Collar FAQ

Common Questions & Troubleshooting

How can I get a digital copy of the instruction manual for my device?
Yes, email us at support@petpawsabilities.com with the order number so we may verify the model and send the appropriate manual.

The collar is too big for my dog’s neck, can I cut it?
You can definitely trim the collar to minimize excess for a better fit. However, make sure that the collar is functioning properly and that your pup is responding as we will be unable to accept any returns/exchanges or offer replacements on altered products.

Over time nylon can start to show wear and tear. To help prevent fraying or a loose string, one trick is to use a lighter. Quickly run a flame from the lighter over the edge of your collar. Move the flame quickly to avoid leaving burn marks on your collar. Again, make sure that the collar is functioning properly and that your pup is responding as we will be unable to accept any returns/exchanges or offer replacements on altered products.

How does it work?
The devices with the probes have a microphone whereas the flat probe collars work through the throat vibration.

When you first get the collar, you will want to leave it on your dog (do not turn it on) for 24-48 hours until they ignore it. Initially they will attempt to scratch or just paw at it. When that completely stops you should be ready to start training.

Be sure to have the pup supervised at the start so you'll know how they'll respond. If your dog barks, the collar will beep, while the collar is beeping you can enforce the "no" or the command you use to let your dog know they are doing something wrong. 

What if I have more than one (1) dog, will one set off the other?
No, because the device is resting over the pup's voice box and the sensitivity set to their bark level, they should not interfere with one another. They may hear the beeping from the collar, but shouldn't set the other's off.

Does it work on puppies?
For this type of training, puppies typically learn best at about 6 months. 

Is it waterproof?
Yes and No. The Rechargeable Bark Collar is water resistant, but not waterproof. However, the Remote Dog Training Collar and LED Bark Collar were designed to be waterproof.

Are the collars 100% safe for my dog?
Yes. Our collars are shock free and humane. Please read the manual for your pet's safety. 

The collar has given my dog's neck an irritation. How do I fix this?
Be advise not to have your pup wear the collar at all times. It's a rarity, particularly since we use rounded or flat prongs, but still like to make our customers aware of the possibility of pressure necrosis (also known as "collar sores"). This can occur if the collar is not properly worn and if on for too long. We recommend no more than a 10 hour wear.

Should your pup experience any irritation, discontinue the use of the collar. If the affected area is still present after 48 hours, please seek care from your veterinarian. 

Why does my collar keep activating even when my dog doesn’t bark?
This happens for a couple of reasons:

A1: Sensitivity is too low or too high. Should your pup be a loud barker, you'll want to keep the sensitivity low (-). For a soft barker, turn the sensitivity higher (+). The intensity of the beeps and vibration will self-adjust.
A2: The collar is too loose. The best way to check if the tightness is right is to stick your index finger between the dog's neck and collar. You should be able to fit your finger with no problem.
A3: The device is not aligned properly. The device should be under the dog's mouth and over their voice box.

 

Why does the collar not activate when my dog barks?
In the testing stage, blow with medium/high force in between the probes. If the collar does not beep, increase the sensitivity level and test again. 

If the collar is still not activating, continue increasing the sensitivity level by pressing (+) and tighten the collar as it might be too loose.

Should you still not have any results, review instructions for a replacement and contact us at support@petpawsabilities.com 

Why is the collar not vibrating?

For battery operated collars: The battery does not have enough power and needs replacing. 
For rechargeable collars: The collar needs to be charged long. Please allow the collar to be charged for 3 hours. 


My dog barks through the sounds and vibration, what can I do?

A1: This may be related to the dog's habit and personality. Bark collars are workable for 95% of dogs, but there is a 5% chance that they just do not respond to the beeps and/or vibrations.
A2 : The sensitivity level needs adjusting. Should your pup be a loud baker, you'll want to keep the sensitivity low (-). For a soft barker, turn the sensitivity higher (+). The intensity of the beeps and vibration will self-adjust. The vibration for the collar should occur after the third bark.

 

What do I do if the vibration is very low even with a new battery or fresh charge?

Once in the vibration stage, the vibration will increase with each bark. The no shock bark collar works function as follows:

On the 1st Bark, 1.5 sec Beep;
2nd Bark within 40 secs, 2.5 secs Beep;
3rd Bark within 40 secs, 4 Sec Beep & 0.5 sec shock;
4th Bark within 40 secs, 4 Sec Beep & 1 sec shock;
5th Bark within 40 secs, 4 Sec Beep & 1.5 sec shock;
6th Bark within 40 secs, 4 Sec Beep & 2 sec shock;
7th Bark within 40 secs, 4 Sec Beep & 2.5 sec shock.

If your dog doesn't bark within the timeframe listed, the bark collar will reset.

How can I improve the life of the battery?
For the battery operated collar you can remove the battery when the collar is not in use. Make sure the device is turned off when not in use and to only charge when needed. We advise you to review the instruction manual for charge time.

I’ve only had the collar for one week and the vibration is just a buzzing noise, what can I do? 
This is an indication that the battery power is low. For battery operated collars, change the battery and test. For the rechargeable collar, plug the device into the charger to recharge.. 

What is the difference between the 2 sizes of the prongs?
Our No Shock Humane Bark Collar comes with two sets of prongs. The short prongs are for short/medium haired dogs and the longer prongs are for medium/long haired dogs.