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.
The SD-425 is one of the smallest of the SportDOG collars that's out there, both transmitter and collar. It's designed for a pretty wide range of dogs. It's a 500 yard system and it covers a lot of different features for a pretty small unit.
The size of it is a big deal. It's very comfortable in your hand. The original 400 units I didn't care for as much. They didn't fit my hand as well. But the 425, they've made a slight change to it and it's just a little bit more comfortable.
They've also made a change to the antenna. It's a little prettier design than what we had on the 400.
The 425 features vibe tone on the dial. So in the first position on your dial you have a V/T. depending on which mode you are in, you can have both vibration and tone at the same time operating off of different buttons. In this setup we have tone on the side and then we have vibe on the front buttons. To get a stimulation, we then move up. We still have tone on the side, but now we are stimming on the front buttons. To move back to vibration simply turn your dial back to V/T and you've got vibration again.
The idea behind this is that you can have a lot more options, especially in a multi-dog mode. If you set this up in a two or three dog mode, you can still have vibration or tone depending on which setup you prefer. They also have a couple of setups where you can have both vibration and tone. And then you've got a wide choice of stimulation levels.
Really small collar. I'm pretty comfortable with this on a dog that's about 10 pounds and up. It comes with regular and long contact points. It's got the rapid charging system that SportDOG has on most of their collars. You can get a full charge from a completely drained battery in about two hours.
Just a really easy system to work with. 500 yards is going to cover most people. It's a great pet collar. It's a great obedience trainer. And I used one all season on my Labrador in duck hunting situations and in pheasant situations. It is just a great little trainer for that type of work. I was real pleased with it. It's a very popular collar for us and we've had a lot of success with them.
"Range is 10 times better than my previous collar."
Hunts. Family pet. Let me start by saying that my dog is not full time e-collar training yet. She is still a little young, but we do use it from time to time. I am very happy with the time I have spent with the collar. I am excited because of the tone function. I live in Ohio where we get 'weather'. I like that I have 400 yards that are in affected by wind direction.
It feels solidly built, and the few times I have used it, it produced the results that I expected. In about a month is when I am expecting to go full time.
I am excited that if I keep this collar for a few years, I can get replacement batteries. This makes it exciting to know my next dog I can use this same collar on.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5502 Reviewed: 2013-11-18 Featured Review
"I've been fostering Sophie for 5 months now, and working on her aggression issues...I'm finally confident that she will thrive when she finds her forever home!"
Owns 3 dogs. Family pet. I've been using the 425S for 4 days now, and the change in behavior in Sophie, my very active and aggressive bully girl, has been amazing. I've been fostering Sophie for 5 months now, and working on her aggression issues on a regular basis with trainers and on my own. I'm sure all that work formed a solid basis for the change this week, but her responses to commands are so good now that I rarely have to actually 'nick' her. Before, her responses would depend on her mood and the situation, and you could see that she was making decisions before complying or ignoring commands. Now her response is immediate with no thinking involved. I'm finally confident that she will thrive when she finds her forever home!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5457 Reviewed: 2013-11-15 Featured Review
Hound/ Lab mix. Family pet. This product is terrific. I finally have control of my strong-minded dog in the woods and at the dog park. It has been a great supplement to my training efforts. It worked instantly. My dog was very responsive to the tone only. I seldom need the stimulation. I recommend it to all my dog friends. Thanks.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5954 Reviewed: 2013-12-01 Featured Review
"The collar has worked wonderfully in correcting undesired behaviors."
Hunts. Family pet. Very good product. Holds a charge a long time. There are 7 levels of correction. I've only had to use level 4 and usually keep it on level 3. I haven't tested the limits of correction distance, but so far, If I can see him, I can correct him.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3417 Reviewed: 2013-08-15
Family pet. Outstanding! After a few days of training, my dog works the fields, but stays around and response to any corrections. Being a puppy (9 months), he has loads of energy, but I am comfortable in knowing that he responds to my calls and returns to me. No Lost Dog!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3772 Reviewed: 2013-10-18
"Had the SD 400 for years. The only issue I ever had was the 12 hour recharge time. The 425 takes care of this issue. Love it. Strongly recommend."
Hunts. Family pet. Collar works very well. I love the three functions. While using I notice my dog (Molly) responds more to the vibration, which I like a lot. Having the audio, vibration and stimulation mode is perfect for training. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a E collar.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4036 Reviewed: 2013-10-20
"I'm very happy with the way our dog rspond since we started training him with the SD-425."
Fox Terrier. Family pet. Dexter, my Fox Terrier is very stubborn and very active like most Fox Terrier are. I have tried another collar from another company prior to acquire the SD-425. I'm very happy with the way our dog rspond since we started training him with the SD-425.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4267 Reviewed: 2013-10-22
"This collar has helped us give immediate corrections when necessary, and we love that it came with the vibrate and tone (that's all we ever needed to use after the first few times)."
Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. This collar has really helped with my dogs. We live in the middle of town and like to let the dogs roam the yard (pretty good sized area), but we had a problem with one constantly barking at the people that would come and go at the park across the street. This collar has helped us give immediate corrections when necessary, and we love that it came with the vibrate and tone (that's all we ever needed to use after the first few times).
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4401 Reviewed: 2013-10-26
"Great E-Collar for close work, and a great value."
Labrador. Hunts. I have been very satisfied with this collar. It is just as advertised on your website. My dog is just over 7 months old and knows the basic commands (sit, stay, heel, come). I bought the collar because he was becoming a little hard-headed.... following the commands when he wanted to, especially when he was away from me. The collar has him focused again. I really like the vibration/beep option in addition to the stimulation. Follow the instructional video. Make sure your dog knows the basics and this collar will be a huge help.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5650 Reviewed: 2013-11-21
Hunts. Works great. 1 year old took to the SD-425 with in 2-3 days. The reach is great. As soon as she hears the tone, she is paying attention. I very seldom have to use any other stimulation. She also loves the collar. If I put it on her, she knows we are doing something she loves to do. Have a hard time taking it back off of her. Great product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6213 Reviewed: 2013-12-05
"I only shocked him once on #1 and now just a beep works."
labrador retriever. Family pet. The Field Trainer SD-425 is an easy to use collar. I bought it to help reinforce commands when my dog is out of sight or has a "squirrel!" moment. My area is home to deer, and little quick movement animals so even walking to the local park can be an excersice in " Leave it!". The SD-425 quickly reminds my 90lbs dog to listen. This is just another tool to use in our daily training times, and it gives me a sense of relief to know now that I have the ability to remind my dog that my word is law, even 100 meters away.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5905 Reviewed: 2013-11-29
"Reviewed all collars here and compared prices elsewhere and bought here."
Doberman Pincer. Family pet. The small size of both the controller and the collar are fantastic! Not too sure about the tuning dial, needs more levels, but he's growing 6 lbs a week! Gun Dog Supply is the best source for e collars. The video reviews were invaluable. Reviewed all collars here and compared prices elsewhere and bought here.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5902 Reviewed: 2013-11-29
"Helped off-leash obedience drastically. Accelerated my puppy's learning curve while keeping training fun for both of us."
Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. The partnership I have with my Doberman Nina has only gotten better since the SportDOG FieldTrainer SD-425. Communication is so much easier, I wish I had done the investment long ago.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7067 Reviewed: 2014-01-04
Owns 3 dogs. The SD-425 seems to be a really well made unit. It has very user friendly controls, multiple features and options, as well as being very compact. Not only the controller, but the collar is very light and slim, yet seems very durable. I've used other training collars in the past, including an older Tri-Tronics unit that I was not near as pleased with, as I am this unit. It's a smarter design than I've seen or used. Even down to the ability to use it ALL day, then completely recharge it in only two hours!! The German Shepard I'm using it on weighs about 105lbs., is VERY active, and responds to a level 1 nick with no further stimulation needed. (Unit has 1-7 level settings). Great product!! I'd highly recommend it!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6659 Reviewed: 2013-12-24
Family pet. I love the trainer. My dog has really responded to it, and the vibrating collar is a great feature. I don't have to shock her, I just vibrate the collar and she knows to respond. I do wish it had a little more shock at level 7 for the days she needs the extra correction. Had I to do it all over again, I think I would have gotten the 425S.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6603 Reviewed: 2013-12-21
Hunts. Family pet. Collar battery does not hold charge as long as listed. I only get about half the amount of the charge. Also, the rubber plug for the charging port fell off after 3 weeks of use. Other than that, the system works very well. I have just ordered a replacement collar and will compare the duration of the charge and let you know if the replacement holds a longer charge as the manual states it should.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3448 Reviewed: 2013-08-16
Hunts. Family pet. This is a great training tool. Taught my dog to quit barking in half dozen corrections. Basic obedience commands are a snap with this. Wish it was a bit stronger. I have not used it in the field, but my dog is very spirited when he finds a game bird.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3450 Reviewed: 2013-08-16
"News at the dog park is, this is the place to do business. After two days of working with my boxer, I am now the boss."
Family pet. Collar is excellent, and the customer service even better. News at the dog park is, this is the place to do business. After two days of working with my boxer, I am now the boss. I had to shock her once on the #1 setting, and she got the message to listen to me. Thanks.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3454 Reviewed: 2013-08-16
"Seems to be just about the only thing that can hold my male lab in a sit and stay while another lab retrieves"
Owns 6 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. The first transmitter I received did not charge. Called troubleshooting number in the manual, and the representative was great. They sent me a new transmitter. When the new transmitter arrived, it did not charge. Called the troubleshooting number in the manual and the representative was, again, great. She told me that they replaced a part, and that they would send me another transmitter. The third transmitter works like a charm, and seems to be just about the only thing that can hold my male lab in a sit and stay while another lab retrieves.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3456 Reviewed: 2013-08-16
"With the DVD, the training went very well, and the our dog is well on the way to being well trained dog."
1/2black lab-1/2 German Shepard. Family pet. This product really helped in training my dog. I was able to do corrections and set boundaries from anywhere. I didn't have to be right next to her. The tone helps to get her attention and she stops what she is doing. I highly recommend this product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3461 Reviewed: 2013-08-16
"I rate this collar high for the main reason of being able to ride the 4 wheeler with the remote around my neck with no worries of it vibrating out of my pocket."
Hunts. I have an excellent squirrel dog. Her only drawback was killing my chickens. This collar is easy to carry with enough bite to get her attention. Before each shock, I would hit the button that makes the beeping sound, so now when she hears the beep she will lie down, no longer needing a shock. I rate this collar high for the main reason of being able to ride the 4 wheeler with the remote around my neck with no worries of it vibrating out of my pocket.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3468 Reviewed: 2013-08-16
boykin. Hunts. Family pet. I love it. Magnolia is a little sensitive but head strong sometimes. I like the different options the SD425 offers. Plus she is only 35 lbs so the small receiver on the collar works great for her size.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3483 Reviewed: 2013-08-19
Lab and Great Dane. Owns 12 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. I love everything about this. I have not had to turn it past level 3. I do not have to use it much, my dogs listen pretty well. If they get hard headed, as soon as I put it on they listen like a champ. I can leave this sitting around for a month cut off and cut it on and it will still have a charge. The dogs go swimming with it a lot, it holds up well. I have recommended this product to many people, two thumbs up on the SD-425.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3495 Reviewed: 2013-08-22
"I'm new to the technology, but the theory makes sense."
Chocolate Lab. Family pet. Paid attention to the DVD and worked a little harder on Nib's skills on her leads, 8' & 30', before using the e-collar. The results were really gratifying. Responsiveness is good and she's quickly correcting some behaviors that she picked-up under her previous owners. I'm new to the technology, but the theory makes sense. I'll standardize on the Robin MacFarlane protocols for consistency and look forward to even greater improvement.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3509 Reviewed: 2013-09-18
"Much more comfortable having the dog outside, off-leash, with it on."
Family pet. I had a G2 Sport Garmin, and the battery went dead in 14 months :( so I bought this from watching the video (thanks Steve!). What's nice is it vibrates, and that's usually all I need to get the dogs attention. Time will tell though, because I've only had it a few weeks, which is not long enough. Ask me in a year, although the video says they used it a year on their Lab with no issues.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7047 Reviewed: 2014-01-04
German Shepherd. Family pet. I like this training aid. I've found it to be effective and simple to use. I needed a trainer that was simple to use, easy to carry, waterproof, and able to deliver over a distance of 20-200 meters. I got it all with this trainer. Good price and good product. And it has proven to hold a charge - big plus.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4083 Reviewed: 2013-10-21
"The rubber plugs that covert the charging port break off over time."
Family pet. I cannot say. The first one was defective, which I reported. Gun Dog Supply immediately sent another, which arrived promptly. Hard as it is to believe, it, too was defective, in the same way: the transmitter charging light did not come on, and the transmitter refused to accept a charge. (Both receivers were fine.) Thinking I must have done something wrong, I called your office and spoke to someone there, who verified that I had not. I decided to try another model, the 350, which has been shipped. I will give you a report after I have tried it. I will also return the two defective collars as soon as the new one arrives. The person I spoke with, whose name I do not know, was polite and helpful.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3455 Reviewed: 2013-08-16
"About to give this a bad rating...New one seems to be better. "
I was about to give this a bad rating since this is the second one I have ordered in less than a year. Problems: Bad connection on charger. Charge prong broke and had to order another. Signal did not always transmit....at least thats what it appear. New one ordered seems to be better but jury is still out.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3423 Reviewed: 2013-08-15
Hunts. Does not hold a charge. Stem is inconsistent in it's strength.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3442 Reviewed: 2013-08-15
"Found it to be very inconsistent, especially when the battery get below about 75% charge. In Gun Dog's defense, they contacted me when I complained. But I never think to call until I am out in the field."
Hunts. Family pet. When it works, it works great, but it does not give a consistent signal. I couldn't understand why. Sometimes she would ignore it, and other times yelp on the same setting. So I tested it on myself... Found it to be very inconsistent, especially when the battery get below about 75% charge. In Gun Dog's defense, they contacted me when I complained. But I never think to call until I am out in the field. I have found that if you play with the dial it works ok again.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3419 Reviewed: 2013-08-15
Hunts. When this collar works it's great, and when it doesn't the dog pays the price. I have not looked into getting it repaired or replace yet. I have used it for about 2 months. Most of the time the lower setting range 2-3 works great. A shake of Gaby's head, and she is eyes on me looking for a command, or her hearing suddenly improves. But then there are times that I get no reaction at all. 4 no response 5 no response 6 still nothing... then 7... top of the range.. nothing... then after a few taps she screeches...
I tested it on myself and found it was very inconsistent with impulse given. At times, but not always, I would get nothing on my wrist (with good contact) at level 1, 2, and 3... and zapped hard on 4...
Have also tried repeatedly hitting the signal button 4 or 5 times on setting 3. The first few times, little or no signal, then bang. This seems to happen fresh off the charger or after a few hours in the field. Sometimes it works great for days. Other times it works about every other time. My guess is poor components or shabby construction. I can't wait till I can afford something better. I will be looking a little closer at the reviews next time.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3385 Reviewed: 2013-06-11
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.
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SportDOG FieldTrainer SD-425 Transmitter (Remote)
500 yard range
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 Collar
Slim-profile collar design fits closer to your dog's neck
3/4" black collar strap
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 Comes With:
Active SportDOG SD 425 collar
SportDOG SD 425 transmitter
Short stimulation probes
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
Dual lead battery charger -- Save time because you can charge both collar and transmitter at the same time from one plug
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
Waterproof and submersible Collar and Transmitter
No external collar antenna 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 Batteries
Lithium Ion batteries
Two hour rapid charge system for the transmitter and collar
User-replaceable, rechargeable batteries in the collar and transmitter
Get 40-60 hours "on time" between charges
Comes with a DUAL LEAD CHARGER letting you charge both collar and handheld at the same time
Stimulation from the SportDOG SD-425
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 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.