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)
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:
- SportDOG SportTrainer 575E Remote Training Dog Collar (on Chewy)
- SportDOG SportTrainer 875E (on Chewy)
- SportDOG SportTrainer 1275E Remote Training Dog Collar (on Chewy)
- SportDOG SportTrainer 575 Remote Training Dog Collar (on Amazon) (Shortest operation range, expandable to 2 dogs, low to medium static stimulation power)
- SportDOG SportTrainer 875 Remote Training Dog Collar (on Amazon) (Mid operation range, expandable to 3 dogs, low to medium static stimulation power)
- SportDOG SportTrainer 1275 Remote Training Dog Collar (on Amazon) (Highest max operation range, expandable to 6 dogs, highest battery operation time for collar receiver and handheld transmitter, and has high stimulation power available for stubborn and high prey dogs)
*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
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
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
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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