SportDOG In-Ground Fence Collar review
If you're looking to add another pet to your family and you live on a large property that already has an in-ground dog fence installed, you are going to need another collar. Not all collars are compatible with all containment systems. Also, there is a variety of units that are specialized for certain dog breeds and temperaments.
Now depending on the brand, you are more than often going to have to find a model that is specifically made for your existing containment system. Today we are going take a detailed view of a collar that is made for all those SportDog Brand users out there. More precisely the SDF-100A in-ground fence model.
Let's dive right into the review and see if it's a worthy investment.
- Highly adjustable rubberized strap
- Works with SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence System (SDF-100A)
- Made for dog breeds that weigh 10 pounds and above
- 4 levels of static correction and a tone-vibration mode
- Powered by standard 9V batteries
By the size of the receiver, you can tell right away that this collar is meant to be used on medium to large sized dogs. The recommended dog breed weight is 10 pounds and above. The included rubberized strap is a bit narrow but is highly adjustable. You could always swap it for a custom strap as long as you find one that is the correct width. Two sets of contact points are included so if you own a breed that has a lengthier coat, make sure to use the enclosed long ones.
The entire unit is waterproof and is specifically designed to withstand any kind of rough weather, you really get the impression that it is a heavy-duty product built for the most adventurous canine spirits out there.
This is a user-replaceable battery collar, which is great for customers that don't want to worry about recharging every few days. It is almost common knowledge by now that we are big supporters of rechargeable systems, but this particular model uses standard 9-volt batteries which are powerful and have a great lifespan. They are also very common so you can buy them practically anywhere, but you probably won't have to worry about replacing them at least 6 months anyway.
The unit also has an anti-linger feature which prevents the collar from continuously shocking your dog while it's standing near the boundary line. This also helps tremendously with battery life preservation.
• Great as a replacement or an add-on collar
• Well-built, sturdy
• Waterproof and submersible
• The receiver is bulky
• Takes effort to replace the battery
What We Liked about It
The SDF-100A In-ground fence is one of the best selling containment systems on the market so having an extra collar that is on par with the original one is very important. Simple design combined with good quality are clear indicators that this product is built to last. Different levels of static correction give it much-needed versatility; add waterproof on top of that and you got yourself a reliable collar.
What We didn’t Like
The size of the receiver makes this model very impractical if you are planning to use it on a miniature dog. Because of its bulkiness, there is a higher chance of the collar moving and the contact points not touching your dog's skin, subsequently negating the effect. You shouldn't be worried about this If you own a medium- to large-sized dog.
Another thing to note is that you will need at least a screwdriver and some effort to replace the battery. This can be inconvenient if you're on the go and don't have your tools with you. Luckily, the battery life is great and there is an LED indicator light that lets you know when it's about time to get a new one.
The SportDog In-Ground Fence Collar is a pretty straightforward model that you can use right out of the box. Just read the included instruction manual and you'll be able to put it to good use in a matter of no time. We all dread the thought of something breaking down and not being able to get an adequate replacement for it, especially if you are already invested in a system. Luckily, you can sleep tight knowing that there is a replacement collar of this quality sold by the same manufacturer.
We would highly recommend this product if you already own an in-ground dog fence made by SportDog Brand. Otherwise, you could check some other products by reading our list of top wireless dog fence collars.