PetSafe® Big Dog Spray Bark Control

PetSafe
Big Dog
Spray Bark Control
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Operating and Training Guide
Please read this entire guide before beginning.
PBC00-12724
Important Safety Information
Explanation of Attention Words and Symbols used in this guide
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards.
Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.
WARNING
WARNING indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could
result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION
CAUTION, used with the safety alert symbol, indicates a hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION
CAUTION, used without the safety alert symbol, indicates a hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, could result in harm to your pet.
Not for use with aggressive dogs. Do not use this Product if your dog is
aggressive, or if your dog is prone to aggressive behavior. Aggressive dogs
can cause severe injury and even death to their owner and others. If you are unsure whether this
product is appropriate for your dog, please consult your veterinarian or certified trainer.
WARNING
AEROSOLS:
• Keep out of reach of children.
• Contents of the refill can and the spray collar are under pressure.
• Use only in a well ventilated area. Use only as directed.
• May explode if heated, do not heat. Do not expose to temperatures over 113°F or 45°C.
• Do not burn. Do not dispose of in fire, even when empty.
• Keep out of direct sunlight.
• Do not leave the aerosol can in a vehicle where temperature could exceed 113°F or 45°C.
• Store in a cool location.
• Keep away from sparks or flame. Do not smoke while refilling.
• Do not puncture. Contact of liquid propellant with skin may cause frostbite.
• Do not ingest. In case of accident, seek medical care. If swallowed, call a poison control
center immediately.
Do not expose the device to freezing temperatures -32°F or 0°C or to
conditions warmer than 113°F or 45°C. Do not leave the unit in direct sunlight.
Never leave the unit in a car where the device can heat up to high temperatures 113°F or 45°C.
CAUTION
The PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark Control is not a toy. Keep it away from the reach of children.
Use it only for its bark stopping purpose.
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Risk of skin damage. Please read and follow the instructions in this manual.
Proper fit of the collar is important. A collar worn for too long or made too tight on
the pet’s neck may cause skin damage. Ranging from redness to pressure ulcers; this condition
is commonly known as bed sores.
• Avoid leaving the collar on the dog for more than 12 hours per day.
• When possible reposition the collar on the pet’s neck every 1 to 2 hours.
• Check the fit to prevent excessive pressure; follow the instructions in this manual.
• Never connect a lead to the electronic collar; it will cause excessive pressure on the probe.
• When using a separate collar for a lead, don’t put pressure on the electronic collar.
• Wash the dog’s neck area and the probe of the collar weekly with a damp cloth.
• Examine the probe area daily for signs of a rash or a sore.
• If a rash or sore is found, discontinue use of the collar until the skin has healed.
• If the condition persists beyond 48 hours, see your veterinarian.
• For additional information on bed sores and pressure necrosis, please visit our website.
CAUTION
These steps will help keep your pet safe and comfortable. Some pets are sensitive to contact
pressure. You may find after some time that your pet is very tolerant of the collar. If so, you may
relax some of these precautions. It is important to continue daily checks of the probe area. If
redness or sores are found, discontinue use until the skin has fully healed.
The PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark Control must be used only on healthy dogs. We recommend
that you take your dog to a veterinarian before using the collar if he is not in good health.
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Thank you for choosing the PetSafe brand. You and your pet deserve a
companionship that includes memorable moments and a shared understanding
together. Our products and training tools promote a lifestyle of protection,
teaching, and love—essentials that inluence memories for a lifetime. If you have
any questions about our products or training your pet, please visit our website at
www.petsafe.net or contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-2677.
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To get the most protection out of your warranty, please register your product
within 30 days at www.petsafe.net. By registering and keeping your receipt,
you will enjoy the product’s full warranty and should you ever need to call the
Customer Care Center, we will be able to help you faster. Most importantly,
PetSafe will never give or sell your valuable information to anyone. Complete
warranty information is available online at www.petsafe.net.
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Table of Contents
Components .............................................................................................. 5
Features ..................................................................................................... 5
How the PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark Control Works .................................. 5
Key Deinitions .......................................................................................... 6
Fit the Bark Control Collar ......................................................................... 6
Ensure a Proper Spray Pattern .................................................................... 7
To Insert and Remove the Battery ............................................................... 8
Modes of Operation ................................................................................... 8
To Fill and Reill the Spray ......................................................................... 9
What to Expect During Use of the Bark Control Collar ............................... 9
Tips ..........................................................................................................10
Accessories ...............................................................................................11
Frequently Asked Questions ..................................................................12
Troubleshooting......................................................................................12
Customer Care International .....................................................................13
Terms of Use and Limitation of Liability ....................................................13
FCC .........................................................................................................14
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“In a Tuskegee University study of adult shelter dogs wearing the PetSafe Spray 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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Dr. Janet Steiss and Dr. Caroline B. Schaffer
Tuskegee University
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Components
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Spray Bark Control
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Operating Guide
Features
• Patented Perfect Bark detection ensures your dog’s bark is the only sound
that will cause the correction
• Adjustable collar for neck sizes up to 28"
• For dogs 40+ pounds
• Citronella Spray is safe and effective
• Waterproof
• Good/Low battery indicator
• 40 sprays per reill
• Low spray indicator
• On/Off button
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How the PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark
Control Works
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The PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark Control senses your dog’s barking. A unique, patented sensor
uses both vibration of the vocal chords and sound sensors (dual-detection) to distinguish each bark
from other external noises. As he barks, he receives a safe but annoying burst of spray. He’ll quickly
learn the association with this stimulation and stop the unwanted behavior. The PetSafe Big Dog
Spray Bark Control is proven effective in deterring barking when it is worn.
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Key Definitions
Spray Nozzle: Where the spray
ejects when your dog’s bark
is detected.
Sound Activated Sensor: Detects
the sound of your dog’s bark.
Refill Port: Where the spray
is reilled.
Yellow LED: Low spray indicator.
Two Color LED: Shows good or
low battery.
On/Off Button: Turns the collar on
and off, and resets the spray counter.
Sensor Probe: Detects the
vibrations of your dog’s bark.
On/Off Button
Two Color LED
Yellow LED
Spray Nozzle
Sensor Probe
Sound
Refill Port
Activated Sensor
Note: The Sensor Probe is not adjustable.
Fit the Bark Control Collar
Important: The proper it and placement of your Bark Control Collar is important for
effective operation.
To assure a proper it, please follow these steps:
A
1. Make sure that the Bark Control Collar is turned off.
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2. Start with your dog standing comfortably (A).
3. Place the Bark Control Collar on your dog’s neck close to the ears.
Center the Sensor Probe underneath your dog’s neck, touching the
skin. Make sure the PetSafe logo in the front of the unit is upright
(B). Note: It is sometimes necessary to trim the hair around the Sensor
Probe to make sure that contact is consistent.
Do not shave the pet’s neck as this
B
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CAUTION
may increase the risk of skin irritation.
4. Check the tightness of the Bark Control Collar by
inserting one inger between the Sensor Probe and
the dog’s neck (C). The it should be snug but
not constricting.
C
5. Allow your dog to wear the collar for several minutes,
then recheck the it. Check the it again as your dog
becomes more comfortable with the Bark Control Collar.
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6. Trim the collar as follows: (D)
D
a. Mark the desired length of the 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 excess.
c. Before placing the Bark Control Collar back onto
your dog, seal the edge of the cut collar by applying a
lame along the frayed edge.
The Bark Control Collar should not be worn for more than 12 hours
out of every 24-hour period. Leaving the collar on too long could lead
to Skin Irritation. Please refer to page 3 for additional information.
CAUTION
Ensure a Proper Spray Pattern
For the PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark Control to perform
properly, the nozzle must be positioned correctly and there
must be a clear path from the Spray Nozzle to your dog’s
snout. Follow these steps:
1. Make sure the PetSafe logo on the front of the unit is
upright and the Spray Nozzle is angled out and pointing up
towards the dog’s snout.
2. For long-haired dogs, it may be necessary to trim the neck
hairs along the path of the spray. It is important that the
spray reaches the dog’s snout to be effective.
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CAUTION
Do not shave the pet’s neck as this
may increase the risk of skin irritation.
3. For optimal performance the spray bark collar should be
reilled before each use.
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To Insert and Remove the Battery
Note: Do not install the battery while the Bark Control Collar is on your dog.
A replacement PetSafe battery (RFA-18) can be found at many retailers. Contact the Customer
Care Center or visit our web site at www.petsafe.net to locate a retailer near you.
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Battery Life
Average battery life is 2 to 4 months, depending on how often your dog barks. However, due to
greater use during your dog’s training, your irst battery may not last as long as replacement batteries.
Modes of Operation
• To activate the unit, press the On/Off Button until the Green LED Light
comes on and release. The Green LED Light will lash once every 5 seconds.
• To turn the unit off, press the On/Off Button and hold until the Red LED
Light lashes.
Note: The Yellow LED Light will lash briely before the Red LED Light appears.
This indicates the reset sequence.
Function and Response Table
Function
LED Light Response
Unit is on
Green LED Light lashes once every 5 seconds
Low battery condition
Red LED Light lashes 3 times every 5 seconds
Low spray warning
Yellow LED Light appears
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To Fill and Refill the Spray
• Remove the collar from your dog.
• Turn the unit off.
• Ensure the reill port is clean.
Note: If any dirt or debris enters the reill port when reilling, it could
cause the unit to become clogged and malfunction. Please read the
“Tips” section for proper care.
• Hold the spray can upright and irmly press the nozzle down into
the Reill Port. Hold for 15 seconds and remove.
Note: If spray leaks out, you may need to press harder to complete
the seal.
• Turn the unit on.
• For optimal performance the spray bark collar should be reilled
before each use.
15 seconds
Important: To reset the Spray Counter, press the On/Off Button until the Yellow LED
Light comes on, and release the button. The Green LED Light will resume to 1 lash
every 5 seconds.
Note: It is important that the On/Off Button be released immediately after the Yellow LED Light comes on
or the unit will be turned off.
CAUTION
Do not puncture or incinerate the spray collar or the reill canister. Do
not expose to extreme heat or store at temperatures above 113° F.
Reill canisters are available. Choose from citronella or unscented spray. Contact the Customer
Care Center or visit our web site at www.petsafe.net to locate a retailer near you.
What to Expect During Use of the Bark
Control Collar
Important: Do not leave your dog alone the irst few times he wears the Bark Control Collar.
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. Because the burst of spray from the Bark Control Collar may be surprising or
startling at irst, some dogs may bark more at the initial correction.
On rare occasions, a dog may get into a bark-spray-bark-spray cycle. 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 spray bursts. The small minority of dogs that have this reaction should
only have it the irst time they wear the Bark Control Collar.
You should notice a reduction in your dog’s barking within the irst couple of days that he wears
the Bark Control Collar. At this point, it is important to remember the learning process is still not
complete. 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.
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Tips
• Before playing with your dog, turn the unit off and remove the Bark Control Collar. The activity
may cause your dog to bark, which could lead to him associating the play with the burst of spray.
• The collar must be illed to maximum capacity before placing it around your dog’s neck.
• Never ill the device while your dog is wearing it because it may damage the Reill Port.
• To ensure that your dog does not make the connection between you and the spray collar, don’t
let him see you prepare the device for the irst try, or for subsequent use. Keep your dog away
while you prepare the device as well as when you ill it or change the battery.
• It is important that your dog’s hair doesn’t block the Spray Nozzle. Try tying a bandanna
(handkerchief) around your dog’s neck, then place the spray collar over it. If necessary, you may
also consider trimming a little of the long hair around the dog’s neck for better spray effect.
• Avoid letting your dog wear the device with an empty reservoir. Make sure it is always full.
• Turn OFF the device while not in use.
• The PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark Control should only be used with pets that are over 6
months of age.
• If your pet is injured or its mobility is otherwise impaired, contact your veterinarian or
professional trainer before use.
• Do not leave your device unattended where your dog could accidentally damage it through chewing.
• Never ill the Spray Bark Control Collar with any substance other than the one provided
by the manufacturer. Using another substance, as well as opening the device, will void the
manufacturer’s warranty.
• Do not attempt to repair the device yourself. This will invalidate the warranty and make repairs
more dificult.
• The spray from the Bark Control Collar may stick to the hair under your dog’s snout. Clean your
dog’s hair weekly with a washcloth and a mild hand soap. Rinse and dry your dog’s neck thoroughly.
• If spray, dirt or debris accumulates on the Bark Control Collar (including the nozzle and
reill port), wipe the Bark Control Collar clean with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. It is
recommended that the unit be cleaned monthly or as needed to prevent clogging. The need for
cleaning will depend on usage.
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To Prevent Skin Irritation From Occurring
of skin damage. For comfort, safety and effectiveness of this product,
CAUTION Risk
please ensure that you check the fit of your pet’s collar frequently. If any skin
irritation is observed, discontinue the use of the collar for a few days. If the condition persists
beyond 48 hours, see your veterinarian.
Do not attach a leash to the Bark Control Collar. This can result in pulling the probe too tightly
against your pets neck. You may put a separate non-metallic collar on your dog’s neck and attach
a leash. Do use a harness for attaching a leash and/or tags while using the Bark Control Collar.
Please refer to page 2 for additional information.
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Accessories
To purchase additional accessories for your PetSafe Big Dog Spray Bark Control, contact the
Customer Care Center or visit our website at www.petsafe.net to locate a retailer near you.
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Component
Part Number
Battery
RFA-18
Big Dog Spray Bark Red Collar and Skin
PAC00-12727
Big Dog Spray Bark Blue Collar and Skin
PAC00-12728
Big Dog Spray Bark Pink Collar and Skin
PAC00-12729
Big Dog Spray Bark Green Collar and Skin
PAC00-12775
Big Dog Spray Bark Orange Collar and Skin
PAC00-12774
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will another dog’s bark set
• No.
off the Bark Control Collar?
Will the Bark Control
Collar work for my dog?
• The Big Dog Spray Bark Control Collar is safe and effective
for all breeds and sizes of dogs, however, it is recommended
for dogs 40+ lbs.
Will this work with longhaired dogs?
• Yes. It may be necessary to trim the hair on your dog’s neck so
it does not block the spray from reaching his snout.
Does the spray need to hit
my dog’s nose?
• No. The spray is very ine and simply creates a mist in the
region of the snout.
Troubleshooting
The Bark Control Collar
does not spray.
• Ensure that the battery is properly installed.
• Replace the battery.
• Reill the spray.
• Ensure the spray nozzle is not clogged.
Note: See “Tips” section.
• If the Bark Control Collar still does not spray, contact the
Customer Care Center.
My Bark Control Collar
sprays, but my dog keeps
barking (does not respond
to the burst of spray).
• Tighten the Bark Control Collar and make sure the Sensor
Probe is centered on the front of the dog’s neck.
• Check to make sure the Spray Nozzle points towards the
dog’s snout.
• Make sure your dog’s hair does not block the spray. If so, trim
the hair so the spray can reach the snout area.
• If your dog still does not respond, contact the Customer
Care Center.
When I try to reill the
Citronella Spray, the spray
leaks out around the Spray
Nozzle.
• Hold the spray can upright. If it is held at an angle, it will not
create a good seal.
• Press irmly on the spray can to create a good seal.
• If the spray continues to leak, contact the Customer Care Center.
I have reilled the Spray
Bark Control Collar and
the yellow LED continues
to lash.
• Ensure the spray counter has been reset.
Note: See “To Fill and Reill the Spray” section.
• If the yellow LED continues to lash after the spray counter
has been reset, contact the Customer Care Center.
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Customer Care International
USA & Canada - Tel: 800-732-2677
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 8 PM / Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM
Australia - Tel: 1800 786 608
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 5 PM
New Zealand - Tel: 0800 543 054
Monday - Friday 10:30 AM - 7 PM
This product has the beneit of a limited manufacturer’s warranty. Details of the warranty
applicable to this product and its terms can be found at www.petsafe.net and/or are available by
sending a stamped addressed envelope to PetSafe Ltd. Redthorn House, Unit 9, Chorley West
Business Park, Ackhurst Road, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 1NL, United Kingdom.
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Terms of Use and Limitation of Liability
1. Terms of Use
This Product is offered to you conditioned upon your acceptance without modiication 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 speciic temperament of
your pet may not work with this product. We recommend that you not use this product if your pet is
less than 40 lb or under 6 months old, or if your pet is aggressive. If you are unsure whether this is
appropriate for your pet, please consult your veterinarian, certiied trainer or contact our Customer
Care Center or visit our website at www.petsafe.net.
Proper use includes reviewing the entire Operating and Training Guide provided with your
product and any speciic 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.
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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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FCC
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept
any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
CAUTION: Modiication or changes to this equipment not expressly approved by Radio
Systems Corporation may void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
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NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a speciic installation. If interference does occur to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult Customer Care, the dealer, or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est con forme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
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