Tiny dogs are often responsible for making the most noise – and that’s why they need noise controlling collars specifically designed for them. The Minature Dogs A-101 Classic Design No Bark Collar is perfect for those small dogs who just won’t stop yapping, and require a firm but humane method to teach them how to stay quiet. Classic Design is a large pet provider on Amazon and this collar is currently on sale, reduced from $39.95 to $18.95, and is eligible for free shipping with orders worth more than $49. As a recognized Amazon seller, and supplier of many varied pet products, specifically aimed at dogs and dog owners, there is easy online access to customer service, and a place to both leave and review feedback. Thanks to this, you are almost guaranteed a great customer experience, as no business provider would risk negative reviews in such an easily accessible public forum.
This collar is extremely small and lightweight, suitable for the dogs who would be wearing it. It won’t weight them down with its bulk, or impede their speed or agility while getting around. It’s designed to fit them just like any other collar. This is designed for dogs that are truly miniature, weighing in at three to four pounds, and unlike a lot of collars currently available, won’t be bigger than their little heads or completely restricting in terms of their mobility. This is a brand new product for this year, due to the gap in the market for tiny dogs, and with the little sensor being black, it would fit in and stylishly adapt to most dog collars.
The collar automatically vibrates, which restricts the barking. The dog becomes accustomed to the vibrations beginning in time with barks, and so limits it’s barking – as an intelligent animal they are both quick and keen to learn to avoid the irritation. Voice recognition reduces the risk of falsely triggering the collar, and ensures it only vibrates when necessary, which means the collar can work quickly and effectively. While a tone is also used, it is painless to dogs, and therefor humane.
While this tone and vibration is effective, any buyer can be assured that it is truly humane as there is no electric shock at all, just the painless tone and small vibration which is enough to succeed with the desired effect of training a small dog. Being so tiny does require a different method of training, as a shock that would barely tickle a German Shepherd or Great Dane could have a harmful or traumatizing effect on a petite dog. This collar is suited to their needs.
The collar doesn’t automatically try and silence every noise the dog makes – the degree of barking and level of tone and vibration are adjustable, for example if you don’t mind a quiet bark, then you would be able to adapt the settings on the collar to only react to louder barking. Vice versa, if it’s quiet yapping that bothers you but you don’t want to put your dog off emergency barks or barking loudly to get your attention, then you could set the collar to only vibrate on quieter barks. The more sensitive you find your dog, the lower vibration you’d need. Different levels can also be used in the teaching phase, for example, when you first start using the collar, you may want to start with a low level tone and vibration then gradually increase to make sure your dog learns. This also creates a risk free environment for training your job as the collar, while remaining effective, is completely safe, so even if it takes a while to adjust the settings to a perfect mix, there is no risk of damaging your dogs health in the trial and error phase.
The adjustable collar length will fit different sizes of dogs, so may adapt to the growing needs of a puppy, however this style of collar is most suited to small dogs, as the collar is extremely lightweight and compact. The battery consumption is minimal which means this is not only a bargain, but will remain a cost effective purchase.
One thing that may be an issue with this collar is the level of activity and strength of your dog. While the batteries are kept in the sensor that rests over your dogs vocal chords, and also produces the painless noise and vibration, the sensor is roughly attached to the rest of the collar. This aids in keeping the collar lightweight and stopping the little dog from being top heavy, as it is just a small piece of plastic attached to the fabric of the collar. However the flap covering the batteries on this compact sensor can be shaken off by the dog and the batteries will come flying out. While this isn’t too terrible as batteries can be placed back in, and not wearing a training collar for a little while won’t significantly harm the process, if you are not home and batteries come out of the collar, they could present a choking or poison risk to your four legged furry friend, which could be disastrous.
While one dog owner managed to temporarily resolve this problem by covering the flap to the batteries with duct tape, this is not ideal, and fairly risky.
Despite this fairly risky design flaw, this is potentially a one off incident and very rare and unusual, as this specific collar has been listed here as being in the top five anti-barking dog collars, most likely particularly popular due to the undeniable humane painless tone, as nobody likes hurting their pets. It’s a matter of common sense that what can be used on a large dog to teach a lesson simply cannot be imitated on a small dog, similarly a 300 pound human adult can withstand certain treatment painlessly, and that same treatment could do irreparable damage to a baby. A collar specifically designed for small dogs is an absolute must.