For your information, your dog might
still be barking noisily and disrupting your neighbourhood when you are not at home. In this case, you’ll need a
training equipment known as “bark collars” to help train him.
When you are at your wits end with a
puppy or dog that won’t stop barking, you will try anything to get some peace and quiet. One popular option is the
use of a Bark Collar.
There are several types of bark
collars on the market. Some of these collars send an electric shock to your dog when he barks; some make a high
pitch sound or emits a squirt of citronella which is annoying but safe for your dog. Usually, these collars can
help you solve a problematic barker.
Dog Bark Collars come in a range of types and configurations. They are based on negative
reinforcement psychology, whereby your dog will be subjected to an unpleasant or uncomfortable sensation
automatically when they bark. The idea is that your dog will learn that when it barks, it will be subjected to an
experience it doesn’t like.
There are two types of bark
detection used in Bark control collars. The sound collar uses the noise of your dogs bark to activate and the
vibration collar uses the vibrations from your dog's throat. Neither type is perfect. The sound type can be set off
with sharp loud external sounds and the vibration type from violent motion such as your dog drying himself. There
are collars that combine the two methods and these help reduce the false readings.
Most electronic bark control collars
employ sound as the basic stimulus because it is well established that animals learn more quickly and retain a
better memory when the desired behaviour is associated with a sound. The more advanced models progressively
increase the sonic stimulus as barking persists. Some models employ gradually increasing electric shock stimulus
along with the sound to stop even the most stubborn barkers in a humane manner.
The more sophisticated electronic
bark collars sense the vibrations in a dog's throat that happen only during barking. By doing so, they prevent
false corrections from other loud noises and from other dogs barking.
The drawback with some "barking dog
collars" is that they may detect barking with a microphone and activate on sound; these can be set off by other
noises or by another dogs bark. Some Barking Dog Collars use only vibration; these can be set off by motion or
Stay away from the following types
of bark collars:
1) Bark Dog Collars which project a
spray mist which startles and confuses the dog's olfactory senses, causing him to stop barking. These mists may
cause allergic reactions and hypersensitivity in your dog.
2) Independent devices that have a
built-in microphone tuned to the sound of your dog's bark. They emit a loud correction to startle the dog so he
stops barking. They automatically stop and reset themselves after each auditory correction. The dog feels no
correction with this type of bark stopper and can simply move away to another location further from the receiver
and completely avoid the sound all together.
Look for a barking dog collar with
the following features:
1) One that simultaneously senses
both sound and vibration, and only uses a combination of sound and vibration to trigger the electronic correction.
By having both of these features, the electronic bark collar will be activated only by the dog wearing the collar,
so there won't be any "false corrections" caused by loud noises or other dogs barking.
2) One that automatically adjusts
the level of static correction to your dog's temperament with different levels of self-adjustable corrections in
response to the bark intensity of your dog. The more intensity settings will help to accommodate the most sensitive
too the most stubborn dogs.
3) One that provides a warning beep
with the first bark.
4) One with a rechargeable battery,
which features a low battery indicator light.
5) One that features a quick fit
buckle that provides a quick release.
6) One that is durable, light
weight, waterproof, and adjustable.
7) One that comes with a complete
operating guide and a video tape demonstration.
More importantly, while a Bark
Collar can appear to be quite effective in the short term, it is really only a band-aid fix for this problem. The
deeper issues causing your dog to behave in this way are left untreated – and you are left with a lifeless and
unhappy dog. Also, the cost of these items can be very high – most costing $100 or more!