When you buy your first ecollar you have to make a number of choices:
Do I want to train with continuous stimulation or momentary?
Do I want Vibration or Tone?
What if I want BOTH Vibration and Tone?
How much Range do I really need?
How many dogs will I want to control from one transmitter?
Do I need a regular stimulation collar or does my dog require a stronger stimulation level?
Is the collar's stimulation too strong for my dog?
What if I have a mild temperament dog and another one that requires a much higher stimulation level?
What if I need a different level for a softer dog?
It can be hard to make some of these decisions since many of our customers have never USED a training collar before.
I only use continuous stimulation, but you might prefer momentary. What if you THINK you want momentary and you buy a collar
that only has a momentary heavy setup, and then find out 6 months later that you really prefer to train with continuous? If you go with some brands of ecollars, you are out of luck.
The SportDOG 1825 gives you the option of customizing your system to fit YOUR needs. It also allows you the option of changing the setup as your needs change or if you want different options in different situations.
The SportDOG SD 1825 may just be a revolution in ecollar technology. 5 years ago SportDOG came on the market and gave us features that the older ecollar companies had refused to add to their systems. If it were not for SportDOG we would not have waterproof transmitters or expandable multi dog systems. The next time you drop your transmitter in the water, make sure you thank the boys at SportDOG for forcing the other companies to step up.
Now SportDOG has done it again putting the highest level of versatility in a long range e-collar. Oh, and did I mention it does all this for the low, low price of $289.95?
This is the SportDOG 1825. It's one of their top end units. It's a one mile range system. My favorite thing about this particular collar is the toggle switch. Seems like something that would be kinda simple, but what the toggle switch does is it allows you to have multi-dog features that you can't have in a system that does not have a toggle switch. Some of their other units, the 425, the 825, the 1225 do not have a toggle switch.
And so, when you set up a mode where you haveâ€¦right now we are in tone, continuous, and momentary. When you add a second dog to it, you drop the toggle switch down and now you have tone, continuous, and momentary for Dog 2.
So it gives it a little better feature. The other thing that the toggle switch allows in this system is that this will go up to six dogs. When you put it into a six dog mode, it's one button per dog. So you have Dog 1, Dog 2, Dog 3. You kick it into your toggle down switch is 4, 5, and 6.
So, real versatile collar. I have used one for a long time. It was my main collar for a couple of years. And I've enjoyed it. It's a good size. Like a lot of the other SportDOG systems it has a great dial. Very easy system to work with. Good size in the hand. Great range. We list it as a one mile system, but I've kicked one out to two miles before. So real powerful system as far as throwing that signal.
Comes with a larger SportDOG collar. Not too big for most dogs, but it is bigger than what they have on the 425 and the 825. It has the wide range of stim modes. You have a low, a medium, and a high mode. Comes out of the box in medium. Majority of the dogs, that's the mode that they're going to work off of. But if you have a really sensitive dog and you need to drop it down to the low mode, that's an option. If you have a tougher dog that needs more stimulation you can move it up into the high mode. I have one dog that works in the high mode. The rest of mine have worked in the medium. I've never had a dog that was so sensitive that they needed the low mode. But it's nice that it's there in case you run into a dog that needs that.
Really good all-around system. It's got a wide choice of stim levels and it's going to cover most dogs. We've been real happy with it. in my opinion, it's probably the top of the line. Well, it's the top of the line in what SportDOG makes. I've enjoyed using it. I recommend it highly for folks that are looking for a reasonably priced system that has a lot of versatility.
"Our property was simply not conducive to an electric fence, plus it's great for walks around the common area of our neighborhood. He has been confronted with very tempting encounters of which we have been able to maintain control. A great product."
This is an AWESOME tool. My Beagles attitude changed within one walk and training. He is SO MUCH happier that he can run free in the back yard. Our property was simply not conducive to an electric fence, plus it's great for walks around the common area of our neighborhood. He has been confronted with very tempting encounters of which we have been able to maintain control. A great product. Thanks for your advise on your site and the excellent customer service!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 643 Reviewed: 2011-04-26 Featured Review
"I would give this product 6 stars if it was made in the USA."
Customer Service: I ordered the SD1825 and after the first full charge, the collar unit would not charge on the dock. A brand new SD1825 was sent out immediately with an RMA for the defective unit, no questions asked.
Easy to use: Once you've walked through the manual to get a feel for how the thing programs, its a piece of cake. It's just plain intuitive once it's programmed.
Collar unit: Comes with two sizes of prods which helps if you have a hairy/loose skinned dog. The collars are trimmable, but I suggest leaving atleast one untrimmed so you can wrap the collar around the belly "Ronnie Smith Style" to simulate the whoa post. The belly is very sensitive so remember to gauge the belly sensitivity lower than the neck!
Handheld unit: Easy fit for the hand and doesn't take up much space. The dial is easily toggled with gloves on and so are the buttons and the switch. The lanyard attachment is okay, but I suggest clipping this to your vest or belt; otherwise, any actual upland terrain will make anything that dangles a liability. The dial for stimulation levels goes 1-8, and has a satisfying "click" for each number whether dialing up or down. Thats handy if you'd rather not take your eyes off of the dogs while they are working so you can judge their focus level, attitude, etc. (As long as you can remember what number you're on!)
Durabilty: I can vouch for the remote's ability to survive a good dunking in a livestock tank. My dog will beeline when she hunts dead on a good mark, and the collar and collar unit don't show any signs of wearing out after being dragged through mud, brush cactus, whatever. Just give it a wipe down if you're worried about it. Both remote and receiver are waterproof, though I confess I am wary of duck hunting on the coast because I'm just not sure about any "waterproof" items in salt water-so I don't know if this is "salt-waterproof". I've hunted with this as cold as my dog will take it, in the teens with windchills right around zero and I didn't have any issues with battery life or range.
Range: I have a long range dog-I've seen her hit 1,000 yards in open fields so I don't know her limit and that's why I got the SD1825 instead of some of the shorter range e-collars. None of the other ecollars with mile+ ranges seemed to be as flexible and expandable as this one. From vantage points with moderate coverage and occasional trees, this collar works out to nearly two miles (if you believe the gps). I'm sure the range is closer to a mile (or even less) with heavy cover at the bottom of the hills.
Tone/Vibration/Stimulation I use the tone for "whoa" because I don't like yelling at a dog that probably can't hear me anyway at several hundred yards away. In moderate wind a whistle loses its effectiveness at those distances, ergo the tone. I liked having the flexibility to choose between tone and vibration to see what my dog responds to, turns out the vibration just freaks her out. With most ecollar systems you have to choose between tone and vibration before you know how your dog will respond.
Expandability: I only have one dog, but I know a puppy is in my future! The programs for the remote allow up to three dogs at a time per remote, and even those settings are intuitive and still allow for a hard nosed dog to run with a soft dog from the same remote. Since the collars themselves can be set to low, medium or high, the remote can handle dogs of all temperaments with very little dialing up and down depending on which dog you are handling.
I would give this product 6 stars if it was made in the USA, and I would definitely pay the price differential were that so. The units that are made in the USA are definitely nice units, but the reason I settled on the SD1825 is I don't want a giant handheld unit, I like the range of the SD1825, I wanted the option of tone/vibration, the list goes on. I'm obviously happy with the product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 607 Reviewed: 2011-04-21 Featured Review
"This unit has performed flawlessly since purchase. I use it daily and my dog puts it through a workout. "
I have an Anatolian Shepard. If you know anything about the breed, you'll know they are very intelligent and independent. This breed has remained unchanged for a thousand years and are considered a national treasure in Turkey, where their primary purpose is to guard the flocks of sheep and goats while they graze in the mountains. They are left alone for months at a time, with no supervision and no food [ they catch their own food ].. Suffice to say, this dog has a mind of his own, and even with repetitive , continual training, he responds to commands at his own pace. I live in a rural area with lots of woods and pastures. I like to take him with me when I travel around my 100 acres. He would stay with me while I was out. But as soon as I started on my way home, I would have to put a leash on Barney or he would take off. Even when I thought I had him trained to a point where I could trust him, he would obey a couple days but then the next time take off. When he takes off that would mean I would have to drive up and down the road looking for him. Sometimes I would get a call from a neighbor saying Barney was there visiting. This couldn't go on. Sometimes I use an ATV when I have chores on a far end of the property. I had to make a choice. Leave Barney behind or find a better way. I went online and did some research. I found the Sportdog SD-1825 at Gun Dog Supply and gave it a try. After getting it I read the directions thoroughly and tried it out. Barney is a big dog. He weighs in at 130 lbs. More than once I was dragged through thorn bushes while walking him on a leash and he saw a rabbit or squirrel. After using it the Sportdog SD 1825 only TWO TIMES Barney started listening to commands. Now I take him everywhere with me, no leash, and I never have to worry. Even when tempted by a rabbit or squirrel or a deer, as soon as I call him he stops and comes back. He always stays in sight. And when I let him wander out of my sight, just a buzz of the audible on the collar brings him back. I consider this a miracle. Thanks.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 566 Reviewed: 2011-04-21 Featured Review
"System works great; can take the dog anywhere and she listens; even if on scent or treeing. "
System works great; can take the dog (treeing walker coonhound)anywhere and she listens; even if on scent or treeing. Can trust her to go out and come back with just lite reminder signal no problem. She would not come at all before the collar and now can take her anywhere off leash. Never have to use a harsh signal with her. She will even sit and stay when told if she is far away. Great system for great dog.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 565 Reviewed: 2011-04-21 Featured Review
"I have the 2 dog collar system and love it. This collar has great range and all the options you need: Shock, Vibrate, and Beep."
I have the 2 dog collar system and love it. This collar has great range and all the options you need. Shock, Vibrate, and beep. When they come out with a beeper that works with this system it will be the perfect combo.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 581 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"It has worked great in all temp. -10 to +90 degrees."
This is a fabulous training tool! The best purchase that I've made for my dog. As long as you read the directions and understand how to properly use it, it will be an invaluable tool. I also love that it is rechargable--and waterproof! The charge seems to last FOREVER, and both the remote and collar have been soaked many times over, and been thoroughly abused. They both still work (and look) brand new. Great product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 583 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"We only put it on one dog, and when I can't see her, just hit the beep button and they both come running."
I bought this product for our two Giant Schnauzers who were sneaking off into the woods. After searching for them many times, I had enough and ordered the SD-1825. It is a wonderful piece of equipment and worth every cent. We only put it on one dog and when I can't see her, just hit the beep buttton and they both come running. Only on a few occasions have we ever had to actually use the 'jolt" phase. The range is exceptional. I would recommend this product
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 584 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
This is the best E Collar i have ever used. It stay charged forever and has the range that it claims too. I had trouble with my first one after several months of use, and I was given a brand new one no questions asked. Great company with a great product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 586 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"The unit is great, and so is the service from Steve!!!"
Outrageously nice, wouldn't use anything else after trying this unit. I have had 0 issues with it, this thing is tough!! Great range of settings and so far flawless action. The unit is great and so is the service from Steve!!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 548 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
This is a very good item. We have had it for 2yrs now and no problems at all. We use it as a leash for at the beach in NC and for hunting in the woods of northern MN. The only maintenace that we do for it is rinse it off after getting home from the ocean inorder to prevent rust.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 592 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"We're happy with this e-collar and have recently expanded our system to run two dogs at the same time."
I recieved the collar from Gun dog supply in 2 days from placing my order. The instructions that came with the unit are very good. The collar is full of options. I'm very pleased with the fact that it has both the "tone" and "vibration" modes as my dog is very timid. I was able to reinforce my commands to my dog with just these 2 modes and he was very quick to pick up on what I wanted him to do. I couldn't be more pleased with the whole experience, from reading Steve's reviews, placing my order and the finished product. The whole experience was first rate. Thanks a lot Steve.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 594 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
Steve's review of this product, as always, is 100% accurate in real life use. We used these collars to train our four German Shepherds off leash. Our dogs already understood our commands, but in moments of excitement they would occasionally become too distracted to listen. After 1 to 3 corrections per dog, the dogs became attentive at all times to what we were asking of them. The dogs were so good and reliable in their behavior that we stopped using the collars. Later, when a problem developed with our male dog wanting to charge a particular dog in the neighborhood, we took out one of the collars again. It took exactly one correction to remind him how we expected him to behave.
The collars are reliable, hold a charge a long time, recharge quickly, and survive the elements amazingly well. We highly recommend them.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 598 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
Love it. My Jack Russel would only come when he wanted too.Now all he has do is hear the tone and it is dead run to me. Also works great on my lab. He breaks of a scent trail on just the tone and all so returns from a lost retrieve when he use to hunt for until you had to catch him. Love that every thing is waterproof and love the range. I wish I had gotten the set up early.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 599 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
Hi Steve! The SD-1825 I got from you is a great collar. The only negative I can think of is the 3/4" collar. I have a pointing dog, and like to use a beeper when pheasant & grouse hunting. Every beeper I've seen is designed for a 1" collar. Rather that have a bunch of straps around her neck, I like to have the beeper and e-collar on one. Beeper would slide around the smaller collar. I eventually fixed the beeper in place with a little superglue, and all was well. Overall a great collar and would highly recomend it.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 603 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Programmed it to either beep, vibrate, or as last resort send correction."
Hi Steve, We wanted to let you know that your recommendation for the SD-1825 collar was an excellent choice. We are extremely impresssed with the results. The training program is easy to follow and when we saw it work, we were all very happy and relieved. My dogs are never to far away now and very very rarely do we have to use more than just the bell to keep them in sight. An investment that has paid for itself over and over and given us peace of mind. Sincerely, B Moffatt
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 612 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"I like the 1825 but I hope to see continued improvements from what we have today."
I just sold my Dogtra Surestim 7000M to get the SportDog 1825 from you guys. I dream about how I would make a remote and configurable buttons was on my list. I’m trying out the 1825 and I like some things but wish it was a little more configurable.
I don’t like that the “one-second tone followed by continuous” mode delivers a nick following the tone even if you release the button during the tone. I also don’t like that I can’t set the stimulation levels of different buttons independently. There’s just low/high mode which provides two levels that are close, and +2 mode that only works on the side button and is also fairly close. I’d rather the levels be independent so I could configure a very low continuous and a very high nick for example. Someday they’ll have a USB interface on these things so I can plug in into my PC and really customize it.
I also think about a slider or lever that would deliver continuous stimulation at a level determined by how far we press the slider against increasing spring pressure. For this to work especially well, the receiver has to have a smoother delivery of stimulation. Right now, we have capacitors that discharge into the dog with pulses followed by a charge from a battery before the next discharge. It’s really not continuous at all, but pulsing and the rate of pulses is too slow, especially for delivering dynamic stimulation levels.
The Dogtra definitely had more granularity of stimulation levels but this wasn’t especially useful because the buttons weren’t configurable so you had to sweep through a lot of similar levels on the dial to change from low to high or vice versa. Also, Dogtra sells a Low/Med model (7000M) and a Med/High model (7100H) whereas the Sportdog incorporates Low/Med/High all into one receiver. I don’t have a way of measuring which system actually has the broadest range of stimulation levels. The Dogtra system suggests a broader range is available from the transmitter without having to touch the receiver. The obvious advantage of the SportDog system is that different dogs can be on different ranges so you can deliver a level 4 stim on the transmitter wheel and three different dogs can get low 4, medium 4 and high 4 depending on their receiver setting.
My 7000M was a one-dog system. The SportDog system is obviously better at supporting multiple dogs with options for up to 6 dogs on this model. However, this is a feature I do not use. For those who regularly work multiple dogs, there may be better systems still. This is not something I’m interested in.
I don’t especially miss the Surestim feature, but the Dogtra transmitter is a bit smaller which is nice. The Surestim feature would be quite a bit better if it actually involved a feedback loop from the receiver so we knew the receiver worked and not just the transmitter, but that would add some bulk to the receiver to incorporate a feedback transmitter like on the tracking collars.
I’ve seen some transmitters that accept Bluetooth connections so I suspect eventually we’ll see interoperable user interfaces, wrist and finger buttons that link wirelessly to the transmitter in a belt holster the same way a headset works with our phone in a pocket.
Overall, I think the biggest upgrade the 1825 offers compared to the 7000M is the Lithium Ion battery. My Dogtra’s NiMH in the receiver was always going flat and takes 10 hours to recharge. I’m expecting the LiIon will be much better. The additional range is also useful but my dog almost always works close (he’s not a hunting dog). To be fair, Dogtra does offer models with LiIon batteries and longer range but they are quite a bit more expensive and still lack configurability.
I appreciate that the SportDog comes with virtually all the accessories that you’re likely to want and the charging system includes a dock for the collar. Too bad there is no dock for the transmitter but hopefully it will require infrequent charging. The Dogtra requires wire plug-in for both the transmitter and receiver and does not offer a dock for either. Most of the Dogtra accessories that are available are sold separately and cost more, whereas SportDog includes almost everything. However, the Dogtra receiver can be fit to a Cinch-It collar whereas the SportDog requires a very thin collar like the vinyl buckle collar it comes with. The Cinch-It works like a big zip tie, and micro adjusts better and faster than a buckle collar.
Overall, I like the 1825 but I hope to see continued improvements from what we have today.
Ben in Nevada
-- -- -- EMAIL FROM STEVE Ben,
Thanks for contacting Gun Dog Supply. I appreciate you taking time to comment on your 1825 system. I wanted to point out a couple of things.
>“one-second tone followed by continuous” mode delivers a nick following the tone even if you release the button during the tone.
Toggle Switch Mode 7 is actually "Stim followed by tone". In this mode you get stim first and then tone. It really make no sense but my understanding is that it's used in a European competition sport.
> I also don’t like that I can’t set the stimulation levels of different buttons independently.
You CAN set the side button to ANY level you want using Toggle Switch Down - Mode 2
On this setting, you can set the side button to any level you want. The dial then controls the front two buttons as a low / high and then you can have the side button set to a much higher level if needed.
I do expect to see some units in the near future that allow the user to select everything from button, setting and levels. I also expect to see units with USB connections and Bluetooth.
I would love to add your comments to our customer review section. If you want me to do, just OK it and let me know how many stars - 1 - 5
Please let me know if you have any questions. We do appreciate your business.
Steve Snell Gun Dog Supply - http://www.gundogsupply.com
-- -- -- -- -- -- EMAIL FROM BEN
Thanks for the tips. I will definitely keep trying different modes.
Feel free to add my comments to the site. I'll give it 5 stars because I don't think there's anything better for the money, maybe not even for more money, but of course there's always room for improvement if someone makes something new.
I'm coming from Schutzhund and Ringsport circles (European competition sports). I'm learning some things from the gun dog people though because I'm doing a lot more with my dog in the real world than on the competition field or ring.
The real world for me is rural Nevada. I think the gun dog people have been doing more in the country and with the remotes for longer. There is one obscure protection sport in the country called "Campagne." As for the remotes, they're definitely used in the protection sports but a lot of people are reluctant to try them and just stick to prong collars.
The only innovation I've seen on the protection side is using two receivers on the same frequency on one collar. This is done because during bitework, the dog's neck muscles swell substantially (over the course of 10 or 15 minutes of biting). Using two receivers allows the collar to be adjusted looser while still maintaining positive contact. When the neck muscles swell, the collar's not too tight. Here's an example: http://leerburg.com/7000plus.htm If nothing else, you get to sell twice as many receivers! Of course you can also just loosen the collar after you've been training for a while. Dogtra makes the "Plus" kits specially for Leerburg. With Sportdog, I think you could program the transmitter/receiver channel yourself so you just need an extra receiver.
My dog is a Bouvier des Flandres. He's 28" and 80 pounds. A hundred years ago these dogs were general purpose farm dogs (herding, cattle droving, livestock guarding, carting and guard dog work) in Belgium. They were almost wiped out by WWI and WWII but since then they've been bred for police and protecton work (KNPV, Schutzhund and French Ring) and for show. I like mine. He's kind and easy to live with. Maybe someday I'll get a GSP or a Brittany or a field trial Retriever for hunting and competition. I like to do stuff with my dog. With my Bouvier I'm hoping to do work in Schutzhund and Mondio Ring but he might decide on a life of leisure for himself as our pet instead. He's going that way. He just turned one so it's hard to say yet. Most people that do these sports use a Belgian Malinois. Anyway, I thought you might like to see a different kind of dog that can still learn something from the gun dog world.
Ben in Nevada
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 373 Reviewed: 2011-02-07
"Great range and fast charging make this my new favorite e-coller!"
The equipment was easy to configure and works as advertised to date. The only quibble I have is with the training manualâ€”my local trainer prefers (& I agree) to just have the dog wear the collar for 3-4 days, then use it only for recall (get the dog distracted and then when she doesn't immediately respond to a recallâ€”a 'nick' accompanied by a tug on a long-line, then pulling her to you, where she gets a treat) for a week; then, use it for other training. mani
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 555 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"One of the great features is the charge time! A few hours and it's done! I would recommend this collar to anyone."
This collar is awesome! Everything I need and no worries. Soon I will be adding a receiver to it and then I get to check out all the awesome 2 collar features. One of the great features is the charge time! A few hours and it's done! I would recommend this collar to anyone.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 556 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"I purchased this unit and two collars for my Great Danes. Training was extremely easy, as my dogs already knew the commands and only needed to learn to associate the ringer & vibrator to the desired action."
I purchased this unit and two collars for my Great Danes. Training was extremely easy as my dogs already knew the commands and only needed to learn to associate the ringer & vibrator to the desired action. They now respond to stimulus at long distances without my needing to yell. I dropped the hand held into water and it survived a ten minute submersion without issue.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 557 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
I use the two collar system two to three times a week with very good results. I did have one collar unit go dead but the company got right on it and a replacement arrived in a week. Excellent product and great service.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 558 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Idiot proof...I had never used a collar when this arrived, and it is very user friendly."
This is my first e collar, and now that I have one I can't believe I waited so long. The SD1825 is idiot proof...I had never used a collar when this arrived and it is very user friendly. I have a Boykin Spaniel and the collar fits her very well and has helped her go from an OK dog to a great dog.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 559 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Compact design and very easily modified to give many different control options for different training programs."
Excellent training tool comes with a dvd that helped me shape my 1yr old dog into a fun loving listening animal that everyone wants to be around. The dvd was key in putting together the whole training system. Well worth the money.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 561 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Great collar. Has worked perfectly for three years of almost daily use."
Great collar. Has worked perfectly for three years of almost daily use. The best thing about it is that you can customize it to fit how you like to train, and whatever works best for your dog. I can't say enough good things about this collar.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 554 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Collar is close to 2 years old and not one problem."
Great collar ! Easy to use, the controls are right where they should be making it easy to adjust without looking. The collar has a wide range of adjustments making it perfect for BOTH my dogs. A very stubborn rottweiler and a chocolate Lab that is a bit sensitive and skittish. Charging is pretty fast and the batteries have held up just fine. Collar is close to 2 years old and not one problem.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 563 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
This has been the best e-collar I've had for my dog. I love that I can customize the set-up for what works best with my dog, that the receiver is small enough to be unobtrusive and that there are enough holes in the collar so I can get the fit just right. This has been a wonderful solution for my needs, well worth the money.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 553 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
I've been meaning to write to you about the Sportdog product. We had used other shock collars in the past and found them to be not only clunky but prone to breakage, or antenna loss or battery failure. This caused us a lot of grief in the field with a very hard-headed English Pointer. When we got a new Vizsla puppy I wanted to be sure and do everything right and from the get go it was obvious that she was a very sensitive and responsive dog so I wanted a collar that would suit her temperment and be a better overall product than our previous purchases. I read the manual and training instructions thoroughly and started out slowly. Just wearing the collar took her awhile to adjust to. The beep function is awesome, none of our old collars had this. If she doesn't respond to a verbal command, or is out of range of our voices, the beep clues her into us immediately. We virtually never have to apply any shock to her. The charge seems to last forever and the unit is small and easy for her to wear, and there is no antenna to fall off!. The handheld controller is small and well designed. It works not only for me (I have small hands) but for my husband as well and he is always the first to point out flaws in any design. Last year the last remaining original collar that we used on the English Pointer finally lost its last antenna and the old pointer is one we Have to run with a collar on. So we bought another collar and programmed it to run from the one controller. This is really handy and since the primary level of shock is set in the collar and not the control unit, we don't err as badly when there is an inadvertant shock applied with the lever in the wrong position (we of course try to never have this happen, but it has on occasion). We did have a problem with the add-on collar within the first few months of owning it, it would not hold a charge and would show recharged in 20 minutes but wouldn't even beep. I contacted you and you gave me the number to call Sportdog directly. Wow. I was So Impressed with their responsiveness!. I fwd'd them my invoice (email) and I had a new collar in a week. They didn't even have me send the old one back. We have had no problems with the new one, but it's great to know that if there Is a problem, it will be remedied quickly and painlessly. I also like that each collar has a different color band (one is hunter orange and one is fluorescent green) which makes it easy to tell them apart. I recommend this product 100%.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 552 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"A very durable unit, which has held up fine for the year and a half I've been using it, including frequent swims in salt water."
Great range, have never found the limit. Level dials stay put but are also easy to change when necessary. A very durable unit which has held up fine for the year and a half I've been using it, including frequent swims in salt water. I highly recommend it.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 567 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Great collar, very effective and easy to understand the controls."
Its been an excellent way to break my Border Collies of some bad habits, these dogs are obviously smarter than me but the Sportdog 1825 gives me an edge and has probably kept my dogs out of harms way a couple of times.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 573 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
Best e-collar I've ever used, bar none. I've used other brands before, but after reading Steve's review and switching, this is simply and truly most versatile, multifunctional, and durable collar for my hound dog. We've used it daily in all-weather, all-terrain (rain, water, mud, snow) and it's simply the best. FYI, Sportdog's customer service is also excellent (after daily abuse, the side button on the remote seemed sluggish--they immediately FED-EXed a replacement without any hassle, enclosing a return label/postage as well). It might seem a bit expensive, but it is absolutely worth it (compared to the other brands).
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 575 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Great Collar. The settings are accurate, and the stimulation is consistent, even when the battery begins to get low. I would highly recommend this collar."
The collar really made a difference on my dog's listening to commands. I have a French Brittany and now she actually listens to me and comes back. I love the flexability of the system. I can use a tone or vibration, not just a shock.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 550 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Like a lot of novice users, I started with the collar too loose, which made for erratic contact. Since I figured out the fit, it has been quick work training with this collar."
Transmitter failed during a hunt in January. Excellent customer service from you to email me a copy of proof of purchase. Sportdog took care of problem under warranty. Good service in a timely manner. I really appreciate it especially since I didi not lose much time in field. SRM
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 580 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"I really like the new slimmer style to the collars, and they are MUCH lighter as well!"
I had previously purchased the Sport Dog 1800 years ago, so the 1825 was not so different for me, however I really like the new slimmer style to the collars, and they are MUCH lighter as well! The range also seems to be better, not stopped by as many hills, trees, etc as happened with the earlier unit. Although I haven't had the unit long enough to appreciate the new 'low battery' warning lights, I like that that is included now, as before I would just have to assume low battery when the efficacy was lost.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 647 Reviewed: 2011-04-26
Chesapeake Retriever. Hunts. Family pet. Love this E-collar. Charges up quickly. Compact. Vibration mode is often all that is needed. Works well in the water. Easy to use controls on transmitter. Instructions on set up a bit vague but customer service was excellent. Lack of a provided storage case was a disappointment. All in all I highly recommend this E-collar! Great Product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2069 Reviewed: 2011-08-31
"I'm very satisfied with this e-collar. My two Redbones are conditioned to return to me when I hit the vibrate button. The shock button turns them away from deer, etc..."
it worked well but not as well as my old tritronics. battery needed recharging more often than I felt it should and the low level wasn’t as low as the old tritronics. On the other hand, very nicely compact, good range, easy to manage the controls.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 651 Reviewed: 2011-04-26
"The Sportdog SD-1825 has been a great unit for the price."
Curly Coated Retriever. Hunts. Family pet. I purchased the Sportdog SD-1825 e-collar and am totally Satisfied with this product. Overall I find it very simple to understand and easy to use. No fumbling with the transmitter on the go and my pup "Stella" responds great with it set at level 3. I trust Steve's opinion on the his reviews of products he uses on his dogs. Let me tell you, he Nailed it on this one! Everything from the wide range of stimulation's and modes, ability to up to five more dogs in the future, to the easy to use charger and choice of contact points and collars. Sportdog really knows what the Hunter needs and wants. This is my first e-collar and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Hat's off to Sportdog and to Steve Snell and Gundog Supply! Craig Hafferman
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 673 Reviewed: 2011-05-03
"We had an issue with the battery pack (wouldn't charge properly), but SD replaced it free of charge. Wonderful. I love it."
Lab. Family pet. What a great tool for training assistance. Much less stress and kinder than losing your temper.. We had an issue with the battery pack (wouldn't charge properly) but SD replaced it free of charge. Wonderful...I love it.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 680 Reviewed: 2011-05-04
"I was at first scared about using remote training collars, due to a lot of the bad press they get, but with this collar, I know for a fact that using it responsibly on the settings appropriate for your dog that absolutely no harm is done. And now, my dog gets to enjoy the freedom of being off the leash."
I have an Ibizan hound, also known as a Podenco Ibicenco, and I just started using the Sport Dog SD-1825 collar, and the results were immediate. Our dog is obedient at home but when she gets outside and is distracted by all the scents or other dogs in the park it's difficult to get her to come back to us when we want her.
Today, we combined the come command with the collar setting on low and the transmitter stimulation on settings 2 and 3, using low and high continuous stimulation. She came back immediately after hearing the come command and receiving the stimulation. This was a first for us especially when we are far away from her and she is distracted by things more interesting than us.
What I really like about this collar is that the low settings are really low. I even tried it on myself, and was able to give myself continuous stimulation for as long as I liked. It was like a pulsating tickle. I was at first scared about using remote training collars, due to a lot of the bad press they get, but with this collar, I know for a fact that using it responsibly on the settings appropriate for your dog that absolutely no harm is done. And now, my dog gets to enjoy the freedom of being off the leash.
I have been using the transmitter in Mode 4, which allows the side button to be vibrate, and the two front buttons to be low and high continuous stimulation. I am using vibrate on the leash to teach the heel command. And she seems to respond, but less than when we use stimulation. Off the leash, she hasn't yet responded to the vibrate setting, but we've only used it twice so far, maybe after a few more days, she'll get it. I haven't used the tone setting yet, as I live in the city, and there are so many sounds around us, I think it might be a little confusing for her. That being said, I'm sure in the right hands, a tone setting could be a nice training tool as well.
Using the SD-1825 in mode 4 gives me 16 levels of stimulation starting from 1 (low/high), to 2 (low/high) and so forth. Our dog is now responding to settings 2 and 3 depending on her level of excitement. If she's alone, she may respond to level 2, but if other dogs are present she may only respond to level 3 when we give her the come command. We haven't needed to go to higher settings on the dog, although I've tested all the settings on myself, and in an emergency situation if the dog was about to put herself in harms way, I wouldn't think twice to use the higher settings if she was going to run in front of a car or something.
I would recommend anyone interested in a remote training collar read through articles you can easily find online and find training material on how to use the collars. I found some videos on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TritronicsVideos that are excellent.
In conclusion, I'd highly recommend the SD-1825. The transmitter and collar look and feel like they are high quality and the batteries hold their charge for 40-60 hours of use, which means for me, I only need to charge it every few weeks, and it charges in less than 2 hours. Also, the transmitter and collar are waterproof. For the price, quality and features, I'm a happy camper...
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 168 Reviewed: 2010-01-25
"I started with the stimulation and then transitioned to the vibration mode. The dog learned very quickly."
Border Collies. Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. I have only had this for a few days...having upgraded from the 1225. I love it! I am able to keep the functions that I want and still have the 2 dogs on the system...I use the tone and the vibrate the most.
I also have to say that Gun dog has the best customer service of any company (along with Sport Dog) I have ever dealt with. I am not very good with technology and they walked me through every step.
Thank you all so much!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1046 Reviewed: 2011-05-19
"My favorite mode is the vibrate mode. Upon the advice of someone else, I only use the correction button on the level of stimulation that I myself can feel without pain."
Doberman/Golden mix. Owns 11 dogs. Family pet. This is an excellent product and I would certainly recommend it to others. My favorite mode is the "vibrate" mode. Upon the advise of someone esle I only use the correction button on the level of stimulation that I myself can feel without pain. I have needed to call customer service on a training issue and they were excellent. She sees the collar and knows we're going to do something fun. I use it for hiking in the woods and it's fantastic.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1052 Reviewed: 2011-05-24
"I put it on before we go to the field, and forget it. Great investment!"
Lab. Hunts. Family pet. This collar is great! I bought it initially to be able to keep him from getting into the street at home. Jack responded immediately and now I never have to push a button. I was afraid that he'd suffer and cower after the first nick, but not to worry. I put it on before we go to the field, and forget it. Great investment!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1970 Reviewed: 2011-08-31
Husky/Shepherd /Hound. Family pet. My husband & I have spent a lot of money on Dogtrainers with our recall challenged 4 1/2 year old Husky /Shepherd /Hound.We've never been able to enjoy an off leash hike in the woods without her taking off for indefinite time periods.Not my idea of fun!! After trying a different remote training collar that would only work occasionally and was completely useless I decided to spend a liitle bit more money and got you're SD 1825 .We spent some time recall training in our yard ,then at the dog park with all kinds of great extra distractions and are now after only a month of using the system able to let our little girl off leash on hikes.I think I had to actually nick her only once or twice in that whole time as she reacts to just the beep in most instances.Overall I don't even have to use any of the functions.Just having the collar on her lets her know that I can actually somehow reach her which has previously been impossible with my super fast greyhound X.She is a much happier and tired dog after a couple of hours of sniffing & marking everything in the woods.Which of course makes all of us happier.Thank you very much for improving the quality of life for the humans & canine in our family alike.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2915 Reviewed: 2011-11-22
"It seems to have a very long battery life and the medium stim setting offers a wide range of stim which I really like."
GSP. Hunts. Great product; I like the small reciever and thin collar. It seems to have very long battery life and the medium stim setting offers a wide range of stim wich i really like. As always a great product offered by a great company whose customer service is second to none.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2859 Reviewed: 2011-10-06
"I bought the 2 dog system and have both collars set up with tone, vibrate, and stimulation. I love the fact that I can work both dogs with one transmitter with different levels of intensity."
I have been using this collar for 9 months. have 2 dogs, a GSP and a lab mix. I bought the 2 dog system and have both collars set up with tone, vibrate, and stimulation. I love the fact that I can work both dogs with one transmitter with different levels of intensity. My mix breed dog was a rescue and was apparently abused with an e-collar. She was terrified by the stimulation so we use the vibration to get her attention when she starts to ignore verbal commands. I have tried several other brands of e-collar and the 1825 is by far the most versatile and best collar. I love the short recharge time thanks to the lithium battery which beats the 9-12 hour recharge time of other brands. Shortly after I purchased the collar I had a problem with one of the buttons on the transmitter and SportDog customer service handled things quickly and efficiently and I had a new transmitter in 2 days. I have had no problems since. I would highly recommend this training collar system to anyone who is looking for a collar with a multitude of programming options especially for someone working with more than one dog.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 323 Reviewed: 2010-11-22
"I have to set it on the highest setting to get the attention of my german shepherd, but it definitely gets results."
The SD 1825 came recomended by the person from which I purchased my field lab. As an avid bird hunter the 1825 has all the features I need, range, reliability, durability, all weather, water proof and expandability. I purchased a second dog and it was easy to add the second receiver.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 624 Reviewed: 2011-04-22
"My Jack Russell had a habit of running to people and kids and total ignoring calls to return. It only took one day with the collar on vibrate setting to break of the habit. He even comes when he is not wearing his collar and hears the tone on my lab."
Black lab,Jack Russell. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Out standing system, Helps keep my lab from trailing unwanted critters and he returns on first call. My Jack Russell had a habit of running to people and kids and total ignoring calls to return. It only took one day with the collar on vibrate setting to break of the habit. He even comes when he is not wearing his collar and hears the tone on my lab. It is out standing being totally waterproof. And I can't say enough for Innotek's warranty. They went way above and beyond to help solve my problems. Even offering to ship replacement parts next day air, so I could have the my system up and running for the start of bird season. I have recommend this system to several friends and they have had the same results both from Gun Supply and Innotek. Working with Gun Dog Supply has been such a pleasure, that they are the only ones I now shop for my hunting dog supplies. Thanks
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2844 Reviewed: 2011-09-29
"Most times I do not even have to recall Kaiser back. I use the audio beep option, and he will, nine time out of ten, come out and make eye contact."
Awesome is all I can say. I have a four year old male non neutered Weimaraner 115 lbs and solid muscle! For myself this collar is a wire less leash with voice command usually respected with one or two corrections. Most times I do not even have to recall Kaiser back, I use the audio beep option and he will nine time out of ten come out make eye contact and if I whistle or give another audio beep he halls his butt back. The only negative I have is that the battery in the collar gave out in about two years (they claim three to five)and it took a special tool to remove the manufactures specialty screw. But Heck what manufacturer now days in the world does not use good old fashion hex bolts, flat head or phillips screws to secure their product. Hope this helps solidify your decision and best wishes to you and your four canine companion. Matt McMillin 4/22/2011
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 627 Reviewed: 2011-04-22
"Charges in a few hours and lasts for an entire hunt Trained my stubborn Springer fairly quickly."
Chessie. Hunts. Family pet. This collar is great. Had a little bit of trouble with it not always getting the signal. emailed sport dog and they got it all tunned in. I have used it trainning on dry land and at the marsh. No problems. If you are worried about the price, dont, this product is well worth the money. The paging button is great to get my dogs attention on windy rainy days when my voice or wistle wont carry.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2668 Reviewed: 2011-09-08
"We hike a lot in the Sierra Nevada, and my dogs do a lot of swimming and long distance retrieving. The unit is definitely up to the task."
Chocolate Lab. Family pet. I have had labs for 20 years. this was the first dog I could not train to a steady recall. The sport dog 1825 is fantastic. It only took a few shocks before she got the idea. Now she is excellent on the recall and I only need to use the tone feature occasionally as a reminder. This product is so durable. We hike alot in the Sierra Nevada and my dogs do alot of swimming and long distance retrieving. The unit is definitely up to the task.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2630 Reviewed: 2011-09-06
"He has more freedom than he would if confined to a leash, and our hikes in the woods are very enjoyable."
I bought the SD-1825 to use on hikes in the wood with my dog Jax. He has a serious prey drive and was often too distracted by the good smells and sounds of the woods to hear me calling him back. The last straw and reason I purchased the electronic collar was an expensive run-in with a porcupine. After training with the collar, Jax is much more responsive to my requests, and only occasionally do I have to employ a very low level of shock. He has more freedom than he would if confined to a leash and our hikes in the woods are very enjoyable.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 637 Reviewed: 2011-04-24
"I can take both dogs out with the 2 collar system."
SD-1825 is all it. I have two dogs, a short hair and a blood hound. I can take both dogs out with the 2 collar system. Its great. Light weight collars, lithium battery design, water proof, etc. It has the configurable settings. I have mine set for vibrate, tone, and stimulate on each collar. Hands down best bang for the buck.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 304 Reviewed: 2010-10-20
"The transmitter is the perfect size, and the Camo color looks great on my female Yellow Lab."
Labrador Retriever. Hunts. This is a GREAT product works good for training and looking forward to hunting season. It's light weight and realy easy to use. The transmitter is the perfect size and the Camo color looks great on my female Yellow Lab.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2459 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"Stays charged a long time, and works every time."
I'm a Vizsla and I am pretty smart and very gentle, but sometimes my nose makes my mind wander. The wide range of stim on this collar made it easy for my owner to find my range--just a nick to refocus my attention on him. It has a nice long range so I can stretch my legs and still be under control. And it's waterproof so I can swim too!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 234 Reviewed: 2010-05-23
"The SD 1825 is the best I've had. It's lightweight, waterproof, easy to use, holds charges well, and has good range."
I'VE BEEN USING TRAINING AIDS ON MY HUNTING COMPANIONS (POOCHES NOT PEOPLE) FOR SEVERAL DECADES. THE SD 1825 IS THE BEST I'VE HAD. IT'S LIGHTWEIGHT, WATERPROOF, EASY-TO-USE, HOLDS CHARGES WELL AND HAS GOOD RANGE. FOR SINGLE/DOUBLE DOGS, IT'S ALL I USE NOW. Al HORNER - MINNESOTA UPLAND HUNTER.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 644 Reviewed: 2011-04-26
"I no longer have any doubts of the quality of Sportdog products, and highly suggest them to anyone looking for a product that will perform under the worst of conditions."
This E-Collar is nothing less than an exceptional piece of equipment. The range is exactly as advertised, and the quick adjustment of stimulation level is priceless. As with every electronic I purchase I was skeptical as to how "waterproof" it actually was. Opening day of duck season in 2010 the remote fell out of my chest waders. My hunting partner and I searched for about an hour, until we gave up and wrote it off as a loss. 15 minutes later after the murk had cleared from the water I spotted the remote laying on the bottom of the river; under 2' of muddy water, just off the dog platform. I picked the remote off the bottom of the river and it functioned as though it had been dry all day. I no longer have any doubts of the quality of Sportdog products, and highly suggest them to anyone looking for a product that will perform under the worst of conditions.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 645 Reviewed: 2011-04-26
"My only complaint is the 3/4" collar. 1" would make it compatible with things like 3rd party beepers, and gps collar."
Standard Poodle. Family pet. I love my SD-1825. It was a rough start, as the first unit that I ordered would not charge. I was very (underline) pleased with the outstanding customer service that Gun Dog Supply provided. I've had a working unit for about a year, and I love the versatility... vibrate, tone, and stim and an adjustable configuration. I used my collar to train recall in the field; run at heal next to my mountain bike (when I'm on my way to the single track); run at solid heal off lead, and general obedience. My dog is very sensitive to the stimulation, and I'm pleased that the unit provide 16 (if I recall correctly) levels of adjustability. My dog only needs levels 3 and 4. I've tried it on my leg, and there does seem to be a short delay before the stim kicks in, but it could be that I am not sensitive enough to that level.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2807 Reviewed: 2011-09-16
"I tried out the Tri-tronics Sport Basic G3 first, but found it too jumpy. My dog either felt nothing, or was yelping. Now that I have the 1825 on him, he is excited to work and wear it."
Pound Mix. Family pet. I have a 50 pound 1.5 year-old dog that is pound rescue with a whole lot of drive. I got him as a companion animal and barn dog to run on trail rides and offer some protection to me and the horses. Unfortunately his unending energy that allows him to go on 4 hour trail rides and hikes also can make him difficult to break off a scent or stop him from trying to get a pack going. I can't have him on leash while I'm riding but he was working on a 50 foot check cord reliably while I was hiking so after a lot of research I ended up purchasing the SportDog 1825. I tried out the Tritronics sport basic g3 first but found it too jumpy. My dog either felt nothing, or was yelping. Now that I have the 1825 on him, he is excited to work and wear it. I love that it has settings on the collar as well so that I can use the low setting on this current dog but when I expand my pack, I could use the same handset with a less sensitive dog. The only problems I've had is that I have lost the antenna a few times. It twists on and off instead of being fixed. I've always been able to find it luckily. Also the belt clips isn't as strong as I would like so I always wear it using the lanyard. I love that there is so much customizing too because originally I thought I would use vibration and momentary stimulation but turns out my dog is to confused by the vibration for it to be effective and I much prefer the continuous stimulation and now there is no need for me to purchase a different collar. This product also perfected my dog's drop on recall in one training session. Now the barn chickens are safe, I don't have to worry when my dog dives into the brush because he whoas and recalls reliably now and my horses are thankful that I am not blaring a whistle to get the dog's attention anymore. Thanks GDS for publishing such great reviews and details too that allowed me to pick the perfect product for my needs.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3002 Reviewed: 2012-02-20
"I do not like the lanyard attachment. I would prefer the standard belt clip. Otherwise I do like the product."
Steve- I would rate it very good to excellent now, the original one I got, the numbers on the dial wore off quickly, but I was able to replace the unit for I believe $50 or $100. Also, warn people to use a plastic zip tie to attach the controller to the lanyard......mine came off in a pond and fortunately I was able to find it (mostly luck)....now I use a small plastic zip tie to keep it on the lanyard. Overall, a good value for the $. Jim
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 649 Reviewed: 2011-04-26
Steveâ€”I sent you my initial review yesterday. Today I have noticed that the battery recharging cycleâ€”advertised as 40-60 hours for new batteriesâ€”is down at the 40 hour range. Not what I would have expected for a not very heavy use of new equipment, but it's what they advertise.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 588 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
Overall I have been quite happy with my SD-1825. I use it in single dog mode and it works as advertised. Check back in a year for feedback on two dog mode. The reason I deducted a star was I initially had problems with the receiver battery. The manufacturer replaced the battery immediately. As always, Gun Dog Supply was fast and efficient with my order.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 590 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Best bang for your buck in an e-collar, but the after sale service of Gun Dog Supply was the best part of the deal because they went over and beyond what the warranty stated!"
The initial transceiver and collar never worked correctly. The company ultimately sent me out 2 different collars and a new hand unit before the system signaled or received correctly. It has been working fine almost daily for over a year now. I am certainly satisfied with its performance. It was easy to train my dog and he responds with just the tone even at great distances.The staff with Sport Dog were very helpful and accommodating (with the exception of one pseudo-intellect that told me the problem might be from me keeping the battery charged). Everyone else was super! Rating would be excellent except for the initial issue.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 596 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"In retrospect, I think I should have purchased a product with more functionality."
I have 1 transmitter with 2 collars. I've had the set for about 1.5 years and I love it! Lately, however, I'm having trouble with 1 of the collars making contact with the charger during charging. I have to fiddle with it to get it to charge. Were it not for this issue I would rate it excellent.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 632 Reviewed: 2011-04-24
It's a good collar and works for what I need. I only needed a vibrating collar and couldn't find a collar that only vibrates so I had to get one that shocks and vibrates. But....you can only set it to shock or only to vibrate. It doesn't go back and forth without taking it off of the dog and resetting it.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 604 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Very reliable, I bought a second collar because of the performance of the first."
Very reliable, I bought a second collar because of the performance of the first. Only negative thing to say is that the vibrate tends to get softer as the battery starts to wane and is weaker on the older collar vs the new one.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 626 Reviewed: 2011-04-22
"I bought the system so I could stim, tone, and vibrate on three dogs; however, the vibrate function is hit or miss"
I have used sportdog collars for years and overall they are good products. I have had two of the 1825 units and both were sent back. The first because it lost sync with the remote and the bottom button broke to were it was stuck on. I promptly received a replacement unit from the company and had to ship it back because the charger was not working properly. I opted to get another model at this point. However, I do believe that this could be a superior unit with a little more testing and fine tuning.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 176 Reviewed: 2010-02-07
mixed breed,40 lb short hair. Family pet. Purchased this after my Dogtra transmitter decided it didnt want to work anymore. I worked amazing and I loved how it had so many programable levels and the buttons could be programed to various functions. I had the side button make the collar vibrate, then I had a stimulation and beep button. Well the good didnt last too long, one day all of the sudden the unit quit working on me within a month of purchasing it. I purchased it on 12/14 and i returned it today for a Tri tronics flyway my neighbor was trying to tell me to get because he has used them with no problems since they were the size of a 90's cell phone. Bottom line - nice features, but get the tri tronics and save gas on returning products!
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2959 Reviewed: 2012-01-05
"I've only been using the SportDOG Sport Hunter SD-1825 for a week"
Family pet. This review is perhaps premature - I've only been using the SportDOG Sport Hunter SD-1825 for a week. I am having a difficult time getting it to work as it should - probably operator error as much as anything. Sometimes the collar delivers stimulation and sometimes it doesn't. The collar gives the operator so many options it's difficult to remember what to do next. Hopefully I will get more proficient with practice. I've re-read the operator manual several times - that helps. We are headed back to the woods today for more practice.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5550 Reviewed: 2013-11-20
"Pretty much everything I would want, except it could do with one more button or a few more levels"
Vizsla. Hunts. Family pet. I used the sport dog version just because it had vibrate and tone. I use the vibrate as a remote release command (from stay/woh etc.) and the tone as a recall which she is starting to understand. So basically it's a duel purpose tool, correction and remote commands. The sport dog ecollar seems well made and waterproof, pretty much everything I would want except it could do with one more button or a few more levels. there are 4 commands but only 3 buttons (nick, cont., buzz, tone), not sure who missed that in the design but seems like quite a large oversight to me. So you have to change the mode to get the other functions which is a laborious process. Also it could do with a few more smaller steps in intensity from 3-4 could do with a level in between. But other than not having nick available, it's a great training tool.
The ecollar is working well for me & my Vizsla, as a gauge of harshness, I don't set it higher than I can handle on myself, she doesn't flinch or even react on the main setting (3), I go one higher (4) when she's amped up/very distracted & she doesn't react to that either. It's not magic at these levels and doesn't elicit an immediate change but after 5/10 corrections she gets it. This is what ultimately helped solve the leash pulling issue which was a tough one. Took me a long time to get her to understand what she was doing wrong first then applied the ecollar and she mustered the self control reasonably quickly. I still need reminder days now and again but mostly she's good. Initially when I used it on these low settings and she was excited she just ignored the corrections but slowly it sunk in. figured that was a better approach than over-correcting.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3369 Reviewed: 2013-05-12
"I may have purchased this piece of dog training equipment prematurely. To date, I have not had to use to control my new dog "Gus""
I may of purchased this piece of dog training equipment prematurely. To date I have not had to use to control my new dog "Gus". He will be 3 this October and is a great pet. His favorite game is frisbee, but he will retrieve any toy even dive 9 feet under water in the swimming pool. I started the program, which begins with having the dog leash broken, eventually substituting in the Sportdog-1825 electronic collar. I thought it would help me train Gus to be a hunting dog too. Access to hunting on the Chesapeake for waterfowl has become quite expensive and even more difficult if you want a place to train your own dog. I also suffered a knee injury slowing me down. So Gus is my pet and has not had the opportunity to hunt live birds.
Matt from Maryland
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2560 Reviewed: 2011-09-04
Collar very good when it works - I spend some time in the UK, and needed help the other day as I hadn't used it for a bit, and couldn't get it to work. The people on the help line said something about they couldn't really help as I was in the UK - different spec??? Back in Florida May 1st
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 577 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"I'm on my 3rd one now (great customer service and warranty by the way), and so far so good. Hopefully it hangs in there..."
This is a toughy. Overall I LOVE the SD-1825. The range is incredible, I love the vibrate and the beep function, and rarely use the stimulation.
However, I've had some bad luck with it working that long. I'm on my third collar in 2 years. The first one worked for about 6 months... then the vibrate function stopped working. The second one worked about the same length of time, then all features were intermittently working.
I'm on my 3rd one now (great customer service and warranty by the way), and so far so good - hopefully it hangs in there...
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 591 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
"Happy, but frustrated with the run of defective collars"
Collar is ok, Remote is kind of bulky. Waterproof remote and rechargable remote are good features. Customer support is good, but I did get 3 defective products in a row before I got one that worked and charged consistently. Overall happy, but frustrated with the run of defective collars.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 619 Reviewed: 2011-04-22
Lab. Hunts. Family pet. SD 1825 tends to malfunction from time to time. End result, vibrator sends dog a shock, light shock (as a reminder) is often delayed with result of a much worse shock on my dog. Thinking of heading back to Tri-tronics. Wish I could get my money back! Only positive, battery time is not bad!
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1988 Reviewed: 2011-08-31
"The SportDog 1825 has worked ok, but, although I'm really careful with all of my expensive gadgets, I have had problems with this one."
Pointer. Owns 11 dogs. Family pet. The Sport Dog 1825 has worked ok. But although I\'m really careful with all of my expensive gadgets, I have had problems with this one. First, after about six months of use, I was training my dog and dropped the transmitter in about a foot of water. I wasn\'t worried because it\'s water proof. But my dog started yelping and the transmitter was shocking my dog repeatedly, at a much higher level, and I wasen\'t pushing any of the buttons. I called gun dog supply and they sent me a new transmitter. All was fine until the side button broke and fell out after about six months. The plastic holding the button in just cracked. It just wasn\'t a very good design. I\'ll be purchasing a differen\'t system next time.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3057 Reviewed: 2012-04-17
Overall the unit is good to be used with a wide range of dogs. However, as a trainer that uses remote collars very often, I have had problems with this unit losing sync with the remote and with the button sticking and giving a continuous stim to the dog. I have also experienced the unit losing or changing its programing while it was being used as well. If these problems can be fixed, it will be a superb unit. Nothing is worse than having your remote collar act up when you are doing a demo or when you need to fix a behavioral problem.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 122 Reviewed: 2009-11-14
EP. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. I purchased the 1825. The first one lasted a few months then it started having problems with consistency. The receiver wouldn’t work at different ranges; it was very random and frustrating. I called GDS and they worked with me on getting a new set up. About a month later the same thing started happening again so they helped with getting me a great Tri-Tronics System which is more money but it has been perfect. I have had it since 09. Steve and Tri-Tronics will be getting my business because of quality and customer service.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 683 Reviewed: 2011-05-05
When I first received this product it worked pretty well. My only complaint at the time was that the batteries seemed to have different lifespans even though they were both new. I never had to favor one dog with training so there was no reason for one battery to run down faster than another, but one collar would last almost a full day longer than the other. I didn't worry about it too much since I knew the batteries were replaceable it really wasn't too big of an inconvenience at the time.
My second issue, however, cropped up about 6 month later when my remote stopped working. I made sure it had a full charge and that the charger was working properly so I called the company. They were nice enough and sent out a new remote which promptly did not work out of the box. The "beeper" button would not work after I had paired it to the collars so I called the company again. They were still nice enough to deal with and they sent me out another remote that has worked for less than 3 months.
Now the beeper button does not work on this unit. In addition, the battery life on the collars is about half of what they were when originally purchased. I have followed the directions to only charge the collars when needed and would remove them as soon as finished and I must say I am amazed at how short the battery life has been. I have worked in the cell phone industry for over 14 years so I am familiar with rechargeable batteries, these just don't seem to hold up. What use to last for 3 days is down 1 - 1 1/2 days on a full charge.
If you would ask me if I would purchase these collars again, I wouldn't, nor would I recommended anyone to purchase this setup. This is no where near the quality that should be in a $500+ product.
As a side note, I use this setup on house dogs and none of the equipment has been abused in any way. I'd be afraid to see how this product would hold up if I actually used it in the field as intended.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 664 Reviewed: 2011-04-27
"It stopped working after a couple of months use."
The Sportdog 1825 is unreliable. I started using the unit in July 2009. In the 15 months I’ve had the unit, I’m on my third receiver (collar) unit and my fourth transmitter unit. The collar unit(s) would not hold charge for more than 8 hours even when turned off. The battery was replaced first, followed by two replacements of the collar unit. So far it seems to be working. My experience with the transmitter unit was even worse. I had the upper left button fall off of the first two units. The third unit would not transmit more than 12 yards, just as it came out of the box. Yes, really, exactly 12 yards. I tested it on another human…13 yards and no response. Sportdog replaced the unit for a fourth time, but I haven’t used it. This is the least reliable product I’ve ever owned. All of these failures on an ecollar used to train 1 dog for an hour a day is inexcusable.
PS…I ended up buying a Tri-tronic Pro 100 to replace it. And yes, I’d like my money back from Sportdog.
Product Rating: 1 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 340 Reviewed: 2010-12-14
The SD-1825 I purchased only worked for a few weeks. Upon a full charge, It only works for a couple stimulations and then fails. The stimulation range also doesn't seem to work correctly. It goes from undetectable to jolting my 80 lb Labrador off his feet. I was directed to the manufacturer and verified the settings are correct. They feel it functions properly, but it does not. Obviously, I would not recommend this product or the manufacturer.
Product Rating: 1 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 614 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
Have never gotten them to function correctly, and if I could send them back for a full refund, I would do so immediately.
Product Rating: 1 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 589 Reviewed: 2011-04-21
Rated 4 stars from 115 user ratings. 4/21/2011
Summary: This is my first e collar, and now that I have one I can't believe I waited so long. The SD1825 is idiot proof...I had never used a collar when this arrived and it is very user friendly. I have a Boykin Spaniel and the collar fits her very well and has helped her go from an OK dog to a great dog.
The Sport Hunter SD1825 is an incredibly versatile training collar and a good choice for all-around use. It is designed for a wide range of dog handlers including pet owners, obedience trainers, bird hunters, rabbit hunters, and waterfowl hunters.
You can customize your SportDOG SD-1825 to match your training preference. It comes out of the box set up in MODE-1 (an 8-level continuous + 8-level momentary stimulation one dog collar with a separate tone button), but it can easily be changed
into 13 different modes with different button configurations. This allows you to customize your transmitter to your training needs. The wide range of stimulation levels and gradual increases between levels on the SD-1825 are particularly useful with sensitive dogs or breeds.
The SD-1825 features 1 mile of range, a slim profile collar receiver that ensures a perfect fit, and a compact transmitter that's easy to handle. You are also able to expand your one dog system up to a 6 dog unit with the "Add-A-Dog" feature. And it's waterproof!
Owner's Manual Download SportDOG SD-1825 Owner's Manual, downloadable in .pdf format. Click here
to read the SportDOG SD-1825 Owner's Manual.
SportDOG SD-1825 Transmitter (Remote)
Waterproof transmitter -- It's submersible, too! Drop the transmitter in the water, fish it out, and keep on training. Perfect for retriever training.
Rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries -- They're user replaceable, too. Heavy duty. They last 3-5 years with proper care.
It's smart -- The SD-1825 has a Low Battery Detect Indicator to make sure you don't get out in the field with a dead battery, and a built-in LED Battery Charge Indicator which lets you know when your transmitter is finished charging.
No holster required -- The SD-1825 transmitter is small enough to hang on a lanyard or clip on your belt with the built in Belt Clip.
It's about the size of a small walkie-talkie or large cell phone -- The compact SD-1825 remote transmitter only weighs 4.8 ounces and measures 7" x 2.12" x 1.12" with antenna.
The "SportHunter" SD-1825 transmitter is ergonomic and feels as good as it looks. The high-impact plastic with "no-slip grip" fits in the palm of your hand. Matte black finish with safety-orange trim.
Built-in TOGGLE SWITCH -- Easy to upgrade to up to 6 dogs. Select between color-coded straps when using with more than one dog.
The SportDOG 1825 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, Momentary, Tone, Vibration, Low Continuous-High Continuous, Low Momentary - High Momentary, 3 dog Mode featuring one button per dog (Continuous or Momentary based on the position of the toggle switch), tone with stimulation delay, +2 jump level, 6 dog mode with Continuous only (dogs 1-3 on toggle up, and dogs 4-6 on toggle down), and a programmable continuous hot button.
Change MODES in seconds by setting the transmitter dial and toggle switch 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 SD-1825 Collar
The SD 1825 features a slim-profile collar design. The 1825 collar is designed to fit closer to your dog's neck and give a better profile look. The SD-1825 uses a 3/4 inch collar strap. It is smaller than any collar receiver in its price and feature range.
Internal antenna system
Rugged molded case built to withstand all kinds of training and hunting conditions
Waterproof Collar/Receiver (Perfect for Retriever Training)
Rechargeable Lithium 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: 4.8 ounces with collar strap
Receiver Dimensions (without collar strap): 3.12" x 1.25" x 1.25"
Collar Dimensions: 3/4" wide, 26" collar strap fits up to 23" dog neck
Black strap included
Another feature in the 1825 collar is the ability to change stimulation settings at the collar. The collar has a low, medium and high 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-1825 Comes With:
Active SportDOG SD 1825 collar
SportDOG SD 1825 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
Collar charging cradle
Belt clip + lanyard for the transmitter
SportDOG Owner's Manual / Operating Guide
"Behavior & Training Guide" 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-1825
Waterproof and submersible Collar and Transmitter
No external collar antenna to get hung up
One mile range - Longest range at it's price point
The SD1825 is expandable to use with up to six dogs
Push-button ON/OFF switch activated at the collar
Customizable transmitter settings -- choose from 13 pre-set modes
Up to 16 levels of continuous stimulation and 16 levels
of momentary stimulation
Instantly change stimulation intensity from the
transmitter (tactile dial)
Tone only option (1 & 2 dog modes only)
Vibration only option (1, 2, & 3 dog modes only)
Built in toggle switch (so you can upgrade to up to 6 dogs later)
Rechargeable, user replaceable Lithium Ion batteries in
collar and transmitter
Two Hour Rapid Charge system
Docking station collar charger
Low Battery Detect indicators on both transmitter and receiver
Backed by a Two Year Manufacturer Warranty
SportDOG SD-1825 Batteries
Lithium Ion Batteries
Two Hour Rapid Charge System for the transmitter and collar
Collar Docking Station -- no mud plugs required
User-replaceable, rechargeable batteries in the collar and transmitter
Get 40-60 hours "on time" between charges
Comes with a DUAL LEAD CHARGER and collar cradle. Save time because you can charge both collar and transmitter at the same time from one plug
Stimulation from the SportDOG SD-1825
The SD-1825 has multiple intensity levels, which allows you to choose the stimulation that is best for your dog.
Eight intensity levels can be quickly adjusted with the dial on the side of the transmitter. This means that 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 16 levels of continuous stimulation and 16 levels of momentary stimulation, depending on which mode you choose.
The SportDOG SD1825 models can have a low and a high button for continuous stimulation. The low continuous stimulation levels and gradual increases between levels on the SD1825 are particularly useful with sensitive dogs or breeds.
SportDOG Sport Hunter SD-1825
Item # 3978b
SportDOG SD-1825 Range
One mile range, which is ample for most dog training or hunting situations. Actual range depends on training conditions, including weather, terrain, presence of cover, etc.