Is a bark collar going to work?

A bark collar is something that may be considered by many dog owners at some point, maybe it is because of barking through the night, maybe it is a separation bark when left home alone. Often it can lead to neighbour complaints, council involvement and fines. A bark collar is the simple solution. Learn more about the bark collars Australia here.

Different bark collar types

There are 4 main types of deterrents used for a bark collar. The vibration collar will vibrate like a mobile phone notification, it is not a very strong deterrent. The ultrasonic deterrent puts out a high-pitched noise only dogs can hear, but not all dogs will be deterred by it. The citronella spray deterrent is common, it puts out a burst of spray into the face with each bark. The static collars are the most effective, especially for stubborn dogs.

Choosing the right bark collar

A quick internet search will show a large amount of bark collars and it can be difficult tell which one to buy. The first thing to consider is the breed of the dog and its temperament. Smaller pet breeds and more sensitive dogs will have a better chance of success with a spray bark collar. Larger working breeds or stubborn dogs may ignore most types. Another thing is, does the dog howl or whine? Most bark collars will not detect those behaviours, so look for one that is designed to do so.

Best bark collar practices

The idea of a bark collar is the dog understands what it is and what it does every time the dog barks. The more consistent the corrections happen, the easier it is for the dog to understand and learn not to bark while the collar is on. To get this consistency, the most important thing is to get the fitting of the bark collar right. It needs to be high up on the neck, just under the jaw, and tight enough so it does not move around when the dog runs or shakes its head.

Will a bark collar train the dog not to bark?

Short answer, no. A bark collar is a tool to control when the dog can and cannot bark, because the dog recognises what the collar is. It is nearly impossible to train the dog that it can bark at one thing, but not another. Or bark during a certain time but not at night. It must be black and white, while the bark collar is on, if the dog barks, it will get a correction at a certain level. If that level is enough for the dog to realise its not worth the barking, the dog will stay silent.

 

With the above points considered, and an understanding of your dog’s behaviour and temperament, a bark collar can have a very high success rate of working.