Bought the Petsafe Bark collar for my dog that barks when he is around other dogs. He only wore it about 3 hours a day for two weeks and the battery is already dead or dying at least. That is when I found out that you cannot just but a battery, you have to purchase the little pack from Petsafe. Nice little scam. I will not be referring this product to anyone, and will be warning people that they will be signing up for another monthly bill in battery packs. Very unhappy customer!
The RFA-188 has a much shorter battery life than I would have anticipated. Our 11 pound dog wears it for 4-5 hours a day. We turn it off when he is not wearing it. As it turns out, the battery dies in 4-5 days. They are way too expensive not to have more staying power than that. Other than that, the fence works great. But trying to track the short term life all the time is a pain.
Product works but battery lasted less than 2 weeks/~40 hours of total on time
Then to learn that the battery is a special design only available from this vendor.... Like most of these other posters - I would have opted for different product had I know this was a proprietary battery design.
The crazy part is it looks like this design is intentional - there really isn't a reason have this designed as such as you could just as easily have made a stacked 3 volt container and used readily available batteries.
Don't know how people are getting a months use from the battery. Our dog wore this for maybe 30 hours over the last week and a half . Last night my wife removed the collar but forgot to turn it off. Was dead this am at 8am.
Call me a fool but instead of getting into petsafe for 12 bucks every few weeks I'm opting for a different brand and buying a new collar. At least I know it works.
I have read so many negative reviews about the cost of the battery. I see it this way. My cats stay out of the street because of this battery that is installed. Yes almost $12.00 + S&H every 6weeks to 3 months is pricey per collar. I have 3 so far ( ordering my 3rd). Yes I do wish they cost less however I feel that as a RESPONSIBLE (not made of money) pet owner it is worth knowing my cats are safe and in their boundaries! Not in the middle of the road!
A tip for users: A NICKEL works better than a quarter and will be far less likely to tear up the slot when turning on and off. (My diabetic sons pump has a slot just like this for his battery cover that needs to be messed with every month. A NICKEL allows us not to damage it at all)
This collar is a must! We have a miniature dachshund that barks at everything and everyone! I can live with that when she barks for a minute at the mailman, or the neighbor walking by. But when company comes over she'll bark at our guests for ten minutes. Non-stop. It scares kids, makes everyone uptight... and no conversation can be heard above her ear piercing yap.
We purchased this collar a year ago, and are just now replacing the battery. Unlike the other reviews here, I'm perfectly content with the life of the battery. For us, our little dog doesn't need it on every day. We really only want her to wear it when guests come. 75% of the time, the collar is turned off, and in the drawer. Besides I don't want her wearing it when we're not at home... then she can bark till her little protector heart's content!
After we first purchased it, she wore it everyday for training. She is completely trained now. In fact, for the last month, the battery was completely dead... and she didn't even realize it. She knows when we put it on what's in store for her, and avoids barking. Just it's presence keeps her from barking. However, the painters are starting to paint our house in a few days... and I'm ordering replacement batteries now to avoid the inevitable bark-a-thon. She's bound to figure out that battery is dead!
The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is because of the difficulty in finding a battery. I tried Pet Smart, Menards (where I bought the collar and Pet Supplies Plus. They didn't even have it here at the PetSafe website! Save yourself some time and trouble and order them on Amazon.
Battery replacement, What a shame, otherwise good product
Dog collar work great, batteries ran out , bought batteries that would fit in plastic holder found out wouldn't come out. It's a dealer only part for this type. Would not recommend this product, should have said on package that batteries are a special one time part only and you have to buy a specialty battery pack replacement. Don't buy this product without deep pockets and are willing to have them sent to you monthly. "Also I was not shocked to see all the bad reviews on this product." Unfortunately for me I don't have the money to spend on batteries that other well healed dog owners have.
I was shocked to see the poor reviews for these batteries. We have 3 dogs and we certainly go through the batteries, but these batteries are a drop in the bucket when you compare all the other expenses of owning a dog (or three as in my case...
We only replace this particular battery once every 3 months or so. The technology that keeps them water tight, light weight and super easy to swap out is pretty amazing.
And let's not forget that this system works!! I love the blinking indicator on the collar when it's time to replace - no guess work. Well done Petsafe!
I really like the Dog Collar itself a lot, but the batteries are something else. We should not have to pay prices like these for what could have been a simple battery replacement. I am now looking for a replacement collar from a company that does not try to soak me on the batteries.
I thought that the battery was stuck in the collar, until I figured out I had to keep buying the pet safe batteries. I would never have bought the product if I realized that the only place I could get these batteries was from Pet Safe. Way to go Pet Safe---guaranteed income for years to come for you.
Ordered replacement battery for collar and was very surprised by the high price. The annual replacement plan cost is ridiculous. The battery/switch are difficult to operate and the plastic slot is weak. After a few users the plastic broke and now it's very difficult to turn.
Product works great but this device could have easily been powered by a standard battery. $12.00 a month for a 3 volt battery is ridiculous. I will look for a better vendor. It did work well for 6 weeks.
A shock collar was our absolute last resort with our one dog, but she was just barking all day while we were at work, and we had tried spray collars with very little success. It's also too bad that she knows when we put her bark collar on her, and will even test it just to make sure we turned it on, because it has forced us to put it on her every single day we're at work. The GREAT thing about this battery is that you can so easily turn it on and off, so we're not just leaving it on all the time and wasting the battery. By doing so, I would guess that each battery we have used has lasted at least 6 months, up to a year. The only bad part is the design for turning it, because we have to use a quarter or something similar, and after a while it gets pretty torn up. Otherwise, awesome battery life and we couldn't be happier!