This post focuses on the Dog Silencer MAX, but you'll find a similar dial on some of our other devices.
The sensitivity dial is one of the biggest misconceptions about our training devices. It is often mistaken for a volume dial, and instinctively gets cranked all the way up in order to silence the barking once and for all. But by turning it all the way up you can unknowingly cause more harm to the training process than good.
What Is It?
The sensitivity dial, or the Hi-Lo Bark Sensor, controls how sensitive the microphone needs to be in order to accurately detect the barking. The dial sets the distance on how far the unit is from the dog.
You want the device to recognize the barking, but if the sensitivity is set too high it will detect other sounds nearby and activate too often, preventing the dog from learning that the device activates because of his barks. In fact, turning this dial up too high can actually make the barking worse!
The only time the dial should be at the highest setting is when the dog is 75 feet away and you can safely use the device without other loud sounds nearby.
Find the Perfect Setting
In the beginning, you will need to take some extra time to get the dial set to that “sweet” spot. There are a few tricks, or “rules of thumb” that will help when setting up the device.
There is an optional audible feature on the Dog Silencer MAX that allows you to hear the device every time it activates. We recommend you use this mode when first adjusting the bark sensitivity to save time.
Using Audio mode when setting up the device is key to accurately gauge the sensitivity of the microphone. This will allow you to hear if the device is activating too often, or not often enough. In addition, you can use audio mode for older dogs or those with poor hearing as an alternative to the ultrasonic sound training.
Start with the dial all the way down in the remote only setting, roll the dial up a tiny bit, and wait until you hear the barking. If the unit activates, great – leave it as is! If it doesn't hear the dog, turn it up a bit more. If it is activating too often, turn the dial down a bit. Repeat this testing process as needed, until the unit is activating every time the dog barks (no more, no less). Once you find the best setting, then you can flip the switch back to Ultrasonic mode.
You can also use your thumb as a measuring tool to adjust the sensitivity dial. Roll the dial all the way down and place the tip of your thumb to the bottom of the dial. Roll your thumb all the way up till the tip of your thumb touches the top of the dial by the “plus” sign. This will get you to the halfway mark and then you can adjust the sensitivity dial from there. One thumb roll sets the dial to the halfway point.
- Position the dial correctly.
- Place the device where you have a clear line of sight without any obstructions.
- Allow for adequate training time, usually between 2–4 weeks.
By following these steps you will be 100% satisfied with the peace and quiet you've been longing for.
If you need any help about setting up your device please feel free to ask us questions – we encourage it. You can reach us via live chat, email, or by phone at (02) 6766 5886. Our customer service representatives are standing by to help!
Dogie Delites — Heart Healthy Dog Treats
We want your dog to be happy and healthy this new year, so here's a great treat to start your new year off just right. Your dog will surely be begging for more! Recipe: 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (be sure to check the label)1/4 cup honey1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (or olive oil)1 cup chicken broth1 cup rolled oats1 cup whole wheat flour1 cup all-purpose flour Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, oil, and the chicken broth-whisk them together until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flours and the oats. Mix the...
Bark Control with Puppies“Consider options like ThunderShirts, CBD treats, vibration collars, crate training, and extra exercise. A tired puppy is not a barking puppy!”
Returning to Work — What do our Pets think?Our pets may become confused and anxious as we get back to in-person work. Here's how you can help your best friend during this time.
WarmPet™ Heated Pet Mat
Our WarmPet Heated Pet Mat uses safe and gentle infrared heat to keep your pet comfortable all year long-indoors or outdoors. Its ultra flexible, carbon-film design can easily be placed inside, below, or on top of your pet's bed to keep them warm and cozy all day and night. This can help ease your pet's arthritis, inflammation, and other joint problems while keeping your pet comfortable.
Healthy Roots Paws™ Calming Pet ProductsAs we get closer to New Year's Eve, right now is the time to think about how you can help keep your pets calm during the festivities.