What exactly are bark control devices? These little gadgets work by letting out a high-pitched sound that is unpleasant for your dog when it barks. As time goes on and with gradual training, your pup will associate the terrible sound with barking.
Make sure you train your dog well. Some pups are so smart they know when the ultrasonic bark device is taken off, they have the freedom to bark to their heart’s content again. So do these things work?
Dogs are animals that have a mind of their own, and each of them is unique. There is not and won’t be a universal tool or method to train them. There are different bark control tools on the market, and there isn’t one that is guaranteed to work on all pups.
Factors such as age, temperament, and ability contribute to the result of bark control tools. Let’s look at the factors that can affect the use of bark control tools, and how effective they can be.
Dogs born with a hearing disability or elderly dogs might be unaffected by ultrasonic bark control tools. Bark collars or ultrasonic deterrents need to be paired with proper training for the dog to associate barking with the slight shock or unpleasant pitch it will hear.
What are you using the device for? If you are using an ultrasonic barking device for dogs who bark for no reason, boredom, restlessness or need of attention, it is proven to be quite useful. Do not use bark collars or other barking deterrents to dissuade your dog from barking when it feels pain, ill, anxiety or concern. Doing this will suppress your pup’s nature and lead to other emotional problems.
Bark Control Devices
To get to the root of the problem is the best way to deter your dog from barking. If he barks because he’s often bored or lonely at home, a dog puzzle toy or something similar to occupy his time could stop the barking. If separation anxiety is the culprit, consult with your vet to see what the best way is to ease this psychological issue.
Maybe even hire a dog walker when you are at work to give your dog some social interaction. If you have more than one pup, the chances of separation anxiety are significantly lower. The bottom line is, finding out the reason why could eliminate the use for these unpleasant methods.
As we have mentioned, how capable the device is, is mostly dependent on what you are using it for. Below we will touch on different kinds of tools and their targeted function. Later in the article, we will discuss each option in more detail.
Outdoor Ultrasonic Devices – These devices are great to use for neighboring dogs, as well as your own. They come in cute birdhouse options or other inconspicuous forms that blend in with your yard.
Handheld Ultrasonic Devices – If you are training your dog, using it for self-protection, or against the pesky neighbor’s cute but loud pooch, this is a great choice. Usually easy to carry around, these devices are high to keep on hand.
Ultrasonic Collars – Perhaps the most popular option out there, these collars are great barking deterrents to train your dog. We recommend this type of collar over the shock collars, as they only emit an annoying sound rather than have skin contact with your dog. Unfortunately, the chances of your dog adjusting to and becoming used to the sound of the ultrasonic collars are pretty high, so we suggest getting one with adjustable frequencies.
Indoor Ultrasonic Devices – Because it is indoors, this device is better used for your dog inside the house. The range isn’t as far, and the volume isn’t as high, and without waterproof properties, make sure this device is only used indoors.
Ultrasonic Whistles – This small but useful tool can be used for a multitude of training purposes as well as bark prevention. Ultrasonic dog whistles are also easy to hang around your neck or keep in your pocket for easy access.
Shock Collar – A touchy and sensitive subject, shock collars were the first models of bark deterrents. It is precisely what it sounds like, a device that sends volts of electricity through your dog’s neck, usually when they pass over the electronic wireless fence. The shock level isn’t so much harm as it is unpleasant, but the simple thought of this type of training method is hard to stomach for some people. If the shock is adjusted to too high a level, there could be adverse effects to your dog.
Citronella/Spray Bark Collar – This bark collar option sprays citronella (a fragrant oil derived from leaves and stems of lemongrass) when your dog barks and is about 70% effective. It doesn’t sound too unpleasant to us, but most dogs are not too fond of the scent, but on the off chance your dog is, then this won’t do you much good. Of course, your dog might also build up immunity to the spray, and it can get a little expensive having to refill the spray from time to time.
Choke/Prong Collar – This is another ‘cruel’ way to correct your pup. It’s also as widely debated as the shock collar. The purpose of this collar is to cause the dog pain by chocking him, or the prongs will dig into his neck each time he misbehaves. However, contact and forceful training methods are more effective, but it is hard to come back from the harmful effects that these methods can cause.
It’s tough to give a definite answer when it comes to the effectiveness of bark control devices. We have provided some of the most popular options. Feel free to pick and choose and try until you find the right one for your pup. Identify the use of the collar and find the right type for your end goal. Most of the time, there is an 85% chance of the collar having favorable results.
Research and vet testimonies claim that since dogs are all different, training methods and such devices need to be administered simultaneously for the full effect. If citronella has no impact on our pup, Ultrasonic collars may be your next choice. A lot of these collars or devices have different volume levels to adjust until you find the right fit. Ultrasonic devices are arguably the safest and most effective way out there to train your dog.
Ultrasonic methods paired with the proper training provide room for continuous training and behavioral correction. Ultrasonic devices are by far the better method compared to instilling fear or pain into your beloved pooch.
While shock collars are among the most effective for bark control, they come with a host of other psychological problems. Studies show that dogs trained with a shock collar will show more stress-related and aggressive behavior. In time, your beloved fur baby will end up associating you with the shocks. Aggression is something you do not want to happen, and for it to destroy your bond.
Did You Know?
There are other ways to train your dog not to bark. Try these other disciplinary measures before resorting to a no-bark collar or device. Save your dog from the possible emotional and physical pain that comes with it.
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