Product Review - PetSafe Big Dog Rechargeable Bark Collar

If you are tired of hearing this, it's probably time to get a bark collar

The doorbell rings, your dog starts barking; something happens on the television, your dog starts barking; a car drives past outside, your dog starts barking... You know exactly what it feels like, and that feeling isn't good.

Incessant barking is one of a dog's more unappealing traits and one most owners try to train their dogs from doing. The manufacturers have fallen over themselves to develop all sorts of bark collars and there are plenty on the market. However, amidst this multitude we feel one innovative bark collar in particular deserves special mention; the Big Dog Rechargeable Bark Collar from PetSafe.

Big Dog Rechargeable Bark Collar manufactured by PetSafe
One of the biggest criticisms aimed at bark collars is that the batteries don't last a long time, which can make operating costs high. PetSafe's Big Dog Rechargeable Bark Collar changes all of that, relying on a single NiMH rechargeable battery that will last and last and last, no matter how persistently your dog barks.

The PetSafe Rechargeable Bark Collar is lightweight and easy to use

Of course the whole point of a bark collar is to train a dog not to bark, and this is where the PBC00-13974 really shines over the competition. Using PetSafe's "Auto Set Technology" the collar is capable of automatically raising the intensity of static correction until a level is achieved at which the dog ceases to bark. By progressively increasing the intensity the collar quickly teaches the dog that if it continues to bark there will be consequences. This collar is particularly suited to especially headstrong dogs and tenacious barkers.

Another nice feature is the collar's sensor which combines both sound and vibration to ensure other dogs' barks don't cause a false correction being sent. Only when the collar detects both signals simultaneously will it send a correction.The Big Dog Rechargeable Bark Collar saves money on endless disposable batteries The correction process can be set to one of three modes and there are 10 progressive levels of static correction.

Don't be fooled by the Big Dog Rechargeable Bark Collar's name, it is perfectly suitable for smaller to mid-sized dogs (PetSafe say the collar is compatible with any dog between 15-200lbs) and the receiver weighs in at just 2.4oz. Compact it might be, but the collar is ruggedly built to be fully waterproof and that NiMH rechargeable battery will last for anywhere between 30-70 hours between charges.

So to recap: the Big Dog Rechargeable Bark Collar is suitable for any dog over 15lbs, it's great with stubborn or headstrong dogs, it can automatically increase the intensity to prevent barks, and it's rechargeable. It's a great bark collar, no question.

By John Bone
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