SportDOG SportHunter 1825
Has anyone checked this e-collar out? I think I'm ordering one tomorrow for my coonhound. It seems like everything I've been looking for at a good price point.
*1mile range (users report around 2 miles in open fields!!)
*up to 3 dogs (not important to me)
*rechargeable using a docking station
I did a lot of research on different systems and it seems like at $289 this one might be a winner. If anyone has already used one, I'd love to hear about it.
That is actally what i just picked up on recomendation from a friend. Now i just have to figure out a good training plan.
I have an SD 800.
A step or so down from what you are looking at, 1/2 mile range, no vibrate but pretty much everything else.
It's a great setup, dog responds very well.
I really like the variable strength on the corrections and after a few weeks I really only need to use the audible tone to get compliance (dog is well trained & responsive to begin with)
I've had it wet, mddied and run through hell for 9 months or so and it functions flawlessly.
My only complaint is the charge time - 12 hours. A 6 or 8 hour charge would be a huge improvement.
I have the SD 1850, and it works great. Their customer service is great as well. My beeper quit working (not a problem with the 1825), I called them and they said "no problem, we'll send you a new one, just return the old one when you get it." After a week I still hadn't received it so I called again, they apologized and said that they would send another one overnight. The next day they both showed up.
I would recommend that you also look at the car charger that is sold as an option.
SportDog makes great E-collars. I tell this to every owner when they pick up their dog after our 6 week course, " Seconds of anger can cause years of regret." Please read up and know how to properly use an E-collar because they can be unknowingly used in a way that will forever ruin the relationship and trust between you and your dog. I'm not just talking about popping them out of anger, but knowing correct technique to teach the dog how to "turn it off" and that you are not the one causing the shock, but rather the one instructing them on how to make it stop. I've just seen too many great dogs fall prey to bad E-collar use. If you would like some good advice and teaching techniques IM me and I will be happy to help out.
I have had that collar for a year. It has run while wet, cold, hot, etc. It really has more functions than I need but I really like the range and the vibration. I would buy another tomorrow if I needed another collar. My only complaint is that it does not work with their add-on electronic beeper.
Over the last fifteen years I have owned too many Innotek collars and transmitters to name.(all replaced multiple times under and out of warranty.)
I finally just gave two collars and one of the transmitters to a guy I just met @ a state owned training area. ( I was just tired of replacing at least one collar a year.)
I currently own a Tri Tronics Pro 200 and a Sport dog 1800, Both of which are at least six years old.
The Tri tronics battery will no longer take a charge and the Sport dog is running great.
I did have one problem with the SD 1800 Transmitter when it was four years old and had been to the bottom of the river twice. ( Both times attached to me and both times very cold out. Long story!!!
Sport dog replaced my 1800 transmitter under warr with a SD 2000 Transmitter since they were currently out of stock of 1800's
Currently the 2000 is running great, but I haven't been wet duck hunting in a while. lol