Training Collar Guide: Pick the training collar that best suits your pet

Anti Bark Collars Will Train Your Dog Not to Voice His Opinions So Often

P. Hamilton asked:

Does your dog normally live indoors or is he an outside dog? If you normally keep him outside you must always make sure that he has shade when it is hot and a plentiful supply of drinking water. If it is cold he should have somewhere warm to be.

Being confined can sometimes be the cause of barking. If your dog is inside and there is something going on outside he can get frustrated and just bark and bark. Maybe you have people passing by in the street and thoughtless children who provoke the dog by imitating him.

It is quite natural for a dog to bark in that sort of situation, however, you can still curb his instincts in that direction.

If you are not there to check him, perhaps you are out at work or doing the marketing etc. you will need something that will work instead of you, i.e. an automatic anti bark collar. These work by recognizing throat vibrations in the dog that indicate he is barking and dependant upon the type of anti bark collars you have chosen he will be given a sign that the barking has to stop.

In the case of a shock collar he will get a tingling sensation where the collar is situated on his neck, some have a one set charge but others have an escalating strength shock as his barking escalates. Dogs soon learn how to avoid anything uncomfortable so it wouldn’t take him long to figure out that his barking was causing the uncomfortable feeling.

You might have opted for the collar which gives a sonic sound. Fortunately this is audible only to your dog [or any other pets you may have in the house or nearby]. This can work in the same way as the shock, the more the dog barks the louder becomes the sound.

The only drawback with this system that I can see is that if you do have other pets they will be hearing the sound as well and if the dog continues barking and the sound increases in strength, they are going to have to put up with it along with the dog. This seems a bit unfair to the others who have probably done nothing to warrant it.

Or, there is just the nasty smell technique, i.e. a Citronella spray collar. This entails anti bark collars having a reservoir on the collar for citrus smelling liquid. When the collar detects barking vibrations it releases a spray close to the dog’s nose. This will not be enjoyed by the dog as they don’t like a citrus smell.

Again, it should not take him long to realize that he is responsible for causing the smell by his barking and unless he wants to continue having that up his nose he should stop, and stop he will.


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