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SportDog SD-425S Field Trainer For Stubborn Dogs
- Expands to control up to 3 dogs
- 500 Yard range
- 100 % waterproof & submersible collar & transmitter
- Customizable transmitter settings
- Tone or Vibration button
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The SportDog SD-425s Field Trainer offers all the features of the SD-425, but is an electronic dog collar specially designed for tougher, more stubborn dogs. The Sport Dog 425s is ideal for training in the yard, field, or for hunting with dogs that hunt closely to you but tend to be a little bit stubborn. This unit comes with a transmitter and receiver that are 100% waterproof and submersible up to 25 ft. It comes with 16 levels of continuous or momentary stimulation and can be expanded up to 3 dogs by simply adding SportDog Brand Add-A-Dog collars. It also features a tone or vibration that is available in multi-dog use.
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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.
- 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.
I tried one of the cheap $40 collars first - what a waste of time - no battery life and never even phased the dog.