This has been a little difficult for me to figure out. Once I get it working, it works well. But I think I’m turning the controller and the collar on in the proper order, and they seem to sync. Then I push it to emit the tone, and nothing happens. I push it again, 2 or 3 times, and eventually the tone sounds. The vibrate starts working after I finally get the tone to work.
I only used the shock once, and that was by accident. My pup is only 5 pounds, I really don’t want to shock him. And, to be honest, I had my hand down inside of the collar when I hit what I thought was the vibrate, so I could see what it felt like. So, I caught the shock also, and it set me on my butt. Even going through the tips of my fingers it hit him and he started yelping and we made no progress.
For me, it’s not working well as I hoped, because it’s not being consistent for me. When he’s doing his yelping, I put the collar on, and then can’t get it to work. I have to take it off, get it working, put it back on. By then I’ve kind of lost the teachable moment. I’ve got it charging again right now, and I’m going to try again, on a full charge (I thought it was a full charge. It had been on him for 3 days, and I’d only used it 3 or 4 times on vibrate, but maybe the charge goes down over time) and work with him consistently tomorrow.
During the day, while I’m at work, I put him in his kennel. It’s a very small area, as I was told to do. I put his favorite toys in there, a small dish of water, and two chew toys. He’s occupied. But he starts screaming right away, I can hear him through closed walls, out to the driveway as I’m getting in my car. It has to stop. So, I’m going to put him in the kennel, and work with him tomorrow. Doing the beep for awhile while I tell him NO, or STOP. If that doesn’t get anywhere, I will move on to the vibrate, then stop for a bit. Try doing this every day for a week or so, and see if I get anywhere.
OK to UPDATE – after reading over the instructions again, making sure it was fully charged and following the instructions carefully, it is working better. It’s still a little confusing for me, but it is doing what it’s supposed to. It’s more reactive and the vibrate and tone work well. I seem to be having some issues with the on off switch, sometimes it works, sometimes I have to push it a few times to get it to work, and that is why I removed one star, but it may be a defective unit. The pup is learning. I was showing it to my mom the other day, when it was not on him, and as soon as I pushed the tone button, he heard it and crawled behind me. He knows that it means he’s done something inappropriate, even when it’s not on him. I am not going to use the shock part of it. He’s too small and I don’t think he’s ever going to get to the point that he needs that.
For the difficulty and how easy it is to accidentally hit shock, I’m giving this 5 out of 10 thumbs up.
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