I got a final version of the SD 425 right around the beginning of hunting season in 2012. While I had been looking forward to this collar coming out, it really was not something that I planned to use for myself and I figured after a short few tests I would be done with it. I am still using it several months later and it is now one of my favorite collars. It's in my truck right now and I use it almost every day. I have used it on Roxy for every duck hunt this year and I expect to keep using it around the house for some time.
The 425 is the replacement for the extremely popular SD 400. This version fixes several things that the 400 was missing and brings it in line with the new generation SportDOG collars.
The new features of the 425 include:
Rapid 2 hour charge
Mode selection collar choices for sensitive and regular dogs
Tone and Vibration options
Multi dog modes that include Tone or Vibration on the dial, allowing you to use tone or vibration when in a two or three dog set up
The 425 is a great collar for obedience work, retrievers and flushers. It's going to quickly become one of our best sellers in its category.
While the 400 has been our best selling collar under $200 for the last 8 or 9 years, I never really found a use for it. The 425 has changed that for me. It is an awesome system for folks that don't need a lot of range but want a full featured system for working close to medium range dogs.
Our two young Labs (11 and 9 months) obeyed, but inconsistently. At times they would just ignore voice command. After just one day of re-training with the 425 2 Dog system, they both are under control consistently with just TONE. Our only regret is we didn't start this 3 months ago and avoided a lot of frustration. Worth every penny.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13728 Reviewed: 2014-09-15
Wonderful product!!! Both puppies respond well to the SportDog Field Trainer. One is more stubborn than the other, but the setting can be adjusted to suit each dog. I highly recommend it for training. We live on four acres of unfenced property, and it works great.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 12552 Reviewed: 2014-08-03
"This product gives you complete control over both dogs without even thinking about the process."
Only problem was the cord around my neck was too long and interfered with my bicycling. I had to replace that. But it works fantastically well with the dogs, who had a tendency to chase deer. I really appreciate the vibrate function. I almost never have to use the stimulate.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11833 Reviewed: 2014-06-28
I ordered a collar from Gun Dog Supply several years ago and was very happy with it. This new collar is even greater, as you can control 2-3 dogs with one transmitter and also use tone/vib or stimulation on 2-3 dogs. I highly recommend this collar. It's perfect!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 15058 Reviewed: 2014-10-31
Had to upgrade to the big stubborn dog collar for the 110 lb pit bull. Was talked out of getting AS collar by sales rep on phone when I asked for it during initial purchase. But Big dog would not break off hot pursuit even at max setting. He would turn head and try to bite collar, but keep up the chase!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10075 Reviewed: 2014-04-17
"Dogs are very responsive and get excited when they see their collars."
I brought this product to facilitate training and to give my dogs (1 1/2 year old shepherd mix and 8 month old pit mix) access to our 2+acres. Before training, dogs would bolt into the woods/street and not come back when called. Both dogs are 50lbs. Product arrived promptly in good condition with easy enough instructions, Informational DVD and manuals helpful and knowledgeable. Make sure you read the booklets to get familiar with the devices, and watch the DVD before starting. Dogs are very responsive and get excited when they see their collars. Amazing product worth every penny. Use it correctly and have patience. This product will change your lives and bring you and your dog(s) closer together. Best features: water proof (tested and legit) + long battery life before needing to recharge.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10361 Reviewed: 2014-04-30
Confused at first about setup. Got great support from company. Collars work wonderfully. My Schnoodle had gotten deaf, and with the collar he comes running eagerly to me. I love it. Love the lights that tell me if on or off, love being able to feel the vibration myself and be sure collars are working.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17371 Reviewed: 2015-01-04
Beagles are notorious for when their noses hit the ground their ears shut down. These collars are wonderful. We normally can use vibrate, and once and a while have to use level 1 or 2. This also enables us to use a boat whistle to begin with, which never used to work. So whistle first, then vibrate, and last resort level 1 or 2. Pretty awesome.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10620 Reviewed: 2014-05-07
I walk my two dogs by myself, and they greatly out power me. This gives me the control I need when there are distractions for my dogs. I usually have it set on level 1-2, and it gets their attention off the distraction and back on me and the commands that I'm giving. It took awhile for my trainer to convince me, but I'm glad he did, and that he recommend your company.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 9103 Reviewed: 2014-03-14
I can't comment because I haven't put them on my dogs yet. After watching your training video it was obvious I had jumped the gun in buying the trainers. My dogs still needed some basic training. Well, I am now getting them some training, and we are working on leash walking and other commands. My plan is to switch to the trainers after they have a good understanding of what "heel" means! I also bought the no-bark collars. It's worked well with one of them, but the other has had a rough time. He scratches it so much that he has scratch off almost all of hair on his neck. He will still stop barking after a few times, but I'm not convinced this was the right way to go with him -- although I don't know any other way.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 9654 Reviewed: 2014-04-03
Arrived as promised and was exactly what we needed. The Lab loves to just roam off, so the collar was a great deterrent to his walk-about tendencies. The Brittany is still young and just loves to run. She could be out of sight in mere seconds, so the collar works for her too. Thanks, Steve for a great product
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17476 Reviewed: 2015-01-07
The first unit I received unfortunately had a problem, and although it charged, it did not work, but the replacement works just fine. Steve was very pleasant and easy to work with.
I have a former military working dog (Belgian Malinois) that we recently adopted. She is very energetic and goal oriented. She does not like getting NO for an answer if she want to do something or go someplace. Since I have been using the collar, she is much better at coming when she is called or stopping undesirable behavior, such as chasing our cats and peacocks. I do not have to use it very much now, but when I do, it is VERY effective. I definitely recommend this product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6428 Reviewed: 2013-12-12
plott and a basset/mix. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.
I run both dogs while I call coyotes and bobcats. The vibrate mode is a great feature. I can now silently get the dogs to return to me while I am using my predator call. The properties I hunt are free range for cattle and horses and the dogs used to bark at and chase both. One outing with the collars cured the problem. The collars work excellent.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6877 Reviewed: 2013-12-30
"They certainly respond immediately to the buzzer feature."
These training collars are working well for stopping my young dogs from chasing my cows and donkeys. I am currently working with them to stop their chewing and digging. They certainly respond immediately to the buzzer feature. I have not had to use the stimulation feature yet.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7423 Reviewed: 2014-01-18
"The collar is easy to operate and it is easy to control both dogs from one controller."
Set-up of the collar was surprisingly easy. Caution with making sure which strength setting you have the collar on. Medium was probably to high for our younger dog. It is nice to have that many options though. Range on this collar is much better than our last collar. The collar is easy to operate and it is easy to control both dogs from one controller.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5964 Reviewed: 2013-12-01
"I also like that in each generation the receiver seems to get a little smaller and lighter."
As Steve said in his review, this collar system addresses the problems of the previous model, the 400. I had a 400 system that I use on two dogs that I bought in 2011 and used continuously until the batteries started to give out. I was happy with it except for the inability to use the vibe or tone function when set up for two dogs. Now that I have that option I am very happy.
I have only had this a short time so I can't speak to its durability, but the 400 system went through some pretty awful stuff with zero problems so I am hoping for the same from the 425. I also like that in each generation the receiver seems to get a little smaller and lighter.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 18551 Reviewed: 2015-02-11
I haven't tried the devices yet. They look good. But I watched the training DVD. I have to say it would benefit a lot from some professional production advice. It is very boring and doesn't show how to handle a variety of distraction situations. It doesn't show dogs of different drive and anxiety levels. Competitor's DVDs are much better.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11304 Reviewed: 2014-06-04
Our 2 boxer/lab dogs, 1 male and 1 female are responding well to the use of the collars. The collars are made to withstand the elements and are of a quality that is way above the ones we had previously. The SportDOG is helping to get our 1 yr. old dogs to obey our commands and for that we are very pleased with our purchase.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5182 Reviewed: 2013-11-08
"Gun Dog Supply is a great company I and will continue to buy from them."
You really have to sinche down the collar to get any results, and my wife and I would rather not put our dogs in that situation. I am into discipline, but I noticed that when the collar did work properly, by then I had it cranked up to where the dogs experienced a very sharp shock! Thanks, Woody.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10429 Reviewed: 2014-05-02
These collars are definitely a lot different than the older models. The Sportdog collars I had before were great, but seems like the collar and controller stopped talking to each other (but not before I had them put through salt water every weekend for like a year). Not sure what happened, but I decided to stay with Sportdog and get the newer model. The new model feels lighter (almost cheap feeling), and the buttons to turn them on are on the inside where the dogs neck is, whereas the older models had the buttons on the side. That being said, it's nice to be able to control both dogs on a single remote AND still have the tone/vibrate function. The only real difference I've really noticed performance-wise is the fact I have to turn the collar up pretty high to get a reaction (like 5 or higher, collar only goes up to 7) out of my staffie. On the old model I would go up to maybe 4; 5 would cause him to yelp. I've checked the collar tightness and made sure everything was in working order. That being said, the collars seem to be ok for I need.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8726 Reviewed: 2014-03-02
The SportDOG Field Trainer SD 425 is an incredibly versatile training collar and a good choice for all-around use. The SportDOG FieldTrainer SD 425 is ideal for training in the yard, field, or for hunting with close-working dogs. Both the transmitter and receiver are waterproof and submersible.
The 425 can be expanded to control up to three dogs by adding SportDOG Brand Add-A-Dog collars. The comfortable "soft coat" transmitter finish makes this unit a pleasure to handle.
The low continuous stimulation levels and gradual increases between levels on the SD-425 are particularly useful with sensitive dogs or breeds.
You can customize your SportDOG Field Trainer SD-425 to match your training preference. It comes set up in MODE-1 (a 7-level continuous + 7-level momentary stimulation one dog collar with non-stimulation tone button), but it can easily be changed into 7 different modes with different button configurations.
Owner's Manual Download SportDOG SD-425/425S Owner's Manual, downloadable in .pdf format. Click here
to read the SportDOG SD-425/425S Owner's Manual.
Easy to upgrade to 2 or 3 dogs without loss of tone / vibration feature
DryTek waterproof design -- submersible to 25 ft.
2 hour quick charge Li-Ion batteries that are also user replaceable (3-5 year lifespan with proper care)
40 to 60 hour run time on a full charge
LED battery charge indicator lets you know transmitter is finished charging
Small enough to hang from the included lanyard
Weighs only 1.6 ounces
Measures 1.75" wide by 5.25" tall with antenna
The SportDOG 425 gives you the option of customizing the transmitter to fit YOUR needs. It also allows you the option of changing the stimulation setup as your needs change or if you want different options in different situations.
Modes include Continuous and Momentary with Tone or Vibration. Two or Three Dog Mode features one button per dog with either Tone (Mode 3) or Vibration (Mode 4). You also have the option of Continuous and Momentary with Tone and the ability to activate/deactivate the Locate Beeper (sold separately).
Change MODES in seconds by setting the transmitter dial to the mode you want. Next press the recessed button on the back of the transmitter. The transmitter light then flashes back the number of the mode you have selected. Modes can be changed as often as you like. Change them for different situations or training styles.
SportDOG FieldTrainer SD-425 2-dog Collar
Slim-profile collar design fits closer to your dog's neck
3/4" black and orange collar straps
Internal antenna system
Plastic molded case built to withstand all kinds of training and hunting conditions
Waterproof collar/receiver (perfect for retriever training)
Rechargeable Li-Ion batteries are user-replaceable, heavy duty, and last 3-5 years with proper care
Built-in LED is a battery charge indicator and test light
Weight: 2.4 oz
Receiver Dimensions: 1" wide x 2 1/2" long x 1" thick
Collar Strap Dimensions: 3/4" x 28"
Fits up to a 23" neck
Another feature in the 425 collar is the ability to change stimulation settings at the collar. The collar has a low and medium setting. This allows you the option of finding the correct range of stimulation for your dog. Lower the overall stimulation choices for more sensitive dogs and raise the levels for hard headed or stubborn ones.
You can change the collar setting at any time. You can also have collars set up on different levels and work them from the same transmitter. This allows you the option of working sensitive and stubborn dogs from the same transmitter.
SportDOG SD-425 2-dog Comes With:
2 active SportDOG SD 425 collars
SportDOG SD 425 transmitter
2 sets of short stimulation probes
2 sets of long stimulation probes
Adjustable black collar strap with square roller buckle and metal keeper which fits up to a 23" neck
User replaceable, rechargeable batteries in the collar + transmitter
2 dual lead battery chargers
Extra mud plug for both the transmitter and collar
Lanyard for the transmitter
SportDOG Owner's Manual / Operating Guide
"Basic Training" booklet by Charles Jurney with Rick Smith and Tom Dokken
Basic Training DVD featuring pro trainers Charles Jurney, Rick Smith, Tom Dokken, and Chris Akin
Features of the SportDOG SD-425 2-dog
Waterproof and submersible Collars and Transmitter
No external collar antennas to get hung up
500 yard range
Expandable to use with up to three dogs
Push-button ON/OFF switch activated at the collar
Customizable transmitter settings -- choose from 7 pre-set modes
Up to 7 levels of continuous stimulation and 7 levels of momentary stimulation
Instantly change stimulation intensity from the transmitter (tactile dial)
Tone only option
Vibration only option
Rechargeable, user replaceable Lithium Ion batteries in collar and transmitter
Two hour rapid charge system
Low Battery Detect indicators on both transmitter and receiver
Backed by a One Year Manufacturer Warranty
SportDOG SD-425 2-dog Batteries
Lithium Ion batteries
Two hour rapid charge system for the transmitter and collar
User-replaceable, rechargeable batteries in the collars and transmitter
Get 40-60 hours "on time" between charges
Stimulation from the SportDOG SD-425 2-dog
The SD-425 has multiple intensity levels, which allows you to choose the stimulation that is best for your dog
Seven intensity levels can be quickly adjusted with the dial on the side of the transmitter, meaning you can instantly adjust intensity whenever distractions increase
Teach yardwork/obedience and enforce known commands with lower levels of stimulation
Use higher levels to stop unwanted chasing or to overcome strong distractions
Up to 7 levels of continuous stimulation and 7 levels of momentary stimulation, depending on which mode you choose
SportDOG SD-425 2-dog Range
500 yard range, which is ample for most dog training or for hunting with close-working field dogs. Actual range depends on training conditions, including weather, terrain, presence of cover, etc.