Family pet. I have a 50 pound 1.5 year-old dog that is pound rescue with a whole lot of drive. I got him as a companion animal and barn dog to run on trail rides and offer some protection to me and the horses. Unfortunately, his unending energy that allows him to go on 4 hour trail rides and hikes also can make him difficult to break off a scent, or stop him from trying to get a pack going. I can't have him on leash while I'm riding, but he was working on a 50 foot check cord reliably while I was hiking. So after a lot of research, I ended up purchasing the SportDog 1825. I tried out the Tri-tronics Sport Basic G3 first, but found it too jumpy. My dog either felt nothing, or was yelping. Now that I have the 1825 on him, he is excited to work and wear it. I love that it has settings on the collar, as well, so that I can use the low setting on this current dog, but when I expand my pack, I could use the same handset with a less sensitive dog. The only problems I've had is that I have lost the antenna a few times. It twists on and off instead of being fixed. I've always been able to find it luckily. Also the belt clips isn't as strong as I would like, so I always wear it using the lanyard. I love that there is so much customizing, too, because originally I thought I would use vibration and momentary stimulation, but turns out my dog is too confused by the vibration for it to be effective, and I much prefer the continuous stimulation, and now there is no need for me to purchase a different collar. This product also perfected my dog's drop on recall in one training session. Now the barn chickens are safe. I don't have to worry when my dog dives into the brush because he whoas and recalls reliably now, and my horses are thankful that I am not blaring a whistle to get the dog's attention anymore. Thanks GDS for publishing such great reviews and details too that allowed me to pick the perfect product for my needs.
Review ID: 3002
out of 5-stars.