- How to Train a Dog to Stop Barking
- Are high-tech dog collars the right way to control barking?
- Shock collars
- Vibration collars
- Spray collars
- Sound collars
- Do Dog Bark Collars Really Work?
- The best bark collars
- Check out our guides on the best products you can buy for your dog
- Do Bark Collars Work?
- Types of Bark Collars
- How Do These Collars Work?
- What are the Other Options?
- The best bark collars for dogs
- Check out our other great dog gear guides
- Dog collars
- Regular collars
- Aversive collars
- Special-use collars
- Are Bark Collars Cruel?
- General Tips
- Perch Barking
- Barking When Confined
- Barking on Walks
- Barking for Food
- The Best Dog Anti Bark Collars of 2020
- More Dog Bark Collar Reviews
- Buying Guide: How To Choose Your Bark Collar
How to Train a Dog to Stop Barking
Electric Bark Control Collars
E-collars, or electric bark control collars for dogs, deter excessive barking and have a built-in safety shut-off. This way, if your dog is barking for a significant reason, like home intruders or those who trespass, the collar will cease shocking after a certain amount of time has gone by.
Most bark control collars come in the form of a small electronic box that is attached to a dog collar. The collar has sensors that touch the dog’s neck when worn and that detect the dog’s vocal cord vibrations when the dog barks. At the moment the sensor detects vibrations, it delivers a correction, or small electric shock, to the dog. Some bark collars come with a microphone and speaker to ensure only your dog’s bark triggers the correction. Other types of vibration from a dog’s vocal chords, such as sneezing, “talking” or quiet murmurs do not need correction.
Pet lovers have reported great success with using bark collars to control dog barking within the first week of use. When accompanied by consistent training, bark collars provide an effective method for reducing excessive dog barking.
Spray and Static Correction Bark Collars
Many dogs enjoy wading around in muddy water, swimming, or hanging their heads out of a moving car window until the skin on their faces flap in the wind; however, strangely enough, most dogs do not like getting sprayed in the face by a small squirt of water or blown by a small puff of air. Spray correction bark collars work in this way. When the unwanted barking behavior is detected, a short burst of spray is emitted in front of the dog’s face, startling the dog and breaking the barking pattern. Similarly, static correction collars issue a mild electric pulse that feels like the static “shock” a human might feel when touching a metal doorknob after shuffling across a carpet.
Ultrasonic Bark Control
Another form of bark control is indoor or outdoor ultrasonic bark correction devices. These are free-standing devices you can place in your home, garage or yard that detects barking and emits a high-pitched frequency that is annoying to dogs but inaudible by humans. Your dog will associate the negative experience of hearing the sound with the barking behavior, reducing the amount of unnecessary barking within about a week.
Some dog owners report that their dogs get used to the sound of the ultra sonic bark controller and begin tuning it out and barking again. If you believe this has happened to your dog, simply turn the ultra sonic bark controller off for a few days, and then turn it back on to re-train the dog.
Ultrasonic bark controls are best if used in a house with fewer dogs. If you have more than one dog, consider using a bark control method that can only be experienced by the dog that is barking, such as spray, static, or electric bark control collars. You don’t want a quiet dog having to suffer by listening to the annoying ultrasonic sound because another dog is barking.
How to Choose the Right Bark Correction Method for Your Dog
Here are some tips for using a bark correction collar for your dog:
- Choose a bark collar based on the size of your dog and its temperament. If your dog is small and easily corrected, consider a spray or static collar. If your dog is a large breed or has a tendency to “think independently”, consider an electric bark collar for a stronger correction.
- Remove the collar from your dog for at least several hours of the day to keep your dog comfortable and prevent chaffing.
- Consider a collar with a built-in safety feature that allows the corrections to stop after a certain amount of time.
- Regularly replace batteries in your bark collar.
- Check the fit of the bark collar every day to make sure it is not too tight on your dog or causing discomfort or injury to your pet.
- If using a spray collar, refill water often.
There are some products on the market that are aimed at preventing dogs from barking such as sound collars (collars that emit a high-pitched sound when the dog barks), electronic collars (collars that deliver an electric shock to the dog when it barks) and citronella collars (collars that spray the dog’s face with citronella scent when it barks). RSPCA Australia is opposed to the use of these devices.
RSPCA Australia is opposed to the use of any electronically activated or other devices which deliver electric shocks, such as anti-barking collars and invisible boundaries. Such devices are inhumane as they inflict pain, involve punishment and can be used to abuse animals. RSPCA Australia is also opposed to the use of collars that deliver aversive stimuli such as sound or scent, including citronella collars and high-pitched sound-emitting devices.
- This type of training is called ‘punishment’ as the dog is effectively punished by the collar for every bark. Punishment, as a method of training, is often ineffective as dogs often do not associate the punishment (the citronella spray, sound or shock) with the behaviour. Positive reinforcement is a preferable training technique as it provides an incentive for desirable behaviour. In this case, you would reward your dog when he stops barking and remains quiet, by offering her a tasty treat or play with a favourite toy. Food treats are good to start with but as training progresses your dog should recognise verbal praise and a pat as a treat.
- Electronic anti-barking devices inflict pain and distress on the animal and therefore should not be used.
- This type of behavioural modification does not tend to be successful because it fails to address the underlying cause of the behaviour. Dogs bark for many reasons: play, fear, separation anxiety, frustration, environmental factors, boredom etc. These devices will not necessarily solve the underlying cause of the barking and will only temporarily mask the problem.
- Scientific evidence shows that dogs will eventually habituate to the collar and barking will resume again.
- Sometimes it is appropriate for dogs to bark (e.g. as a means of communication) in which case the collar punishes them for normal behaviour. Because the collar does not discriminate between problem barking and normal canine behaviour, there is a potential for abuse if the collar is routinely left on for too long.
- Dogs have far more sensitive noses than we do, and therefore what we may smell as a relatively nice citrus smell, can be overpowering for a dog.
The treatment of nuisance behaviours such as excessive barking should begin by determining the root cause of the problem and then attempting to address the underlying cause humanely.
Talk to your veterinarian, they can provide advice and may refer you to a reputable animal behaviourist (who uses reward-based training methods) to assess the behaviour and provide advice on how best to humanely manage and address it.
Are high-tech dog collars the right way to control barking?
Bark collars that shock, spray, beep and vibrate are flourishing lately, often connected to wireless remote controls, apps or even sensors and algorithms that promise to stop your dog from barking or doing whatever it is that you don’t like. But just because the technology exists, is it the right way to train your dog?
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Shock collars have been around a long time, and today they are often known by the friendlier euphemism of “static collar.” But whatever the name they deliver a zap of AC voltage to the skin around your dog’s neck when it barks, when you push a button, or when the dog crosses an invisible line established by an electronic boundary marker.
This boundary shock collar delivers an electric shock when the dog gets within a preset distance on the white electronic disc, which establishes a crude sort of micro geofence.
We measured a few popular shock collars and found they delivered 20 to 90 volts peak AC to the dog’s neck, though with only milliamps of maximum current to prevent serious injury. Note that shock collars are widely reported to deliver thousands of volts, which our meter may have missed if those voltages are delivered in very brief transients. We aren’t aware of any regulations on dog shock collars, so you have to trust that the one you select isn’t delivering a jolt that is inhumane. Determining that is an inexact process at best, as evidenced by the warnings given in some instruction manuals.
No kidding. This rudimentary method of establishing pain level for a shock collar can’t take into account the way dogs’ senses are different from those of humans.
I tried one shock collar whose power level ranged from “0” to “99” on an arbitrary scale, and by the time I’d turned it up to “35” I had to drop it.
Vibrating collars use a device similar to the vibration motor in your phone that allows it to vibrate when it’s on silent. Clearly, the stimulus here seems to be much less harsh. This type of collar tech is perhaps the most analogous to you using your hand to give your animal a touch or other tactile indication of what you want them to do — or stop doing.
The most fascinating technology in dog collars may be the spray collar. These spray a jet of either citronella or water in front of the dog’s face where it almost can’t help but get a nose full. These collars are amazing feats of wireless electromechanical engineering and, frankly, I was imagining hacking one for some nonpet uses.
This spray collar uses a drop-in cartridge, not unlike the ones in your inkjet printer, to dispense a blast of citronella spray near a dog’s face.
As with shock collars, we don’t have a good idea what a dog experiences in a cloud of citronella it can hardly escape. Often-cited research from Florida State University indicates that a dog has 10,000 to 100,000 times the scent acuity we do. That’s why dogs can sniff out cancer, a feat our comparatively dumb noses can’t begin to do. A spray of citronella may be an overwhelming sensation to a dog.
Sound collars emit a beep or tone that is either audible to humans or at an ultrasonic frequency only animals can hear. The latter begs caution as we can’t determine how harsh a stimulus is when it’s beyond our senses.
If this sounds like a lot of collars to consider, know that many of the ones we looked at combine several of the above stimuli.
So many stimuli: This dog collar app has buttons to remotely subject the dog to a sound, vibration or shock, including a 1-to-15 scale of how strong a shock it is.
Regardless of how many ways you have to electronically prod your dog, remember they are not remote control toys. To understand where they might fit in the good dog training toolkit, I called on Dawn Kovell, the director of behavior and training at Marin Humane, a well-regarded animal welfare organization I volunteer at in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“We all want the magic bullet to stop things that annoy us,” Kovell says, but “punishment can degrade your relationship with your dog; it can make your dog afraid of you, rather than wanting to do the things you want it to do.”
You’ll find more of my conversation with Dawn (and see some great agility by one of her dogs) in the video above. In a nutshell, she urges dog guardians to understand why a dog is doing something and then look for a positive way to divert that impulse, rather than suppressing behavior with electronic punishment.
Originally published Dec. 12.
Update, Dec. 18: Adds note about collars possibly delivering thousands of volts.
Do Dog Bark Collars Really Work?
Ok, you’ve had it. Your otherwise adorable canine companion has developed a bad habit. Frankie has become an incessant barker. He barks when he wants to go out. He barks at birds. He barks at passersby, he barks at cats that walk on your fence. He barks at falling leaves, and so on, and so on…
The barking is annoying, and Frankie is getting a reputation. You next door neighbor complains that her baby can’t sleep during the day. Your postman nearly fell when he tried to deliver mail to your dog—Frankie scared the dickens out of him. Unfortunately, this habit is getting worse. Dogs like to bark; it’s fun. But unless the barking is addressed, you may end up with animal control at your door.
What can you do?
Most people try to stop the dog from barking when they’re home to hear it. Some dogs respond to verbal corrections, but most do not. They view their owners’ screams as reinforcements. They think their owners are barking back and joining the party. Although good intentioned, many owners make the problem worse.
A better idea is to bring ‘em in. If your dog spends hours a day in the backyard, he or she will look for ways to entertain him or herself. Chasing leaves, digging holes, and barking at everything top the list. Bringing the dog indoors can cut down on the barking; however, some will substitute barking at the television or watching out the front window until a bark-worthy person walks by the door. You can make a correction, but make sure it is immediate and unwanted (no barking back).
About bark collars
Owners can’t sit their dogs down and explain that the barking causes problems. Instead, they must communicate by delivering a correction at the time of the offense. The big advantage of bark collars is that they deliver a correction at the very moment a dog barks. The method of correction can be a mild electric shock, or the collar can spray a dose of citronella liquid to the face. Both methods are unpleasant, and the dog will learn to associate the punishments with barking, causing the dog to quit.
Although bark collars work well in most situations, there are some cautions that owners should consider:
- The collars will respond to all barking, so this can cause confusion in multi-dog households. The collar on one dog may go off when a nearby dog barks—thereby punishing the wrong dog. In these cases, the collared dog may be confused and learn to avoid other dogs.
- Citronella bark collars run out of liquid over time. Owners must be sure to keep them filled.
- Most shock collars can be adjusted. Too little “juice” can have no effect, while too much can make a dog neurotic. Owners must establish the right “dosage” for their dogs. A consultation with a dog trainer or veterinarian can help; however, not all pet professionals have the same attitude about punishment. Make sure you find someone who is sensitive to the dogs’ overall behavioral health.
Complaints from neighbors about barking dogs are one of the most common reasons for dogs losing their homes, so correcting the behavior is very serious. Address this problem quickly, and get professional help as well. Ask your veterinarian for bark-control options to create a peaceful home environment for you and your neighbors.
If you’re hesitant to try a bark collar on your pup, don’t worry. It’s not the only way to train Fido to pipe down! Read our article on “4 Ways to Stop Unwanted Barking” for tips on quieting your talkative pooch.
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The best dog food
Your dog deserves high-quality food that’s nutritious and healthy. That’s why we scoured the reviews and compared dozens of products to find the top dog food brands in different categories. Here is the best dog food you can buy:
- Best dog food overall: Orijen
- Best dry dog food: Canidae
- Best wet dog food: Blue Buffalo
- Best grain-free dog food: Taste of the Wild
- Best freeze-dried dog food: Primal Pet Foods
- Best affordable dog food: Whole Earth Farms
- Best dog food for puppies: Taste of the Wild Puppy Food
- Best dog food for senior dogs: Wellness Complete
- Best dog food for small toy breeds: Merrick Lili Plates
- Best dog food for large breeds: Blue Buffalo Dry Food
The best organic dog treats
Your dog deserves a healthy and balanced diet which includes both kibble and treats. Make sure your dog’s treats are made from wholesome, natural ingredients, and if you really want to pamper your pooch, consider going organic. Here are our top picks for the best organic dog treats:
- Best organic dog treat overall: Castor & Pollux Organix Chicken Recipe Dog Cookies
- Best organic biscuits: Riley’s Organic Sweet Potato Recipe Dog Biscuits
- Best organic jerky: Primal Organic Chicken Nibs Jerky Treats
- Best organic training treat: Full Moon Organic Human Grade Training Treats
The best snow jackets for dogs
Whether your dog has short or long fur, a slender or thick build, a snow jacket is a winter necessity to keep them warm and protected during daily walks and outdoor play. Dog snow jackets come in all shapes and sizes, so we evaluated the many options to help you make the best choice for your dog.
- Best dog snow jacket overall: Hurtta Summit Parka
- Best budget dog snow jacket: WeatherBeeta Reflective Parka 300D Deluxe Dog Coat
- Best dog snow jacket for slim breeds: Hurtta Casual Quilted Overall Dog Coat
- Best snow jacket for active dogs: Ruffwear Vert Waterproof Dog Jacket
- Best snow jacket for small dogs: Gooby Padded Cold Weather Vest
The best puppy gear
Before you bring your new puppy home, you should stock up on all the things they will need to be happy and healthy in their furever home. With our expert opinion and in-depth research, we’ve rounded up some of the best basic puppy supplies around.
- Best collar for leash training: Blueberry Pet Personalized Martingale Collars
- Best leash for puppies: PetSafe Nylon Leash
- Best crate for puppies: MidWest Life Stages Folding Dog Crate With Divider
- Best bed for puppies: Majestic Pet Suede Dog Bed
- Best chew toy for puppies: Kong Puppy Toy
- Best at-home monitoring system for puppies: Furbo Dog Camera
The best dog muzzles
Depending on why you use need to use a dog muzzle, for how long, and your dog’s facial structure, you may want to consider a basket muzzle, soft muzzle, short-snout muzzle, or a custom-fit muzzle. Here are the best dog muzzles you can buy:
- Best dog muzzle overall: Company of Animals Baskerville Rubber Ultra Muzzle
- Best soft sleeve muzzle for dogs: Downtown Pet Supply Quick Fit Muzzle
- Best muzzle for short-faced dogs: JYHY Short Snout Dog Muzzles
- Best dog muzzle for a custom fit: Bumas Muzzle
The best supplements for dogs
If your dog has been diagnosed with a nutritional deficiency or a specific health problem, your veterinarian may recommend a supplement. Here are our top picks for the best dog supplements:
- Best multivitamin supplement for dogs: PetHonesty 10-for-1 Multivitamin
- Best omega-3 supplement for dogs: Zesty Paws Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
- Best probiotic supplement for dogs: Purina Pro Plan FortiFlora Canine Probiotic Supplement
- Best glucosamine supplement for dogs: Cosequin DS Plus MSM Chewable Tablets
- Best urinary health supplement for dogs: Zesty Paws Cranberry Bladder Bites
The best no-pull dog harnesses
A no-pull harness is a safe and effective method for training your dog to walk nicely on a leash. These are our top picks for the best harnesses to keep your dog from pulling:
- Best no-pull dog harness overall: 2 Hounds Design Freedom No-Pull Dog Harness
- Best value no-pull dog harness: Chai’s Choice Best Outdoor Adventure Dog Harness
- Best budget no-pull dog harness: Copatchy No Pull Dog Harness
- Best no-pull dog harness for extended wear: Ruffwear Everyday No Pull Dog Harness
- Best no-pull dog harness for versatility: Rabbitgoo No-Pull Dog Harness
The reality is that there is no simple quick-fix solution to this problem, but it can be solved with some strategies at home, particularly by identifying what your dog is barking at and why. The key is to deal with separation anxiety, train your dog to be ‘quiet’ on command and reward quiet behavior and ignore unruly behavior.
Before we get on to a look at the various tools that can be used to stop barking, it is important to look at the reasons why your dog may bark. Your dog may be barking at people walking past, for attention, during play, due to anxiety (such as separation anxiety) and due to boredom or as a warning.
Before you use a collar, remember that you are effectively punishing the behavior and you are not really getting to the underlying cause of the barking. This can be problematic if your dog is barking due to anxiety or fear. It also punishes your dog for barking should someone try to break into your house or yard. The collar will also punish ‘happy’ barking, such as with play.
The official stance of most animal welfare organizations on barking collars is that they are ineffective, detrimental and cause undue distress to animals, a position that is shared by the team at VetBabble. The preferred method of control is to use positive reinforcement, not punishment to correct behaviors. Dogs that wear bark collars and receive an aversive stimulus like a shock or unpleasant spray of citronella have higher stress levels than control groups, and while in some cases this is temporary, there is no doubt that punishment is unpleasant and unnecessary to control barking.
Do Bark Collars Work?
The simple answer is ‘sometimes’. Because there are so many underlying reasons for your dog to bark and dogs use their bark to communicate many different things, a collar may or may not work for your situation. In several studies bark collars have been shown to be effective. However it may depend on your dog’s temperament.
Many dogs will simply ignore the collar and continue barking. Dogs that are anxious and fearful often respond poorly to punishment too and become more anxious if being punished. So if your dog is barking due to separation anxiety or fear a collar is unlikely to help. While these collars may act as a deterrent in the short-term there is a degree of habituation that comes over time, leading to decreased efficacy and a 86% relapse rate in a group of dogs who initially had a reduction in their barking frequency.
Types of Bark Collars
There are several types of bark collars available. Some deliver an electric shock, while others deter barking by spraying citronella or sounding an ultrasonic or audible noise in response to a bark. In the US the use of shock collars is not regulated but US FDA states that they ‘are considered as hazardous to the health of the animal‘. In Canada, shock collars are also legal, with the exception of Quebec where they are banned. The use of shock collars is regulated and is only legal in some states of Australia.
How Do These Collars Work?
Usually the bark collars rely on a vibration or a microphone that detects noise. This then triggers an aversive stimulus (electric shock, citronella, irritating noise or similar). This means that they can sometimes be triggered randomly when your dog does not bark.
Another control method for barking is the Husher. This is an elastic muzzle that fits around your dog’s mouth to inhibit it being opened fully for a bark. Your dog should still be able to eat, drink and pant while wearing a Husher.
They can be used as a training aid, so if you catch your dog barking and say ‘hush’, if your dog does not stop you can place the Husher on. Hushers have been proved in some studies to be less stressful than other types of bark collars for dogs, based on cortisol levels.
What are the Other Options?
If your dog is barking, the first step is to determine the cause and get to the root of the problem. You can find some useful information here. A trip to your vet will also help you work out some treatment options. If the problem is established and difficult to solve, your vet might recommend referral to a veterinary behaviorist to tailor a plan to your situation.
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The best dog treats
Whether you are looking for a bite-sized indulgence or a healthy treat for training your dog, our top picks for dog treats will please your pup. Loaded with real meat and irresistible flavor, Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats are the perfect choice for any dog.
You should also consider the Wellness WellBites Soft Natural Dog Treats, the Blue Buffalo BLUE Dental Bones, the Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch Treats, the Rocco & Roxie Gourmet Jerky Sticks, and the BLUE Wilderness Trail Treats Dog Biscuits.
The best pooper scoopers you can buy to clean up after your dog
Every dog owner needs a good pooper scooper to pick up after their pup when they go for a walk around town. Of all the scoopers we researched, the Bodhi Dog Complete Poo Pack is our top pick. With rolls of bags and a clip-on bag holder included, you have everything you need in one kit.
You should also consider the Four Paws Grass Wire Rake, the Nature’s Miracle Jaw Scoop, the Petmate Clean Response Waste Management System, and the Royal Pet Spotty Metal Tray with Rake.
The best dog shampoo
Dogs tend to get messy and sometimes they run afoul of skunks or pick up other nasty smells. That’s where dog shampoo comes to save the day. The Earthbath All Natural Vanilla & Almond Pet Shampoo is the best of the best with its all-natural formula that cleans and deodorizes without irritating your dog’s sensitive skin.
You should also consider the Isle of Dogs Tearless Puppy Shampoo, the Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo, the 4-Legger Certified Organic Dog Shampoo, the SynergyLabs Veterinary Formula Triple Strength Dirty Dog Concentrated Shampoo, and the Vet’s Best Hypo-Allergenic Dog Shampoo.
The best flea treatments for dogs
It’s easy for your dog to get fleas, so you’ll want to protect your pup with the best flea prevention products. Of all the flea treatment pills, sprays, shampoos, and collars out there, Frontline Plus is the best. It’s easy to apply and offers a full 30 days of protection to kill both fleas and ticks.
You should also consider the Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor, the Vet’s Best Natural Flea and Tick Spray, the Seresto Flea and Tick Collar, and the Novartis Capstar Flea Tablets.
The best dog beds
Every dog deserves a comfy, cushy bed to sleep on, and our top pick is the DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed. This durable, comfortable, waterproof memory foam dog bed comes in a range of sizes, so you and your dog are sure to love it.
You should also consider the Big Barker 7-inch Pillow Top Orthopedic dog bed, the Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam dog bed, the Coolaroo Elevated Dog Bed, or the PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed & Lounge.
The best dog toys
We’ve tested some of the most popular dog toys on the market and scoured reviews to come up with our top pick, the Wobble Wag Giggle Ball. Affordably priced and durably constructed, this interactive dog toy wobbles, bounces, and giggles to keep your dog occupied for hours on end.
You should also consider the Starmark Bob-A-Lot, the KONG Extreme Dog Toy, the Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher, and the Mammoth Flossy Chews Cotton Blend 3-Knot Rope Tug.
Your dog deserves high-quality food that’s nutritious and healthy. Orijen makes the best dog food you can buy with the freshest regional ingredients. Every recipe is packed with protein, limited in carbohydrates, and loaded with natural flavor.
You should also consider dog food by Canidae, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, Primal Pet Foods, and Whole Earth Farms.
The best dog food bowls you can buy
Your dog may not care where he eats his dinner so long as he gets his kibble and table scraps, but having a good dog food bowl is important. For its durability and easy-to-clean design, the Our Pets Durapet Stainless Steel Dog Bowl is our top pick. We also have portable options and bowls for overeaters.
You should also consider the GPET Stainless Steel Dog Bowl, the Comsun Collapsible Dog Bowl, the Outward Hound Fun Feeder Dog Bowl, the IRIS Airtight Elevated Storage Feeder, and the Petmate Pet Café Feeder.
The best dog collars
Every dog needs a good collar that will keep him comfy on long walks and hold his ID tags. Of all the dog collars out there, the Lupine Original Dog Collar is our top pick with its heavy-duty design, big range of colors, multiple sizes, and its lifetime guarantee that even covers chewing.
You should also consider the Blueberry Classic Nylon Dog Collar, the Perri’s Padded Leather Dog Collar, the If It Barks Designer Martingale Collar, the PetSafe Gentle Leader Head Collar, and the Herm Sprenger Ultra-Plus Prong Training Collar.
The best dog leashes
We’ve reviewed all of the best dog leashes on the market, and our top pick is the Max and Neo Reflective Nylon Leash. This leash is constructed from durable but lightweight nylon to handle dogs of all sizes.
You should also consider the PetSafe Nylon Leash, Leashboss Original Double Handle Leash, TaoTronics Retractable Dog Leash, and the Logical Leather Training Leash.
The best dog crates
Dog crates are great for keeping your pup out of trouble when you’re gone from home, and dogs love to curl up in them for a nap. With its heavy-gauge, powder-coated steel wire construction, the MidWest Ultima Pro Folding Crate is our top pick. Not only is it highly durable and easy to clean, but you can use it for dogs of all ages and sizes.
You should also consider the Petmate Compass Plastic Kennel, the EliteField 3-Door Soft Dog Crate, the MidWest Life Stages Pet Crate, the ProSelect Empire Dog Cage, and theCrown Pet Crate Table.
Every dog needs a collar, chiefly because they need something to hang their leash, license, ID and rabies vaccination tag on.
There are so many styles of collar out there that it’s easy to get one that reflects your dog’s (or your) personality.
Collars serve purposes beyond identification and decoration. Some may be used to train dogs, discourage them from barking, ward off fleas and ticks or protect injuries. Not all kinds of collars are appropriate for all (or even any) dogs.
Read on to figure out which type of collar is best suited to your beloved pooch.
This is the standard collar for dogs. It has a buckle or plastic snap (“quick-release”) closure and a ring for attaching identification tags and leash and is available in many colors and designs. A flat collar should fit comfortably tight on your dog’s neck. It should not be so tight as to choke your dog nor so loose that they can slip out of it. The rule of thumb says you should be able to get two fingers underneath the collar.
The martingale collar is also known as a limited-slip collar. This collar is designed for dogs with narrow heads such as Greyhounds Saluki, whippets and other sighthounds. It is also useful for a dog of any breed who is adept at slipping out of their collar.
The martingale consists of a length of material with a metal ring at each end. A separate loop of material passes through the two rings. The leash attaches to a ring on this loop. When your dog tries to back out of the martingale, the collar tightens around their neck. If the collar is properly adjusted, it will tighten just to the size of your dog’s neck and won’t choke them.
The head collar is similar in principle to a horse’s halter. One strap of the collar fits around your dog’s neck and sits high on the head, just behind the ears. The other strap of the collar forms a loop around your dog’s muzzle. The leash attaches to ring at bottom of muzzle loop.
The head collar is good for strong, energetic dogs who both jump and pull. Because the halter is around your dog’s muzzle, instead of their neck, your dog loses a great deal of leverage, and they will be unable to pull on the leash with the full weight of their body.
To be effective, the head collar must be properly fitted. And to be safe, make sure not to yank your dog’s leash while they are wearing a head halter. Some manufacturers include instructions and a DVD with the collar. Otherwise, ask your dog trainer or a knowledgeable sales clerk for assistance with fitting. Proper fit and use should minimize the risk of injury to your dog.
It may take some time, patience and lots of treats to get your dog accustomed to wearing a head collar. Put it on them for short periods until your dog is comfortable in the collar. Then they should only wear it when you are taking them out on a leash. Don’t leave the head collar on your dog all the time; eventually they will manage to pull off the muzzle loop and use it as their chew toy!
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Some trainers use aversive collars to train “difficult” dogs with correction or punishment. These collars rely on physical discomfort or even pain to teach the dog what not to do. They suppress the unwanted behavior, but they don’t teach the dog what the proper behavior is. At best, they are unpleasant for your dog, and at worst, they may cause your dog to act aggressively and even bite you. Positive training methods should always be your first choice.
As the name implies, this collar is made of metal links and is designed to control your dog by tightening around your dog’s neck. It is supposed to sit high up on the dog’s neck just behind their ears.
Unlike the martingale collar, there is no way to control how much the choke chain tightens, so it’s possible to choke or strangle your dog. It can also cause other problems, too, such as injuries to the trachea and esophagus, injuries to blood vessels in the eyes, neck sprains, nerve damage, fainting, transient paralysis and even death.
It is best for your dog if you avoid using a choke chain. More humane collars and good obedience training should make it unnecessary to resort to this aversive collar.
If you insist on using one, consult an experienced trainer to learn how to properly size, fit, and use it. And never leave a choke chain on your dog as their regular collar; the chain could catch on something and choke your dog!
Prong or pinch
The prong or pinch collar is similar in style to the martingale. The control loop that the leash is attached to is made of chain. The loop that fits around your dog’s neck is made of a series of fang-shaped metal links, or prongs, with blunted points. When the control loop is pulled, the prongs pinch the loose skin of your dog’s neck.
Like the choke chain, the prong collar must be properly fitted. The size of the prong links should be appropriate for the size of your dog. The collar should sit high up on your dog’s neck, just behind their ears. The fit should be snug, so the prong links can’t shift to the front of your dog’s neck where they might pinch your dog’s trachea.
More humane collars and good obedience training should make it unnecessary to resort to this aversive collar. If you insist on using one, consult an experienced trainer to learn how to properly size, fit, and use it.
Shock collars use electric current passing through metal contact points on the collar to give your dog a signal. This electric signal can range from a mild tickling sensation to a painful shock.
Shock collars are sold as training devices and to stop barking. They are also used with pet containment (electronic fencing) systems.
The least humane and most controversial use of the shock collar is as a training device. The trainer can administer a shock to a dog at a distance through a remote control. There is a greater chance for abuse (delivery of shocks as punishment) or misuse (poor timing of shocks). Your dog also may associate the painful shock with people or other experiences, leading to fearful or aggressive behavior.
Electronic fencing uses shock collars to delivers a shock when the dog approaches the boundaries of the “fenced” area. Typically, the shock is preceded by a tone to warn the dog they are about to get shocked.
Caution! Shock collars can irritate and inflame your dog’s neck. Take theses steps to avoid problems:
- Don’t leave the electronic collar on for an extended length of time.
- Clean your dog’s neck and the contact points that touch your dog’s neck regularly.
Though several types of collars are available to control excessive or unwanted barking, none of them address the root cause of the barking. Dogs can bark for several reasons, such as fear or territorial behavior. Though some bark collars may reduce barking, they will not reduce the stress that causes a dog to bark.
- Spray: Barking causes these collars to emit a burst of citronella or air, which interrupts and deters your dog from barking. Spray collars sometimes don’t react to high-pitched barks, making them ineffective.
Tip: Don’t use a spray collar when your dog is with other dogs. Another dog’s bark may trigger your dog’s collar.
- Shock: The least humane is the shock collar which delivers an electrical shock to your dog when they bark.
- Ultrasonic: When your dog barks, the ultrasonic collar interrupts them by emitting a sound only your dog can hear.
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This collar is impregnated with chemicals and helps protect your dog against fleas and ticks. It is worn in addition to a regular collar. The flea/tick collar is effective for only a short time and must be replaced periodically.
Use vibration, not electric shock, to get your dog’s attention. Vibrating collars can be useful to train a deaf dog who can’t hear your voice or a clicker.
The Elizabethan collar, or E-collar as it is often called, is a wide, plastic, cone-shaped collar used to prevent your dog from licking or scratching wounds while they heal.
Typically there are tabs or loops on the Elizabethan collar so it can be attached to your dog’s regular collar. Some models have hook and loop closures to secure it. These collars come in a variety of sizes to ensure proper fit for your dog. They should be able to eat and drink with the collar in place but not be able to get at the injury.
This collar uses global positioning satellite technology to help locate your pet if they get lost.
Are Bark Collars Cruel?
Bark collars are cruel in that they inflict discomfort and/or pain as a method of stopping barking. There are better and more humane ways to deal with barking that don’t hurt your dog and also will address the root of the problem. Bark collars do not address the reason for the barking. Barking is a normal behavior, so punishing your pet for just being a dog is a cruel choice.
How Bark Collars Work
Bark collars react to the sound of barking or the vibration of your dog’s vocal chords by spraying the dog with citronella, emitting a high pitched sound, or shocking the dog. All of these punishments fail to address the reason for the barking. In the best cases, they make the dog fearful and uncomfortable. In the worst cases, they cause pain.
Alternatives to Bark Collars
Inflicting pain and discomfort shouldn’t be a method any pet owner is willing to try. Fortunately, there are plenty of humane ways to stop excessive barking such as:
- Ignore It: If your dog is looking for attention by barking, ignore him completely. Don’t say “no.” Don’t act annoyed. Just walk away. When the barking stops, give your dog the attention he craves. He’ll learn to associate barking with being ignored and being quiet with getting attention.
- Find the Cause: If you can figure out what is triggering the barking, you can deal with that directly. For example, if he barks at people walking by, consider keeping him in a back room or blocking the windows during high traffic times of day.
- Professional Training: If the methods you try at home don’t do the trick, invest in professional training. You’ll learn how to use positive reinforcement to stop unwanted behavior. If you suspect the barking is due to separation anxiety, seek the help of a vet or animal behaviorist at once. The problem will only get worse if left untreated.
Whatever is causing excessive barking, punishing your dog isn’t the way to go. Rather than inflicting pain with a bark collar, find a training method that is positive and healthy and that will bring out the best in your pet.
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Barking. It’s a normal—and noisy—part of pet parenthood. But what do you do when your dog’s barking becomes excessive? Here are some positive tactics to discourage your pup from barking in several common situations.
Before we get started, let’s address the million dollar question. Is a bark collar a good idea? Generally, dog behavior experts recommend against them, especially because they’re not a good replacement for training. With that in mind, here are some handy tips for working on your dog’s barking…without using a bark collar.
Here are a few basic tips to get you on the path to peace and quiet. If your dog barks excessively:
- Keep them exercised. Ensure that your dog burns off energy during the day through long walks, jogs or playtime. This will help limit the energy they have for barking. A tired dog is a quiet dog.
- Stimulate their brain. Getting mental exercise with puzzle toys, or by learning new tricks or practicing old ones, can help keep your dog quiet.
- Don’t yell at your furry friend. We know it’s hard not to be frustrated, but making more noise makes your dog think you’re joining in!
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Perch barking, when a dog barks at a stimulus from a window or “perch,” can be hard to stop. From your dog’s perspective, he barks, and passersby are “chased away.” That unfortunately reinforces the barking. To change this behavior:
- Block their view. If a dog can’t see a stimulus, they can’t bark at it. You can close the curtains, or even purchase a window cover that lets light in, but dog’s can’t see through it.
- Make seeing passersby awesome. For a quick training session, sit with your dog at the window. When a passing dog or person appears, reward your dog with high value treats. Only give your dog these treats when the stimulus is in sight. Soon they’ll associate seeing “intruders” with great things!
Barking When Confined
If your dog barks when confined, whether in a crate or to a specific room in the house, getting them to stop takes some willpower! To teach them to be quiet:
- Keep them confined. If you let your dog out when they are making noise, they will learn that barking means they won’t have to stay in their crate.
- Ignore them completely. Even looking at your dog is a reward in itself. Pretend your dog isn’t there until the barking stops.
- Reward them for being quiet. As soon as your dog stops barking, give them lots of praise and treats.
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Barking on Walks
Reactive dogs are tricky to walk, whether they’re reactive to people, bicycles or other dogs, but they too can be conditioned to have positive responses to stimuli. The reactive dog owner can handle on-leash barking by treating it the same way as perch barking. When you see a stimulus:
- Assess the distance. If you are too close, a quick U-turn in the other direction will help create more space so your dog feels comfortable.
- Give them treats. If you’re far enough from the stimulus, reward your dog with high value treats and praise so that they begin to associate the stimulus with something wonderful.
- Keep calm. Your dog can feel when you begin to tense up and can react based on your reaction.
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Barking for Food
No one wants to deal with a dog barking for food. If your dog barks when they want you to feed them—or when they see you eating—there are a few ways to curb this habit:
- Ignore your dog. Rewarding your dog by giving them any kind of attention, even punishment, will reinforce their behavior.
- Don’t feed them until they stop barking. Feeding your dog to get them to be quiet teaches them that barking equals getting fed. By asking for an alternative behavior like sit, down or quiet, your dog will learn that barking is not what gets them food. Instead, being quiet does.
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When you share your life with dogs, barking comes with the territory. But with these tips you can help manage your canine companion’s vocalizations, making life easier, and quieter, for the both of you.
This post was last updated on February 1, 2020
Even the cutest of pups can get a little excited from time to time. There’s no shame in it – as much as we love communicating with our dogs, sometimes they could benefit from a little bit of bark control (and so could we!).
Don’t worry, these anti-bark collars are safe and humane for your dog. They’re the tried and true best method for training your pooch to stop barking excessively.
You may be short on time, and we get it. We’re all so busy these days. We’ll give you a quick comparison of our favorite anti-bark collars in the table below, then we’ll get into the nitty-gritty in our huge section of bark collar reviews.
The Best Dog Anti Bark Collars of 2020
Here is a quick break down of our favorite bark collars:
- Authen No Bark Collar
- DOG CARE Training Collar
- TBI Pro Q6
- PetYeah Dog Bark Collar
- PATPET Dog Shock Collar With Remote
Let’s dive into our dog bark collar reviews to see what these models and many others have to offer so you can find the best one for your pet.
Best Overall: Authen No Bark Collar
At the very top of our list resides the Authen No Bark Collar. It’s no surprise that this bark collar is one of the most popular and best rated on Amazon. If you’re in need of a little bit of dog bark control this collar covers all of the bases and still comes at quite an affordable price tag.
It’s hard to imagine a bark collar as intelligent, but in fact, there was quite a bit of thought put into the logic of this collar. It is about as safe as you can ever expect a product of this nature to be. It filters out barks from other dogs, and it won’t be activated when your dog simply shakes their head. Furthermore, the first bark only triggers a warning, and the collar will only activate if there are subsequent barks within 30 seconds of the first. Choose to use the collar with or without shock, and hopefully with some training all your dog will need is the audible beep and the vibration to keep their barks at bay.
Beyond safety, it’s worth noting that this barking collar is waterproof and will work just fine outside under any weather conditions. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery with an impressively long life, and it can be charged via USB in a matter of hours. This is a bark collar that we can recommend for just about any dog owner.
- Beeps, vibrates, and if necessary gently shocks to indicate to your dog that it’s time to stop barking.
- Battery charges quickly and lasts long.
- Simple and straightforward to use.
- Affordably priced and incredibly effective.
- Might miss small barks due to its advanced detection mechanism that focuses on safety.
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Read our full Authen bark collar review.
Best With Remote: DOG CARE Training Collar
While the standard design for a dog barking collar is fairly automated in operation, a lot of our readers are seeking a product that is operated by remote. If this sounds like you, then look no further than the DOG CARE Training Collar – the best in it’s class.
If you just want a vibrating dog collar, that’s no problem. You can choose to set this collar to only vibrate, or to beep or shock for that matter. Worried about accidentally shocking your dog when they’re being well behaved? This product comes complete with a keypad lock so accidents like this won’t happen.
What really sets this training collar system apart though is the fact that it can support up to 9 dogs simultaneously using just a single remote, with each collar getting its own channel. You can adjust the static level from 0-99, giving you an incredible amount of flexibility to find the perfect setting to get your dog’s attention without going overboard. It covers a range of up to 330 yards which is more than enough for most dog owner’s needs. If you’re looking for a bark collar with a remote, this is probably the best one you’re going to find.
- Adjustable levels of shocking (or none at all!), particularly helpful in the low range.
- Vibration setting is enough for training some dogs.
- Accommodates up to 9 collars for dog owners with multiple pooches.
- Remote features a lock to prevent accidental activations.
- Collars are a bit large in size.
- Slight delay between pressing the button and the signal activating in the collar.
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Read our full DOG CARE training collar review.
Also Noteworthy: TBI Pro Q6
Another great bark control collar that’s hard to miss on Amazon is the TBI Pro Q6. At first glance, it almost appears that this collar is military issue, and when you read into details further you might get the impression that this stylistic choice was intentional.
The TBI Pro Q6 actually runs on a Qualcomm microprocessor, which is part of what allows it’s humane design. It includes an Intelligent Anti Injury Chip, so that it can effectively keep your dog from barking without causing them any harm. Best of all, It features five levels of sensitivity and can be set to train with beeping, vibration, or gentle shocking if necessary.
Complementing the military-like design, this anti-bark collar is waterproof making it ideal for use when the weather is not the best. While it’s still recommended that you remove the collar when your dog is swimming, it’s one of the better bark collars for dogs that like to roll around in puddles and mud.
- Incredibly effective for preventing your dog from barking excessively.
- Shock is not painful.
- Nicely sized unit to fit your dog’s neck.
- Can be set to beep, vibrate, or shock.
- Rechargeable and waterproof.
- May pick up false barks from surrounding loud noises from time to time.
- Won’t pick up some lower “woofs”.
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Read our full TBI Pro bark collar review.
PetYeah Dog Bark Collar
This bark shock collar from PetYeah looks pretty similar to the Authen, and in fact, it functions pretty similarly as well. That doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s also a well-made product with a slew of features that can be obtained at an affordable price.
One thing that jumps out about the PetYeah Dog Bark Collars is that they feature a smart test mode. You can set the sensitivity level to zero, then blow on or yell at the receiver and it will cycle through the sound, vibration, and shock so that you can make sure that everything is working properly.
For training purposes, you can operate it with or without the shock, and in either case, the collar will also beep and vibrate. It comes outfitted with a bright nylon collar which is great for visibility. The collar runs on a rechargeable battery, and the manufacturer estimates 10 days of normal use on a full charge.
- Intelligent logic increases levels of static as dogs continue barking.
- Choose the sensitivity level you need to keep your dog from barking.
- Beeping and vibration alone are enough of a disturbance to stop many dogs from barking.
- Long battery life reduces the need for charging.
- Can be a large collar for small dogs.
- Little “woofs” might get by this collar, but they are not the main issue trying to be controlled.
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Read our full PetYeah bark collar review.
PATPET Dog Shock Collar With Remote
The PATPET is another one of your best choices when it comes to dog barking shock collar for pet owners who are looking for the ability to operate via a remote. It’s a safe, effective, and humane training device that produces 16 levels of static shock, as well as 8 levels of vibration and a standard tone mode. That’s quite a bit to choose from, it’s almost like the “swiss army knife” of dog training collars.
One thing that dog owners love best about this vibration collar system is that the remote is ergonomically designed with nice buttons and a very simple interface. The collar receiver and remote both operate on rechargeable batteries, and they get days of normal use from a single 2-hour charge. The USB charging line can charge both the remote and the collar at the same time.
In terms of range, this system covers up to 1,000 feet, which should be plenty unless you are planning to train your dog from an abnormally far distance. You can also train two dogs simultaneously with the remote if you purchase a second collar.
- 16 levels of static shock so that you can use just enough to train your dog.
- Silicone prongs minimize irritation to the skin.
- Long battery life and quick charging.
- Great value at a great price.
- Remote feels a bit light, though some users may like this.
- Instructions for the system could be more clear.
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Read our full PATPET training collar review.
More Dog Bark Collar Reviews
The aforementioned bark collars are particularly noteworthy, which is why they made it to the top of our best product list. However, no dog bark collars review would be complete without touching upon some of the other products you can find, and the fact is you might find them to be the best for you. Here are our thoughts on some of the other popular collars you’re likely to come across in your search:
DogRook No Shock Bark Collar
The DogRook bark collar is a slightly cuter design than we’re used to seeing, and it still has a lot to offer. It features seven levels of vibration and sound to discourage your dog from vocalizing their opinion excessively. Unlike a lot of the alternatives you’ll find, this vibrating collar for dog training doesn’t produce any shock at all. While it may not be as effective as a shock collar it may be enough for your dog.
Many dog owners are reluctant to use shock collars in the first place, for fear that they are inhumane. While this isn’t the case if they are used properly, opting for a collar that only vibrates does indeed take this question out of the equation.
The DogRook comes with a high-quality strap that is easy to adjust, and it fits neck sizes of 9 to 22 inches. It’s important to keep in mind that it’s not quite large enough for bigger dogs, so if you have massive pooch you might want to look elsewhere. All in all, if you’re looking for a collar that won’t produce a shock, this is ones of the best options you can consider. Make sure to read our full DogRook humane anti-barking collar review for more information.
- Great for dogs who don’t need a static shock to discourage them from barking.
- Cute collar for small to medium-sized dogs.
- 7 levels of vibration and tone to keep your dog from barking.
- Unquestionably humane option for training your dog not to bark.
- Doesn’t provide a static shock if needed, though some dog owners prefer this.
- Straps can be easily chewed through if your dog tries.
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PetSafe Basic Bark Control Collar
PetSafe is one of the bigger names in the world of dog training products, and it’s no surprise that they’ve thrown their hat in the ring when it comes to bark control collars. While their brand and reputation go a long way for selling their product, unfortunately, this collar simply is not the best when you compare it to the alternatives.
That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with the PetSafe Basic Bark Control Collar. It offers six levels of progressive static correction, and has vibration detection to reduce the risk of false correction from other dogs barking nearby or random loud noises.
The nice thing about the progressive static correction is that it starts out with the lowest setting, and increases the correction level as your dog continues to bark. They’ve backed that up with a safety feature to automatically shut off the shocking after 50 seconds. If you like buying products from a brand you know and trust, this option from PetSafe will certainly get the job done.
- Progressive shocking ensures that the minimum amount of shock required to keep your dog from barking is used.
- Collar is waterproof for inclement weather.
- Safety feature shuts off after 50 seconds of correction.
- False corrections are minimized using vibration detection.
- Not rechargeable and uses PetSafe RFA-67 batteries.
- Doesn’t work as well with long-haired dogs.
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DOG CARE Bark Collar
This bark collar from DOG CARE sure looks snazzy, and it’s actually packed with quite a few features that make it a contender for our list of the best shock collars for dogs. Maybe it will even make it up there someday once it has a bit more of a track record. Time will tell!
This collar has pretty strict false barking detection that helps protect against accidental shocking, and it features progressive training so that only as much shock is used as needed to keep your dog from barking excessively. It will also safely shut off if your dog continues barking for 30 seconds after the static shocking has been initiated.
Best yet, this bark collar has two training modes. You can set it to either vibrate or shock, and you can easily alternate between the two modes using a single button. It also gets quite a bit of run time from the batteries, and it features a simple low battery indicator when the time comes to replace it. While this is not as nice as a rechargeable system, it does at least utilize a somewhat standard 6V battery.
- Progressive training feature is a nice way to ensure the collar doesn’t shock too much.
- Auto shutoff after 30 seconds keeps your dog safe in extreme situations.
- Easily switch between vibration and shock training.
- Long battery life.
- Does not come with a rechargeable battery, but the batteries are readily available.
- Bark sensor doesn’t work with all bark types.
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Read our full DOG CARE bark collar review.
BRISON Dog Bark Collar
The BRISON Dog Bark Collar is another product that stands out from the pack visually, and the large number display on the front of the collar is sure to catch your eye. Like many of the other collars we’ve reviewed here, this features three modes of training: beeping, vibration, and shock. Choose from seven sensitivity levels to find the setting that works best for keeping your dog’s excessive barking habits at bay.
The collar is lightweight and small so it won’t be too much of a nuisance to your dog when they are wearing it. Despite the fashionable design, this collar is still waterproof so that it will hold up when the weather takes a turn for the worse. It’s also nice that this collar has a rechargeable battery. The battery life is long and it recharges quite quickly.
The controls on the front of the collar are easy to read and equally easy to use. It’s a pretty straightforward option and worth a shot if it covers all of your needs.
- Train your dog to stop barking with beeping, vibrating, or shocking.
- Rechargeable battery with long life and quick charging time.
- Waterproof design for fowl weather.
- Easy to set up and use.
- Collar may be too large for smaller dogs.
- Some find it is not quite sensitive enough to pick up all barking.
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TOTIE Dog Bark Collar
The TOTIE Dog Bark Collar has a cute little face panel for your pup, but it’s the features inside that make this an attractive collar for dog owners. It’s also quite a bit cheaper than many of the other alternatives we’ve covered in this article.
This collar is completely rechargeable via a USB, which is a nice feature to have. It has a quite reasonable expected battery life of about 10 hours at best under normal usage conditions, and it can be recharged fully in a couple of hours. It’s also waterproof like most of the other collars you see these days, so there are no worries about the collar’s functionality when the rain starts.
This collar has three training modes – beep, vibrate, and shock. It also features seven levels of adjustable intensity so that you can use more than needed to keep your dog from barking. With onboard bark detection, the occurrence of false triggering is effectively minimized. It even features a safety setting to turn off after 7 corrections in the event that your dog keeps barking.
- Three modes of operation with 7 sensitivity levels.
- Waterproof enclosure.
- Easy to use and operate.
- Affordable price tag.
- Rechargeable battery via USB cable.
- Barking trigger can be overly sensitive.
- Beeping tone is a bit loud, which is good for training the dog but can be a bit annoying.
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Buying Guide: How To Choose Your Bark Collar
As you can see there are so many options for dog barking control. If you’ve looked into our choices for the best bark collars and read through our dog shock collar reviews, yet you still find yourself unable to choose the perfect one for your pup don’t worry. In this section, we’ll break down exactly what you should be looking for so that you can make a decision that you’re sure to be happy with.
One of the very first things you’ll want to consider is how this training collar is actually going to work for your dog. The vast majority of dog bark deterrent collars are going to offer the ability to produce some type of shock. Vibrating bark collars are an added bonus because in a lot of cases it will be enough to encourage your dog to remain quiet. Some collars will also produce a tone or a beep that can help your dog stop barking, and others will make use of citronella or spray.
While a no shock bark collar is ideal, the reality of it is that the best and most effective anti barker does produce a shock. Plus, you can still have a humane bark collar that produces a shock. Many collars are specifically designed to produce a shock in such a way that it is not painful or harmful for your dog. When choosing a collar for a pup, try to get a product that covers as many bases as possible.
Adjustable Signal Intensity
Assuming your anti-barking collar utilizes a shock for training, it’s best to get a product that allows for some level of adjustment in terms of signal strength. Some dogs respond to even the slightest amounts of shock, and that is more than enough to get their attention. Other dogs may need a bit stronger bark control, and usually, they’ll have no problem handling the higher signal. Many of the best anti-bark collars allow for at least 5 sensitivity levels, with some offering significantly more than this.
Most people in search of the best no bark collar are looking for a device that works automatically, but there are some people who prefer a version operated by a remote for training their dog. When looking at models that are operated by remote, there are some particular things you’ll want to keep in mind. First and foremost, what is the range of the system? You’ll want a product that is suitable for the size of your yard, or whatever outdoor space you plan to use while you train your dog. The other point of importance is how many collars the remote will work with. If you have more than one dog, you can often find a model that accommodates multiple collars in a single system.
An electronic bark collar is almost certainly going to be powered by battery, and you’ll be best off if you find a product that comes with a rechargeable battery. Take note of how the battery is charged. Some will charge with wall outlets while others may charge via USB connection. Also take a look at the battery capacity, or in other words, how long the battery will last on a single charge. You don’t want a model that will need to be plugged in more often than your dog wears it.
Another fairly common feature in stop barking collars is a waterproof enclosure. While few of them are truly waterproof to the extent that your pooch can wear it while swimming, choosing a collar with a waterproof enclosure makes it so that your dog will have no problems wearing it in inclement weather. If your dog loves the outdoors rain or shine, this is certainly a feature you’ll want to keep in mind.
When you’re evaluating a stop barking device you’ll want to at least take notice of the sizing allowances. Most of the stop bark collars will fit a very wide range of neck sizes, but it’s good to confirm. This is especially relevant if you have a pup on the particularly large or particularly small side of the spectrum. The last thing you want is to have to start your research process all over again when the collar arrives and it won’t fit your dog’s neck.
If you’ve made it this far, you can give yourself a pat on the back and move on to thinking about the style of the dog collar. Your dog is going to be wearing this accessory after all, shouldn’t you choose something that matches their sense of style and spunk? We’re all about that here at The Pampered Pup, so of course we’re going to bring it up in the buying guide! Try to find something that will look great on your dog and they’ll be sure to thank you.
Last but not least comes the point of affordability. We’ll be straight with you, there’s simply no reason to fork out an arm and a leg for a stop dog barking collar. You can find your best anti-bark device at an affordable price without question, even when you’re picking a bark collar for dogs with high standards.
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