When I met Max, it was love at first sight. I immediately knew that we were meant to be together. However, while he is certainly a sweet and kind dog, what he lacked was training. He had never been trained before, and that was completely evident as soon as I brought him home. Even the simplest command – sit – was something that he didn’t understand.
In case you aren’t aware, training is important for all dog breeds, but it’s particularly important for Pit Bull’s. You see, Pit Bull’s have a pack leader mentality. They need to be given direction and understand that they are not in control, otherwise they will soon take matters into their own hands and start controlling you. Of course, that could lead to a ton of problems and could end up disrupting both of your lives, especially if you plan on bringing your dog out into public off-leash, or if you intend on having him assist you with outside tasks, such as hunting. Believe it or not, a dog is a lot happier when they understand that they have a leader and when they are given commands to follow.
To make a long story short, I knew right away that I had to get Max the training that he desperately needed. My first thought was to take him to an obedience school. After a few weeks, he had learned a the basic commands, but he wasn’t learning those trickier commands.
Instead of paying money on an obedience class that wasn’t working, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I read every dog training book out there, specifically, those books that pertain to training a Pit Bull. Sure, I got some great advice; however, all of the techniques and methods that I was trying just weren’t working.
Out of desperation, I decided to get creative with the training approach I used with Max. It was then that I stumbled on the SportDOG SD – 425 Field Trainer. A friend of mine recommended it. She said that it was the only tool that allowed her to successful train her Doberman Pinscher. I decided to check into it myself, and after doing some extensive research, I found that it would definitely be worth a shot.
How did the SportDOG SD – 425 Field Trainer work for me and Max? Well, let’s just say that we’ve only been using it for a few weeks and he understands every command that he has been taught. It’s truly an incredible device.
What is the SportDOG SD – 425 Field Trainer?
Basically, it’s a training collar that is designed to train dogs in the yard, which is what I wanted to do with Max. It’s also great for training close-working dogs who will assist with hunting, and for dogs who will be in the field.
This training collar for dogs contains a transmitter and receiver that are submersible and waterproof. The transmitter sends out tones, vibrations or stimulations, all of which are customizable, to the receiver, which the dog wears. It offers 500 yards of range, so your dog will have plenty of room to roam, but will still be able to receive the commands that you are sending him. It also features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which runs anywhere from 50 to 70 hours between charges.
The SportDog SD – 425 Field Trainer is totally customizable and can be used with dogs who are as small as 8 pounds. The collar is completely comfortable, fitting necks that range in size from 5 inches to 22 inches. And, if you want to train another dog, you’ll have no problem, because it can be expanded to use with up to three dogs.
I have to honestly say that since I started using this training collar with Max, I have noticed a huge improvement in his obedience when he is in the yard. I highly recommend it.