Firstly do not confuse this pet training collar with the old electric shock ones. This humane collar only uses sound and vibrations to help train the dog. That said, you need to test it first on your dog to make sure it does not cause it any distress. Nervous are highly strung dogs may react badly to it. Most dogs will not be bothered by it and will treat it as a mild annoyance easily stopped by not barking. It is important to test it before using it for the first time.
In the surprisingly small box was the collar itself, two additional covers in addition to the one fitted, two batteries, two probe cover pairs (one already fitted), LED collar pendant and a User Guide.
The collar is lightweight as it needs to be for the comfort of the dog, but everything in the kits seems well made and robust. A spare battery in addition to the one needed for the device to operate is included, as is a brightly coloured collar pendant, both these bonus items are surprising given the low price of the product at just £13.99. The neckband for the bark collar is made from nylon and again is well made and has an adjusting strap to fit any dog size. The User Guide, which I include in my video (switch to full screen to read it) is a refreshing change from those usually included with imported items and is well written in good English and easy to follow.
The bark collar deters the dog from barking by vibrating and buzzing when it barks, that increases in intensity and duration if the barking continues. There are seven intensity levels from 1.5 seconds duration to 2.5 seconds. If the dog barks an eighth time the unit will pause for one minute. There are also seven levels of sensitivity, the default is level four but this can be adjusted according to how loud your dog’s barks. A Plus and minus button on the collar adjust this setting. The soft probes that press against the dog’s neck to deliver the vibration come in two sizes which can be selected according to the dog’s fur type and neck size. Fitting the collar correctly is important. When in place it should be tight enough not to move around when in place but not too tight to be uncomfortable. You should be able to slide one finger inside it with the collar moving. This collar is not designed to be used as a normal walking collar and a separate collar must be used with the dog lead.
After adjusting it I found it worked well with my dog and she stopped barking at once when she felt the vibration. Of course, she may get used to it over time and start barking again but at least in the short term it certainly does work. Of course, it may not work with all dogs but for chronic barkers, it may be just the thing to wean them off this annoying trait. This is a training tool and should only be used for short periods and discontinued at once if the dog show signs of distress or ignore it.
If you have a barking dog then if you wisely and sparingly this may what the dog needs to break the barking habit.