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SportDOG Brand 425 Family Remote Trainers Including New X Series Waterproof Rechargeable Dog Training Collars with Shock Vibrate and Tone 500 Yard Range

Last Updated: 16 Apr 2019 (Refresh Now)
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Review Summary - 328 recent, verified reviews

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Product Reliability
 39
collar, year, working, 6 months, weeks
+51%
-49%
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" ...  Product worked great for the first 6 months now it delivers no correction at all.  ...  "
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" ...  We are thrilled to have something that works well and is reliable.  ...  "
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" ...  She is a rescue that was banished to a kennel since she was 8 weeks old.  ...  "
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" ...  Product worked great.  ...  "
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" ...  3 months of frustration I finally broke and started researching, for months, these collars and found this one as the best option for price point, good ratings, options and came highly recommended by local hunters and the like.  ...  "
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" ...  1st SportDog Trainer has worked for 7 years.  ...  "
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" ...  It still works three years later.  ...  "
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" ...  It's been under a year . ... 7 months since we purchased.  ...  "
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Charging
 37
charging, charger, collar, transmitter, charged
+49%
-51%
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" ...  This collar works fine, has some nice features but seriously the battery charger ports for the collar and the hand held device are horrible. ... They are small and not easy to plug in and easily come unplugged when charging.  ...  "
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" ...  When we plug it in to charge, the green lights ups, but none of the buttons registers anything.  ...  "
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" ...  It only held it charge for about 4 months and now it doesn't work at all.  ...  "
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" ...  I returned 2 collars that would not turn on or charge.  ...  "
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" ...  The charger is missing out of the box.  ...  "
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" ...  I even fully charged it and unhooked it from the wall and left it for a day. ... Does not hold charges well.  ...  "
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" ...  Con: the charger connectors that connect into the devices doesn't stay secure, they will pop out/slip off. ... Also, any little movement can cause the connector to lose contact with the pins and stop charging. ... You have to make sure the charging led is on before you leave.  ...  "
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" ...  It loses charge quickly and has a cheaply made charger. ... Should beep when charge is low  ...  "
Battery Life
 34
battery, battery life, charged, collar, lasts
+56%
-44%
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" ...  The battery has a long life and the range seems long enough.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life seems good, and appear to be replaceable if ever needed by contacting Sportdog.  ...  "
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" ...  I have recharged it every night so I cant really judge how long the battery last.  ...  "
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" ...  Both the remote and the collar are rechargeable and so far they both hold a charge for several days (depending on frequency of use).  ...  "
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" ...  Batteries last a long time.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been using this for about 1 month now and it is still on its initial charge.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery last for a good while.  ...  "
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" ...  Long battery life  ...  "
For Running
 33
collar, run, dog, woods, training tool
+97%
-3%
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" ...  This product is a phenomenal training tool.  ...  "
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" ...  It cured her in one day of running to the road.  ...  "
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" ...  Using the sound alone gets her running back home.  ...  "
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" ...  Great training device .  ...  "
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" ...  Great training collar.  ...  "
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" ...  This was my first experience with an e-collar and would strongly recommend for assisting with training.  ...  "
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" ...  This training collar works great!  ...  "
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" ...  I have had him in a rewards based training, which he still loves, but no treat on earth will keep him from running after a squirrel or another dog.  ...  "
Remote
 29
collar, dog, trainer, collar and remote, charge
+69%
-31%
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" ...  Pros: simple remote, reliable, great customer service.  ...  "
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" ...  Hand-piece remote has adjustable settings which made me feel a lot more comfortable with using an item like this.  ...  "
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" ...  Programing the 2nd collar to the remote was easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Light Weight Collar and Remote!  ...  "
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" ...  I wish I would have re-bought the same bark collar I had from sport dog, but wanted a remote as well.  ...  "
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" ...  Can charge remote and unit at the same time and it has a good range.  ...  "
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" ...  All I need now is the tone function or to just show him the remote.  ...  "
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" ...  I gave the command leave-it and pressed the button on the remote, the effect had his attention to say the least, he jumped and bolted like gang-busters in my direction, once he reached me I started immediately praising him Good-Boy, he was very quiet and a little intimidated. ... I adjusted the remote to level one.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 23
easy to use, instructions, use, operate, follow
+91%
-9%
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" ...  Much smaller than I expected but easy operation and works well.  ...  "
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" ...  The instructions are clear and easy to follow (I've bought others which were hard to figure out).  ...  "
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" ...  Simple to use - works as advertised  ...  "
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" ...  Great easy to use product.  ...  "
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" ...  He is super easy .  ...  "
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" ...  The instructions to operate and make modifications were easy to follow.  ...  "
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" ...  Good, but instructions need to be more clear on how to set up and use.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s easy to switch between numbers and the tone only option is great.  ...  "
Price
 23
money, worth the investment, worth every penny, worth, well worth
+78%
-22%
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" ...  Not saying there can't be a decent one at this price point, but use caution. ... -For what it is, this thing isn't cheap, but not a bad purchase, if you can find it on at a reduced/decent price.  ...  "
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" ...  Great purchase at a great price!  ...  "
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" ...  The price appeared to be higher than advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  It was well worth the investment to give my gorgeous girl so much freedom.  ...  "
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" ...  Totally worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  hence, it was worth the money  ...  "
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" ...  It's worth the investment.  ...  "
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" ...  worth the extra cost.  ...  "
Water Resistance
 19
waterproof, swimming, collar, water proof, mud
+100%
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" ...  Long battery life and definitely water proof.  ...  "
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" ...  She doesn’t mind wearing it at all, actually gets excited because it means the lake or something fun!  ...  "
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" ...  waterproof and easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  Also, they mean it when they say waterproof and submersible. ... A whole day of swimming at the lake and the collar shows no signs of malfunction.  ...  "
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" ...  I take him running and swimming several days a week and he knows when we put this collar on he gets to go play, so it's not an adverse thing.  ...  "
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" ...  He has been in the water with the collar and I found no issues from that either.  ...  "
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" ...  I almost forgot - It's waterproof!  ...  "
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" ...  Water proof, great range and many options to choose from to find what works for each individual dog.  ...  "
Comfort
 19
dog, neck, hurt, training, painful
+58%
-42%
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" ...  I strapped the receiver to my left arm, and held the transmitter in my right (think about why this is important). ... with a tiny muscle spasm, and level four will make my arm twitch . ... No concerns when he plays in the streams and sticks his head in to wash his ears out.  ...  "
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" ...  I tried 3 and 4 out on my hand and it's a pretty good zot.  ...  "
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" ...  He wags his tail and sits perfect when time to put training collar on .  ...  "
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" ...  All the way from handheld to ones that goes on your wrist with the remote to the dog. ... I would recommend this hand-over-fist for anybody who is looking for the ultimate training device for his or her dog, be it a service dog or hunting dog or even family home pet.  ...  "
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" ...  When she can feel the correction 1 is all it takes to get her attention and she is a feel no pain lab.  ...  "
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" ...  The collar is adjustable and even fits his small neck. ... You must have your dog trained to commands for this to work, sit, stay, come at the very least.  ...  "
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" ...  Beeper worked great when the collar fell off in a field.  ...  "
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" ...  She was either ears-up and incredibly intense, looking for squirrels to chase or she was pushing me off the sidewalk, trying to heel.  ...  "
Marketplace
 14
amazon, works as advertised, works, thank, amazon s choice
+79%
-21%
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" ...  Thank you SportDOG for a superior product.  ...  "
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" ...  item as described.  ...  "
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" ...  I think the picture speaks for itself.  ...  "
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" ...  Received when I was quoted.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple to use - works as advertised  ...  "
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" ...  This product works very well and is as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  In that time I purchased two very inexpensive ones from Amazon.  ...  "
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" ...  This collar works as advertised.  ...  "
Build Quality
 13
shock, plastic, collars, clip, prongs
+69%
-31%
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" ...  3 months of frustration I finally broke and started researching, for months, these collars and found this one as the best option for price point, good ratings, options and came highly recommended by local hunters and the like. ... The total length of the collar is 26” long, with the inside circumference, which i measure with the contact prongs in, at the last hole 21”. ... Additionally the hand piece also comes with a lanyard about 19 1/2” long that has a plastic clip you can use as a necklace or unclip and carry in your hand.  ...  "
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" ...  The range is as advertised, it's seems to be waterproof, and so far the quality seems top notch.  ...  "
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" ...  -good build quality and durability ... -great lanyard with quick-release clip  ...  "
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" ...  Seems robust (had it for 3 mths and no issues).  ...  "
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" ...  I had to buy a 3rd party nylon collar with quick release clasp to make this product worth using.  ...  "
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" ...  The collar seems sturdy, he is often in heavy brush and I have not found any fraying or cuts in the collar.  ...  "
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" ...  -This thing is solidly built . ... portable, and the rubberized plastic provides a good feel to it.  ...  "
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" ...  Reliable, slim, sturdy, with a lot of flexibility.  ...  "
Controls
 12
tone, buttons, vibrate, beep, dial
+42%
-58%
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" ...  When we plug it in to charge, the green lights ups, but none of the buttons registers anything.  ...  "
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" ...  Also the “nik” button is now starting to be hard to push.  ...  "
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" ...  Too many buttons that don't perform, no way of knowing if it's on, rarely seems to work.  ...  "
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" ...  have problems with the buttons they dont strike regularly, sometimes I have to push several times to get the hit  ...  "
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" ...  -In mode 1 (default) the side button provides tone, the upper (front) button provide continuous stimulation, and the lower button provides a “nick”, which you can provide with a quick touch of the upper button anyway. ... So in my opinion, the "nick button" is redundant, confusing, and dangerous. ... Mode 2 will switch the tone and vibrate functions, making the side button for vibrate, but I like having the side button as tone, for test/ranging. ... So, again, I’d gladly trade the lower, redundant “nip” button for a vibe button, so that you can deliver tone, vibe, or static without having to fumble with the dial.  ...  "
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" ...  If the tone doesn't work, I can press the vibrate button and he responses accordingly.  ...  "
Capacity
 10
yard, property, live, dog, walk
+100%
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" ...  Not only this, the receiver itself can be set to low or moderate strength, giving added room for adjustment.  ...  "
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" ...  He can be very hard headed and living out in the country we want him to run free in the yard.  ...  "
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" ...  I can now walk in and out of my house without fear of my dog trying to take off.  ...  "
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" ...  Wide open areas are best, though it can sometimes reach over a one-story house.  ...  "
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" ...  It allowed our dog to become a better house companion when earlier it looked hopeless that he would ever be responsible in the house.  ...  "
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" ...  It was a lifesaver the other night with a skunk in the yard!  ...  "
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" ...  We went from having a $4,000 nuisance to having a loyal and loving family member in a week.  ...  "
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" ...  Has good distance and can go through walls (when dogs are outside they quickly respond.)  ...  "
Setup
 9
easy, follow, operate, clear, use
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Instructions were easy to implement with good results  ...  "
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" ...  Good, but instructions need to be more clear on how to set up and use.  ...  "
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" ...  some people might find it difficult to operate but if you take your time and read the instructions carefully it is fairly easy.  ...  "
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" ...  The instructions to operate and make modifications were easy to follow.  ...  "
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" ...  Follow the instructions and the tips in the DVD and it work very well.  ...  "
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" ...  Delivered quickly and company is always available to call with questions.  ...  "
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" ...  The instructions are clear and easy to follow (I've bought others which were hard to figure out).  ...  "
Sound Quality
 9
beep, tone, listen, audible beep, vibration
+89%
-11%
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" ...  I waited till I owned the product long enough to say it does hold up and the multiple options for training between sound, vibrate and different levels of zapping have worked great and now for the most part I just need the beep most of the time if he needs a reminder.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice audible beep is usually all he needs to get re-focused.  ...  "
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" ...  Using the sound alone gets her running back home.  ...  "
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" ...  The seller has excellent customer support and is readily available with sound advice and help, incase you have the slightest doubt  ...  "
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" ...  Definitely worth the price if your pup has trouble listening.  ...  "
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" ...  This one offers an audible "Beep" as well as vibrate. ... Love that you can select Tone/Vibrate only.  ...  "
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" ...  he is a proper Gentleman when he is out side with his noise to the ground .  ...  "
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" ...  Vibrate and sound gives excellent response.  ...  "
For Kids
 8
training, young, kids, child, tool
+100%
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" ...  He also used to knock our children when they were outside with him and we have been able to correct that behvior as well.  ...  "
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" ...  No interaction with people since she ran over a child in the family playing like puppies do.  ...  "
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" ...  I would most definitely recommend this to anyone with a problem child or for specialty training.  ...  "
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" ...  My adult son bought to help train his rescue great dane.  ...  "
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" ...  Quality built and very effective in training a young unruly pup.  ...  "
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" ...  I do not have stress about my dog bulldozing my kids down to escape.  ...  "
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" ...  Luckily she is incredibly affectionate and her high threshold for pain makes her patient with older children, like our son.  ...  "
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" ...  After day 3 he was much calmer around the children and clearly understood his boundaries.  ...  "
Features
 8
feature, collar, vibrate mode, vibrate, tone
+75%
-25%
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" ...  The features of the SportDog collar are perfect for what I needed!  ...  "
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" ...  The settings are easily adjustable with “soft” notches for the number settings.  ...  "
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" ...  I've used a bargain brand E-collar and there is a huge difference in terms of effectiveness, quality, and features. ... The best feature of this particular collar is the ability to switch between levels quickly in the event you need to correct stubborn behavior, or most importantly, divert your dog away from danger.  ...  "
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" ...  The “s” model has two power modes “medium” and “high”.  ...  "
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" ...  Always use the vibrate mode when needed!  ...  "
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" ...  I like the features of tone and vibrate.  ...  "
Product As Described
 7
works, product, simple to use, exactly as advertised, described
+100%
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" ...  I think the picture speaks for itself.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall this is works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Product works exactly as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  This collar works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  item as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple to use - works as advertised  ...  "
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" ...  This product works very well and is as advertised.  ...  "
Wash Programs
 6
ranges, modes, vibrate mode, training, setting
+83%
-17%
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" ...  using lower/lowest settings.  ...  "
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" ...  You can also change stimulation ranges, seven operational modes to select best type for your style of training and you can add up to three collars to this one system.  ...  "
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" ...  The settings are easily adjustable with “soft” notches for the number settings.  ...  "
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" ...  Many setting ranges  ...  "
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" ...  The “s” model has two power modes “medium” and “high”.  ...  "
Network
 6
transmitter, property, weak, signal, receiver
+83%
-17%
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" ...  never fails and transmits thru trees on my property.  ...  "
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" ...  Wide open areas are best, though it can sometimes reach over a one-story house.  ...  "
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" ...  We live on 5 acres, mostly wooded, and the range is adequate for anywhere on the property.  ...  "
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" ...  -The range seems as advertised .  ...  "
Pedometer
 5
leash, daily, walks, walking, step
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Yes, I take my dog on 3 mile walks daily.  ...  "
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" ...  Walking her was an exercise in patience and we had been doing this for the entire 4 years I have owned her without her understanding that I wanted her to walk relaxed on a loose leash.  ...  "
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" ...  We walk in deepwoods daily, numerous distractions.  ...  "
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" ...  In just two weeks I can now take him over two miles without a leash.  ...  "
CD/DVD
 5
dog, training, instruction, book, along
+100%
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" ...  Two sets of prongs were provided one short and the other long, along with manuals and DVD instructions for set up.  ...  "
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" ...  After reading the instructions for operation of the unit and the training advice along with the DVD that came with it, I only had one minor question remaining.  ...  "
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" ...  The DVD is very informative and is a great teaching tool for your dog.  ...  "
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" ...  As long as you know what you are doing and follow the instruction book or dvd you should have no issues training.  ...  "
Returns
 5
since, back, sportdog, send, hopefully
+20%
-80%
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" ...  We are returning the collar.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a return.  ...  "
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" ...  $170 down the drain, since the return window of 30 days just ended.  ...  "
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" ...  going to return it asap.  ...  "
Hair
 5
short, hair, prongs, nose, neck
+60%
-40%
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" ...  This is not a short cut to dedicated training—so patience and persistence are called for to see results.  ...  "
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" ...  The collar seems sturdy, he is often in heavy brush and I have not found any fraying or cuts in the collar.  ...  "
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" ...  Collar has two sets of prongs for different lengths of hair.  ...  "
Delivery
 4
received, quickly, good, delivered, arrived
+100%
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" ...  Showed up on time and in great condition.  ...  "
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" ...  Received when I was quoted.  ...  "
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" ...  Arrived on time and they do work good.  ...  "
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" ...  Delivered quickly and company is always available to call with questions.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 4
without, tried, training, device, connect
+75%
-25%
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" ...  Until Garmin makes a better receiver, I'll be sticking with the SportDog 425x.  ...  "
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" ...  I had tried to get along with the cheaper devices without any luck at all.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a great training device!  ...  "
Storage
 4
back, size, room, plenty, neck
+75%
-25%
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" ...  *taking food/items off tables  ...  "
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" ...  Good size collar, fits my French Mastiff as he has grown.  ...  "
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" ...  They get excited any time I pull the collars out of the drawer.  ...  "
Fit
 4
falls, collar fits, charger, snap, size
+50%
-50%
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" ...  Little plastic clip to hold receiver is the poorest idea I have ever seen the old clip was metal attached to rope around neck.  ...  "
For Fun
 3
fun
+100%
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" ...  My dog loves seeing this come out because she knows we are going to go have some fun!  ...  "
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" ...  He actually like the collar cause he knows it means fun is coming.  ...  "
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" ...  She knows when I get this out she is gonna have FUN!  ...  "
Overall performance
 3
performance, job
+100%
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" ...  Works like you would expect, does the job of getting my very stubborn pups attention without hesitation.  ...  "
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" ...  So glad, because when it works it does a great job.  ...  "
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" ...  I purchased the "add-a-collar" and am extremely satisfied with there performance.  ...  "
Cables
 3
receiver, one, cord, collar, charged
+33%
-67%
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" ...  The charging cables are pretty cheap too.  ...  "
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" ...  This is second receiver I have lost because of poor quality connecting receiver to rope.  ...  "
Call quality
 3
voice commands, using, company, come, button
+100%
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" ...  Still using voice commands in combination, but have had her come to me when we are not in sight of one another, simply by using the vibration button.  ...  "
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" ...  I plan to call the company as soon as I finish this review.  ...  "
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" ...  She comes right back to us when we call her!  ...  "
Design
 3
design, camo, love, give, far
+100%
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" ...  look no further!  ...  "
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" ...  I bought a camo colored version of this collar previously.  ...  "
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" ...  Bottom Line: Some definite design flaws, but this one is the best I’ve used so far… so i recommend.  ...  "

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Size:  300 meters