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PetSafe Deluxe Bark Control Collar
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Operating Guide
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Thank you for choosing PetSafe®, the #1 selling brand of electronic training solutions in the world. Our mission is to ensure your pet’s safety by providing you the tools and techniques to successfully train your pet. If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-2677 or visit our website at www.petsafe.net. ____________________________________________________________________
Table of Contents
Components ........................................................................... 3 Features.................................................................................. 3 How the PetSafe Bark Control Collar Works........................... 4 Key Definitions ....................................................................... 5 Fit the Bark Control Collar...................................................... 5 To Re-Thread the Collar ......................................................... 7 To Insert and Remove the Battery............................................ 7 Modes of Operation ................................................................ 8 What to Expect During Use of the Bark Control Collar ............ 9 Regular Maintenance .............................................................. 9 To Test the Bark Control Collar ............................................. 10 Accessories ........................................................................... 10 Frequently Asked Questions .................................................. 11 Troubleshooting .................................................................... 11 To Discharge the Bark Control Collar .................................... 12 Terms of Use and Limitation of Liability ................................ 12
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“In a Tuskegee University study of adult shelter dogs wearing the PetSafe Bark Control Collar for six 30-minute sessions over two weeks, we detected no long-term adverse effects, and all dogs dramatically reduced their barking by the second day.”
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Components
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Features
• Low, Medium and High Modes, each containing 6 levels of progressive Static Correction • Patented Perfect Bark technology for the most reliable bark detection • Water Resistant • Low Battery Indicator Light • On/Off Switch • Lifetime Limited Warranty
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How the PetSafe Deluxe Bark Control Collar Works
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The Deluxe Bark Control Collar has a unique patented sensor technique that provides the most reliable bark detection available. The Bark Control Collar uses both vibration and sound sensors to discriminate each bark from other external noises. A Static Correction is administered through the Contact Points only if both the vibration from the vocal cords and the sound from the bark match the bark sampling criteria. The Bark Control Collar starts with the lowest level of Static Correction in each mode and then increases through 6 levels each time your dog barks within 30 seconds of the previous bark. If your dog does not bark again within 30 seconds, the Bark Control Collar will reset itself to the lowest level of Static Correction in the current mode. Along with each Static Correction, the LED Indicator Light will flash. As a built-in safety feature, if your dog barks 15 times or more within a 50-second period, the Bark Control Collar will automatically shut off for 3 minutes. Important: • DO NOT attach a leash to the Bark Control Collar. You may put a separate non-metallic collar on your dog’s neck and attach a leash. Note: Be sure the extra collar does not interfere with the Contact Points or Sensor Probe. • Your dog may wear a harness for attaching a leash and/or tags while using the Bark Control Collar. • Before playing with your dog, remove the Bark Control Collar. The activity may cause your dog to bark, which could lead to him associating the play with the Static Correction. • Never leave the Bark Control Collar on for more than 12 consecutive hours.
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Key Definitions
Mode Switch: Adjusts the levels of Static Correction your dog receives Mode when barking. This switch is also used to Switch turn the Bark Control Collar off, and to test it. Indicator Light: Indicates that the Bark Control Collar is functioning properly in the TEST Mode. This light also serves as a low battery indicator. Sound Activated Sensor: Detects the sound of your dog’s bark.
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Sensor Probe: Detects the vibrations of your dog’s bark. Note: The Sensor Probe is not adjustable. Contact Points: Deliver the safe Static Correction. ____________________________________________________________________
Fit the Bark Control Collar
Important: The proper fit and placement of your Bark Control Collar is important for effective operation. The Contact Points must have direct contact with your dog’s skin on the underside of his neck. To assure a proper fit, please follow these steps: 1. Make sure that the battery is not installed in the Bark Control Collar. 2. Start with your dog standing comfortably. 3. Place the Bark Control Collar high on your dog’s neck close to the ears. Center the Contact Points underneath your dog’s neck, touching the skin. Note: It is sometimes necessary to trim the hair around the Contact Points to make sure that contact is consistent.
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4. Check the tightness of the Bark Control Collar by inserting one finger between the end of a Contact Point and your dog’s neck. The fit should be snug but not constricting. 5. Allow your dog to wear the Bark Control Collar for several minutes then recheck the fit. Check the fit again as your dog becomes more comfortable with the Bark Control Collar. 6. Trim the collar as follows: a. Mark the desired length of the Bark Control Collar with a pen. Allow for growth if your dog is young or grows a thick winter coat. b. Remove the Bark Control Collar from your dog and cut off the excess. c. Before placing the Bark Control Collar back onto your dog, seal the edge of the cut collar by applying a flame along the frayed edge. Important: For comfort, safety and effectiveness of product, please ensure the following: • Check the fit to prevent excessive pressure by being able to insert one finger between the Contact Point and your pet’s skin. • Your pet must be carefully examined daily for any signs of a rash or sore. • If a rash or sore is observed, discontinue the use of the Bark Control Collar for a few days. • If the condition persists beyond 48 hours, see your veterinarian. • Your pet’s neck and the Contact Points must be washed weekly with a wash cloth and mild hand soap, then rinsed thoroughly. A condition called Pressure Necrosis, which is a devitalization of the skin due to excessive and prolonged contact against the Contact Points, may occur if the steps above are not followed.
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To Re-Thread the Collar
Slide Buckle
The slide buckle prevents the collar from becoming loose around your pet’s neck.
Ridges
The ridges must be facing up; the collar will slip if it is not properly threaded.
To Insert and Remove the Battery
Note: Do not install the battery while the Bark Control Collar is on your dog. This Bark Control Collar utilizes a replaceable PetSafe® battery (RFA-67). This unique battery is designed to make battery replacement easier and increase water protection. To insert the battery, align the symbols on the battery (arrow) and Bark Control Collar (triangle). Use a large coin to turn the battery clockwise until the arrow lines up with the lock symbol on the housing.
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To remove the battery, turn the battery counter-clockwise using a large coin. DO NOT attempt to cut into or pry open the battery. Be sure to discard the used battery properly.
A replacement PetSafe® battery (RFA-67) can be found at many retailers. Contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-2677 or visit our web site at www.petsafe.net to locate a retailer near you.
Battery Life
Average battery life is 3 to 6 months, depending on how often your dog barks. However, due to your dog’s learning process, your first battery may not last as long as replacement batteries. The Indicator Light acts as a low battery indicator. While in a Correction Mode, the light will flash once every 2 to 3 seconds to indicate a low battery. While in TEST Mode, a low battery will cause the Indicator Light to turn on, and the Bark Control Collar will not respond to testing until the battery is replaced.
Modes of Operation
• Turn to the OFF Mode when the Bark Control Collar is not in use to conserve battery power. • Begin use of the Bark Control Collar on the Low Mode and only increase to the Medium Mode if your dog does not respond. • If your dog does not respond to the Medium Mode, increase to the High Mode. • Turn to the TEST Mode to verify that your Bark Control Collar is working properly. Do not use this mode for normal operation. See “To Test the Bark Control Collar.” 8 1-800-732-2677
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What to Expect During Use of the Bark Control Collar
Important: Do not leave your dog alone the first few times he receives a Static Correction. Place the Bark Control Collar properly on your dog and wait nearby until he barks. Most dogs will understand very quickly that the Bark Control Collar is disrupting their urge to bark and will relax and stop barking. Some dogs will bark more, and as the Static Correction from the Bark Control Collar may be surprising or startling, some dogs may vocalize in response to the initial correction. Rarely, a dog may get into a bark-correction-bark-correction cycle that could be quite overwhelming. If this happens, reassure your dog with calm, soothing tones. As your dog relaxes, he will understand that if he becomes quiet, he will not receive any more Static Corrections. The small minority of dogs that have this reaction will only have it the first time they wear the Bark Control Collar. You should notice a reduction in your dog’s barking within the first couple of days that he wears the Bark Control Collar. At this point, some dog owners feel that the problem has been solved, but in most cases the learning process is still not complete. Most dogs will “test” this new learning experience and will increase their attempts to bark. This usually occurs during the second week a dog wears the Bark Control Collar. If this does occur, remain consistent and do not alter your use of the Bark Control Collar. You must place the Bark Control Collar on your dog in every situation when you expect him to be quiet. If your dog is not wearing the Bark Control Collar, he may resume barking and his learning would suffer a setback. ____________________________________________________________________
Regular Maintenance
• Check Contact Points for tightness weekly Note: Do not adjust the factory preset Sensor Probe. • Clean Contact Points with alcohol weekly Note: Remove the battery and discharge the Bark Control Collar before touching the Contact Points. • Check your dog’s neck for irritation and wash neck weekly. www.petsafe.net
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To Test the Bark Control Collar
Important: To avoid feeling the Static Correction yourself, never touch the two Contact Points simultaneously. 1. Turn the Mode Switch to TEST. 2. Hold the unit by the collar with the Indicator Light TEST facing towards you. The unit should be within 6-10 inches of your mouth. 3. In order to trigger the unit, say “Test” loudly into the Sound Activated Sensor. 4. The Indicator Light will flash three times to show that it is functioning properly. 5. If the Indicator Light does not flash, ensure that the battery is properly installed, and/or replace the battery. If the Indicator Light still does not flash, contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-2677. 6. Return the Mode Switch to Low before replacing the Bark Control Collar on your dog. Note: The TEST Mode is not intended for normal operation. If the Bark Control Collar is left in TEST Mode while on your dog, it can cause false correction and may reduce battery life. ____________________________________________________________________
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Accessories
To purchase additional accessories for your PetSafe® Deluxe Bark Control TM Collar , contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-2677 or visit our website at www.petsafe.net to locate a retailer near you. Component Battery - two pack Replacement Collar Accessory Pack (Extra Contact Points, washers, and battery) Deluxe Bark Control Video (VHS) Part Number RFA-67D-11 RFA-68 RFA-118 RFA-148
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will my dog stop barking completely? • The Bark Control Collar effectively and humanely stops all barking when it is worn. It should only be worn during periods of unwanted barking. • No.
Will another dog’s bark set off the Bark Control Collar? Is the Bark Control Collar safe and humane? Will the Bark Control Collar work for my dog? Can I attach a leash to the Bark Control Collar?
• Yes. The Bark Control Collar is designed to get your dog’s attention, not to punish him. However, the initial Static Correction may startle your dog. • The Bark Control Collar is safe and effective for all breeds and sizes of dogs, though it may be too large for dogs under 8 pounds to wear comfortably. • No. This can result in pulling the Contact Points too tightly against your pet’s neck. Attach a leash to a separate, non-metallic collar, making sure the extra collar does not put pressure on the Contact Points.
Troubleshooting
My dog keeps barking • Tighten the Bark Control Collar and/or trim your (does not respond to dog’s hair where the Contact Points touch his the Static Correction). neck to ensure good skin contact. • Test the Bark Control Collar (see “To Test the Bark Control Collar” section). • Increase the Correction Mode. • Replace the battery. • Contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-2677. The Indicator Light • Make sure the Mode Switch is not set to TEST. keeps flashing. • Replace the battery. • If the light continues to flash with a new battery, contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-2677. www.petsafe.net 11
To Discharge the Bark Control Collar
Important: Avoid touching the Contact Points unless the Bark Control Collar is completely discharged. After removing the battery, turn the Mode Switch to TEST and discharge the unit. It will discharge within 5 seconds.
Terms of Use and Limitation of Liability
1. Terms of Use This Product is offered to you conditioned upon your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions and notices contained herein. Usage of this Product implies acceptance of all such terms, conditions, and notices. 2. Proper Use This Product is designed for use with pets where training is desired. The specific temperament of your pet may not work with this Product. We recommend that you not use this Product if your pet is less than 8 pounds or if your pet is aggressive. If you are unsure whether this is appropriate for your pet please consult your veterinarian or certified trainer. Proper use includes reviewing the entire Guide provided with your Product and any specific Caution statements. 3. No Unlawful or Prohibited Use This Product is designed for use with pets only. This pet training device is not intended to harm, injure or provoke. Using this Product in a way that is not intended could result in violation of Federal, State or local laws. 4. Limitation of Liability In no event shall Radio Systems Corporation be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever arising out of or connected with the use or misuse of this Product. Buyer assumes all risks and liability from the use of this Product. 5. Modification of Terms and Conditions Radio Systems Corporation reserves the right to change the terms, conditions and notices under which this Product is offered.
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