July 29, 2019
I have a dog that goes crazy around other dogs, and just wants to play. He sees a squirrel, and i've got a runner. He is good at listening and obeys for the most part. However, when he gets outside, all bets are off. As soon as he see's a squirrel, a dog, or even hears another dog in the distance, he does not care what you call him, he is not coming. He will at times stop, and look up at me, we do this stare down, and he then bolts in the opposite direction. I know his spots he likes to go to, so I'll catch up with him, and he is always going crazy barking at some dogs on the other side of their fence trying to play. He will run up and down the length of their fence barking. When I try and intercept long the fence, he becomes the best NFL player in the world, and will run straight at me, then put on some fancy paw-work that fakes me right out of my shoes! So after 20 minutes and the help of 3 kids, I have him in hand again.
I figured I might need something more than a pocket of bacon, and a stern look he can see right through. I ordered this device, and I am pretty impressed. The battery life will last several days at least. I have never let it die, but it's been off the charger for 8 days before I needed to put it back on, and even then it was still blinking and working. The device has a beep, vibrate, and shock mode. The beep is a nice warning, and the vibration strength is pretty solid. I have not, and 99% sure WILL NOT use the shock feature. The shock feature is adjustable from 00-99 intensity. I would not put anything like this on my dog without testing it first. Once the battery was fully charged, I placed my index finger on one probe, and middle finger on the other probe. Placed the intensity to 07. I felt nothing. I increased the intensity to 12, and felt a very mild tingling in my fingers. I put the intensity to 25, and I almost needed to be brought back to life. The shock went up one arm, across my check, and was felt through my entire body. I'm 6'4", so I can't image what that would do to a 45 lb. dog. and to image there is another 75 levels higher which should be labeled intense / crazy / ludicrous modes. The collar comes with 2 black rubber tips to put on the probes to make it more comfortable, and reduce the shock power. I retried level 25 with the black rubber tips installed, and there was no difference, it was still shockingly intense. I set the intensity to 00, and when I turn it on the next time, that's where it is still, so accidental shocking. So I put the dog collar on my furry Olympian and waited days for him to mess up so I could send a beep, or my new secret weapon, the vibrate. I waited, and waited with the remote holstered. Finally the day came where my son opened the door and that dog bolted. He ran across the street into the neighbors yard as a short cut to his friends house. He stopped and was smelling something when I arrived on-site. I sternly yelled his name, and pulled a lint covered treat from my pocket. He looked up at me quickly like a deer drinking water, thos was it, we were locked in dreaded stare off. The only thing missing was the cowboy showdown whistle along side the blowing tumbleweed. I stared hard, he licked his nose drawing his tongue down his whiskers. I drew first, aimed, and pulled the trigger. The by standers fell silent and gasped as a faint beep beep beep was heard 50 yards away, they knew he was hit as many looked away in horror. He spun around like the wind to see where that sound came. He stopped cold, shot his glare back at me as he now knew. He then bolted, both ears flopping like tarps in a tornado. But this time he was coming straight back to us and the awaiting lint snack. It was a Christmas miracle in July. Lately he loves to eat the deer antlers I have around my gardens. NO matter what I do, when i'm not watching, he will sneak back over, and start chewing on them. So during a bbq, I noticed he was again, bitting those antler over behind the tomato plants. I first gave him a verbal, his head popped up over the tomato plant, he got up, and walked away, but quickly returned. I said it again, he looked at me this time with his face sideways while he was chomping, taunting me with those big cartoon eyes, I knew it was game ON! I pressed the beep button, and he jumped up and walked away, but again 2 minutes later he returned. I beeped him again, and he got startled, but the taste was just too good, stared at me while devouring my antler... Things just got real, the moment had come to bring out the secret weapon I dubbed the flea flicker. I ordered an all systems go command and received visual clearance. I did a single press of the vibrate button and hit the deck. That dog jumped up from behind the tomato cages like his tail was on fire! He was on the MOVE, and looked just like a bucking bronco. His glare told me that this game was not over.. He did not go near that antler the rest of the night. The next day when he knew I was at work, oh he returned, and this time had a score to settle with that antler. It's still an on-going battle, but I'm gaining a foot hold..
The device works very well, and I think with consistent use for a while, it would train a dog very well. There are some features I wish it had. #1- I wish it was smaller. The pictures make it look small, and it is not small. I'll take measurements when I get home. #2- I wish it had a flashlight. When I let me dog out at night to use the bathroom, sometimes he gets distracted and I have to go look fit him and turn on all the back yard lights. It would be nice to press a button, and it turns on a flashlight LED on his collar, and I can see where he is, or when walking at night for visibility.
Other than that, this I am pleased with this device 100%.