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How to Use the SportDog SportHunter 1225X Remote Training Collar

How to Use the SportDog SportHunter 1225X Remote Training Collar

The SportDOG brand is known for their field-tested e-collar lines, designed to survive environmental elements like rain and snow. So, it’s not a surprise that they’re one of the top manufacturers of dog hunting collars in the market today. But that’s not all there is. SportDOG e-collars are also great for basic obedience training, not just for field and hunting activities. Their SportHunter SD-1225X remote trainer is a good example.

Why Buy SportDOG SD-1225X from PetsTEK

PetsTEK is an authorized reseller of SportDog training collars. With PetsTEK, every secure purchase entitles you to:

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Buying your SportDog collar from PetsTEK also entitles you to the full manufacturer warranty.

For a limited time, your SportDog SD-1225X remote dog training collar purchase also comes with a free e-collar training e-book.

Getting Started with the SportDOG SD-1225X SportHunter

What is the SportDOG SD-1225X SportHunter? The SD-1225X is an e-collar for dogs. E-collars are also called remote trainers, shock collars for dogs, or remote training collars. They help correct your dog’s undesirable behavior and reinforce already learned commands. They work well even at a distance, making dog shock collars valuable tools that help foster better relationships between pets and their owners.

If you’ve just gotten the SD-1225X or are looking to purchase one for your beloved pet, here’s everything you need to know.

What comes in the box:

SportDOG SD-1225X SportHunter Box Set
  • Remote Transmitter with Removable Antenna
  • Collar Receiver
  • 3/4” Receiver Collar Strap
  • Charging Adaptor
  • Charging Cradle
  • Standard and Long Contact Points
  • Test Light Tool
  • Lanyard
  • Belt Clip
  • Operating Guide
  • Basic Training Manual

SportDog SD-1225X SportHunter Remote Transmitter: 

SportDOG SD-1225X SportHunter Transmitter


The SD-1225X remote transmitter is slightly smaller than the popular SD-1825X handheld remote. It has a reach of up to ¾ mile and can handle up to 3 dogs in a single system.

The SD-1225X remote lets you train or hunt without looking at it. Its buttons are easy to reach, allowing you to direct your eyes to your dogs where they should be. The transmitter has 7 operational modes pre-set to match your training preference.

SportDog SD-1225X SportHunter Receiver Collar:

SportDOG SD-1225X SportHunter Receiver Collar


The SD-1225X receiver collar has an upgraded, matte collar strap created for your dog’s comfort. It has a slightly larger receiver than the SD-825X and can fit dogs as small as 8 pounds.

This SportDog collar offers three training modes, giving you access to static, vibration, or tone. It is designed to cover a broad range of dogs with unique personalities and provides low, medium, and high power settings.

The SportDog SD-1225X SportHunter remote training collar comes with the following features:

  • 3/4-Mile Range
  • 21 Static Stimulation Levels
  • 7 Levels of Momentary Static Stimulation
  • 7 Pre-Set Transmitter Modes
  • Vibration and Tone Options
  • Matte Collar Strap
  • Tactile Dial
  • Waterproof and Submersible up to 25 Feet
  • 2-Hour Quick Charge Batteries
  • Expandable to 3-Dogs System
  • For Dogs 8 Pounds and Up
  • Fits Neck Sizes 5” - 22”

The SportDog SD-1225X SportHunter – Mid-Range Trainer with High-End Features

The SD-1225X SportHunter is a mid-range remote training collar system. This trainer is not only great for field training and hunting. It’s a versatile e-collar that’s also good for basic obedience and behavior modification lessons at home.

This SportDog shock collar comes with a slightly larger receiver than the SD-825X, which covers an extended range of ¾ mile. It has three programmable power settings (low, medium, and high), allowing you to tailor the stimulation based on your dog’s temperament.

With 7 pre-set transmitter modes, finding the right training combination (static, tone, and vibration) is a breeze with this trainer. It’s also fully waterproof and submersible, so puddle jumping and a little swim wouldn’t hurt.

The SD-1225X SportHunter e-collar is more than just a hunting collar. If you’re looking for a trainer for basic and advanced dog training, this SportDog collar does not disappoint.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an e collar?

  • An e collar is a dog training tool that’s also called a remote trainer, remote training collar, or shock collar. It allows you to communicate remotely with your dog. Used correctly, it can help reinforce commands and correct undesirable behaviors in your pet. It provides you the means to train your dog with more precise timing and consistency. This makes an e-collar a very effective training tool.

Will an e-collar hurt my dog?

  • A remote trainer works by sending a signal from the transmitter to the collar on the dog’s neck. The signal then triggers the stimulation, which can be in the form of static shock. The stimulation is meant to distract the dog from doing something they’re not supposed to or mark the desired behavior. The stimulation may be unpleasant but generally harmless

For people who prefer not to use static, the SD-1225X SportHunter also comes with vibration and tone training options.

Are e-collars effective?

  • E-collars can be invaluable training tools, but only when used correctly. If you are unsure about using one or do not know how to start, please consult a professional trainer.

When can I use an e collar for dogs?

  • PetsTEK does not recommend using an e collar for dogs younger than 6 months old. We also recommend supplementing training with a remote trainer only when your dog has already learned the basic commands.

How does the SD-1225X SportHunter dog training collar work?

  • The SD-1225X transmitter remote sends a signal to the receiver collar on the dog’s neck. The collar has two contact points, also called prongs, that deliver static. You can also set the remote to deliver vibration or tone to mark the message you’re sending your pet. In highly distracting situations, you can use the boost option.

Operating the SportDog SD-1225X SportHunter Remote Training Collar

How do I fit the e-collar?

  • Making sure the e collar fits correctly will ensure more consistent correction. To fit the e-collar properly:
  1. With your dog standing, center the receiver below your dog’s neck.
  2. Ensure the contact points are touching the skin. 
  3. Check the fit. You should be able to put a finger between the collar strap and your dog’s neck.
Illustration on How to SD-1225X SportHunter Collar


If the collar is too loose, it won’t administer correction reliably. Meanwhile, a too-tight collar is an irritation risk. So, make sure your dog is comfortable. Rotate the collar every 2 hours and never leave it for more than 10 hours daily.

How do I charge the SD-1225X SportHunter e-collar?

  • Transmitter
Charging the SD-1225X SportHunter Transmitter
  1. Lift the rubber covering the charging jack.
  2. Connect the charging connector to the charging jack.
  3. Plug the device into a standard 120/240-volt AC wall outlet
  4. Charge the transmitter for 2 hours.
  5. Return the rubber cover on the charging jack once the charging is complete.
  • Receiver 
Charging the SD-1225X SportHunter Receiver Collar
  1. Align the charging cradle with the contact points. Ensure the hole on the charging cradle is also aligned with the receiver indicator light.
  2. Push the charging cradle up and back on the receiver collar until the cradle snaps, indicating it’s well positioned.
  3. Connect the charging connector to the cradle and plug the charger into a standard 120/240-volt AC wall outlet.
  4. Charge the collar for 2 hours.
  5. Remove the charging connector and cradle once fully charged.

Note: Do not attach the charging cradle when using the collar.

How do I turn the SD-1225X SportHunter e-collar on or off?

  • To turn the receiver on, press and release the On/Off button between the contact points. The indicator light will flash, and the receiver will beep 1-3 times depending on the chosen stimulation range. The default is 2.
  • To turn it off, press and release the On/Off button. The indicator light will come solid red, and the receiver will beep for 2 seconds, indicating the collar is off.

How to set the stimulation range on my SD-1225X remote trainer?

  • The SD-1225X SportHunter has 3 static stimulation ranges: low, medium, and high. There are 21 static stim levels for each range, with 1 being the lowest and 21 being the highest. The default setting is medium.

Follow the steps below to change the range of static stimulation:

  1. With the receiver collar turned off, turn it on by pressing and releasing the On/Off button.
  2. The indicator light will turn off and within 5 seconds, press and hold the On/Off button for 3 seconds.
  3. The receiver will beep while the indicator light will flash orange. Continue holding the button until the number of beeps/flashes equals the desired range, as shown.
  4. The collar will turn off. If you turn the unit back on, it will beep according to the selected stimulation range in Step 3.
SD-1225X Stimulation Range Chart

How can I switch stimulation modes in my SportDog SD-1225X SportHunter?

  • The SD-1225X remote has 7 operational modes. To change modes, follow these steps:

1. Refer to the table below and adjust the intensity dial according to your preferred mode.

SD-1225X Stimulation Mode Chart

2. Turn over the remote transmitter to find the Mode button (remove the belt clip if attached).
3. Press and release the Mode button using a pen or the tine on the collar’s buckle.

SD-1225X Mode Button

4. Upon pressing the button, the transmitter indicator light will turn solid in color. Upon release, the light will flash according to the intensity level you selected in Step 1. For instance, if the dial is set for mode 6, the light will flash 6 times.

What does momentary and continuous stimulation mean?

  • Momentary stimulation sends a single pulse of stimulation. Continuous will send pulses of stimulation for as long as the button is pressed.

Does the SportDog collar SD-1225X have a tone?

  • Yes. The SportDog SD-1225X has a tone feature.

How do I pair the SD-1225X SportHunter collar receiver to the transmitter?

  • To pair a new collar receiver to your SD-1225X transmitter, follow these steps:
  1. Turn off the receiver.
  2. Press and hold the On/Off button. The indicator light of the receiver will come on and turn off after 4-5 seconds. (Note: If the button is released too early, the light will flash as normal. If this happens, repeat Step 1.)
  3. Release the On/Off button after the indicator light is off.
  4. Press and release the upper button on the transmitter until the receiver indicator light flashes 5 times. After flashing 5 times, the receiver collar is paired and will start flashing as normal. (Note: If the indicator light does not flash 5 times, start over from Step 1.)

Can I add another dog to my SD-1225X remote training collar system?

  • Yes, the SD-1225X is expandable to a 3-dog system.

How can I add another collar to my SD-1225X remote?

  1. Program the transmitter to mode 3 or 4.
  2. Program the first collar receiver. Refer to the steps above in pairing the collar and transmitter.
  3. Program the second collar receiver using the same steps, but this time use the lower button instead of the upper button.
  4. Program the third collar receiver using the same steps, but use the side button in place of the upper button.

What are SportDog ID Codes?

  • A SportDog ID code is the signal identification between the remote transmitter and the collar receiver. Every remote training collar unit is programmed in 1 of the 2,000 ID codes from the factory.

How to manually program a SportDog remote transmitter ID code?

  1. Turn the intensity dial to V/T.
  2. Press and release the Mode button at the back of the remote.
  3. Wait until the indicator light is a solid green color. This will stay on for 15 seconds.
  4. While the light is green, turn the intensity dial to select the first digit of the ID. Then press and release the side button. The green light will start flashing to confirm.
  5. Repeat the previous step for the second digit.
  6. At the end of the 15 seconds, the light will turn off, and the ID will be updated.
  7. Changing the ID code will require the collar receiver/s to be matched again.

How long does the SportDog SD-1225X e collar battery last?

  • The SD-1225X transmitter battery will last for 40-60 hours per full charge, while the receiver battery can last for 140-160 hours per charge.

Is the SportDog SD-1225X e collar waterproof?

  • Yes. If the battery pack needs changing, ensure the o-ring and o-ring groove are free from dirt or debris.

Can I use the SportDog SD-1225X ecollar around saltwater?

  • Yes. However, the collar should be rinsed with fresh water following each use.

Why can’t I get the full range on the SD-1225X dog training collar?

  • The range is affected by terrain, weather, vegetation, and transmission from other radio devices.

Why is the SD-1225X remote dial so hard to rotate?

  • This is normal and designed to protect from accidental changes in intensity. The knob will be easier to turn as you use it.

Does the SportDog SD-1225X remote training collar come with a warranty?

  • The SD-1225X SportHunter comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

For more information on how to use your SD-1225X dog training collar, please check your user manual.

Looking for a different SportDog collar? Check out our SportDog buying guide.


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