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How to Use the SportDog SportTrainer 1275 Remote Training Collar

How to Use the SportDog SportTrainer 1275 Remote Training Collar

Hunting dog training requires more advanced work than obedience lessons. Hunting dogs should have skills that include retrieving, scenting, and athleticism. They should be adept at finding water games, so cold hardiness is also essential.

This takes a lot of training. Supplementing the process with a hunting e-collar could be a considerable boost. And when it comes to hunting dog collars, the SportDOG brand is a popular name. SportDOG e-collars are tested to withstand the most rigorous conditions in the field.

In this blog, let’s check out the SportDOG SportTrainer SD-1275 and learn how to use this excellent dog hunting collar.

Why Buy SportDOG SportTrainer 1275 from PetsTEK

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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-1275 remote dog training collar purchase includes a free e-collar training e-book.

Getting Started with the SportDOG SD-1275 SportTrainer

What is the SportDOG SD-1275 SportTrainer? The SportTrainer 1275 is an e-collar for dogs. An e-collar is also called a shock collar for dogs or a dog training collar.

Dog training collars help correct undesirable behavior in dogs, reinforce commands, and teach advanced skills for specialized canine tasks.

If you’ve just gotten the SportTrainer 1275 or want to purchase one for your hunting dog, here’s everything you need to know.

What comes in the box:

SportDOG SD-1275 SportTrainer Box Set
  • Remote Transmitter with Removable Antenna
  • Collar Receiver 
  • 3/4" Receiver Collar Strap
  • Adaptor
  • Standard and Long Contact Points 
  • Test Light Tool
  • Lanyard
  • Quick Start Guide

SportDog SD-1275 SportTrainer Remote Transmitter:

SportTrainer 1275 Remote Transmitter Parts & Features Chart


The SportDog SportTrainer SD-1275 remote transmitter features a big OLED display, which ensures screen clarity regardless of low light or intensely bright conditions. The remote has intuitive buttons, allowing you to toggle between dogs and adjust the level quickly.

The SD-1275 transmitter can control up to 6 dogs, making it great for multi-dog hunting. It’s fully waterproof and submersible up to 25 feet with DryTek® Technology.

SportDog SD-1275 SportTrainer Receiver Collar:

SportTrainer 1275 Receiver Collar Parts & Features Chart

The SportDog SportTrainer SD-1275 collar receiver has a slim design for an ergonomic fit around your dog’s neck. The receiver offers flexibility, allowing you to set the stimulation range from low to high settings.

This SportDog collar delivers static, vibration, and tone corrections. Like the remote transmitter, the SD-1275 receiver collar is waterproof and submersible up to 25 feet.

The SportDog SD-1275 remote training collar comes with the following features:

  • 3/4-Mile Range
  • 10 Static Stimulation Levels
  • Low to High Stimulation Range
  • Momentary, Continuous, and Boost Stimulation
  • Vibration and Tone Feature
  • OLED Screen
  • Waterproof and Submersible up to 25 Feet 
  • Slim-Profile Collar Receiver
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • 2-Hour Quick Charge Batteries
  • Expandable Up to 6 Dogs
  • For Dogs 8 Pounds and Up
  • Fits Neck Sizes 5” - 22”

The SportDog SportTrainer SD-1275 – For Long-Range Control

The SportDog SportTrainer 1275 is a hunting e-collar designed for long-distance control. This SD-1275 reigns supreme among the SportTrainer lineup (SD-575, SD-875), especially in terms of range and expandability.

With a 3/4-mile range, you can go the distance without worrying about losing control of your hunting dogs. This SportDog collar can handle up to 6 dogs while remarkably noting the stimulation setting for each dog.

The hunting collar has 10 adjustable levels of static stimulation and, at the same time, provides vibration and tone correction options. The large OLED screen displays the selected dog, static level, training mode, and battery status. Clarity and precision go along with this SportDog e collar.

The SportTrainer 1275 is fully waterproof and submersible, so retrieving games in water is never an issue. And while this may be a great hunting device for advanced types of training, the collar is intuitive by design and is dependable in field-hunting situations.

The SportTrainer 1275 is also available in an orange version - the SD-1275E.

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 helps you communicate remotely with your dog. Used correctly, it can help reinforce commands and correct undesirable behaviors in your pet. It allows you 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 SportTrainer 1275 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 SportTrainer SD-1275 dog training collar work?

  • The SD-1275 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 SportTrainer 1275 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. 
Proper E-Collar Fitting Illustration


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 SportDog SportTrainer 1275?

  • To charge your SportTrainer 1275, follow the steps below:
    • Transmitter
Charging the SD-1275 SportTrainer Transmitter
    1. Lift the rubber covering the charging jack.
    2. Connect one of the charging connectors 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. Cover the charging jack once the charging is complete.
    • Receiver
Charging the SD-1725 SportTrainer Receiver
    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 into place.
    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.

How do I turn the SportTrainer 1275 e-collar on or off?

  • To turn the receiver on, press and release the On/Off button. The indicator light will flash green, and the receiver will beep 1-3 times depending on the chosen stimulation range. The default is 2 (medium).
SD-1275 Receiver Collar On/Off Button Labeled
  • To turn it off, press and release the On/Off button. The indicator light will turn solid red, and the receiver will beep for 2 seconds, indicating the collar is off.

How to set the stimulation range on my SD-1275 remote trainer?

  • The SD-1275 SportTrainer has 3 static stimulation ranges: low, medium, and high. Each range has 10 static stimulation levels, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. The default setting is medium.
SD-1725 Stimulation Range Chart


Follow the steps below to change the stimulation range:

    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. Hold the button until the number of beeps/flashes equals the desired range.
    4. After setting the range, the collar will turn off. If you turn it back on, it will beep according to the chosen stimulation range in Step 3.

How can I program my SportDog SD-1275 SportTrainer transmitter?

  • The SportTrainer 1275 transmitter has 12 operational modes for you to find the best training configuration for your dog. The remote is pre-set to Mode 1.

To change the mode, follow these steps:

SD-1275 SportTrainer Table of Operational Modes
    1. Refer to the table for the available modes.
    2. Set to stimulation Level 1 using the Intensity Buttons (+/-).
    3. Turn the remote over and press and release the Mode button using a pen or the tine on the collar’s buckle.
    4. Select the desired mode using the Intensity Buttons (+/-).
    5. After 5 seconds, the selected mode will flash on the screen, indicating it has been set.

Note: With the Continuous +2 Boost, the collar will issue a static correction 2 levels higher than the current level. The system will not correct higher than Level 10.

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 SportTrainer 1275 have a tone?

  • Yes. The SportDog SD-1275 has a tone feature.

How do I pair the SD-1275 SportTrainer collar receiver to the transmitter?

  • The SportTrainer 1275 remote has been pre-configured to work with the collar receiver. However, if you want to pair additional collar receivers, follow these steps:
    1. Turn the collar receiver off.
    2. Press and hold the On/Off button. The indicator light of the receiver will come on and turn off after 5 seconds. (Note: If the indicator light begins flashing, repeat this step.)
    3. Release the On/Off button.
    4. Press and hold one of the side buttons on the transmitter until the receiver indicator light flashes 5 times.
    5. Once the flashing happens, the receiver collar is paired and will start flashing as normal. (Note: If the indicator light does not flash 5 times, repeat this procedure.)

Can I add another dog to my SD-1275 remote training collar system?

  • Yes, the SD-1275 is expandable to a 6-dog system with a purchase of SportDOG Add-A-Dog collar receivers.

How to program the SportTrainer 1275 for multi-dog operation?

  • To program the SD-1275 to a multi-dog system, refer to the steps below:
    • Changing the mode
    1. Set the display to Level 2 using the Intensity Buttons (+/-).
    2. Select the number of dogs using the Dog Buttons (+/).
    3. After 5 seconds, the transmitter will flash 3 times to confirm the selection.
    • Programming the first collar receiver
    1. Turn the receiver collar off.
    2. Then press and hold the On/Off button. The indicator light will come on and turn off after 5 seconds. (Note: If the power button is released too early, the indicator light will flash normally. If this happens, start over from Step 1.)
    3. After the receiver indicator light has turned off, release the On/Off button.
    4. Press and hold one of the side buttons on the transmitter until the receiver indicator light flashes 5 times. (Note: If the indicator light does not flash 5 times, start over.)
    • Matching additional collars
    1. Use the Dog Buttons (+/-) for Dog 2, Dog 3, etc.
    2. Follow the steps listed above.

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. 

The SportTrainer 1275 can program two or more transmitters to the same ID Code, allowing the remotes to control one collar receiver. There are 64 programmable ID Codes available.

How to manually program a SportDog remote transmitter’s ID Code?

  • To manually program a remote transmitter’s ID Code, here are the steps:
    1. Set the display to Level 3 using the Intensity Buttons (+/-).
    2. Turn the remote transmitter over.
    3. Press and release the Mode button using a pen or the tine on the collar’s buckle.
    4. Select the new ID Code using the Intensity Buttons to pick a number ID 1-64. After 3-5 seconds, your selected code will flash to indicate it has been set.

How to return the unit to the factory set ID?

  • To return to the pre-set ID Code, follow these steps:
    1. Set the display to Level 3 using the Intensity Buttons (+/-).
    2. Turn the remote transmitter over.
    3. Press and release the Mode button using a pen or the tine on the collar’s buckle.
    4. Use the Intensity Buttons to select dashes, “--”. 
    5. After 3-5 seconds, the display will flash to indicate the transmitter has been reset to the factory ID.

How long does the SportDog SD-1275 e collar battery last?

  • The SD-1275 transmitter battery will last for 50-70 hours per full charge, while the receiver battery can last for 140-160 hours per charge.

Is the SportDog SD-1275 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 SportTrainer 1275 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-1275 dog training collar?

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

Does the SportDog SD-1275 remote training collar come with a warranty?

  • The SD-1275 SportTrainer comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.

For more information on how to use your SD-1275 remote training collar, please check your user manual.

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


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