The guide below is a SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS Review.
We outline the features of this e collar, as well as consider who it might and might not be for.
(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)
SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS
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SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS: Review
- The smallest and lightest e collar from SportDOG
- Designed for in the field training or hunting with close working dogs
- The XS model in particular is made for high-drive, more stubborn dogs by offering a higher static stimulation range than the SD-425X
- Has three modes of training – tone, vibration, or one of the 21 levels of static stimulation
- You can swap between the 21 static stimulation levels with the dial on the remote
- Up to 3 dogs can be operated from the transmitter with the purchase of additional collars
- Has a range of 500 yards
- Water proof and submersible to 25 feet
- For dogs 8lbs or larger
- For neck sizes 5 to 22 inches
- Has rechargeable batteries, and charges in 2 hours
- Batteries last 50 to 70 hours
- Has a low battery indicator
- Comes with standard and long contact points
- Collar strap could be longer – up to say 30 inches
- Not for the smallest dogs (under 8lbs)
- You’ll have to pay for additional collar receivers if you want more than one dog on this system
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SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS: Buyer’s Guide
Who Might The 425XS Be For?
- Those looking for a small and light e collar
- In the field training or hunting with close working dogs
- Those with high-drive, more stubborn dogs and need a higher static stimulation range than the SD-425X
- Those looking to train up to three dogs from one remote
- Dogs 8lbs or larger
- Dogs with neck sizes 5 to 22 inches
- Those looking for a rechargeable e collar
Who Might The 425XS NOT Be For?
- Those who want to do training other than field training or hunting
- Dogs under 8lbs
- Dogs with neck sizes outside of 5 to 22 inches
- Those looking for range over 500 yards
- Those without high drive or stubborn dogs
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
We’ve also provided some brief information on some of these points below.
Factors To Consider In Deciding Which E Collar Or Remote Dog Training Collar To Buy
Some of the main factors you might consider might be:
- What sort of activity is the remote trainer for? – basic training, hunting?
- What size dogs is it designed for? 8lbs and above? 10lbs and above?
- What sort of dogs is the system designed for – regular, hunting, stubborn? Certain breeds?
- What temperament of dog is the system for – soft and normal, or stubborn temperaments?
- How many dogs can fit on the one trainer remote/transmitter – one, two, or more?
- What is the price range of the system?
- What buttons, dials and controls are on the handheld remote?
- Is there a screen on the remote?
- Are the collar and handheld remote water proof and submersible?
- What is the range from the collar device to the hand device – how many feet or yards?
- How many levels of static stimulation does it have?
- What is the intensity of the stimulation – regular, or higher stimulation?
- Are there one off and continuous stimulation controls available?
- Are there also vibration and tone training options?
- Are there different beeper audio options available?
- How big is the collar device and how light is it?
- Is the collar rechargeable, or does it use replaceable batteries? What batteries does it take?
- Is the remote hand device rechargeable, or does is use replaceable batteries? What batteries does it take?
- How long do the batteries last?
- If rechargeable, how long does charging take
- What collars is the system compatible with (from the same brand and other brands)?
- What neck size of dog does the collar strap fit?
- Are there additional features like a low battery indicator?
- What are the full range of settings the system can be set to
- How does operation work for the system?
- What comes in the starter kit? (what size contact points are available as well – short, medium, long?). Some remote training collars come with long contact points for long haired dogs or working dogs
- What is the warranty available, and what are the conditions?
- Is there a money back guarantee – what are the conditions?
- Where is the remote dog training system made – which country? Where is the seller based – which country?
- Is there customer service available?
When Might You Consider Using An E Collar/Remote Training Collar?
Regular dog owners might look at using an e collar after they’ve checked off the following:
- Once you’ve worked on building a strong bond with your dog & you have their trust
- Once you’ve undertaken basic obedience with your dog, or advanced training courses
- Once positive reinforcement training, using a leash, and without a remote dog training collar has been undertaken
- Once you’ve consulted your dog’s vet
- Once you’ve consulted a professional dog trainer
- Once you’ve consulted the laws in your area as to the use of e collars
- Once you’ve done your own research and due diligence on the use of e collars
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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