Bark Collar - How to Fit One Properly

The Most Common Reason Your Bark Collar Does Not Work! There is nothing more frustrating than getting your bark collar and not being able to get it going fast. Hopefully these tips will help you get your anti bark collar working from the get go!

After purchasing one of our bark collars, there are times that somebody will contact us here at K9 Control, concerned that the anti bark collar does not seem to be working. Experience shows that the problem usually occurs for one of the following reasons:
1.       The Bark Collar is faulty,
2.       The anti bark collars battery is flat, or
3.       The bark collar has not been fitted adequately.

Where the collar is faulty, we will replace it promptly. Fortunately this is not a common occurance. Flat batteries are easily replaced to resolve that situation. However, if it appears that the battery has gone flat too quickly, the anti bark collar may need to be looked at more closely. Quite often, there is a link between a flat battery and the bark collar not being fitted properly to your dog.

What is the importance of fitting the collar properly?
It is important for the barking collar to be positioned properly to make sure that the sensor used to detect the barking of the dog can detect the yapping. Often this sensor is a vibration probe, usually made of plastic or a microphone sensor or a combination of the two. The second aspect to a properly fitting collar is to ensure that is positioned correctly. For citronella spray anti bark collars, this means the nozzle is facing in the right direction for the spray to aim at your dog's snout to maximise the effect. For the static bark collars, the two metal probes have to be in contact with the dog’s skin. With both of these aspects met, the no bark collar will work successfully. When either one of these aspects are not met, the anti bark collar will appear as though it is not working or faulty.

Where exactly should the bark collar be positioned? When you initially fit the collar onto your barking dog, it is important to ensure that the anti bark collar is positioned high on your dog's neck, under the jaw line area. This will be the most narrow part of your dog's neck, which will ensure that the collar doesn't slip out of position, as it will not be able to get wider. However, by fitting the collar around the widest part of the neck (often where the neck and shoulders meet), the bark control collar will slip up to a more narrow area, which will result in it being loose and moving around the neck. This will mean that the second aspect of fitting the bark collar isn't being met - and the barking collar appearing though it is not working.

Make sure that your bark collar is sitting squarely under your dog's neck/jaw line and the box is facing downwards with either the nozzle pointed to your dog's snout or the probes in contact with your dog's skin. Where the anti bark collar moves away from the area, and moves around to the side of the neck, the sensors will not properly detect or stop the barking dog. 

How tight should the collar be?  This is another area that can convince people that their bark control collar is faulty. The truth is that anti bark collars have to be on tighter than a normal leather or nylon collar. Some people do get a little concerned that putting the bark collar on so securely may be uncomfortable for the dog, and may even choke the dog. The truth is that anti bark collars must be fitted in a secure and snug fashion to ensure that it operates. The other thing to remember is that your dog has a strong, tough neck, much moreso than ours. The bark control collar is not designed or meant to obstruct a dog's breathing, however, it has to be secure enough to not move around. Fitting the collar high on the neck will also overcome much of this concern. Obviously, this will vary from dog to dog depending on the size and build of your dog.

A dog's coat can also hinder a collars ability to stop a barking dog. The thickness of the coat and undercoat can make it hard to ensure that the probes get past the the hair of thick coated dogs and make contact with the skin. Citronella spray collars can also be hindered by a thick coat if it obstructs the spray from reaching the snout. All of this is particularly true here in New Zealand due to our climate and the fact that dogs have their thicker coat on for a good portion of the year. You may need to look at trimming or shaving the coat in the bark collar area if this is the case. In situations where the collar is too thick and prevents the probes from contacting the skin or hinders the spray, it is common to see batteries go flat quickly and the spray reservoir to empty quickly. This is due to the anti bark collar detecting and trying to stop the barking dog, but the dog isn’t receiving any correction and continues to bark. The result is the bark collar is being activated more than normal and demands more from the battery and/or spray. 

All of our bark collars include extensive instructions, and some include DVDs. As with most men, I am not inclined to properly read through instructions. However, trust me and take the time to go through these instructions to help make sure that you are able to stop your barking dog problem quickly

Please feel free to contact us if you are having trouble fitting your bark collar.