By: DavidI 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...
Review ID: 168
out of 5-stars.