(Closed) Bark Collar – Zap vs. Spray?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

our previous dog used to bark a lot and we had used a bark collar. one time i put it up to my throat and said something to see how big of a jolt it was. immediately threw it out – it doesn’t seem humane at all to me. kudos to you for working on finding a solution. our neighbor lets his dog bark NONSTOP and i have to fight the urge to go buy a slingshot! (i kid.. i kid..)

Post # 4
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My dog has a barking problem too. I have used a spray bottle on her while at home since she was a puppy. It has always worked to keep her quite. Just the site of the spray bottle makes her behave. So, I knew a spray collar would work wonders on her. The first time she barked and it sprayed her she knew exactly what was happening. It was great.

I would never ever use a zap collar on her (she’s only 9 lbs- but has a huge bark since she’s a hound). My Fiance has said he might consider a zap collar on his future big hunting dog. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but since they are a lot bigger maybe it isn’t as bad. I am letting him worry about training the big dogs, I’m in charge of the little ones.

Post # 5
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would talk with a trainer and see what they would recommend. You might be able to work with behavior modification instead of using the spray/zap collars.

Post # 6
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our vet recommended the spray collar and it worked like a charm! Our friends have the zap collar and I always felt like it gave the dogs too much discomfort and seemed a little too harsh. The spray collar sprayed citronella and just distracted/confused our dog. If we just show it to hiim he won’t bark–it was very effective for us! This is the one we ordered:


We used to use it when we crated him, but we don’t need it anymore. If he ever starts barking again, though, it’s great to have around and it worked so well he didn’t “test” it–we still have a ton of citronella refill. If you do get it, buy it on Amazon, it’s much cheaper!

Post # 7
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


We used the spray bottle method as well when our pup was younger! Worked well most of the time.

Usually now if she barks incessantly we show her the muzzle and 85% of the time it works. If not the muzzle goes on for 15minutes.

Have you at tried a muzzle already?

If you have exhausted ALL other options I agree with @misskoala: how about trying a behavior specialist?

Post # 8
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

A spray collar would work as a last resort, but please try other methods first.  Pennies in a tin can makes a noise that can distract your dog from barking.  Also, basic obedience classes may help.  What does she bark AT (something specific, like cars going by, or the cat in the neighbor’s yard, or does she just bark at seemingly nothing)?  Knowing more about what is causing the problem may help.

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