shock collar trained while in the first breeder’s care, who also had land. She IMMEDIATELY began doing a weird heel on my left side where she was leaning into me hard and tripping me up badly. I suspected the first breeder had too many dogs to work with her high energy and misunderstanding of the heel command. I spent the next couple of days un-training the slam-into-my-left-knee heel that she was attempting to do. Then I used the training collar kind of like a digital leash, teaching her one beep meant to stop what she was doing and come to me. (The correction of just the beep sent her into a panic but she appreciated me happily petting her when she came to me and was calm enough then to receive the next command.)I was doing off-leash training in our front yard when a friend pulled up with the window down and she went for the car, most likely to see if the friend had food. She ignored the beep and my off-leash Doberman was now in the middle of the street so I hit the button, which was on level 2. (I had selected this level guessing that if I had an emergency, she might be able to feel it and hopefully respond.) She yelped and immediately turned around to obey the command to come. I was surprised that the stubborn-level collar was that powerful. I have never tried level 7. She responds flawlessly to the beeps and vibration now, only having been corrected another time on level 1, which did not cause a yelp.She is a whole new dog. She listens, she obeys and she has SO MUCH MORE FREEDOM NOW! Every day we do an off-leash walk where I let her sniff, relax and unwind as we walk without the stress of leash corrections all the time. Before, she was so terrible on a leash. She would pull, I would correct her and she would “heel” by pushing into my leg and kind of cutting me off or bumping into me and making me trip up, only to pull on the leash again. Walking her was an exercise in patience and we had been doing this for the entire 4 years I have owned her without her understanding that I wanted her to walk relaxed on a loose leash. She was either ears-up and incredibly intense, looking for squirrels to chase or she was pushing me off the sidewalk, trying to heel. There was no in-between for her and I’m not an inexperienced owner or trainer. The collar is giving her the freedom to be off-leash and learn how to walk near me in a normal way, which will translate to much better on-leash walking. She is also learning that two rapid beeps are an invitation for her to push into me in her “heel” – which actually looks as if she is being very protective, trying stop me to stand between me and someone approaching me – and when she understands this behavior by command, she will understand when I am NOT commanding that behavior.In short, the collar is helping to free my Dobe from a cycle of confusion and now she’s enjoying more frequent walks, less stressful training time and a better quality of life overall. She’s going to love being a country girl and I know our family will enjoy her company for her entire beautiful life.To say that I am pleased with the collar is an understatement. It was well worth the investment to give my gorgeous girl so much freedom.

  36. (verified owner)

    Buyer beware! Worked great, but does not last. My first one worked for a little over a year and then suddenly stopped, the second did the same thing just after one month. $170 down the drain, since the return window of 30 days just ended.Update: sportDOG contacted me the next day and they helped me getting it working again over the phone. So glad, because when it works it does a great job. I will test it for a couple of weeks and then upgrade my review if it keeps working.

  37. (verified owner)

    I have a 100 lb dog that jams it to the fence and always tries to jam out the front door, down the street. On level 3 I use this to correct the behavior of my large dog. It only took 2 days for her to get the point. Neighbors are no longer stressed about her disobedience. I also had the same one long time ago with my Rottie in training.I can now walk in and out of my house without fear of my dog trying to take off. I can leave the door open and bring in the groceries without her being put in the crate.I only used this device when she would do the action 3 time after me telling her no. And when I used the shocker in level 3, I still used my words to instill it in her memory.Some might think it is cruel, but I now do not have stress about her taking off and getting hit by a car. I do not have stress about her trying to play with a dog who is aggressive. I do not have stress about my dog bulldozing my kids down to escape.Yes, I take my dog on 3 mile walks daily. She gets plenty of play-time as well. Therefore, she is not trying to escape from pent-up energy. She just wants meet everyone and play, but it is not safe for her to do so.

  38. (verified owner)

    I purchased this as a complement to a Sportdog 425 that I already had. Having the capability to get the attention of 2 dogs is convenient, but the Sportdog 425 allows 2 transmitters to be operated at the same time so that a person inside the house can send a signal as well as a person outside. The instructions to operate and make modifications were easy to follow. Although there are 7 levels, levels 2 and 3 are only necessary to get a 100 lb Doberman’s attention. The transmitter and receiver takes 2 hrs to get a full charge and lasts for several days of use. The water resistant feature means the dogs can get wet without worrying that the receiver will short out. I definitely recommend the Sportdog 425 for owners who want to train their dog and have the desire to expand the system for up to 3 dogs.

  39. (verified owner)

    I am a 100% disabled Vietnam veteran. About a year-and-a-half ago, the VA purchased a service dog for me. When I received Shane that’ name of my dog, I was ecstatic. The only problem is Shane was a little over 11 months old. Obviously, he was training too early. Shane was doing fairly well but not perfect. His big problem was being exposed to other dogs and wanting to play. This caused major problems when I went for my appointments at the VA hospital. I was warned by the VA police to get Shane under control. Since that time, I have purchased several different types of electronic dog training devices. All the way from handheld to ones that goes on your wrist with the remote to the dog. After a year of heartbreak, I finally found the SportDOG brand. I had tried to get along with the cheaper devices without any luck at all. When I spotted the SportDOG training collar, I read up about it and decided to make my purchase at that time. After making the purchase and reviewing the literature and the video, I felt confident in starting to reinforce the training that Shane had received from the facility that had trained him. Unbelievably it took approximately 10 to 12 days and Shane was performing at almost 100%. I cannot say how much I appreciate this device and what it has done for me. I would recommend this hand-over-fist for anybody who is looking for the ultimate training device for his or her dog, be it a service dog or hunting dog or even family home pet. Thank you SportDOG for a superior product. “Waterproof too”

  40. (verified owner)

    I’m impressed, I own a 11-Month-old Bouvier Des Flandres 90 Lbs. – 26 Inches on the withers. He is trained on all basic obedience commands; on leash and of leash, great, besides one command leave-it. I have a good size yard, once he is of leach in the back-yard nothing than eating rocks, dirt, the lawn, sometimes after a good rain some cement that comes from between the rock-wall, in other words anything on that yard he will eat; I can use the leave-it command or come command nothing works, my Bouvier is obsessed with this behavior. Hence, he knows it’s against the rules because when I put him on the leash he heels, I can walk over the rock bed in the rose garden (which is his favored, the lava rocks he pulverizes, crunching them between his teeth). Like I mentioned on leash he doesn’t touch anything, if he is tempted, the word leave-it on leash he understands perfectly well.Being concerned about his health. (Plus, a big Veterinarian bill for some x-rays revealing multiple rocks in his stomach, needed an endoscopy to remove them). I was on wits end. I have trained GSD’s & Bouviers for ring-work IPO/Schutzhund. I never have used a shock-collar or any electronic correction device in my entire life.In desperation, I purchased the 425S Stubborn Dog Remote Trainer, CD and other reading materials came with the device, the instruction didn’t apply for me because the dog already knew the word leave-it, just did not want to execute the command because in his mind the distraction of candy back-yard made him obsessed. Making a long story short, I charged the remote and collar for 2 hours till the green light started blinking, pushed the button on the collar to activate. Ready to GO, left it on default settings, just put level of correction on 2 and attached the collar to the dog’s neck and to the candy back-yard we went.In a couple of second he was attempting to grab a large grass runner, about 20 yards away; I gave the command leave-it and pressed the button on the remote, the effect had his attention to say the least, he jumped and bolted like gang-busters in my direction, once he reached me I started immediately praising him Good-Boy, he was very quiet and a little intimidated. I walked back to the yard and in the lawn, he hesitated to follow me, I enticed him with a treat, he came and enjoyed his treat. I adjusted the remote to level one. He was a little unsure, then the temptation was too big when he wanted to indulge in a piece of rock, I gave the command leave-it and hit the remote button, he jumped and bolted to me; again, I gave him a lot of praise. I took him inside, I taught it was enough for the first session.A couple of hours passed, I took him back-out without leash, he was free in candy-yard, he was moving quickly to the lava-rocks and in the process to grab one, I yelled leave-it, he froze and looked in my direction, I gave the command come, his reaction was quick to come, I gave him a tremendous amount of praise. I let him freely play in the yard, he did not make any attempt anymore to put something in his mouth.He got the message loud and clear. Btw. I took the collar off, not even one attempt to eat his favored yard-candies.I would like to add, be responsible using this device, used the wrong way it might ruin your dog. The seller has excellent customer support and is readily available with sound advice and help, incase you have the slightest doubt; I strongly suggest contacting them. Yes, you can find all kinds of info on Dr. Google; ignore and contact the seller.Most likely, I don’t have to say that the product works, when executed correctly, this might save your best friend’s life. So, highly recommended, I would give the 425S Stubborn Dog Remote Trainer 6 stars if possible. Keep-up the good work.Update, one month down the road:The best remark I can make is having a happy dog that can freely play in the yard, without eating rocks and all other detrimental objects ending up in the yard related to bad weather.Best of all, after the first correction there was no more need for the collar, so, I only used it one day; hence, it was worth the money; losing your best friend because of eating poison mushrooms or to many rocks is devastating.

  41. (verified owner)

    Having a very high spirited German Shepherd puppy this is great….she’s had formal training and her trainer recommended this collar to use for a while, especially with her being HUGE already (almost pushing 60 lbs at 5 months….her parents are over 100 lbs she’s going to be huge) and not realizing her size yet so it’s sometimes like having “a bull in a china shop”….don’t have to turn up far so it stays pretty low and she’s quick to listen, wasn’t sure as never used one before and she did yelp a lilte in the beginning because it scared her a some (new feeling) but she’s already gotten so much better with using that I can most times just show her the remote while she’s wearing collar and she corrects herself or listens to what told quickly….I’ve tested it it’s not bad on lower numbers (1-3) and that’s where she stays at most times, with couple instances higher for quick reminder of behavior but I mean she basically is a giant toddler so it’s expected 🤗

  42. (verified owner)

    We were very disappointed in this product. Our dog didn’t respond at all to any of the different levels. We have a very old tri-tronics collar that has worked great but the charger is about to break and can no longer find a charger to fit that unit. Was really hoping the sportsdog collar would work so I spent the extra money for one day shipping because we were going on vacation with our dog and wanted it for our trip. Even with the longer prongs there was still no response to the collar. We are returning the collar. Hopefully we can find one with the same quality like our old tri-tronics one.

  43. (verified owner)

    I wanted to like this. It seems generally well made and customer support was friendly and helpful. But there is a fatal design flaw, which is that you cannot control the full intensity range from the transmitter. There is a high and low range that you have to set *on the collar.* This doesn’t work for my dog. When he’s calm, the lower intensity range is more than enough, but when he suddenly gets excited (by seeing another dog, squirrel, or whatever), the higher intensity range is needed– except you can’t access it because you have to take the collar off the dog to change the setting. That’s a deal breaker for me. Also, I got two in a row where the charging plugs did not fit properly in the sockets on the the collar and remote and kept falling out. Since I haven’t seen this mentioned in other reviews, I assume t was a defect in a manufacturing run. But it’s been maddening– when you try to plug a charger plug into the collar, the charging plug for the transmitter falls out. When you try to plug that one back in, then the other one then falls out again. Not acceptable at this price point. I finally traded up to “the educator” collar which immediately impressed me as a superior product.

  44. (verified owner)

    It worked great for the first week. Then when took it off to charge and after that it wont work at all. No beep, not vibrate, no shock. I’ve tried resetting it, I’ve tried going step by step to program it. Nothing works. Pretty disappointing seeing how much we paid for it.The charging cables are pretty cheap too. One of them fits snugly while the other falls out. After reading some of the other reviews it seems as though the problem I’m having with this collar is pretty common.

  45. (verified owner)

    Pleased with quality; happy it has tone/vibrate function. The real task is not getting this, but investing in learning how to, and actually training your dog by incorporating it. This is not a short cut to dedicated training—so patience and persistence are called for to see results. We started using the tone (beep) with fairly good response, then switched to using the vibrate buttons (same setting) with similar responses, and ultimately worked up to occasional use of the “buzz” when working to have her stop while running to investigate a dog/person visible 200” away. Have returned to using the vibrate buttons, and have learned that (despite the cold of winter) I always have to have the controller in my hand, to be ready if it is needed. Still using voice commands in combination, but have had her come to me when we are not in sight of one another, simply by using the vibration button.Context: have been training her on daily walks (following initial dog training classes when we got her 2 years ago) to voice commands, and then upgraded to “choke chain”—SOLELY for purpose of deepeing the training (no longer using it as we progressed to this device). Knew this would take some trial and error, and once my head was wrapped around that, we’ve steadily moved ahead with successful training.= it’s all about the handler, and very little about the dog!

  46. (verified owner)

    I was usually against using means like this for training until I met my match. I’ve raised pups most of my life and always had a good outcomes with training. We recently rescued a mix female German Shepherd/ Border collie to accompany my male Akita.Spent four weeks working with Arya and never dealt with the most bull headed terd of a dog! After no response she was put into a professional training program which of course didn’t work either. 3 months of frustration I finally broke and started researching, for months, these collars and found this one as the best option for price point, good ratings, options and came highly recommended by local hunters and the like.The sport collar has been a lifesaver! Arya responds well and I’ve only had to use the actual stimulation part a handful of times in the beginning. For the most part the vibration brings enough attention on the lowest setting it disengages her unwanted action and regains her attention to what is being asked of her.On occasion I still have to put it on her but for the most part it just being on, reminds her and thats all I need. It’s been a great work tool for training especially for leash and biting issues.The total length of the collar is 26” long, with the inside circumference, which i measure with the contact prongs in, at the last hole 21”.There is 41 or 42 holes in the collar that are 1/4” apart, plenty of room you can adjust for bigger necks and slide the collar thru the neck piece to make it shorter or longer. There is a on / off button and it has an indicator light at the top so you can see when the collar receiver is working, has a low battery and also indicates a continuous or momentary stimulation is being pressed.A 73” long split charging cord is provided for both the hand piece and collar to be charged on the same cord. The hand piece and collar have rubber covers for their respective ports to close over when not in use. The outlet part where the prongs go into an outlet to charge can be folded when stored.Additionally the hand piece also comes with a lanyard about 19 1/2” long that has a plastic clip you can use as a necklace or unclip and carry in your hand.Hand-piece remote has adjustable settings which made me feel a lot more comfortable with using an item like this. You start out on the lowest setting and can move up as needed by response. You can choose from tone / beep only, vibration only, stimulation which level of stimulation is set by the dial, continuous stimulation or momentary stimulation. Maximum time of stimulation is 10 seconds.You can also change stimulation ranges, seven operational modes to select best type for your style of training and you can add up to three collars to this one system.Two sets of prongs were provided one short and the other long, along with manuals and DVD instructions for set up.

  47. (verified owner)

    I’ll just go ahead and say that I’m a user and trainer of ecollars. However, I only use and test ecollars from reputable, high quality and innovative brands. SportDog easily falls into those categories. Previously, I used a Garmin Sport Pro, which I liked, especially for it’s versatility, however, the collar gets hot way too soon and the receiver is huge on my my dog. The new SportDog 425x was recommended to me, and I haven’t looked back since.It has 21 levels for each “stage”. 7 Levels for Low. 7 Levels of Med. 7 Levels of High. Not only this, the receiver itself can be set to low or moderate strength, giving added room for adjustment. So, there’s no way that this collar will “get too” hot or shock your dog with out the owner willingly setting it to make it so.I personally use Level 2 on stage low with the receiver set to “low.” My dog may shake her head, but that’s literally the extent of her reaction. On the Garmin, if I set I set it to 3, she’s jumping off the floor. Especially, because there’s so few levels to begin with (only 10).Until Garmin makes a better receiver, I’ll be sticking with the SportDog 425x. It works for my needs and is effective at low stim levels.

  48. (verified owner)

    We’ve had our darling corgi for almost a year now. He’s very intelligent and charming but he does NOT listen to commands. He has the attitude of “I already know/did this, so why should I do it again?” We have tried every technique of training we could. Grudgingly decided we’d give this ‘shock collar’ a try.ONE WEEK.ONE WEEK WITH IT AND IT’S LIKE A DIFFERENT DOG! We don’t even have to use it 90% of the time, just have it on him. We’ve struggled, cried and worried over this dog for a year and in a week’s time the stress is extremely diminished. We are finally hopeful that we’ve turned a corner with him. And he too seems happier and less apprehensive of us, letting my wife and I love on him. The distance the remote works is also ideal as we have a large back yard and the remote still reaches him at the other end of it. It was a lifesaver the other night with a skunk in the yard!This collar has helped deter him from:*biting*jumping up*taking food/items off tables*running away when called*eating poop/eating it out of our other dog’s butt*chasing animalsAnd overall just given us a firm line of control when getting him to listen to a command. We’re so glad we spent the money on this item. We only wish we’d done so sooner!

  49. (verified owner)

    Unimpressed with battery life. Only lasts 1 day of use and then needs recharge or else will die next day quickly and/or low shock administered. (Cheap China collar I first used would last 5-7days of use, turning off at night, but still lasted if forgot too.)Good remote design – I rarely accidently hit the buttons, easy to use, easy to carry, easy to increase/decrease shock or change to vibrate.Vibrate is NOT good. My old $30 China stolen design shock collar had better vibrate than this one. I feel it’s due to location of the vibrating part, it doesn’t go up prongs well so dog doesn’t feel it, especially running etc. I was bummed by this, for my dog listened very well to just vibrate on the cheap collar. But using this sport dog I can give him noise warning quick, but he listened alot better to the cheap vibrate, so I end out having to shock him more than what he used to require :(My dog was originally trained with cheap zap collar, I upgraded for better remote. Was amazed I paid 4x as much and got way less battery life, useless vibrate, and less options on shock levels(1-7 verses 1-100). Only plus has been the remote design…55lb dalmatian, Pictures are with collar in use. If placed high on neck(where supposed to be), it’s not that noticeable. I’ve seen it take people a while before they notice it.

  50. (verified owner)

    I tried to get away with cheaper collars on Amazon, but ended up having to junk them all because they stopped working a few months out of the box. Going on two years with this SportDog collar and I’m never going back!I’ve got it on my German Shorthaired Pointer (who freaks out excited every time I pull his collar out of the drawer). He has put this thing through the ringer. Mud, lakes, streams, heavy brush, you name it he’s taken this collar through it. Still works great!The range is still good and so is the battery life (which continues to surprise me). The remote control is way better than any other I’ve tried, too. The intensity dial is quick and simple, the three buttons can be programmed for 6 different modes based on your preference and number of dogs, and the buttons are in the right spot and are easy to distinguish by feel so you can be confident in which one you’re pressing.The dial on mine just gave out, but SportDog is an amazing company and replaced it for free, even sending me the updated model. Another reason to buy American and not a cheap foreign-made knock-off with no support. SportDog wants your business for life, not just for the life of one collar. So put down the money, get something quality. You deserve it, and so does your dog.

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