The SportDog SD-425 Camo is dedicated to waterfowlers and is completely waterproof, submersible and extremely rugged for use with swimming dogs. It also features a very compact size which makes it perfect for smaller dogs or where space is at a premium. Comes with full Realtree Max4 camo finish on collar, transmitter and receiver. The 100% waterproof, very compact and lightweight (3.2 oz.) transmitter will easily fit on a lanyard (supplied) or in a vest pocket. The new SportDog SD-425 Camo can be expanded to control 3 dogs by adding aSportDog Add-A-Dog collar. This collar weighs only 2.8 oz., making it one of the smallest on the market. Tone or vibration is also available in multi-dog use because of the V/T position on intensity dial.
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173 of 175 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Performance, Don't listen to the Others..June 3 2013
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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!
131 of 137 people found the following review helpful
Might Save Your Dogs LifeJan. 1 2014
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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.
88 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Completely changed my dogs behavior (Safely)June 12 2013
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Our dog has had dog training and does obey commands (Sit, Stay, Come, Ect). We do a lot of "off leash" hiking and she stays with us within a few hundred feet; we give her room to enjoy herself too. Our issue was once her hunting instinct kicked in she would not listen to the commands she generally would respond too. After 2 days of training on with this collar I have had GREAT success in getting a positive response to our commands while in full chase of a rabbit (normally she would keep running). Also we had issues with her running away from our yard when the gate was open...she stays with us now.
This is a dangerous tool if used incorrectly....this is not a punishment tool to make corrections......If you follow the training guide and video they will show you proper training techniques. I have never used a sensation setting on the dog that I didn't try on myself first (yes on the neck) and level 1 (of 7) is all I needed during training. I have actually only used it a few times after she learned it and now use the vibrate and negative tone.
Range is strong, Charge holds, she swims with it on and it still works, very strong construction....
I wish I bought this a year ago!
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Design upgrade from the SD400April 8 2014
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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.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Great but beware it might be too powerfulJune 12 2013
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I really like everything about this unit and it seems to work great so far in the short time I've had it. The book that comes with it is very well written and really helps you understand how to use this the right way. The DVD was not as good as the book but I'm sure it is very helpful to some. I am only training a family pet not a hunting dog. Unfortunately I have to exchange this for the SD-425 (non stubborn dog) model because it is too powerful for my 65 lb. lab mix. He is not a very tough dog (my last lab had an incredible pain tolerance) but even on the lowest possible setting he jumps every time I hit the nick button. This is a bigger reaction than you should be looking for under normal training conditions. I have not even used the continuous stimulation button.
I only give 4 stars because there is a very important feature on this unit and the SD-425 that is not highlighted in the product description. Had I known about it I would have bought the SD-425 the first time. You can program 2 different power settings into these. This model has a medium and high setting. So you have 7 levels of stimulation in medium or 7 levels in high depending on how you set it up. The SD-425 (non stubborn) model has a low level and medium level. So if you're concerned that the SD-425 might not be enough for your dog you have the option to program the unit to medium power which gives you 7 higher levels of stimulation equal to the SD-425s (on medium setting). This is a very important feature and should be clearly explained in the product description. In fact it is not mentioned at all in the SD-425s description.
So even though my dog has a lower pain tolerance he's not a complete wimp. Given that he's a 65 lb. lab and the lowest possible setting is too much I'd say this unit is very powerful. I think the SD-425 (non stubborn dog) model with the ability to up the stimulation levels to medium power would be enough for almost any dog.
One final note...I've noticed reviews on many of the "e collars" where people claim they don't work no matter what level they set it to. Chances are there is nothing wrong with the collar. They just don't have it tight enough. If the prongs do not go through the fur and make contact with the dogs skin the dog does not get any stimulation. It has to be pretty snug and you may even have to shave the length of hair down where the collar sits on the neck. I found when the collar was not quite tight enough it would either work intermittently or not at all. I would have to snug it up by a hole or two and then it would work perfectly. This was the same with the last one of these I had (different brand) for my previous dog.