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

Eliminate Your Barking Problems With a No Bark Collar

William Mac asked:

Barking is a dog’s way of communicating. A dog will bark when they are hungry, want to play, are bored, or excited. Although not all barking can be stopped, there are situations where barking is excessive or a nuisance and must be corrected. It is considered nuisance barking when the dog consistently barks for no apparent reason. Excessive barking is normally due to territorial protection, owner protection, fear, separation anxiety, pain, or being sick. Whichever you are dealing with, excessive or nuisance barking can be not only annoying to you but to surrounding neighbors.

The first step in correcting these types of barking is determining the cause or pattern to the barking episodes. Once this has been determined, solutions can be researched and correction can begin. If your dog is outdoors, make sure you get them familiar with their surroundings including sounds and regular activities that will occur around them. They should get plenty of exercise and play time. Also eliminate any behaviors or actions you may be doing yourself to cause or encourage the barking episodes.

Collars are a great way to teach and help eliminate barking episodes. Each type of collar gives your dog correction when they bark. Three types of correcting collars are available. Some are meant for small behavioral problems and not for long term use. Others can be used as long as they are needed.

The shock collar is the most effective and gives the dog a little shock when they bark. The shock does not hurt them, but instead causes a vibration on their throat giving them incentive to stop. These types of collars work for large and small dogs and normally require few sessions. Each shock collar has an adjustable shock range and it is best to start the dog off at a very low range and increase the level as the behavior continues.

Ultrasonic collars are pitch based and cannot be heard by humans. The sound is used as a distraction and directs their attention away from whatever is causing them to bark excessively. Ultrasonic collars can be used for any type of behavioral problem. The sensitivity can be adjusted as needed. They do not work well for deaf dogs or ones that are hard of hearing.

Spray collars spray a scent such as lemon or citronella that irritates the dog’s sense of smell. When your dog barks, the spray will be released and your dog will be distracted and stop barking. After a couple of uses the dog will expect the spray and will refrain from barking so they do not have to experience it. These work for milder problems and are not as effective with extended use.

Whatever the behavioral problem is, there are many no bark collars available and many will suit your needs. First determine what the problem is and the seriousness of it. Then consider which type of collar and correction you will be comfortable with and will best suit your dog. Once this is known, choose one that fits your budget and has good reviews. You will be on your way to quieter and more peaceful times with your best friend.

Sherell

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