September 29, 2022
This is the 4th SportDOG e-collar I have had - all have been great products. Had issues with mode change on this one but issue resolved over phone. You need to press fairly hard and deep in the back to change mode. Was instructed to use the collar clasp instead of a pen to press the node change button and problem resolved - thanks for a good product and timely support.
Proseasy to use good phone history of use - 4th collar purchased hardy unit for bird dogs
By Robert B.
August 20, 2022
While hiking in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, I need to have control over my dog to keep him from chasing wild animals such as grizzly bears and mountain lions and wolves. That would be the end of my labrador retriever Wally if he ever got near one. Now I can hike with confidence knowing that SportDog 425X can reign him in when he gets too far away. I can take hikes that I previously could not.
ProsConfidence that it works every time.
ConsNothing I can think of.
By T Z.
Gun Dog Supply & sd-425x was Recommended by our Instructor.
July 20, 2022
Gun Dog Supply delivered confidence. They did it in less than 48 hours too. The enclosed Basic Training Manual gave me new understandings and increased communication skills. Tutorial CD was better than any YouTube videos I have been watching in preparation. These 2 factors gave me the confidence and knowledge to know what we wanted to accomplish and how to go about it without hurting my dog. The results are impressive & I’m still waiting on my Instructor to schedule that 1 on 1 training session on how to set up and properly use this recommended piece of training equipment.
ProsRecommended by our instructor. ***** Basic Training Manual & Tutorial CD, Solid heavy duty waterproof build is rugged & feels good in your hand. Well designed Compact transmitter can be operated effortlessly in right or left hand without error. Range 1500 feet or 500 yards & 70 hours operation on a 3 hour charge. My German Shepard responded positively and was not hurt in the process.
ConsFound in a Brick n Mortar store at same price. Could have avoided shipping cost.
By The L.
April 7, 2022
We got this for our 5 month old Airedale Terrier. When she was on the leash she pulled terribly and when off she had selective hearing. This collar has corrected both problems. Within two days she was responding immediately when called and walking beside me on a loose leash. It has corrected a lot of behavior problems. I highly recommend this collar.
March 8, 2022
I needed an eCollar for my young male Boston. I wasn’t sure what style or size to get for him. Steve answered my email promptly and gave me great recommendations…with no sales pressure. I was impressed with the product and his approach and order it within a couple of days. And it was shipped promptly!
ProsPerfect for my 29-pound maniac. I have used eCollars on my larger dogs so I found this very easy to use.
By Robert P.
Presque Isle, WI
A Good Product Gets Better
January 21, 2022
I bought the 425x trainer to replace the previous version. The stimulation adjustment knob broke off the old one in the field and disappeared. The new trainer has many more levels of stimulation than the old version. This is not a huge advantage for me at the moment since I have what trainers call a 'soft' dog. She doesn't need much more than tone or vibrate to remind her not to chase a rooster out of gun range. I've never used a stimulation level greater than 2 on my old SportDOG trainer. It may become useful for my next dog, who may not be as soft as my current lab. I like the small controller, which fits nicely in a shirt pocket, and I really like the improved collar material (rubberized not plastic). The other improvement is an upgrade in the charger ports for the controller and collar. The prior collar and controller had charging plugs with marginal geometry for the mating ports. The 425x has a better shape to the connector, which seems to stay plugged in better. I would buy this again, and I recommend it to friends needing a training collar. I like the training tips book and CD that came in the package. Gun Dog Supply was very easy to deal with, and I'll buy from them again.
ProsSmall controller which fits easily in the hand. Easy to control stimulation levels in the field. I can increase it or decrease it while not taking my eyes off the field or the dog. Improved collar material. Improved charging connectors.
ConsI had to read the manual to figure out how to set up the controller. This flexibility was not available with the old collar, so this was new to me.
Great training tool.
January 12, 2022
We have had a collar before from another company but this one has more choices. You can use the tone, vibrate and shock. It’s so easy.
The Perfect Gift
January 4, 2022
I purchased this as a gift for my daughter and it was the perfect size and functionality. I'm a long-time customer of Gun Dog Supply and am extremely happy with their products and customer service.
Bowdle, South Dakota
November 21, 2021
The collar and beeper stay charged for extremely long. Easily more than 24 hours though I have no idea how long. It also charges insanely fast. Even within 30m I think. I just know pretty much every time I checked it after beginning to charge, it showed as fully charged.
Proso Stays charged for very long. o Charges very quickly.
Excellent Dog Training Device
October 23, 2021
If I recall, this is my third unit from Gun Dog Supply. The unit I had lasted for years. Very good product.
ProsEasy to use and very convenient. I use as required whenever my german shepherd is out of line.
ConsNone, so far.
Exactly what I needed!!
September 5, 2021
I raise Australian Shepherds (to work cattle) and have never used a training collar. I was at my wit's end over this dog who was even raised as a house dog but has pulled on a collar, refused to come when called all of her life (1 1/2 years old). Otherwise perfectly normal except very reactive to things around her - and distracted. I watched the DVD (very helpful) since I did not have a clue what to do with the collar. She knew one command well - "sit" and had a command to stay with me "with me" but ignored that one while dragging me along. One lesson and I was amazed. Started with it on 1 and it was 3 where I got a slight reaction. She is now walking beside me on a loose lead. I have not started on the recall yet as I want this down solid (been less than 2 weeks) but I am sure it will work for that. Thanks!
ProsGreat instruction DVD and it works!
ConsHaven't found any yet
July 20, 2021
So far so good. Only used it once so far been on vacation.
By Lisa D.
July 10, 2021
Great collar for training...we have two labs ..got one for one dog liked it so much we decided to purchase another one.....Your products and customer service A+
Great Training Collar!
July 2, 2021
This collar is exactly what I was looking for to train my 1 year old German Shepard. He is very sensitive to e-collars so the option for Vibrate/Tone is perfect for him. However, it does go up to a level 7 if needed! I loved that it came with a DVD and information packet if you are new to e-collar training. Shipping and communication were excellent as well!
Replaced a SportDOG I had for 4 years.
May 27, 2021
ProsThe range of shock is great, I rarely need to use the collar and then at a barely noticeable level.
ConsFeel I must test on mysefl every time as I find the different level settings not easy to remember. Like the mild setting.
May 13, 2021
This is my 2nd one 1st one still works great just needed another. A+ product, and Gun Dog Supply is always 1st class.
E collar observations
May 7, 2021
This is a great choice for smaller hunting dogs like my Brittany. Some I have tried are just too bulky and heavy for a 30 pound dog. Love this one. Simple to use too.
ProsGood size for my Brittany.
ConsThe contacts are a bit long, in my opinion, but dog I'd doing ok with the. I would like to see a shorter option with the setup.
April 20, 2021
This training collar helped with Blaze's training so much. He did great on leash, but once he was off leash, it was a big of a struggle. We followed the tips that came on the training DVD and they work great! Blaze does not mind the collar at all and gets excited when we get it out to put it on. He knows he is going to get to run and work.
ProsEasy to use, easy to follow instructions, battery life. Great training DVD.
April 17, 2021
Steve at Gun Dog Supply recommended this for my needs. It fits perfectly. I like the smaller box/receiver as a have a smaller breed. Remote is easy to use. The option of only using tone/sound is a feature I was looking for. I think it's a nice collar at a very reasonable price.
ProsChecks off all my needs
ConsNone so far
Very Happy with this product
April 14, 2021
Bought this on my brother's recommendation for a 2 yr old english shepherd who had decided he enjoyed visiting the neighbors (and their livestock) without adult supervision. With three weeks of daily training with this remote training collar his recall is now 100% and he stays on the farm. We can now walk off property off leash with confidence, and he is living his best life as a free range hole diggin' squirrel chasin' farm dog. We are all much happier (especially the neighbors).
ProsEasy to use and I thought the video was super helpful. You can return the collar if this system doesn't work for you.
ConsI was not a fan of the written training directions-but very happy once I watched the video-and if you have a hairy dog you need to make sure the points are in contact with the dogs' skin.
"Peace" of mind
April 14, 2021
I am not cheap but, hate to spend needlessly, buying something thar is overkill. I was hesitant and sweating to buy this SD 425X (spending this much money) however, after I had it in hand and used it on my dog, I was at peace in my mind with getting it! Able to customize buttons and control over intensity level, you are able to coordinate how you train and what will work on the dog. Not heavy or cumbersome, perfect for the pup I have (GWP).
ProsThe collar fits all neck sizes and very user friendly
ConsYou HAVE to read the manual...
By John K.
March 28, 2021
We have owned Gun Dog products before and have been very happy with their products. This training collar is easy to use and works well. We did have a difficult time with it at first, as we did not put the collar on tight enough. Our other Gun Dog collar we had worked well with being looser on our dog's neck. Once we realized it needed to be tighter, we had no problem and it worked very well. Highly recommend this collar.
By michael r.
March 24, 2021
meat and exceled my expectation my golden is now controlled with just a few hours of training. Thank you .
Sport dog e-collars
March 24, 2021
The Sport Dog e-collars really are “gear like we would have designed.” Our English Setter is always busily birding when we are outside. The e-collar let’s us call her in when we can no longer see or hear her. Rarely do we need to use more than the tone button as she is well trained with these collars. We also use an e-collar for our Golden to discourage him from approaching everyone we meet while walking. (He thinks everyone wants to pet a Golden). We only use the tone on him—he learned quickly to return at the tone even even though he was six before we introduced him to the collar.
ProsThese collars are waterproof and appear to be comfortable for our dogs.
ConsWe have discovered that salt water and packed sand can-after three plus years of such abuse-cause the collar to "die."
March 21, 2021
I love this company. I’ve purchased 3 sportdog collars from them and they’ve been great. The best part is the customer service, let’s face it you can order anything from anywhere, however can you call up and get a live person or the owner himself? I have had numerous consultations with them walking me through all my questions. You simply do not get that service anywhere now, they are a gem.
washington the state
March 18, 2021
like having various levels of attention getters, love the beep button, all i have to use after my dog required a couple of attention reminders, and really love the two hour recharge battery.
Prosall of the above
Works well for us
February 12, 2021
After borrowing a different model from a friend we purchased this one since we did not the range the other offered. Once we got used to the different model we found this one to meet our needs. It is easy to use- I like the size of the transmitter and the range is sufficient. Our dog learns quickly and we rarely need to reinforce our commands. We adopted our lab a few months ago (she is about 3 yo) She ran wild in the woods behind our house when let loose, but now stays with us. We are also able to take her XC skiing and ice fishing and my husband is looking forward to pheasant season. The collar was also effective when training her to stay and wait.
ProsSize of transmitter.
ConsThe only con as compared to another model is that the tone button is not accessible without turning the levels dial. It would be nice to have its own button.
Everything it's supposed to be.
January 24, 2021
This collar is perfect for trading around the house and yard. Perfect size for my 25lb Boston Terrier. All the features on this collar resemble that of the more expensive collars I've used training far ranging field trial bird dogs. For the price this collar cannot be beat.
ProsSize Ease of us Number of features Well rounded construction
The SD-425x functions as advertised. It is instant and has a good range. I am pleased.
January 21, 2021
Although I have not used the collar extensively, it has functioned as I needed. I will use it only after the dog knows my commands and then only when she refuses or delays too much. Having corrective control at a distance is a good way to avoid or correct problems of failing to obey when I am sure the dog knows what is expected.
Very happy with the purchase
January 19, 2021
We found the website helpful, informing us to make an informed choice as to which training collar to try out. And "try out" was fantastic with the 30-day trial period, giving us confidence to see if this would help. It didn't take long and we were sold. This collar worked great for our cattle dog. She came to us as a rescue dog with some ongoing, deeply ingrained behavioral issues. We put in some good work before getting the collar and she was making progress, but there seemed to be a wall that was difficult to push through. The accompanying instructional dvd was helpful to get us started right away. She is now doing great in so many ways and guests visiting us regularly comment how much different of a dog she is, as it is apparent she simply enjoys being a dog. Thanks for the help!
Very good all-around training collar
January 17, 2021
We have used Sportdog ecollars to train our dogs for years for indoor and offleash obedience, hobby sports, and focus and attention training around our chickens and other animals. I recently purchased the Sportdog Field Trainer SD-425X system for our 6 month old Siberian husky pup, and it has made all the difference in our focus training and obedience. The wide range of stimulation levels along with a vibration/tone setting allow us to use just the right level to get his attention without scaring or hurting him. He is learning to focus on us when we give a direction, and he is happy to do it! He is swiftly mastering obedience in high distraction environments and has mastered offleash recall from a distance. The collar system came with a training dvd and long-line which were also helpful in offleash recall training, whether you have experience like we do or are new to using ecollars. This is a solidly made but lightweight, comfortable collar that our pup doesn't object to wearing. He knows when the collar comes out, he gets to have fun! It is everything we hoped for and come to expect from a Sportdog collar and worth every penny.
Pros-Compact -Lightweight -Fast charging -Long collar band adjustable to nearly any size dog -Wide range of stimulation settings -Good reciever range -Durable
Great training collar
January 15, 2021
It's easy to use with great instructions for the novice trainer.
By Jennifer F.
My Brittany is finally listening!
January 13, 2021
My girl is a pet dog but has the need for speed. I take her off leash in my neighborhood and on trails or the beach. I started with a cheap collar off Amazon but she would get too excited and ignore it. I can turn this collar up when needed and get her attention. It’s always a risk off leash, but I’ve learned these bird dogs need the exercise or they’re destructive. This collar provides a safe alternative.
January 2, 2021
ordered shipped received good product, if everything in life worked like this life would be really different thank you gun dog supply and sport dog
By Nancy G.
Great for rural pet management
December 30, 2020
I purchased this collar to replace a "pet park & yard"- grade collar that was not powerful enough for our needs. Our dog Callie is both a skilled fence escape artist and an enthusiastic varmint-chaser. Too often, we'd discover she'd escaped the yard and was free-ranging our ten acres or the neighbors' pastures with no way to call her back as the collar we had was either out of power or beyond range. This collar is perfect for our needs; it holds power for more than a day's use, withstands mud and rain, recharges in a couple of hours, and is powerful enough to call Callie home even through trees.
ProsLong-lasting, quick to recharge, works in rain and mud, easy to set up and use.
ConsThe charging cords do not fit snugly in the collar and handpiece slots making it tricky to position the cords so that they don't fall out of the equipment while charging.
Unforeseen value in a small package
December 30, 2020
A broad stimulus range which is easily adjusted and covers all the situations we needed it for.
ProsThe transmitter is small enough to be worn around the neck and there for the grabbing. Having vibration or tone options is nice. The Sportdog videos are outstanding and worth the cost of the SD-425X itself.
ConsThe activate button on receiver is a bit on the soft side. Other than that I am too impressed with the 'Pros' to think of any 'Cons' at this point.
Whatcom County, Wash.
Great unit, nice and small/lighweight
December 22, 2020
The Sport Dog 425X is perfect for what we wanted. We've been using our Garmin PRO 550 plus GPS tracker for 2 years and I love it for upland and waterfowl hunting. But the controller is way too large and heavy for my lil' wife to haul around on her early morning runs with the dog. The 425X controller is tiny and lightweight, fits into the palm of my hand. My wife loves it. Also is simple and easy to understand and use.
ProsSmall, lightweight. Easy to use.
ConsAsk me in two years.
Easy and effective
December 21, 2020
This training collar is very effective and easy to use. It allows for different options to be used for optimal behavior patterns from our dogs.
Remote training collar
December 20, 2020
Excellent product. Easy to use ‘
By Eric K.
November 30, 2020
Gun Dog Supply was fast shipping, great store and I continue to support Steve's site. However, this SD425X is garbage. I purchased SD425X for our small, in house dog, collar is always dead and when transmitter is on level 4 collar decides to beep instead of stimulate. I also tried the 1875 Upland which was also.... not for me. Stick with TT / Garmin, they can't be beat in my opinion. Years ago I started with the Pro100 and currently have Pro550 Upland and couldn't be happier, beeper durability is another topic as I go through a beeper every year but transmitter and collar work flawlessly EVERYTIME.
ConsUnreliable, transmitter too small
November 22, 2020
This collar is easy to operate and has a variety of settings, making it usable for any dog. I also like having the sound, vibrate, or nick options. Though I don't totally agree with the training methods advocated by the makers of the collar, it is handy to have a professional's view of how to properly use and set the collar.
By David R.
October 30, 2020
collar receiver spot on, 3yr old Brittany never ranges. Didn't realize transmitter sold without belt clip, miss that. My bad, but surprised it's not standard. Gundogsupply always on the ball!
Great product and great customer service
October 20, 2020
We've only had this product a couple of months but so far, we are very impressed with it. The transmitter has many settings to make it very versatile for a wide range of dogs. That is helpful because even our puppy, who has been so responsive to training, has his moments when he is so distracted that he refuses to respond to our attempts to get him under control. It's great to be able to easily and quickly increase the amount of stimulus he receives, to get his attention once again. The unit is also submersible. That was great in that I didn't have to remove the collar before letting our dog play in a river. We could still call him back when his playing took him too far away. We had a slight problem with the strap of the collar but customer service replaced it immediately. That was great. We're glad we bought this unit from this company, especially since there are so many companies from which to choose, and it's hard to know which one to trust..
ProsGreat range of levels of correction. Quality construction -- It looks very durable. Waterproof/submersible Great customer service
ConsHaven't found any yet.
Compact & Adjustable
October 14, 2020
I like the small size of the transmitter along with the different adjustments the collar offers.
ProsWaterproof Lightweight Compact transmitter Adjustable settings
ConsHaven't found one yet
Perfect collar for our Australian Shepard
October 7, 2020
Our Aussie, Darby, is very smart and has been easy to train. I really like this collar as it is sturdy and very easy to put on. The collar and buckle stay in place when put on per the instructions (snug). I have the remote set to 1 and my dog reacts (flicks his ears) to the low 1 stimulus; I only have to use the 1 medium stimulus if he is extremely distracted as the medium 1 stimulus gets his attention immediately. I love the lanyard for the remote which keeps me hands-free if we are using a leash. I'm very impressed with the product overall and I really enjoyed the training CD. Great product and I highly recommend it. We visit the beach often and will see how well this remote collar holds up after exposed to salt water. We will follow the guideline to wash with clean water after each exposure. Our previous remote collar did not hold up to the salt water exposure. The result of this exposure will certainly impact our overall review of this remote training collar.
ProsThe collar is very well made and the buckle is easy to put on our dog. I trimmed the collar length once I was sure of the size and fit. The small remote is easy to use and I really like the raised button on the medium stimulus - easy to find by touch. The lanyard has been great for me as I am hands-free with the remote when we walk our dog (Darby) on a leash. I am very happy with this remote collar and its accessories. Thank you Steve for the informational training CD and your follow up. I have been extremely impressed with your company.
ConsI do not have any Cons at this time.
Training new Lab puppy
October 7, 2020
I’ve been training my new lab puppy -Stella for the last 3 months. We got her at 8 week old and at 5 months she had all the basic commands understood. I followed Dokkens hunting puppy training DVD. At this point I purchased Sportdog field trainer to reinforce those learned commands - heel, sit, down, come, place. At this point Stella is very good at all commands with a 50 ‘ check cord. Over next few weeks I’ll be removing check cord and lease and I’m confident I’ll have well trained lab at the 6 month point! Everyday is an adventure with Stella but so far so good!
ProsCompact Easy to use Good Battery life Water proof
ConsDon't have any
By T W.
Appeared to work well initially...until lost!
September 21, 2020
After going through the collar set up process detailed in the manual, i then proceeded out to the field with my beagle to put it to the real test. I first started her out in an open field where I could observe her reactions to the collar (mild stimulation) ...appeared that it was going to perform as expected. Then we headed to the thicket. Totally unexpected, that was the last I was to see my new collar! I'm not sure how it came off ...was attached properly, plenty tight enough, but inevitably was no match for the thicket my beagle was running in. I took a quick look for it, however being the 'jungle' that it was, it would have been like finding a needle in a hay stack. Seeing as how the collar is not equipped with a 'tracking' feature, at the very least my suggestion to the company (or future buyer) would be to somehow design/equip the collar to be "reflective", where one could possibly locate it after dark with a light. Without that feature...a $160 lesson in life for me!
ProsFor the money, I don't believe you'd be disappointed in the SportDog SD 425-X. This remote and the collar allowed for an appreciable range of settings to fit the temperament of any dog, from just needing a little stimulation for correction or enough to 'jolt' them out of their stubborn tendency.
ConsOne major downside, the chance that it can somehow becoming detached from the dog much too easily! By the time I had caught back up to my beagle on a hot rabbit trail, I saw that the collar was missing, this within the first 10 to 15 minutes. And the collar was not attached loosely either! That's the only reason I would not recommend this collar as it is, without some type of way (reflective tape, etc.) to retrieve it. It is a gut-dropping feeling when you finally encounter your furry hunting partner minus the collar. I realize there are other products that have the GPS tracking feature, but you're going to pay considerably more.
Works as advertised
September 17, 2020
I like the included DVD and instruction manual. Works well.
Its a miracle
September 17, 2020
This product has been amazing for us! We got a rescue dog, a large hound, at about a year old. He is not an aggressive dog, but he is big and loud and was hard to control. Sometimes he would have barking fits and it was overwhelming. He knew some commands like sit, but would not perform them with consistency. He got out a couple times and it was terrifying because we live in a semi urban area with traffic, and we could not catch him. We were having second thoughts about keeping him, even though he is a sweet dog when calm. An e-collar was recommended so we purchased this product. I watched the enclosed DVD and got started right away with the method from the video. I'm not kidding when I say that within 2 training sessions, he was sitting, coming, staying, heeling (sort of) with consistency. I only used the beep function and the lowest shock, which feels sort of like when you touch your tongue to a battery, but less intense. Now, after a week and a half of a couple 15 min sessions each day, he obeys most of the time just seeing the transmitter. Sometimes he needs the beep, and sometimes the shock, especially when having a barking fit, but mostly he just needs to see the transmitter. Before, at walk time, it was nearly impossible to get the leash on because he would bark insanely and jump up on me. Now, with the e-collar, he will sit and stay while getting the leash on. He will sit and stay on a walk when we see another dog. Even my kids are doing training sessions with him and he is obeying our 10 year old. It is so awesome! I could not be more satisfied.
Merchant Response:Mindy, Thanks for the review! I'm glad to hear SportDOG SD-425X has made such a difference. Give us a call at 1-800-624-6278 and one of our Product Specialists can help out with any questions you have about the system's operation. Thanks, Ben
ProsEasy to charge, easy to use. The charge lasts a few days (I think). The strap/lanyard that comes with it makes it easy to keep the transmitter with me. The low shock level clearly does not cause him any pain.
ConsThe info on the DVD and in the written manual are contradictory regarding training strategy, so that is a little confusing. I have only used the side button, and I don't really understand the difference between the 3 buttons. It isn't obvious to me when the battery is getting low.
By LGD M.
September 17, 2020
I have a very stubborn dog who likes to do things at her pace, and on her own terms. We purchased this to work on recall and other basic commands such as leave it...and she has really changed her while learning ways around! Great product, and now my dog listens, and recall is getting much better!
ProsEasy to use, works as it should
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