Do all these hours of anti bark training that you have spent with your dog seem to be fruitless? Sometimes even the most experienced dog owners have to face the fact that their dogs aren’t responding to oral training and need a bark collar. Most people would prefer not to have their dogs wear a bark collar, but they quickly change their mind when the collar solves the problem.
Because each dog is different and reacts differently, it pays to spend some time evaluating the different types of bark collars there are. If you are serious about getting a bark collar, here you have some common types and some basic information on how they work.
The Ultrasound Bark Collar
The sonic bark collar is one of the most popular anti-bark collars available in the market today. Like a gadget from a James Bond movie, this bark collar emits a very high pitched sound when it detects excessive barking. The sound is meant to distract the dog from the source of the barking and make him wonder what’s going on. The sound that the collar emit is so high pitched that humans can’t hear it at all, although dogs can hear it without a problem. Will the sound have negative affect your dog’s hearing? Studies show that high pitched sound used in sonic collars are safe so you need not worry about damaging your dog’s ears. In any case, the sound from the collar is activated only when the dog barks, and since the sound causes the dog to stop barking, it won’t last long.
This collar works by spraying a small essence of citronella in front of the dog’s nose whenever the dog barks. Citronella is annoying to a dog’s taste. With time, the dog will figure out the relationship between the citronella spray and his own barking, reacting accordingly. The other side of the coin is that sometimes the smell of citronella can linger around for much longer than the owner intended it to. As it is it, your dog may suffer from anxiety due to the prolonged effect of the punishment. If your dog is extremely sensitive or irritable to citronella, then this type of bark collar is not your best choice.
Electrical Shock Collar
The shock collar is well known among dog owners, but it’s also somewhat despised, despite it’s proven effectiveness in reducing innecessary barking in dogs. Note that the shock collar sends electric pulses to your dog’s muscles whenever it barks. Although the electric shocks may be mild and tolerable, still, the electric shock can be a bit painful on your dog.