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How Do I Start Using a Dog Bark Collar?

We want to use the bark collar as a training aid to teach the dog that barking is unwanted and leads to the correction. Just as importantly, we want them to learn that stopping the barking turns off the correction. Knowing the rules reduces any anxiety associated with the collar, the dog knows what is expected from them and knows how to avoid the correction so is not fearful.

Ready the collar, by inserting the battery (and filling it up with Citronella if it is a Citronella Bark Collar). Powering on the collar and test it using the supplied testing tool, or testing mode on the collar to make sure everything is working properly. Set the collar to the appropriate correction level. For details on setting the bark collar correction level see here.

Fit the collar around the dog's neck so that the collar prongs are contacting the dog's skin. With long hair breeds you may need to move hair out of the way or thin out he hair with some scissors. For more details on fitting the collar see here.

When you first introduce the dog to the bark collar, you want to supervise the dog and their reaction to make sure the collar is working properly and the dog is learning how to adapt to the presence of the collar. Wait until the dog barks and gauge their reaction. The dog should look suprised, but should stop barking after the first bark or two.

Very occasionally, the dog will not make the connection between the collar and the barking. They dog will escalate, by barking in response to the correction, triggering a second correction, which will lead to further barking, and so on. If this happens, calm the dog, firmly touching the dog so that they stop barking. This will break the cycle and help them understand that stopping barking 'turns off' the correction.