In this SportDOG 350 vs 425 Comparison, we take a look at the 350 from the YardTrainer series, and the 425 from the FieldTrainer series.
We’ve quickly and simply laid out both the differences and similarities of each dog training e-collar.
We’ve also considered which collar might be best for different owners and their dogs, and why, by outlining their potential uses.
Let’s jump into it!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
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SportDOG 350 vs 425: Comparison, & Which Is Better?
If you like, you can go straight to viewing the SportDOG 350 and 425 here:
- SportDOG YardTrainer 350 (on Chewy)
- SportDOG YardTrainer 350 Dog Training Collar (on Amazon)
- SportDOG Field Trainer 425 Training/E Collar (on Amazon)
**You can also get extra collars/receivers for the 425 – SDR-AF Collar Receiver (on Amazon).
These extra collars are also compatible with the SportHunter 825 (SD-825).
*Note – there is now the newer 425X and 425XS models with additional levels of stimulation. You can view reviews here:
You may also view them directly here:
- SportDOG FieldTrainer 425X (on Chewy)
- SportDOG FieldTrainer 425X (on Amazon) (For dogs 8lbs or larger, with necks that are 5 to 22 inches in size. Has 500 yards of range)
- SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS (on Chewy)
- SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS (on Amazon) (Similar features to the 425X, but, made for high-drive, more stubborn dogs by offering a higher static stimulation range than the 425X)
If you’d like to take a look at SportDOG’s other remote dog training collars, you can check out this guide – SportDOG Remote Trainer & E Collar Reviews Guide.
SportDOG 350 vs 425: Which One Might Be Better For You?
The 350 is a hybrid model mixing some of the basic features of the YardTrainer series, with some of the
The 425 is a more advanced model with extra features that works at a greater range and distance from it’s transmitter to the collar.
You’d get the 350 if you want an e collar capable of basic training, but is waterproof/all weather, and can operate at up to 300 yards distance from transmitter to collar. It has rechargeable NiMH batteries
You’d get the 425 is you want an e collar designed mainly for in-the-field training, or for hunting with close-working dogs. It is expandable to fit up to 3 dogs on one transmitter, and can be operated at up to 500 yards distance. It has rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The 425 also has the option for a vibration stimulus that the 350 doesn’t have
Overall, for the money and the quality and performance you get back in return for the e collars, we much prefer the 425.
SportDOG 350 vs 425: Differences
Some of the differences between the 350 and 425 are:
The 350 belongs to the SportDOG YardTrainer series, whereas the 425 belongs to the FieldTrainer series
The 350 is a hybrid model more suited to basic training, whereas the 425 is a true all weather e collar suited to in-the-field training, or for hunting with close-working dogs.
The 350 operates on NiMH batteries, whilst the 425 operates on lithium ion batteries
You can only control a maximum of one dog on the 350 transmitter, whilst you can control a maximum of up to 3 dogs (by buying add on collars) from the 425 transmitter
The 350 has a maximum transmitter range of 300 yards, whilst the 425 has a 500 yard maximum range
The 350 only has static (shock) and tone options, whilst the 425 has static, tone AND vibration options when it comes to the stimulus you train your dog/s with
The 350 has 8 levels of static stimulation, whilst the 425 has 7
The 350’s batteries last on average 40-60 hours, whilst the 425’s batteries on average last 50-70 hours
The 425 comes with a basic training manual and DVD
SportDOG 350 vs 425: Similarities
Some of the similarities between the 350 and 425 are:
Both are for training, re-training and teaching your dog with e collar cues
Both have static shock and tone training options
Both have low battery indicators
Both have DryTek® technology which makes the collar and transmitter waterproof and submersible to 25 feet
Both are for dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″
SportDOG 350 vs 425: Reviews
Other E Collars & Remote Dog Training Dog Collars
E Collar & Remote Dog Training Collar Buyers & FAQ Guide
In it, information is provided on the following:
What some of the best e collars might be
Factors to consider in deciding which e collar to buy
What the cost of an e collar is
What size e collar to get
What is an e collar
Types of e collars
What is an e collar used for, and why use one
How to use an e collar
How to put an e collar on your dog
How to train a dog with an e collar
At what age to start using an e collar, and how long training takes
When you might consider using an e collar
Safety considerations for using an e collar
E collars vs bark collars
What Size E Collar/Remote Dog Training Collar Do I Get?
In terms of size of the e collar, you might look for two main things:
– The weight range of the collar i.e. it might say ‘for dogs 8lbs and over’
– The neck size that the collar fits i.e. it might say for dogs with neck sizes 6 to 28 inches
– Find out the weight of your dog
– Measure their neck size and compare it to the collar strap length that the collar comes with
– And, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s sizing specifications for the e collar you want
Safety Considerations With A Remote Dog Training Collar
Safety is extremely important with a remote dog training collar.
Always always get your vet’s advice or the advice of an animal health and/or training expert – nothing is a substitute for professional advice.
Some general safety guidelines for using an e collar humanely might be:
Buy from a reputable company who put proper use of the e collar and the safety of the dog as a priority
Read and follow the operating guide, instruction/safety manual and training guide that comes with the e collar system from the manufacturer for operation and safety instructions and guidelines
Pay attention to any warnings issued by the manufacturer
Monitor your dog’s response both mentally and physically to using an e collar. Take the collar off immediately and discontinue use of the system if you notice any negative implications or reactions
A good remote dog training collar that uses static stimulation should simply stimulate the muscle (to the point of reflex) to get the dog’s attention, but should not cause pain (it might be slightly annoying for the dog to act as a small deterrent – but shouldn’t cause pain or harm). It certainly shouldn’t cause a ‘sharp pain’ to the muscle or body.
To get a safe stimulation level – you can always start from the lowest stimulation level, and work your way up to a level that gets the dog’s attention (such as changing body language when a stimulation, vibration or tone is administered) without any visible sign of pain or harm (such as yelping, or showing signs of stress).
A good e collar company should give you all the necessary safety, use and training instructions, and should have a dedicated customer service line to help when you being using the collar system.
The static stimulation function does not need to be used either – tone and vibrate training modes can be used instead.
Some owners like to even use their e collar as a temporary training tool, and may go back to using body or verbal commands once behaviors are reinforced (if suitable).
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