We link you to another guide where we outline the features of this e collar, as well as the drawbacks. We also consider who it may, and may not be for.
Additionally, you should be aware that the 425s was designed as a very similar model to the 425, except the 425s is for larger or more stubborn dogs.
Let’s look closer at it!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
SportDOG Field Trainer 425s Review: Is It Worth It?
If you’d like to go straight to viewing the SportDOG 425s, you can do so here:
SportDOG Field Trainer 425s Training/E Collar (on Amazon)
**You can also get extra collars/receivers for the 425s – 425s Add A Collar Receiver (on Amazon). Note that the picture of this collar may display as pink, but it is actually red in real life.
SportDOG Field Trainer 425s: Review
The SD-425S is essentially the same e collar and transmitter as the 425, except it has a higher range of stimulation than the SD-425.
It is designed specifically for larger, harder to train, or more stubborn dogs that don’t or won’t respond to lower level stimulus.
So, if you know you have a stubborn dog, or you’ve tried lower level static stimulus training collars that your dog won’t respond to, this one could be better for you.
As the two products are essentially the same, you can read our review of the SportDOG 425 here.
You’ll be able to see all the features and drawbacks of the 425s in that review.
SportDOG Field Trainer 425s: Buyer’s Guide
How does the SportDOG 425 differ to the 425s?
There’s three main differences between the 425 and the 425s which are as follows:
- Has 7 levels of low to medium stimulation
- Is designed for regular dogs who are easier to train
- The extra collars for the 425 are the SDR-AF Collar Receiver (on Amazon)
- Has 7 levels of medium to high stimulation
- Is designed for larger dogs, or more stubborn dogs who are harder to train
- The extra collars for the 425s are the 425s Add A Collar Receiver (on Amazon)
Who Might The SportDOG 425s Be For?
First and foremost, it’s for people with bigger, more stubborn or harder to train dogs that don’t or won’t respond to lower stimulus e collars.
Apart from that, the 425 and 425s are for:
- People looking to do basic in-the-field training > it’s designed for reinforcing skills and commands you’ve already taught your dog
- People looking to do hunting with close-working dogs
- Those looking for a training collar with a range up to 500 yards
- Those with dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″ (that’s what size dogs the collar receiver fits to
- Those looking for a training collar with shock, sound and vibration options
What Is The Best Way To Use A Shock Collar For A Dog?
For professional advice on using a shock or e collar, see a vet or a professional dog trainer, or animals expert.
But, in general, you DEFINITELY want to read the instruction manual and guides on any e collar you get, and buy from a reputable company that cares about the dogs.
The manufacturer can tell you how to safely and effectively use their products.
The best way to use an e collar might be as a temporary device for associating negative or undesirable behavior with a cue (such as a vibration or noise), or a stimulus (such as a nick/static stimulus).
They can be used to teach or retrain a certain behavior, and then put away. They may only be brought out again if your dog/s forget that behavior, or need retraining.
So, really, they could be used ideally as a temporary training and teaching tool (not permanent) for happy and healthy dogs.
If you notice any negative side effects to your dog’s physical or mental health from using an e collar, discontinue use immediately.
The benefits of an e collar might be:
- You don’t have to set the collar to shock. You can set it to vibrate or sound.
- The lowest shock settings on good e collars will provide a small amount of discomfort, not pain
- The feedback to your dog is instantaneous and not delayed
- It works at range
- It saves you shouting and getting frustrated
- + many other benefits
Note that on the SportsDOG 425s, some people like to test the lowest and highest shock/static settings on their own skin first (unless they have their own health conditions that would prevent this like pacemaker for example) to get a sense of what their dog would experience.
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