Barkwise Complete reviews. Is it really the best bark collar?

GoodLife’s Barking Collar BarkWise is a tool that is supposed to help stop excessive barking. It sounds good, but does it work? I’ve written a review about BarkWise Complete so you can determine if it’s worth buying.

What makes BarkWise better than other anti-barking collars?

In my search for a good bark collar, I’ve looked at many different products, so I have a lot to compare it to. From my experience, I’ve highlighted some really important features of the BarkWise:

  • There is a remote control with a 75-foot range. Most bark collars only work in automatic mode. That is not good because not every bark needs to be stopped. With the remote, you can decide when to stop your pet yourself. This kind of training is more effective. Also, because of the remote, this collar can be used for training and dealing with other unwanted behaviors.
  • Not only vibration, but also ultrasound. Vibration is sometimes not enough; some dogs don’t respond to it. Ultrasound, on the other hand, is a more effective but humane tool. The human ear can’t hear sounds at that frequency so you won’t be bothered by it.
  • 60-day money-back guarantee. It allows you to return the collar if you are unsatisfied with the result. A 1-year manufacturer’s warranty also protects the BarkWise Complete.
  • It is a humane device that doesn’t use shocks or other harmful things. I have written before about the harms of shock collars; and if you don’t already know about it, read on. I am absolutely against such devices, and I am always in favor of safe methods.

There are other less important but nice features of the BarkWise, such as multiple colors, lightweight, water resistance, and the audio signal feature (which allows you to hear when the collar is activated).

Why I like GoodLife

Like many others, I don’t trust products made by obscure companies or consumer goods from China. The manufacturers of the BarkWise collar, on the other hand, are trustworthy.

I am familiar with various products from GoodLife, and I know they are of high quality. They are a small company specializing in only one category of products – bark-control products, so they know their business.

It’s nice to work with companies like this because they always have good customer support and lots of training material. Also, in my opinion, a big plus is that GoodLife products are made in the USA.

Does BarkWise really work?

Any tool or training method doesn’t work for ALL dogs. Every animal has its own physical and character traits.

It makes sense that BarkWise will not work 100% of the time. That’s why there are disgruntled reviews that will prove it doesn’t work. Even GoodLife themselves aren’t shy about showing such reviews on their website. However, many positive reviews of BarkWise and even video proofs show that the device works.

This video shows how the bark collar works on a dog who likes to bark at passing cars:

Another video from a customer. Her dog used to bark a lot at everything. It caused complaints from the neighbors. And this is how her dog behaves now:

Will it work with your dog? You need to check it out. If the collar doesn’t work, you can get your money back. But remember, training your dog is gradual, not immediate. Sometimes you have to wait a week or two.

If you decide to buy the BarkWise collar, use my promo code for a discount:

Disadvantages of BarkWise Complete

I found a few downsides to this collar:

  • It needs to be charged once a day. With continuous use, the battery lasts for 12 hours. But on the other hand, you still need to take the collar off your dog periodically to keep it from chafing, as well as during walks. Although not necessary, GoodLife recommends using a harness rather than a leash collar. And I join them in their recommendation.
  • Other animals will hear the ultrasound. If you have multiple animals (not just dogs) and they will be in the same room, everyone will hear the ultrasound.

The disadvantage for some will also be that you won’t get immediate results. While this works immediately with some dogs, others must be trained to understand the connection between ultrasound and excessive barking.

 If you find any other disadvantages, post them in the comments!

How does BarkWise work?

I would like briefly describe how this device works and some essential nuances. In automatic mode, BarkWise Complete works as follows:

  1. A bark detection sensor is triggered when the dog starts to bark excessively. The precise system allows it to recognize exactly the excessive barking and doesn’t turn on at any noise.
  2. After that, vibration and ultrasound are activated. This stimulation usually doesn’t please dogs, so it stops them. 
  3. The vibration and ultrasound go off when the dog goes quiet. Over time, the dog realizes that  to avoid hearing the unpleasant ultrasound he should not bark excessively. Additionally, I recommend reinforcing the result with treats. When the dog is silent, give him something tasty right away.

If you turn off the automatic mode, you will decide when to turn on the BarkWise collar. In my opinion, the latter option is better. However, the automatic mode can come in handy when you’re not home.

A few reminders about bark collars

Although I write a BarkWise review, I don’t recommend that everyone use it. You can’t tell your dog not to bark all the time. But I do know there are extreme cases where you can’t do without an assistive tool.

If your dog barks excessively and you can’t do anything about it, the barking collar may help. But I still advise you to consult your vet immediately; what if a health problem causes the barking? Also, note the additional suggestions in my article How to stop dog barking.

Please, use anti-barking devices wisely to correct your dog’s behavior, not worsen it.  Do not neglect the instructions.

In closing Barkwise Complete review, I wish you the best of luck with your dog! May the problem of excessive barking be solved!

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