Why do our dogs bark? Excessively? The first thing you need to realize is that this is the only way they are able to communicate. Sure, they can stare you down when it’s time to eat, take a walk, or seek our compassion but the bark goes above and beyond these stares. The bark represents a voice and they want to be heard!
What Are Bark Control Devices?
Barking is a natural expression of your dog, but excessive barking can lead you to drinking. Is there a way to reduce or eliminate the unwanted or excessive barking? Absolutely there is, and the product to do this are known as bark control devices. There are hundreds of these devices on the market today, but all are not what they claim to be.
These bark control devices are designed to assist you as a dog owner, to train your dog to stop the excessive barking. This is accomplished in a number of ways depending on which type of device you choose. Let’s take a look at a number of these now so you can get a better idea of how these devices actually work.
Are They Safe?
Most, if not all manufacturers of the dog bark collar will tell you they are completely safe and will cause no harm to your pet. Keep this in mind: Any type of training product that is used to eliminate unwanted barking, will cause some sort of stress to your dog.
These bark collars are designed to do just that, to place some unpleasant sensation on your pet when barking occurs. If not, your four-legged companion would continue to bark away, leaving you with the stress. Fortunately, these unpleasant signals only last for a few seconds that are effective in getting your dog to stop the barking.
Bark Control Devices – 3 Types
When you are considering a bark control device, they can be found in three various types. As the dog owner, you should consider which type best meets the needs of your own pet and do some research as well. To simplify things for you, I will list each of these devices below and give you some details to hopefully make your choice easier.
1. Tone – To be used indoors, this specific device will give off an ‘ultrasonic’ tone when your dog starts to bark. A microphone will pick up the sound of your dog barking, setting off the ultrasonic tone which can only be heard by your pet. This high-pitched tone is one that your dog finds unpleasant and one that is triggered through its barking. The association between the barking and the ultrasonic tone will stop this behavior.
2. Spray – This Anti-Bark Collar with the help of a microphone, will deliver a safe burst of spray that will stop your pet from barking. This device is waterproof, which is effective for outdoor use. The collar uses a battery (6 volt) which comes with the product. Appropriate for dogs over 6 pounds. Averages 300 to 400 sprays per can.
3. Stimulation – This collar is one that sends a static stimulation of correction (vibration) once your dog starts to bark. These bark collars will usually come with a number of variations that you, as the pet owner control the level of static correction.
Bark Control Devices – Q&A
Are barking devices safe? Yes, but as a pet owner, you should always keep a close eye on your dog to make sure the device is working effectively.
Are there different sizes of devices? Yes. Many manufacturers produce these devices for various dog sizes.
Will my pet need to wear a barking device throughout its lifetime? No, once your pet is trained with the barking device, there should be no reason to continue to wear the device.
Are these devices waterproof? Yes, in most cases.
Will the device ‘trigger’ if the barking is coming from another dog? No, your device is specific to your dog only.
Can you the control the level of static correction? Yes, most devices have adjustable correction settings.
Are they expensive? Depends on your budget. Most devices range from $40 to $120.
Are they popular? Yes, hundreds of thousands of pet owners use these worldwide.
My Recommendations – The Big 4
As I mentioned earlier, there are hundreds of anti-barking devices on the market today and all claiming to be the best. As a lifetime dog owner myself, I have come to trust and rely on one specific brand, which is named PetSafe. This company has been around for years and one that I turn to when searching for specific products for my dogs.
PetSafe produces a number of various barking control devices that will meet the needs of both you and your dog. These barking control devices are quite popular among dog owners and are trusted as well. Here are four of these devices that are definitely worth taking a look at.
The PetSafe Rechargeable Bark Control Collar – This waterproof collar contains 15 levels of static correction that can be automatically adjusted. Will only correct your dog’s barking and not those from nearby neighbors. When your dog starts to bark less frequently, the correction levels are reduced.
PetSafe Multi-Room Indoor Bark Collar – This product comes with two units that will detect a bark up to 25 feet away. Can be used for dogs of any size. When your dog barks, an ultrasonic sound goes out that only your dog will hear, but silent to you. Batteries are included.
PetSafe Basic Bark Collar – Designed for dogs 8 pounds and up, this collar has 6 levels of static correction. Device will automatically start at lowest level of correction and increase the vibration until it finds the correct level of correction. Waterproof, durable product.
And Finally …
Look, we all love our dogs and consider them to be part of the family. They are devoted to us and we feel the same way towards them. Owning a dog is a commitment that in many ways, is similar to our marriage vows. “For Better Or For Worse.” We love our dogs unconditionally, but should be have to put up with this excessive, unwanted barking?
I say no, and with the help of the barking control devices mentioned above, can alter or eliminate this behavior once and for all. Which device you choose depends on a number of factors, but you know have 4 devices that I highly recommend without hesitation. Check out the links I gave you for each product, and make an educated choice.
I hope the information provided above will truly be of value to you! Thank you for visiting this article and I wish you and your four-legged companion the very best. Stop the noise!