SportDOG’s 875 SportTrainer system features simple programming adjustments, expansion up to three dogs, and a solid range of ten training configurations.
In either training or hunting situations, you want a system that has a substantial battery life. The SportDOG 875 uses lithium-ion batteries, which are specced to last between 50–70 hours per charge. We put the batteries to the test over a week of hunting wild birds.
The lightweight collar is simple to switch on and off even when it’s mounted on your dog’s neck, and is capable of delivering a range of vibrate, stim, and tone commands. The receiver can be switched to one of seven preset training combinations with ease.
The controller, with two carrying options (either the belt clip or lanyard), has an easy-to-read OLED screen that displays the dog, mode, stim level, and battery status. These are three somewhat minimalistic delivery buttons on the sides—this could make it hard to find the buttons when you are wearing heavier gloves. Much more substantial buttons are used on the front of the remote for changing dogs or the correction intensity.
SportDOG simplified charging by putting both jacks (for the remote and the collar) on one cord. We did have a small issue charging the collar: the connection between the collar port and the jack was a little loose and unstable. Charging required a level surface to keep them locked together.
Our overall experience with the SportDOG 875 was solid. If a new training or hunting collar is on your list, this system deserves your consideration — $200.
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