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I just got it and I’m fairly happy so far. It’s small and lightweight as advertised and the quality seems good. Loading batteries into the receiver can be tricky so be careful. The transmitter and receiver each take two batteries. I don’t know yet how long they will last. The snap collar makes fastening easy. My biggest disappointment was that the collar would not fit my Cocker Spaniel. If your dog’s neck size is smaller than 15″, look for a different collar. The stimulation levels seem good – I tested levels 1-4 on my underarm. Level one was barely noticeable, level four approaches discomfort and will probably be the highest I will need. Features that this model doesn’t have but you may want to look for include rechargable batteries, waterproof transmitter, momentary stimulation and remote turn-off.
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I did a lot of research on these before I purchased one for my cocker spaniel. Many of the other products out there, at $20-$50 less, had great reviews BUT when you looked at the actual review, the products had many problems (distance less than expected, batteries wearing out quickly, not working at all after a few months, etc.). It appeared as if they were scored high because the dogs stopped doing what the owners wanted and therefore rated thier experience as good even thought the product failed.My dog was quite well behaved but at one year old, I still struggled with “come” and “stay” and he also didn’t walk consistently well and when excited would constantly pull on the leash. THIS PRODUCT HAS TURNED HIM INTO THE PERFECT DOG!!!At first, he wore it all day and I used it for every command. I followed the directions carefully and combined my command with the tone and then correction when he did not listen. He now only wears it when we walk or are just hanging out in the front yard (non fenced). He listens to me with out the collar on 98% of the time (still a puppy) and when wearing the collar he rarely needs corrections. I walk him with this instead of a leash and we can walk by other crazy, pulling, barking, snarling, yapping dogs and he stays right at my heal and looks at them like they are crazy.And I have owned this product for 3 months and have not had to change or replace the batteries and have yet to find a range/distance it did not work. Sometimes I can’t see where my dog is and I call him and give the tone and he appears immediately.THIS PRODUCT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY I PAID. Highly recommend this brand.
We recently purchased the Sport Dog shock collar. Me being the reluctant female(thinking…”ohhhh…how cruel”, and my husband being ever so reassuring that it really would be beneficial, AND he would test it on himself(be he ever so manly…I had to see that one!)… We bought it for the sole intent of gaining immediate and definitive control of our then 7 month old/70lb doberman pup, since we have two children roughly the same size as the dog with the dog soon to surpass them in size. Setting 1 did absolutely nothing, setting 2…well, dog ran around confused after the correction. Setting 3 definitely got his full attention. I was a believer after using this the first couple of times that it is VERY VERY effective in a good way. The best part is the warning tone… you give the corrective command, and when dog does not respond, you beep then immediately give the corrective shock(what really amounts to a strong static shock from walking across the carpet and touching another human…even tried it on myself…and I’m a GIRL!)… The positive thing about the warning tone is that after just a couple of shocks after the tone…ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS beep…dog magically responds, and does as he should. Great for a bark collar as well. When my overzealous barker goes nutzo in the backyard just because he wants to hear himself bark…I give the tone from in the house…he STOPS barking, and will quietly go about his routine outside time only to bark at the really emminent threats(well…that he perceives when the cat walks on the fence!). Batteries last okay… we really just got lazy about turning the unit off EVERY time, so they did run down within a couple of weeks of use, but not that expensive to buy a couple more at the local market. The ONLY CON is that when the collar is not on the dog, he KNOWS it, and pushes his luck a bit more. I have heard tale of other collars having a dummy collar for just such cases, so I am considering making up a dummy for him to maybe trick him into thinking it’s always on until he is a grown up doggie, and will be all knowing in the ways of human expectation of less barking, no jumping on the glass door, no sniffing the no-no area on guest or pack members, and come to my side when I say… On that last note: that was the BEST part when my lunatic came immediately to my side after saying “Come”, tone, zap! Pretty soon, “Come”, tone”…. now just “Come”, and voila’, he’s there! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.
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