Dog lovers the world over know how enjoyable and rewarding the addition of a playful pup to the family can be.
From the flea-ridden street mutt to an expensive pure-bred, we simply cannot get enough of our favorite four-legged friends!
These special animals have the potential to be caring, fun-loving, and fiercely loyal creatures to anyone who is willing to give them a chance.
However, as any honest person would tell you, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows! Cuteness can only take the relationship between a canine and their keeper so far.
Good behavior and mutual respect will pave the way for a lifelong bond.
All of us who have had the privilege of caring for a pet know that a pet’s behaviors, both good and bad, will greatly affect the depth of the relationship.
If owning a pet becomes a dreaded chore and constant source of irritation, it is not good for either the animal or the person.
Armed with the knowledge of these realities, responsible dog owners set out to teach their “good boy” to be on his best behavior.
Sit! Stay! Roll over!
the list of troublesome behaviors face by dog owners is quite lengthy, one of the most common struggles is a dog whose bark is worse than his bite…literally!
Hello, my name is Zach and I’m a dog-a-holic. If you are with me, you know that going “cold turkey” is not an option.
Sooooo…. let’s treat the symptoms!
After owning multiple dogs, it is obvious to me that not all dogs are the same. Each comes with their own unique traits, quirks, and challenges.
One of the challenges I have come to know is the challenge of a “talkative” dog.
In the interest of fostering an environment that is healthy for both dog and owner, I have done some research into a variety of Anti-Bark collars that can help you and your furry friend (and perhaps the neighborhood mailman!)confront the challenge of controlling your dog’s urge to bark…and bark….and bark!
The general function of an Anti-Bark collar is to recognize when your dog is barking and discourage them from excessive/unnecessary barking.
The following paragraphs contain insight into some of the top products on the market today, and why I feel each one can be a great tool for dogs and their owners.
Like many Anti-Bark collars, this device uses electrical stimulation to discourage your dog from being unnecessarily noisy.
Using a specially developed microprocessor, this collar is able to distinguish between the sound of your dog barking and other noises in the same area.
The ability to recognize your dogs bark greatly reduces the chance of the collar being falsely triggered and allows it to work without manual control.
It also has a built-in “warning” mechanism that makes the collar vibrate (without electrical stimulation) for a couple seconds before the actual shock.
This gives your dog a chance to stop barking on their own before receiving any electrical stimulation.
Most dogs are able to catch on very quickly and will learn that they can avoid the shock by no longer barking continuously.
Another feature of this product is an adjustable level of intensity: six different options depending on the size and disposition of your pup. It operates on rechargeable lithium polymer batteries that take as little as 2 hours to charge.
LED lights indicate when the battery needs to be charged.
It is built for a dog 10 lbs. or larger, with a receiver weighing just under 4 oz.
The collar is constructed with surgical stainless steel for the contact points and anti-microbial plastic to protect your dog’s skin.
SportDOG NoBark 10R
Similar to the YS300, the NoBark 10R also uses electrical shock as the primary deterrent to barking.
As an added feature, this collar requires both the sound of a bark and the vibration from the dog’s vocal cords in order to trigger a correction.
Also, it features an automatic shutoff that will prevent the collar from shocking continuously.
This further protects your dog from unnecessary or undeserved shocks in the case of device malfunction or incorrect triggering.
In addition to these safety features, this collar is also waterproof so that it will be safe even if your dog decided to go for a swim!
It also has 10 different levels, two rechargeable batteries, and a display screen that indicates the current battery level.
One of the options for correction available with this collar is the ability to start at a lower correction level and only escalate if your dog continues to bark.
Garmin Bark Limiter Deluxe
Like the previous collars, the Bark Limiter Deluxe will deliver a combination of vibration and, if necessary, electrical shock. It also has the special stainless-steel contacts to protect the skin.
However, this device relies solely on sensing vibrations to determine when your dog barks.
By using an accelerometer, the device can tell the difference between when your dog barks and when your dog is making other noises (such as whines or growls).
This virtually eliminates the possibility of incorrect correction your dog.
Other features of this product include 7 levels of correction, rechargeable battery that lasts 3 months on a single charge, and a Bark Odometer that measures the number of barks.
The Bark Odometer allows the device to track and report effectiveness, as well as reduce the number of over-corrections.
PetSafe Basic Bark Collar
If you are looking for an option without all the “bells and whistles” that is affordable but will still do the job, the Basic Bark Collar is worth considering.
Using vibration to detect your dog’s bark, this device offers 6 progressive levels of shock correction (starting lower and increasing as needed) as well as an automatic safety shutoff after 50 seconds.
It is also waterproof, has lights to indicate a low battery, and works with dogs 8 lbs. or larger.
PetSafe Citronella Bark Collar
For sensitive dogs, or if you simply prefer to not use electrical stimulation, this last option takes a slightly different approach. The Citronella Bark Collar has the same goal as other collars but does not use shock.
Instead, when the collar senses a vibration from your dog’s bark it releases a mist to encourage your pup to quiet down.
The spray can either be scented or unscented. Studies have shown that this quiet, harmless spray proves effective for reducing nuisance barking by up to 88%.
Training your dog without an anti-barking collar
Sometimes we just want to make sure they follow orders, I was one of them people who thought I would just put a collar on my dog and they will obey but that was not the case.
I also needed extra training so I went around looking for a personal dog trainer but at a decent price.
I just could not find anyone below $100 a session, that’s a lot of money.
So I did some research online and was recommended by an old friend who used Doggy Dan’s online training classes. I’ve been learning so much from it myself that you have to look at it!
As discussed above, there are a variety of solutions that can help to improve your dog’s behavior related to over-the-top barking.
Although your dog may have to endure some temporary discomfort, the long-term benefits of a well-behaved and respectful canine are valuable to the quality of life for both the dog and any people involved.
Many owners have been able to quickly train their dogs, and some are even able to discontinue the use of the collar once the lesson has been learned.
Please help others that may be facing these struggles by sharing the information presented here and spreading the word (and the puppy love!)
Any additional insight and experiences are welcome, and I encourage you all to do some research of your own!