Before you buy an anti bark collar for your dog, you need to do some research. For example, what kind of collar is good for barking dogs? How much barking requires such a collar? Is it really necessary to get one for my dog?
Options in anti bark collars
Anti barking collars come in three types: spray collars, sonic or ultrasonic collars, and electric collars. All of which are safe and perfectly harmless to use while you’re training your pet to reduce barking.
A spray collar works by spraying the muzzle of the dog when it starts to bark, creating an annoying sensation. This is very uncomfortable for dogs, since they greatly dislike the smell of citrus. Very often, collars of this type will hiss before releasing the citrus spray, so that they eventually learn to stop the barking before the spraying.
Next, we have the sound based dog collars. When the dog barks, the collar puts out a very high pitched tone that only the dog can hear – most humans won’t hear it at all. Eventually, the dog learns to link the sound to the barking and that by stopping the latter, he can stop the former.
anti bark collars that are electrical give out a mild shock or sting sensation when the dog barks. To get an idea of how strong this shock is, compare it to the one you get after walking across a furry carpet. That is, it doesn’t hurt and it isn’t painful, but it really makes you pay attention.
Other Factors to Take into Account
There are even some collars that use more than one of the mentioned anti barking methods. They might, for example, release a citrus smell while emiting a sound when the dog barks.
Other collars have a way of adjusting their intensity. For instance, you can select how loud the sound is or how strong you want the shock to be. The level would gradually rise until the barking ended. In any case, the dog will associate the barking with the negative sensation. Eventually, the dog will stop the bad behaviour on its own, given enough time.
It’s always a good idea to know what options you have before buying an anti bark collar. They come in three varieties: spray collars, sonic collars and electrical collars. Regardless of their method, anti bark collars are harmless and effective.