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My recently adopted, very excitable dog has had the collar on a total ofmaybe 3 hours over two days. Already, *without* the collar on, he hasabsolutely stopped barking at (a) the vacuum cleaner, (b) the neighbor’sperpetually yapping (instigator) dog right on the other side of thefence, and (c) squirrels (real or imagined) in the trees behind thehouse. The transformation is absolutely beyond belief. Get over any “Idon’t want to hurt my baby” thing you may have going on – I did too –and buy this product if you have a barking problem. I’m floored by howeffective this thing is and wish I’d known about it years ago. I realizethat training isn’t complete at this point but I’ve seen instantaneousand really dramatic improvement. Good luck and I hope you have even halfthe success I’m having with this product. Note to those who got a defective one – try again!
Added 2 days after my initial review – it gets better! Tried this on my other young dog, adopted a month or so earlier, who is pretty good about barking except while I’m preparing her food. Then, she barks like crazy and runs back and forth. It’s cute and no problem at my house, but it’s not cool when we’re visiting my mom’s apartment in a retirement community. I stuck the collar on her before starting food prep tonight and got two (count ’em!) barks during the entire prep process. Normally I wouldn’t be able to count the frantic, nonstop barks during food prep. This change was astonishing.
I have become more aware of the need to be on top of things since I have two relatively young and energetic dogs. They may go from a “barking’s not good now” situation (barking at the fence at passerby) to a “barking’s OK now” situation (chasing each other around the house) pretty quickly. You need to be ready to take off (or put on) the shock collar at such transitions during training. But I’m finding that even occasional concentration on this is yielding bigtime resuts faster than I would have ever believed.
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I gave this product 5 stars because it definitely works as advertised. Be forewarned, however, that your dog’s reaction may vary greatly from others. We purchased two. On the one dog, it worked great – after a few weeks of training, she stops barking as soon as we take out the collar and stays silent. For this dog, the device is worth it’s weight in gold! The other dog, however, had very bad experiences – when she is shocked, she cries (she has a weird bark/cry/growl), but the device thinks she is barking and continues to zap, and she becomes a wreck. Thus, we can’t use it on her, but on the other dog it works great.
A few other notes: it works by detecting vibrations in the dog’s neck, not by sound (ie, another dog barking won’t set it off), so the collar needs to be tight. If a dog has thick hair, it may not work as well. It will also take several weeks to train your dog properly with the device – the instructions indicate that you can’t keep it on for more than 12 hours at a time or the dog may develop a rash. Thus, you will have to work the collar into your routine, putting it on and removing it based on your dog’s bark patterns. Finally, the shock is definitely not painful (you can test it by rubbing it against your jeans, it’s just a static shock), but your dog’s reaction to this may be different from others. With this in mind, I do highly recommend this product! Good luck!
This is a must have if you live within the city limits, have fussy or close neighbors in proximity to your yard, or have a strict home owners association that prohibits excessive dog barking. I am a lab breeder and own 3 of these units. I am very pleased with the performance and function of this product because it stops “nuisance barking” by administering a minimal buzz that gradually gets stronger the longer the dog barks the lowest setting delivers your common “prankster hand buzzer” volt. And if your too squeamish about buzzing your dog, there is a “lemon spray” version of this exact brand that also works well too. Instead of delivering a buzz, it puffs a lemon deterant near the snout. For more stubborn dogs, the buzzer seems to work better. In no way is this harmful to your dog, but rather more humane discipline than verbal or physical correction by you, the owner. I believe all dogs are pleasers and want you to be happy with them. If your dog doesn’t have a bark collar, most people tend to over correct or not be completely steady in the level of correction being a swat on the hind end, hopefully nothing more abusive, or other methods. The end result is your dog barks when your not around. That’s why these collars work so well, it adjusts and corrects only as needed, and with as little force as needed, and will never over correct, or over punish, like we humans sometimes do when we’re angry or sleep deprived due to a BARKING DOG!!!! By using this bark collar, the dog, in a sence, is making a choice whether or not it wants to continue barking incesantly, which is a much better training technique. This collar will still allow them to bark, don’t get me wrong, but the ongoing nuisance barking will cease. These collars work great and allow more opportunities for us to reward the dogs for good behavior instead of correcting them for barking constantly. You’ll love your dog more and he’ll love you more too by being a good owner and keeping everyone happy. I would definitely buy more of this brand if my other units get damaged somehow.
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