All About Bark Collars

If your dog is barking throughout the day and night for no specific reason, it can have a negative impact on the quality of your life. Consistent barking can raise your stress levels, cause you to lose sleep and even affect your neighbors if your home is located nearby. Fortunately, resolving the problem can be quick and simple with the use of the right bark collar. Bark collars are available in many different brands and models, but overall there are three different types of collars you can choose from. Learn about the differences between the three and how they work to decide which one is the best option for your situation.

Shock Collars

Shock collars are one of the most traditional anti-barking methods available on the market. Although the exact way an individual shock collar works depends on its manufacturer and model, most emit an electronic current when barking is sensed. The owner typically has complete control over the intensity of the shock that should be administered. The ideal intensity depends on the dog, its size and behavior. Owners who want to try using an electronic shock collar should begin with a low level setting and increase it slowly as necessary. The use of shock collars is somewhat controversial, but it can be effective as long as the owner is cautious when using it. It’s important not to set the intensity of the shocks too high but rather to a level that’s unpleasant enough to deter the dog from barking. All owners who are contemplating using shock collars should spend some time on research and education to prevent unintentionally harming their pet.

Citronella Collars

Citronella bark collars work by releasing a spray of Citronella when the sensor detects barking. Citronella collars are designed to teach the dog to associate the scent of citronella with barking, so the dog will stop barking in order to avoid the unpleasant spray that is released as a consequence. Although citronella is very unpleasant to the dog, it’s completely harmless. Citronella is often used as an insect repellent and is only bothersome to dogs, not humans. Many people choose citronella collars because they are all-natural and easy to use. Experts and owners agree that citronella collars provide a convenient and humane solution to the barking problem. Although results can vary, most owners find that citronella collars help significantly reduce barking.

Ultrasonic Bark Collars

Ultrasonic bark collars use high-pitched sound to deter the dog from barking. The collar emits a noise when barking is sensed that startles the dog without causing any physical harm. Most ultrasonic bark collars include a microphone that is designed to detect unique barking, which prevents the noise from accidentally going off due to other noises. Many models come with a positive tone feature that acts as positive reinforcement when the dog stops barking. The sounds are only audible to dogs and are not sensed by humans. Because ultrasonic bark collars feature cutting-edge technology, they can be very effective if used consistently and correctly.

All bark collars can be effective if they are used properly and with care. In addition to the three major differences between different types of popular bark collars, the way a collar works also depends on its quality, model, manufacturer and price. It’s important for all dog owners to learn about the collar they are buying and how to use it correctly in order to maximize its effectiveness and keep their pet safe throughout the training process.

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