Every dog is unique and will react differently to dog bark collars. Your particular dog’s temperament… how well she’s been socialized… and how quickly she learns… will all play a role in how she reacts to an anti-bark collar. Dog bark collars on their own don’t usually solve a barking problem, but they can be very useful training tools in a dog owner’s bag of tricks. Electronic bark collars (or anti-bark collars or shock collars) are triggered by the sound of your dog barking or by the vibration of your dog’s bark.
When triggered by your dog’s bark, electronic dog bark collars deliver an aversive shock. The shock is similar to a static electricity shock that you get from walking across a carpet and then touching something metal. Because the response is immediate a connection is made between the bark and the correction. Most dogs learn very quickly that the aversive correction is a result of their barking. Now it’s up to the dog… bark and get a correction… or stay quiet. If you watch closely you may even be able to see your dog going through her decision making process… thinking twice… and if the aversion training is strong enough she’ll decide to keep quite. Whenever you see your dog make a decision to stay quiet be ready to reward her with some form of positive reinforcement like… a tasty dog treat or some verbal praise like “good, quiet”.
Types Of Electronic Dog Bark Collars
The best anti-bark collars are triggered by the vibration of your dogs bark and not just by sound. This avoids a correction being triggered by some other loud noise like a car backfiring or a barking dog on the other side of the fence. There are a wide variety of electronic dog anti-bark collars to choose from so make sure you thoroughly review the setting options before you make your final selection. Depending on the severity of the barking problem and the temperament of your dog you have a variety of setting options to choose from.
Some anti-bark shock collars can be set to trigger a correction after every bark. These are designed to eliminate barking. But if you just want to diminish your dog’s barking a bit you may want to try one that can be set to trigger after the second or third bark. Another option that’s designed to diminish barking starts with a correction at the lowest level after the first bark. Then with each additional bark the shock increases by one level until the dog is quite. With these “diminisher” type dog bark collars a dog is allowed to bark briefly, but is corrected for extended periods of barking.
Training Is As Important As The Dog Bark Collars
When using dog bark collars, be carefully not to let your dog become “collar smart”. A collar smart pooch has figured out and understands that the correction is coming from the collar. So when he’s wearing it he’ll be a little angel… but as soon as it comes off he’ll be a barking terror again. Once he catches on to the pattern, you may not be able to wean him off the collar. So, it’s best to spend some time training your dog with the anti-bark collar. That way you can direct your dog’s attention and reinforce the corrective action of the dog bark collar.
Just A Caution Regarding Dog Bark Collars
Dog bark collars aren’t harmful to dogs when used properly. But in some rare cases dog anti-bark collars have been known to trigger a defensive aggression toward people and/or other animals. It’s always best to exercise caution and limit your dog’s accessibility to people and other animals when her bark collar is activated. Especially during the training period. Learn how to properly use your dog bark collar…always begin training on the lowest setting and gradually increase the correction level as necessary. If your pooch isn’t responding the way you think he should, you may need to get some help from a professional dog trainer or behaviorist.