(Closed) For those of you that use bark collars for your dog…

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t think (at least where I am) that they are very popular.  Sorry to not be of any help!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never used a bark collar before, but I’ve heard of ones that don’t shock the dog, but spray something in front of their face to “surprise” them to make them stop. It might be citronella smelling which they dont like? Don’t quote me on that. I’ve never heard of them until reading about it on here. I would prefer that to a shock collar if it was my dog. Good luck with that!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Sorry have never used one, and I will respect your wish not to debate πŸ˜‰  I personally just use a squirt bottle with my dogs, they hate it lol Scary pit bulls are scared of a plastic water bottle haha

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We used these for our dogs, and had the shock ones.  After a couple shocks they get the point and usually quit it.  You have to make sure that it fits snug for the shock to work.  Don’t remember what brands they were, but shocks aren’t that bad.  They are kind of like getting a pinch.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Winter2013: I know FMIL uses a spray bottle of water.  its funny to see them squirm =)  she has very little dogs, so it works for them. (malteses)

They also sell sprays that you can manually spray in their mouth (so you control when they get disciplined)  We used a bottle that tastes like green apple on my dog when she was a puppy. =)

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Yea I have 3 BIG AND SCARY (sarcasm) pitties and they are so scared of the water bottle, lol. It truly works ownders on them, gets them to listen as well as not to bark, especially when my son is napping and the mail man comes.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

We have a mini schnauzer too! We bought a citronella bark collar for him because we didn’t like the idea of a shock collar. We used it for a week or two, mainly just when we left the house and he seems much better now, even without the collar, though he does still bark some.

We stopped using it because sometimes it wouldn’t go off when he’d bark and other times it’d go off if he just growled or was bitting on his bone. Also, when we got him he had separation anxiety and the collar seemed to make him more anxious.

I think it’s one of those things were you just have to see how your dog reacts to it. A friend had one for her dog (shock collar) and it seemed to work for him and the dog was fine with it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@kperry3:

This may or may not work for your dog, but it worked for mine.  http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4191440#prodTab1&nbsp’ defer=’defer;

I wouldn’t use it if you have more than 1 dog though because then they all will be “punished” when the one barks.  But basically this bark activated device just emits a sound that only dogs can hear, and it irritates them, and they learn to stop barking.  It’s only $10 and you can return it if it doesnt work for your dog.  Some dogs are just more sensitive than others, so it works for some, but not all.

As for bark collars, I do think they can be a great tool if you’ve exhausted all other options.  Even Wal-mart sells them if you want something more affordable, but I would be sure to get one with different shock settings.  A mini Schnauzer isn’t a large dog, so you probably don’t want it getting a strong shock.  I would start with the weakest shock, and only increase it if that isn’t effective.  I dont think it’s cruel because they quickly learn not to bark when wearing the collar.  They are smart, and if there are times when you don’t mind the barking, you can take off the collar.

I have a friend that uses it only when they have company, and it works wonders.

Good luck!!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

ps – squirt bottle never worked with my guys, they are stubborn!!!  Only stopped them if you’re 2 feet away… my little guy will bark at me as I’m walking away with the sprayer, basically testing me, then runs away when it’s time for the spray lol.  But the ultrasonic sound device DID work, but mine are toy dogs.

Oh yeah as for the Citronella, I would personally rather my dog have a little shock than inhale that chemical stuff all the time, if it came down to that…

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We used a bark collar on my dog buy I cant remmember what kind… it did stop his loud barks but he started doing this whining thing to get around it.  He actually liked his collar and got mad when I took it off him ( I guess he felt special with two collars on?). We only left if on when we weren’t home because thats when he did all his barking. I do reccomend getting one if he is barking a lot, we only used it on our dog for a few months and he got the idea. He doesn’t wear it anymore and only barks when someones at the door.

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