In writing an honest review for this product, some facts need to be looked at first. These facts are as follows: this product is only $18.99, and provides differing and adjustable levels of sounds and shock to you beloved pet dog, which is exactly the same as much more expensive dog collars. So if you are going to buy a shock collar that’s not remote operated, you are not missing out on any features by buying this on instead of something more expensive. And if you’re not happy, there’s a 45 day money back guarantee, and a 24 month warranty. The seven levels of adjustable sensitivity control are as varied as you can find, and the fact that this is appropriate for dogs weighing in at between 15 and 20 pounds means that you may use it to train your pup, but still use it on your dog a few years down the line when they’ve grown and may need a reminder of their training. While normally different collars are provided for different dogs, due to this collar being lightweight and having varying strengths of shock, it is suitable for both smaller and larger dogs, and at 26 inches in length and adjustable, there will be no problem getting the collar to fit any dogs.
The Zarco DC235 Dog No Bark Collar is an electric anti bark shock collar, so it will produce a static discharge to shock your dog. While it should not cause ham, caution should be exercised as there is a warning from Zacro to check your dog’s neck for a wound after the first use. Other commenters have also stated that the item is perfectly safe, but only when instructions are followed exactly and the owner is confident that they are sure what they are doing. However, having looked into the risk of shocking the dog, it should be noted that the shock doesn’t automatically go off every time the dog barks. Instead, a warning beep goes off before the shock. It is in fact only on the third bark that the shock goes off, and the noise continues so you can be sure that the collar is working.
The anti bark chip in the collar is a new design and is more humane and effective. The collar itself is made of nylon, and the chip acts like a sensor, which reacts to the vibrations your dg’s throat produces while barking. This microprocessor distinguishes the dogs bark from external background or environmental noises, as it is not actually reacting to sound, but to the vibrations in the throat. Being easier to use improves he training experience or both dogs and their owners. And having the adjustable sensitivities can put an owner’s mind at rest, as there is no need to give your dog harsher shocks if you’re not comfortable with it. It also means that you can give your dog the opportunity to self-correct their behavior, by starting with a lower level shock and seeing if that is enough to deter them from barking. Though it is also clearly explained that despite the owner setting the level low, the shock will get increasingly stronger as it repeats through the seven correction levels, until the dog stops barking for thirty seconds. If the dog doesn’t stop barking after the seven levels, the first two being just a warning beep, followed by a shock and beep, then the collar pauses for a full minute to give the dog time to reset a little and make sure they aren’t hurt or distressed.
The good news about this product is that most dogs learn to curb their barking quickly as a result of using it, and many are even smart enough to recognise the warning tone, so they only end up receiving a shock a couple of times. If thy continue barking after they’ve been shocked once or twice, they’re quick to quiet down once they hear the warning tone as they understand they won’t like what follows.
However, while this overall seems to be a great product that is a bargain compared to comparable items available, there are just a couple of issues to look out for. The first seems like a good thing – that when you receive the product it will come with the no-bark receiver, the nylon collar, long shock electrodes, short shock electrodes, a full manual in English, and a test light. While the test light sounds like a good idea and should help indicate that the collar is working that may not be the case. The theory is that the electrodes on the collar are attached to the test light, and the owner blows air into the sensing hole below the electrodes. Upon the third blow, the test light should be illuminated and will get brighter as you continue. The issue with this, while it’s a good idea, is that Zacro themselves have commented that the test light is sometimes defective, and so may not work at all. Thus the owner just has to gamble that the collar will work.
Other issues are that many of the five star reviews of this product are from people who received it for free or heavily discounted in exchange for a review, so they may be slightly biased towards the product. Owners of dogs with longer hair have commented that their dogs weren’t particularly deterred, as they potentially couldn’t feel the shock through their coat. A good point in favor of the collar is that owners of dogs on the smaller end have highly rated this product, so it’s not too harsh for them despite being appropriate for larger dogs too. A factor that also shouldn’t be overlooked is that, by responding to vibrations, the collar can go off for shaking or snoring, which is not something an owner normally punishes their pooch for, and could result in the dog being confused or anxious.
To conclude, while there may be some flaws in this product, if it’s used correctly, and never left on a dog unsupervised, it is no more risky than any of the other more expensive no-bark collars, and many owners are happy that the constant barking has been quickly quelled.