Garmin BarkLimiter 2 Review: No Bark Collar

 

In this Garmin BarkLimiter 2 Review, we point out what’s new with this new model of a no bark collar from Garmin.

The previous models of course are the BarkLimiter and BarkLimiter Deluxe, but the BarkLimiter 2 now works with the Garmin Canine app to give you control over the collar from your smartphone.

We outline more of the main features, pros and cons of this collar below.

So, let’s take a closer look at it.

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

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Garmin BarkLimiter 2 Review: No Bark Collar

If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing the Garmin BarkLimiter 2 no bark collar here:

You can also read a Barklimiter vs Barklimiter 2 vs Barklimiter Deluxe comparison guide here.

 

Garmin BarkLimiter 2: Review

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Features

An anti bark collar for dogs of most sizes

Has rechargeable lithium ion batteries with up to 30 days battery life on a charge

There’s a static stimulation only mode – with 10 levels of static to choose from

Static can be manual where you choose a level, or you can use the automatic progression mode where the static level increases as your dog continues to bark

There’s also a tone and vibration mode – where the collar beeps before vibrating when your dog barks

This collar works with the Garmin Canine app on your smartphone to let you adjust settings and review bark correction data

LED light on the device indicates battery life, bark detection and correction.

 

Drawbacks

No tone only mode

Sometimes the collar won’t work consistently or reliability in relation to your dog’s bark

Your smartphone has to be a compatible smartphone to use the app – check compatibility on Garmin’s site

 

Overall

Overall, the main addition of the BarkLimiter 2 is the ability to control the collar settings from the app, and also review bark data. You also get 3 extra levels of static to choose from. Like all bark collars, the collar in most cases won’t work perfectly, but it should work OK if you have it on your dog’s neck correctly. You may experience inconsistency in the collar triggering when it is or isn’t supposed to. It’s worth looking at SportDOG’s no bark collars if you want a comparable alternative to the Garmin collar – check out the SportDOG anti bark collars here.

 

Garmin BarkLimiter 2: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The Garmin BarkLimiter 2 Designed For?

To train your dog not to bark by delivering static correction or vibration training cues based on your dog’s barking.

For best use:

You should be able to place one finger between the contact point and your pet’s neck

The collar should not be able to shift, and should be placed on the front of the neck and in the center of the neck

Also,  the contact points should be making skin contact

 

How Does The Garmin BarkLimiter 2 Actually Work?

You turn the collar on

You choose the static stimulation level on the collar, or set the collar to tone with vibration. You can also set the collar to auto static. Of course, you can control the collar settings from your phone with the app too.

The collar should respond with a tone and vibration, or just a vibration, in relation to your dog’s bark

 

Who Might The Garmin BarkLimiter 2 Be For?

People who want a static stimulation, and a vibration with tone only training option

People who want control over the collar from their smartphone

 

Who Might The Garmin BarkLimiter 2 NOT Be For?

People who want a tone only training option

 

What Do You Get In The Garmin BarkLimiter 2 Kit?

BarkLimiter 2

3/4″ black collar strap 

Short and long plastic contact points 

Charging/data cable

Manual 

 

Buyer’s Guide & FAQ Guide For Bark Collars

We’ve put together a buyer’s guide and FAQ guide with some important information about bark collars.

In that guide, we discuss:

The effectiveness of bark collar, and how bark collars can work for some, but not others

What some of the best bark collars might be

Bark collar review guides

Factors to consider in deciding what bark collar to buy

What a bark collar is

Bark collars vs remote dog training collars

Types of bark collars

Why use a bark collar and when to use one

How a bark collar works, and how to use one

What size bark collar to get

Can a puppy use a bark collar

Alternatives to a bark collar for bark control training

Some safety considerations for using a bark collar

 

Some Safety Considerations For Using A Bark Collar

Safety is extremely important with a bark collar.

Always always get your vet’s advice or the advice of an animal health and/or training expert – nothing is a substitute for professional advice.

Some general safety guidelines for using a bark collar humanely and safely might be:

Buy from a reputable company who put proper use of the bark collar and the safety of the dog as a priority 

Read and follow the operating guide, instruction/safety manual and training guide that comes with the bark collar system from the manufacturer for operation and safety instructions and guidelines

Pay attention to any warnings issued by the manufacturer

Monitor your dog’s response both mentally and physically to using a bark collar. Take the collar off immediately and discontinue use of the system if you notice any negative implications or reactions

 

A good bark collar that uses static stimulation should simply stimulate the muscle (to the point of reflex) to get the dog’s attention, but should not cause pain (it might be slightly annoying for the dog to act as a small deterrent – but shouldn’t cause pain or harm).

It certainly shouldn’t cause a ‘sharp pain’ to the muscle or body. 

To get a safe stimulation level – it helps if the bark collar can be set to the lowest stimulation level, and increased as required manually up to a level that gets the dog’s attention (such as changing body language when a stimulation, vibration or tone is administered) without any visible sign of pain or harm (such as yelping, or showing signs of stress).

A good bark collar company should give you all the necessary safety, use and training instructions, and should have a dedicated customer service line to help when you being using the collar.

Good bark collars usually also come with a safety shut off features for static stimulation in case a dog keeps barking.

The static stimulation function does not need to be used either – tone and vibrate training modes can be used instead on bark collars that have them.

Some owners like to even use their bark collar as a temporary training tool, and may go back to using body or verbal bark training commands once behaviors are reinforced (if suitable).

 

Other Bark Control Collar Options

If you want to look at some other bark collar options, you can read this best bark collars guide.

 

 

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