SportDOG SportTrainer Reviews: 575, 875 & 1275


In these SportDOG SportTrainer Reviews, we take a closer look at the 575, 875 & 1275 e collars.

We list the best features and drawbacks of these dog training collars, and outline what they were designed for.

We also consider who these e collars might and might not be for based on their features and design.

Let’s jump into the reviews!


(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 SportTrainer 575, 875 & 1275: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

If you want to, you can go straight to viewing the SportTrainer 575, 875 and 1275 e collars here:

*Note – additional collars to control additional dogs from the one transmitter have to be purchased separately. 

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 SportTrainer Remote Dog Collar: Reviews

SportDOG SportTrainer 575 Remote Training Dog Collar 

Has all the same features and similar drawbacks as the 875 except these key differences:


Has 500 yards range

An expandable system up to 2 dogs

Collar Receiver charges in 2 hours, lasts 50-70 hours per charge

Remote Transmitter charges in 2 hours, lasts 20-40 hours per charge

Compatible with – FieldTrainer® 425/SportHunter® 825 Add-A-Dog® Collar (SDR-AF)




SportDOG SportTrainer 875 Remote Training Dog Collar 

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An e-collar dog training collar with a handheld transmitter

E-collar that features 1/2 mile range (880 yards) between the transmitter and the collar

Has 10 selectable static stimulation levels with low/medium stimulation (shock) ranges

Also has the option to train with vibration and tone

The collar/transmitter system is expandable and can be used to train up to 3 dogs with the same handheld remote

To add additional dogs to the system, purchase Add-A-Dog Collars (the SDR-AF model collars)

The collar receiver fits dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″

The handheld transmitter features an easy-to-read OLED screen where you can view the selected dog, static stimulation level, and mode, as well as battery status

OLED screen means that this transmitter is easier to see in darker conditions than the twist dial on the more basic model SportDOG training collars are

The transmitter has large plus/minus buttons to quickly toggle among dogs and stimulus levels

Both the collar and the transmitter have DryTek technology, making them both waterproof and submersible to 25 feet

The collar and transmitter have rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that charge in 2 hours and last 50-70 hours per charge

The transmitter and collar both feature a low battery indicator

The transmitter button functions can be customized

Comes with an operating guide, training DVD, and a Customer Care Center for support

Designed with the field, with heat, cold, rain, snow, dust, mud, and wind in mind



The charging pins/jacks could be more secure. You have to make sure before your walk away to leave the collar and transmitter to charge that you have the charging pins in and that they will definitely stay in for the next 2 hours

You may experience a decrease in range if you are operating the collar in an area with more objects a foliage than say an open field

Apart from these two small complaints, overall it’s a good quality collar/transmitter and SportDOG has some of the best customer service going around




SportDOG SportTrainer 1275 Remote Training Dog Collar

Has all the same features and similar drawbacks as the 875 except these key differences:

Has a longer 3/4 mile range (1320 yards)

Has low/medium/AND high stimulation ranges

Is expandable to control up to 6 dogs with the transmitter

Operates with the SDR-A collar receiver

The collar lasts an estimated 140-160 hours per charge (remote transmitter still lasts 50-70 hours)




SportDOG SportTrainer Remote Dog Collar: Buyer’s Guide

SportDOG SportTrainer 575 vs 875 vs 1275: Differences/Comparison

As we can see above, some of the main differences you might find between the models are:

Max range of operation between the transmitter and collar device

The max number of dogs that can be supported on one transmitter (how many dogs the transmitter can be expanded to operate with additional collar devices)

The 1275 in particular has high stimulation ranges available for more stubborn dogs, whereas the other two models have low to medium stimulation

The operation time on full charge of the collar receiver and handheld transmitter batteries

Compatibility with different collars and other e collar systems


What Are The SportDOG SportTrainer Collars Designed For?

They are designed for field training and hunting with close-working dogs, and to train, re-train and teach with static, tone and vibration cues.

The 1275 is specifically for multi-dog hunting situations, and more stubborn dogs or high prey dogs with it’s higher stimulation power.


Who Might The SportDOG SportTrainer 575, 825 and 1275 Be For?

Mainly hunters and owners who spend a lot of time outdoors with their dogs

Potentially farmers

People who want to to operate an e collar at long distances

People who want to train, re-train and teach multiple dogs on the same transmitter

People with dogs bigger than 8 lbs

People with dogs that have neck sizes of 5″ – 22″

People who want the ability to switch between static, vibrate and tone

People who want an LCD screen display as opposed to an analog transmitter with a dial


Who Might The SportDOG SportTrainer 575, 825 and 1275 NOT Be For?

People who want a more basic collar and transmitter

People with a budget

People who will only be using the collar and transmitter in their yard and don’t have use for all the extra features


Other E Collars & Remote Dog Training Dog Collars

You can read about some of the best overall e collars and remote dog training collars from different brands in this guide.


E Collar & Remote Dog Training Collar Buyers & FAQ Guide

You can read this guide which is an e collar and remote dog training collar buyers guide and 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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