The PetSafe Deluxe Little Dog Spray Bark Control collar (PBC00-11283) is the smallest spray bark collar on the market. The collar can be used with dogs as little as 6 lbs. Whether you should use this collar is another matter. The PBC00-11283 collar suffers from the usual maladies of spray collars. The spray mechanism is delicate and prone to breaking. Refilling the collars with the spray solution is a hassle. And the collar uses a relatively expensive disposable battery. And for your trouble, you get the typical, inconsistent results of spray collars.
Spray collars work on a small fraction of dogs, but the intervention is too mild to dissuade most dogs from barking. However, if you must have a spray collar and your dog is less than 12 lbs, this is the best choice.
The receiver on the Petsafe Little Dog Spray collar is the smallest and lightest spray receiver which allows you to use the collar with dogs as small as 6 lbs. The sweet spot for the collar is 6-20 lbs. With larger dogs, a full sized collar will be less expensive and will have a more substantial spray correction.
The collar uses a dual sensor that picks up on the dog barking through both a vibration sensor and a sound sensor. Dual sensor collars are more reliable since both sensors must be activated to trigger the spray correction. This reduces false alarms from events like the neighbor's dogs barking or the dog bumping the collar against a hard surface.
When activated, the PetSafe Little Dog Spray collar emits a jet of lemon scented spray towards the dog’s nose to deter them from barking. Unfortunately this is not a sufficient deterrent to stop most dogs from barking. For stronger willed dogs and persistent barkers - the temptation is to keep barking through the spray and deal with the outcome. Since the collar only has around 30 sprays before it is empty, many dogs learn to bark through the discomfort. The spray correction also tends to get less effective over time as the dog becomes used to the spray.
The PBC00-11283 collar is refilled by pressing a (supplied) aerosol can of citrus spray against a port on the dog collar. The process is a little fiddly and you inevitably end up with citrus scented hands and maybe even a mild headache.
Like all spray collars the mechanism on this unit is delicate and frequently breaks down due to clogging or losing pressure. This is a major disadvantage of spray bark collars.
The Little Dog Spray Bark Collar uses the proprietary PetSafe RFA-188 battery. The battery costs around $10 and lasts approximately 2 months. To insert the battery cap you use a coin to rotate the crown of the battery. Turning the battery cap also allows you to switch off the collar - which allows you to significantly extend the battery life.
The PetSafe Deluxe Little Dog Spray Bark Collar includes a nylon strap band. The strap can be completely removed for washing and adjusts from 6 to 16 inches. The collar fastens with a solid snap-style buckle closure that allows you to attach and remove the collar quickly while maintaining a consistent size.
The PetSafe Deluxe Little Dog Spray Bark Control is a collar for use with dogs as small as 5 lbs. Like all spray collars, this collar has limitations around effectiveness and reliability. Most customers with small dogs would be better off with the PetSafe Deluxe Little Dog Bark Control PBC00-12726.
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