Whenever somebody calls after purchasing one of our bark collar with concern that it does not seem to be working, we can confidently assume the problem arises for one of the following reasons:
- The Bark Collar is faulty… Very Rare!
- The bark collars battery is flat… Very Rare!
- The anti bark collar has not been fitted properly.
How tight should the collar be?
This is probably where most people get into trouble. Bark collars have to go on tighter than a regular leather or nylon collar. I’m sure many people think putting a bark collar on their dog as securely as is required, would be uncomfortable for the dog or be choking the dog. Remember your dog has a very tough neck, far tougher than ours. The collar is not meant to obstruct the dogs breathing, but it does need to be secure so that it cannot move around. This can vary from dog to dog depending on the structure and size of the dog’s neck.
The thickness of the dog’s coat can also play a major role in stopping bark collars from working properly. The metal probes can sometimes have trouble getting through the hair on thick coated dogs. Some may have to trim or shave a patch of hair away if this is the case. Remember if the metal probes are not making contact with the skin but the sensor probe is detecting barking, you can expect the bark collars battery to flatten quickly as the dog will not receive the corrections and continue to bark.
So why is the fitting of the collar so important?
The bark collar must be positioned so that whatever mechanism (e.g. plastic vibration detecting probe, between the two metal probes in many models) that detects barking is in the correct position to detect the barking. Secondly, the two metal probes must be making contact with the dog’s skin. When these two criteria are met the collar will work successfully. If one or both criteria are not met, the bark collar will appear as if it is not working or faulty.