Reviewed by: Randy Carlson, LCS General Manager
The SportHunter 1225 from SportDog is their newest unit and represents cutting edge technology. The first thing I noticed, and liked, out of the box is the compact size. The overall length of the transmitter, including the antenna is 7″ (including length of the antenna) and the width is 2″. It easily fits into the palm of your hand or in a pocket and can be secured with the lanyard that is supplied with the unit. It offers momentary and continuous stimulation, along with a tone feature that is activated with a separate button on the side of the transmitter. You are also able to choose from electronic stimulation or vibration correction.
An important feature with this transmitter design is the roller wheel that allows you to select the level of stimulation. We love that you can have the transmitter in your hand, find the wheel with your thumb, and change the stimulation levels without looking at the transmitter. Each number has a distinct setting that you can feel as you move through the levels – this allows you to adjust the stimulation level with one hand without taking your eyes of your dog! This is particularly important to me when hunting and Ihave a shotgun in one hand or when training a very fast dog that can get out of sight in
a few quick seconds.
Next the receiver. Just over 3″ long and 1 3/8″ wide. It is shaped to better fit your dogs neck and has a unique design that allows the collar strap to ride recessed in the receiver eliminating sharp corners and thin points in the construction that might easily break. The receiver has a two hour quick-charge feature that is provided through the charger cradle that is included with your purchase. A cradle for charging is nice versus a plug-in receptacle that can clog with mud and debris and be a real pain.
The unit offers a feature that is really cool and unique to the SportHunter 1225 and 1825. Each collar can be set within one of three stimulation ranges – low, medium, and high. Within each range there are 8 levels of stimulation. As a result, if you have one dog that is “soft”, the receiver can be set to the low range that provides a lesser amount of stimulation. Then, if the second dog is “stubborn”, the receiver can be set to the high range that provides an increased amount of stimulation. Again, within each of these ranges you still have 8 levels of stimulation as selected by the roller dial.
Overall, I think this is a technologically advanced unit. It expands to three dogs, has a 3/4 mile range, and is completely waterproof. We back it with our LCS 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, and SportDog offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects in workmanship and materials.