DogWatch Bark Collars Review: BT-7 No Bark Trainer & BT-5 Mini


Written by Colin Seal

04/16/2019 Dog Bark Collar, Barking Dog Collar

Nuisance barking is one of the most common problems a dog owner would face. Not to mention the noise complaints from your neighbours. Worse, a visit from shire rangers telling you that they may need to take your dog.

A DogWatch bark collar can be your best solution. The correct use of an anti-bark collar will set you up for success in training your dog to quit excessive barking.

Today, we will review the DogWatch BT-7 No Bark Trainer and the DogWatch Mini BT-5. So, you can get the best bark stop collar for your dog.

DogWatch Bark Collars Review - Australia

DogWatch BT-7 No Bark Trainer

DogWatch BT-7 No Bark Trainer - Bark Collar Kit

Take a look at the features and benefits of each DogWatch bark collar we listed below. This is not really an entire comparison because these anti bark collars differ mainly on the size of your dog.

However, it is good to know that you have two best options to choose from... especially if your dog fits in the middle (medium-sized).

Basically, the two DogWatch Bark Collars differ in a few features & benefits such as:

  • Suitable dog sizes

  • Batteries (BT-7 is rechargeable with 1 year warranty on the battery, whilst BT-5 mini uses replaceable 3V 1/3n Lithium battery)

  • The safety-auto reset function that comes with the DogWatch Mini BT-5 design

Now, let’s take a closer look at each feature and benefit unpacked for this review.

DogWatch No Bark Trainer & DogWatch Mini Have 7 Settings of Stimulation to Distract Your Dog from Nuisance Barking


The 7 settings include the vibration-only, the 5 levels of static correction and the progressive setting for stimulation.

As you can see in the image:

  • (0) is the ‘OFF’ setting

  • (V) means vibration-only mode

  • (1) is the low level of static stimulation

  • (2) is medium-low level

  • (3) is medium

  • (4) is medium-high

  • (5) is high

  • (P) represents the setting for automatic progression

You can set these according to your dog’s “recognition level”, the level that he reacts to and stops barking.

So, if you have a very sensitive dog, you can set the bark collar to vibration-only mode. On the other hand, if you have a stubborn dog, you can set the stimulation to the higher static levels. Note that the high levels of static correction do not hurt a dog in any way.

DogWatch BT-7 & BT-5 Mini Can be Set to an Automated Progressive Levels - Correction Gradually Increases as Your Dog Continues to Bark

Now, if you are unsure of your dog’s temperament or barking habit, or his “recognition level” for the correction, you can use the progressive setting for the stimulation.

So, as your dog barks, the correction starts from vibration then gradually increases up to the highest static correction. Then, it will reset to vibration-only mode after 3 minutes of no barking.

This feature makes the bark control training even more efficient.

Both of the DogWatch BT-7 No Bark Trainer & BT-5 Mini Have the “Bark Forgiveness” Technology

This is a bark delay feature that allows the dog to bark appropriately. So, the anti bark collar will not immediately activate the correction when your dog barks.

This feature helps in making sure that the dog “understands” that the stimulation is caused by excessive barking and not from anywhere else - this is indeed another feature that ensures efficient bark control training.

These DogWatch Bark Collars Have a Bark Counter or Indicator to Better Help with the Bark Control Training

The bark counter feature helps you monitor your dog’s barking activity - this is best if you often leave your dog at home.

This feature helps you determine if the correction level you have set on the bark collar actually helps in reducing and even eliminating the nuisance barking.

So, the feature basically counts how many activations were done by the bark collar. Here’s how you view it:

  • Turn the dial, or set the collar to 0, the OFF position

  • The anti-bark collar will flash and the number of flashes is associated with the number of activations made by the collar since the last time you turned it on:

    • 2 flashes = 1-5 activations

    • 3 flashes = 6-10 activations

    • 4 flashes = 11-15 activations

    • 5 flashes = 15+ activations

So, more activations (i.e. 11-15 or more) mean that the correction has to go another level higher.

Both DogWatch BT-7 & BT-5 Mini are Waterproof

Dog wearing a waterproof DogWatch bark collarIndeed, these DogWatch Bark Collars are great for water-loving dogs. The design is also compact & lightweight especially the BT-5 Mini.

This waterproof design adds durability to the collar - you can go ahead and let your dog dip and play in the water!

BT-5 Mini is for Small to Medium Sized Dogs Whilst BT-7 No Bark Trainer is for Medium to Extra Large Sized Dogs

DogWatch BT-5 Mini dog size chartSo, the DogWatch BT-5 Mini best suits dogs between 2.5 kg and 12 kg. The weight of the collar is only at 23 g - your small dog will barely feel it.

On the other hand, the BT-7 No Bark Trainer fits dogs above 5kg. The collar strap can be adjusted from 28 cm to 62 cm.

DogWatch BT-7 No Bark Trainer Bark Collar Comes with a Rechargeable Battery (with 1 Year Warranty) - Designed with Battery Indicator

Best thing about the BT-7 rechargeable battery is that it can quickly charge within 2 hours for a 48-hour great bark training performance.

Take note that you should charge the collar up to 4 hours before you first use it.

Also, the battery is covered with 1 year warranty from DogWatch and the collar is designed with a battery status indicator:

  • Blinks green = Collar is turned ON and the battery is charged

  • Blinks red = Collar is turned ON but the battery is LOW

  • Steady red = Collar is plugged in and the battery is CHARGING

  • Steady green = Collar is plugged in and the battery is CHARGED

DogWatch BT-5 Mini for Small Dogs Comes with a Replaceable Battery - Designed with Status Indicator

The BT-5 Mini comes with a replaceable 3V (1/3n Lithium) that you can easily find and buy from actual and online shops.

This kind of battery lasts 3 to 6 months of regular use. Tip: always keep a spare so you don’t have to halt your dog’s bark control training.

The battery status light indicator is similar to BT-7:

  • Blinks green = Collar is turned ON and the battery is charged

  • Blinks red = Collar is turned ON but the battery is LOW

  • Steady red = Collar is plugged in and the battery is CHARGING

  • Steady green = Collar is plugged in and the battery is CHARGED

Both DogWatch Bark Collars are Covered with 3 Year Warranty

Once you get your DogWatch Bark Collar, either the BT-7 No Bark Trainer or the BT-5 Mini, make sure to register the collar online. 

The registration must be submitted within 30 days from the day you purchased the anti bark collar… but if it’s not registered, proof of purchase will be required.

DogWatch BT-5 Mini for Small Dogs is Designed with a Safety Auto-Reset Function

This feature is particularly helpful in cases of emergencies wherein your dog might be compelled to bark excessively.

So, if the correction has been activated for 10 times or more within 15 minutes, the bark collar will cut off and stop delivering corrections for 15 minutes. Then, it will turn back on after 3 minutes of barking inactivity.

To Conclude this DogWatch Bark Collars Review:

Both DogWatch Bark Collars are highly recommended. The things that we want to improve or change would be to add the safety auto-reset feature on the BT-7 No Bark Trainer and turn the BT-5 Mini battery into a rechargeable one.

Overall, these anti-bark collars are really good and can certainly help in solving nuisance barking of small to extra large dogs with different temperaments or barking habit.

Do you have any more concerns or queries about DogWatch Bark Collars and How they Work? Give us a call on our 7-day helpline at 1 300 THE DOG (1 300 843 364). Or Message Us

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