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This is one of the hottest training devices out there for you and your dog. SportDog says that the FieldTrainer 425 has the most advanced and industry-leading technology that the brand has ever built into one of its e-collars. It’s also one of the most compact systems that SportDog has ever offered, making it ideal for training in various different environments such as the yard or field, or for use with hunting dogs working within a close range. The SD-425 has 7 levels of low and medium static stimulation. In addition, this collar also has vibration and tone options.
The 3-dog capability and DRYTEK waterproof transmitter and receiver are very advanced features for a mid-range 500-yard training system. The palm-fit sized model and ‘soft-coat’ transmitter also make it extremely comfortable to use. The collar is designed for dogs that are 8 pounds or larger and the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries last for about 50-70 hours between charges.
As mentioned above, there are 7 levels of stimulation, and as you can see in the below video, these can be quite strong. So please please be very very careful and judicious in using these on your dog — most of the time, the vibration and tone alone should be quite enough.
The SportDog FieldTrainer 425 is around the same price as the PetSafe Yard Park Rechargeable Training Collar and offers similar features. The FieldTrainer’s range is higher, however, at 500 yards, while PetSafe’s collar only has 400. The FieldTrainer falls short with its static stimulation levels, however, with 7 compared to the PetSafe device’s 8. It’s great that the FieldTrainer is rated so high on Amazon, but so is the PaiPaitek Rechargeable 500 Yard E-Collar at 4.3 stars. Positive reviewers for the PaiPaitek device wrote that the tone and stimulation levels worked well to train their dogs—some praised the sensitivity of the vibrations, writing that it was good that they weren’t too powerful. The PaiPaitek is also waterproof like the FieldTrainer, but only lets you control one dog—the FieldTrainer lets you control three. The downside about the FieldTrainer is that it is pricier than the PaiPaitek E-Collar. The PaiPaitek device is affordable, costing only $33.99 at this time on Amazon. On the otherhand, the FieldTrainer is currently listed as $169.95, which is on the more expensive side for a 500 yard dog training device.
Amazon reviewers rated the FieldTrainer 425 with an average of 4.4 stars. Positive reviewers raved about the small, lightweight receiver, and the variety of tone levels. One reviewer said that the device was a “miracle”—the device encouraged the reviewer’s dog to know her place in the home and fixed her bad behavior. Negative reviewers complained that the device’s shocks were either way too powerful or not strong enough at all. They also said that their collars malfunctioned or had low battery life. One reviewer even said that a button on the transmitter eventually sunk into the remote resulting in a constant shock to the reviewer’s dog when it wore the collar. Wow! That’s really pretty bad.
The Bottom Line
This is a good collar and transmitter, and it has great features like a 500 yard range, compact size, and a 3-dog training capability. However, I think that many of the levels of stimulation could be too strong for some dogs, and I would certainly stay away from this product for mild-mannered or sensitive dogs. However, if you have a very stubborn and out-of-control dog, and you are approaching your wits’ end, then this Sportdog Field Trainer 425 may do the trick for you.