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SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers - 500 Yard Range - Waterproof, Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Tone, Vibration, and Shock
- E-collar that features 500 yard range and can be used to train 3 dogs with the same Remote Transmitter with purchase of additional Add-A-Dog Collars (SDR-AF); Collar Receiver fits dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5" - 22"
- The Remote Transmitter's dial allows you to instantly select one of the 7 levels of static stimulation in low or medium ranges while the buttons allow you to deliver your choice of momentary (nick) or continuous stimulation. You also have the option to train with vibration (buzz) and tone (beep)
- Both the Remote Transmitter and Collar Receiver feature our DryTek technology making them waterproof and submersible to 25 feet
- Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries charge in 2 hours and last 50-70 hours per charge; The Remote Transmitter and Collar Receiver both feature a low battery indicator and can be charged at the same time using the included split-end charger
- Remote Transmitter button functions can be customized; Detailed operating guide, training DVD, and a locally based Customer Care Center, available 6 days a week, provide support when you need it
- By designing our products in the field, with heat, cold, rain, snow, dust, mud, and wind in mind, SportDOG has become the most recognized brand in the electronic tracking and training categories, making the promise to always create "Gear The Way You'd Design It"
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About the sportDOG Brand FieldTrainer 425 Remote Trainer
The FieldTrainer 425 is the perfect system for introducing your dog to in-the-field training, or for hunting with close-working dogs. This series is loaded with technical breakthroughs in the smallest package available in this price range.
Ideal for training in the yard or field, or for hunting with close-working dogs, the SD-425 features up to 500 yards of range.
Static / Tone / Vibration
|FieldTrainer 425||FieldTrainer 425S - For Stubborn Dogs|
|Range||500 yards||500 yards|
|Stimulation Types||7 instantly selectable static stimulation levels; option to train with vibration and tone||7 instantly selectable static stimulation levels; option to train with vibration and tone|
|Stimulation Ranges||Collar Reciever can be set to deliver the 7 levels of static stimulation in a low or medium stim range||Collar Reciever can be set to deliver the 7 levels of static stimulation in a medium or high stim range|
|Expandable System||Expandable to 3 dogs||Expandable to 3 dogs|
|Waterproof||DryTek waterproof and submersible to 25 feet||DryTek waterproof and submersible to 25 feet|
|Dog Size||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|
|Battery Life||Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge||Charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge|
The sportDOG Brand Conservation Fund
The sportDOG Brand team and our families enjoy many of the same hunting opportunities and outdoor activities that you do. That's why we recognize the importance of wise conservation and habitat-enhancement initiatives. We support conservation efforts by contributing time and funding to projects that ensure hunters will have wild places to hunt wild game for generations to come.
|Add-A-Dog Collar||Orange Check Cord||Locator Beacon||Plastic Dummy||Canvas Dummy||Replacement Collar Strap|
|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.||Training tool for dogs who will hunt smaller game or just starting dummy training.||Training tool that simulates actual game size and weight. Great for scent training.||Replace an old collar strap or change out the color of your current collar strap.|
The FieldTrainer 425 takes the most advanced, industry-leading technology that SportDOG Brand has ever built into its e-collars and packaged it up in the most compact system ever offered. Ideal for training in the yard or field, or for hunting with close-working dogs, the SD-425 allows you to switch instantly between 7 levels of low/medium stimulation, as well as train with vibration and tone.
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|Color||Black||Black||Blacks & Grays||—||Black||Black|
|Item Dimensions||6.9 x 3.2 x 9.4 in||1.9 x 7.6 x 5.8 in||8 x 6 x 3 in||5.7 x 7.5 x 2.2 in||2.1 x 1.1 x 5.4 in||9 x 4 x 10 in|
|Item Weight||1.2 lbs||0.8 lb||—||1.1 lbs||6 ounces||1.5 lbs|
|Design||—||Rainproof Remote||—||For two dogs||—||1 Dog System - Non Expandable|
|Size||adjustable||For 1 Dog||adjustable||—||—||adjustable|
|Additional Features||Waterproof||Adjustable, Durable, Easy to Use||Behavioral Control||Rechargable, Waterproof, Easy to use||—||WaterproofWater Resistant|
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- 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.
- 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.
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!
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.