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SportDOG FieldTrainer 425 Training Dog Collar

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Description

The FieldTrainer is the perfect system for introducing your dog to in-the-field training, or for hunting with close-working dogs. This series is loaded with technical breakthroughs in the smallest package available in this price range. Features such as 3-dog capability and waterproof/submersible transmitters and receivers are among the most advanced features ever offered in a mid-range training system. With 400-500 yards of range, these palm-of-the-hand sized models and comfortable “soft-coat” transmitter finish makes these units a pleasure to use.

Key Benefits
  • Mid-range/introductory system for all dogs over 8 lbs with 500 yard range
  • 3-dog capability, DRYTEK waterproof and submersible to 25 feet
  • Expandable up to 3 dogs with additional collars and includes rechargeable batteries
  • Tone and vibration options with 7 instantly selectable stimulation levels with low/medium ranges
  • Perfect system for introducing your dog to in-the-field training, or for hunting with close-working dogs
What's Included

Remote transmitter, collar receiver, lanyard, operating guide with basic training manual, charging adaptor, test light.

Precautions

Avoid leaving the collar on for more than 12 hours a day. Please refer to packaged instructions for additional details.

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  • Item Number
    79549
  • Brand

    SportDOG

  • Brand

    PetSafe

Instructions

Not for use with aggressive dogs. Do not use this product if your dog is aggressive, or if your dog is prone to aggressive behavior. Aggressive dogs can cause severe injury and even death to their owner and others. If you are unsure whether this product is appropriate for your dog, please consult your veterinarian or a certified trainer.

Proper fit of the collar is important. A collar worn for too long, or made too tight on the dog’s neck may cause skin damage. This is called bed sores; it is also called decubitus ulcers or pressure necrosis.

  • Avoid leaving the collar on the dog for more than 12 hours per day.
  • When possible, reposition the collar on the dog’s neck every 1 to 2 hours.
  • Check the fit to prevent excessive pressure; follow the instructions in this manual.
  • Never connect a lead/leash to the electronic collar; it will cause excessive pressure on the contacts.
  • When using a separate collar for a lead/leash, don’t put pressure on the electronic collar.
  • Wash the dog’s neck area and the contacts of the collar weekly with a damp cloth.
  • You may need to trim the hair in the area of the Contact Points or switch to the longer Contact Points to ensure consistent contact. Never shave the dog’s neck; this may lead to a rash or infection.
  • You should not make the collar any tighter than is required for good contact. A collar that is too tight will increase the risk of pressure necrosis in the contact area.
  • Examine the contact area daily for signs of a rash or a sore.
  • If a rash or sore is found, discontinue use of the collar until the skin has healed.
  • If the condition persists beyond 48 hours, see your veterinarian.

Training Tips

You will have the most success using this remote trainer if you always remember to teach a command before trying to reinforce the command with a remote trainer. We recommend that you read the enclosed Training Guide and watch the enclosed DVD before training with this remote trainer. Your training will be easier and proceed faster if you follow the guidelines in these teaching assistants. In addition, always keep the following training tips in mind:

  • Eliminate one misbehavior or teach one obedience command at a time. If you move too fast with the training, your dog may become confused.
  • Be consistent. Give your dog a tone, vibration, or stimulation with each misbehavior.
  • Do not overcorrect your dog. Use as few stimulations as possible to train your dog.
  • Restrict your dog from situations in which he has a history of misbehaving unless you can supervise him and use the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S for applying tone, vibration, or stimulation.
  • If you notice one situation in which your dog misbehaves repeatedly, set up this situation as a training session. This will dramatically increase your chances of success.
  • If your dog has a timid reaction to the tone, vibration, or stimulation (especially the first couple of times), do not be alarmed. Redirect his attention to a simple and appropriate behavior (i.e. a known command, such as “Sit”).
  • Never use the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S to correct or eliminate any form of aggressive behavior. If your dog exhibits such behavior, contact a professional trainer. Aggression in dogs is the result of many factors – it may be a learned behavior or it may be brought on as a result of fear. Another factor contributing to aggression in dogs is social dominance. Every dog is different.

Battery Maintenance

When storing the unit for long periods, remember to regularly give batteries a full charge. This should be done once every 3 to 4 months. You should expect hundreds of recharge cycles from your batteries. However, all rechargeable batteries lose capacity over time relative to the number of recharge cycles they experience. The batteries should last for a period of 3-5 years.

Troubleshooting

My dog is not responding when I press a button.

  • Check to see if the Collar Receiver has been turned on and the Indicator Light is flashing.
  • If your range has reduced from the first time you have used it, please check to see if the battery is low in either the Remote Transmitter or Collar Receiver.
  • Many factors can impact the range you have with the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S. For a list of these factors, please refer to “How the System Works.”
  • You can verify the Collar Receiver is delivering stimulation to your dog by placing the test light, enclosed in your kit, on the Collar Receiver. Please refer to the “Test Light Instructions” section for details.
  • Increase the Intensity Dial. Refer to “Find the Best Intensity Level for Your Dog” for more information.
  • Increase the Stimulation Range. Refer to “Changing Stimulation Ranges” for more information.
  • Make sure the Collar Receiver’s Contact Points are placed snugly against your dog’s skin. Refer to “Fit the Collar Receiver”t for more information.
  • You may need to switch to the longer Contact Points included with your system or trim the hair beneath the Contact Points.
  • If you notice your operating time dropping to about half the original time, your Collar Receiver battery needs to be replaced.

The Collar Receiver will not turn on.

Make sure the Collar Receiver has been charged. The Collar Receiver will charge in 2 hours.

The Collar Receiver is not responding to the Remote Transmitter.

  • Make sure the Remote Transmitter has been charged. The Remote Transmitter will charge in 2 hours.
  • Verify the Collar Receiver has been turned on and the Indicator Light is flashing. Refer to “Turning the Collar Receiver On and Off.”
  • Refer to “Match the Collar Receiver and Remote Transmitter.”
FAQ

Is the stimulation safe for my dog? While Continuous and/or Momentary stimulation may be unpleasant, it is harmless to your dog. Electronic training devices require interaction and training from the owner to achieve desired results.

How old does a dog have to be before using the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S? Your dog should be able to learn basic obedience commands such as “Sit” or “Stay.” The Collar Receiver may be too large for dogs under 8 pounds.

Once my dog is trained and has been obeying my commands, will my dog have to continue to wear the Collar Receiver? Your dog may need to wear the Collar Receiver from time to time for reinforcement. Also, many hunters keep the Collar Receiver on their dogs while hunting for maximum control.

Is the Collar Receiver waterproof? Yes. If the rechargeable battery pack ever needs to be replaced,make sure the o-ring and o-ring groove are free from dirt and debris.

Can my Collar Receiver be used around salt water? Yes. However, if the Collar Receiver is used in or around salt water, it should be rinsed with fresh water following each use.

Can I use the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S with more than one dog? Yes. The FieldTrainer 425 and 425S are expandable to a maximum of three dogs. SportDOG Add-A-Dog Collar Receivers must be purchased.

Can I use the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S on aggressive dogs? We do not recommend any of our products to be used on aggressive dogs. We recommend you contact your local veterinarian or professional trainer to determine if your dog might be aggressive.

Will I get exactly 500 yards of range with the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S? The range you get with your FieldTrainer 425 or 425S will vary according to terrain, weather, and vegetation as well as transmission from other radio devices. To get the maximum amount of range, please refer to the “How the System Works” section of this guide.

How long can I continuously deliver stimulation to my dog? The maximum amount of time you can press the Continuous Stimulation Button and deliver stimulation to your dog continuously is 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, the Remote Transmitter will “time-out,” and the Continuous Stimulation Button must be released and pressed again.

What do I do if my dog’s neck becomes red and irritated? This condition is due to the Contact Points irritating the skin. Discontinue use of the Collar Receiver for a few days. If the condition persists beyond 48 hours, see your veterinarian. Once the skin returns to normal, resume use, and monitor the skin condition closely.

The Intensity Dial seems difficult to rotate. Is this normal? Yes. This prevents accidental changes in intensity and encourages an optimal waterproof seal. The knob will “break in” and be slightly easier to turn as you use it.

Can I attach a leash to the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S? DO NOT attach a leash to the FieldTrainer 425 or 425S. You may put a separate non-metallic collar on your dog’s neck and attach a leash. Be sure the extra collar does not interfere with the Contact Points.

Can I program my FieldTrainer 425 or 425S to work with my other SportDOG Brand systems? Yes. You can program your FieldTrainer 425 or 425S to work with SD-425CAMO, SD-825, SD-1225, SD-1825, SD-1825CAMO, SD-1875, SD-2525, SD-3225, SD-1225E, SD-1825E, or SD-1875E systems. Because they operate at a different frequency they are not backwards compatible with any other SportDOG Brand system.

My Remote Transmitter is sending a signal to more than one Collar Receiver unintentionally; what should I do? In the rare event this occurs, you can change your Remote Transmitter’s ID Code (see Change ID Codes on page 14) to solve this.

Warranty

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  • My German Shepherd learned very fast to listen and obey commands

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    Great training tool for my 11 month old German Shepherd. She knew her basic commands, but didn't like to obey them very well while in the house. She like to counter surf and jump up on us. I put this collar on, and started with setting at 1, then 2, and then 3, where she responded to my command very well. I have been using it for about a week, and I am very happy with the results. We use it outside with her too, as we do not have a fenced in yard, and her recall response has improved 100%. The only negative thing is that when she hears a beep on tv or radio, she becomes very nervous. We are learning how sensitive she is, so we stopped using the beep as a warning and this negative behavior Great training tool for my 11 month old German Shepherd. She knew her basic commands, but didn't like to obey them very well while in the house. She like to counter surf and jump up on us. I put this collar on, and started with setting at 1, then 2, and then 3, where she responded to my command very well. I have been using it for about a week, and I am very happy with the results. We use it outside with her too, as we do not have a fenced in yard, and her recall response has improved 100%. The only negative thing is that when she hears a beep on tv or radio, she becomes very nervous. We are learning how sensitive she is, so we stopped using the beep as a warning and this negative behavior has subsided. I know there are other less expensive training collars, and I was hesitant on spending this much, but it was so worth it! She is doing so much better, and with more training, she will be the perfect, obedient, family member. … more

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  • Love this shock collar!

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    I tried 3 different other shock collars for training my black lab and none of them seemed effective. I ordered this one and within a few times of using the vibration setting to correct bad behavior, she stopped doing those habits and is now such a great listener. Would highly recommend.

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  • Great Obedience Tool

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    Awesome collar for teaching your dog "No", I've only had to shock my 8 month old German Shepherd once, usually the tone or vibration are enough for him to listen and stop what he's doing.

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  • Training my gsd

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    So far I really like this product. I was having trouble with my GSD lundging at other dogs on walks. This product has helped me train him in not doing this. I would recommend this to anyone who has a strong dog that does not listen when other dogs come into view!!

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  • Hiking a pleasure again

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    Adopted a new dog that just wasn't embracing recall no matter how much I worked with him. Used the training collar and my worries were resolved. The minute he hears the beep he comes running and we both love to hike together now, no more leashes in the woods.

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    We have just started incorporating in our training routines. Hopefully it will be effective. We have a six month old Great Dane who jumps and doesn’t yet respect his boundaries, we are hopeful this collar does the trick:)

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  • I have an extremely stubborn Morkie!

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    One walk with the 425 collar on the lowest setting and he now heels like a real gentleman. Hard to believe but it really works. Now I just use the vibrate and he listens well. Only problem so far is if I leave the collar at home, he reverts to his old self. I'll keep using the collar until good behavior becomes a habit. It pretty much says the same thing in the training book that was included along with a DVD. Keep using the training collar until good behavior is firmly in place. I learned a lot from the book.

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  • Great Training Tool!

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    We bought this for our 5 1/2 month old boxer. She is a bit wild and has trouble controlling herself from nipping while playing. So far, this has been a great training tool. We have already noticed a significant change in behavior. It also is helpful for letting her run outside to learn where her boundaries are.

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  • WORKS GREAT!

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    Ricochet is a rescue catahoula leopard mix and he lives up to his name we gave him. This works great with him. The lowest setting is enough to get his attention and works great with our training.

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    I own the "bigger" version of this product with a bigger range, but I was leaving for an out of state trip and couldn't find it (it was already packed.) I ordered this dog collar in the early morning hours of the day I left and had it sent to our destination. It arrived shortly after we woke up and I have used it continually since. I love the SportDog product and this one is great for shorter distances - perfect for travel and "city" yeards. I live in Maine. Chewy offered an excellent price and delivery couldn't be better!!!! Thank you for saving our trip, Chewy!!!

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