(Closed) Bark collars…what is your experience with them? (somewhat long – need advice)

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Why would you make a dog who is most likely barking out of anxiety more anxious by using that collar? 

Find a different trainer who can train him to bark on cue. 

And if that doesn’t work, try a citronella collar. I find them to be a bit more humane. 

Post # 18
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

my parents have had similar problems with their lovely dawg. he’s just as sweet as can be, but barks at EVERYTHING. to the point where people don’t like walking along our back fence (very busy walking area), because he’s barking away at them. they can’t tell through the fence that he’s not a mean, aggressive animal. 


a bark collar didn’t work for teddy, but a citronella collar did. when he barks, it squirts a little shot of citronella in his face. completely harmless, but it’s solved the problem. He only wears it when he goes outside in the backyard, but my parents encourage barking in the house to ward off potential intruders.


it was the best solution in a sticky situation. it was either that, or have to give him up, because no training has helped. it’s just in his nature. And now the cops don’t show up after being called by the crotchety old man a few houses down has complained. 



Post # 24
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We use bark collars on our two boys and they are amazing. They got buzzed once, maybe twice, and haven’t barked since. Max used to go completely bizerk at the fence line with the dog next door and I didn’t think anything would stop him. He didn’t cry or anything, just surprised him (like you said). That was that and we haven’t had a problem since. It’s been four or five months.

Seriously, I love them. And I don’t feel bad for my dogs. If they cried then I would probably find something else but now we just put it on them as a reminder, they don’t even try to bark.

Post # 26
4369 posts
Honey bee

@MrsPanda99:  Have you tried an auditory anti-bark device, where it emits a high pitched sound when they bark? Or perhaps a citronella collar?


Post # 30
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@Westwood: +1

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@MrsPanda99:  My dog barks out of fear of certain dogs, the street sweeping vehicle, ride-on mowers, aaaand golf carts. To prevent her from barking while on walks and out the window, we used Partricia McConnell’s positive reinforcement strategy and taught her a “watch” command, which just means, “pay attention to me, I will give you treats and love, instead of you having to bark at that scary thing!” It works AMAZINGLY well. On walks, she is perfect. She doesn’t bark at ANYTHING anymore and now looks to us before we even give her the command when she sees or hears something scary. We are still working on getting her to stop barking at stuff when she’s looking out the window at home, but she’s made great progress. I would only try the e-collar if this was no longer working. She socializes well with familiar dogs and we sent her to daycare for three years before she started getting old and tired and spending the day napping instead of playing. 😉 We adopted a puppy in the winter and they get along wonderfully. Just because she barks at unfamiliar dogs doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to be social. But it makes sense to me that your pup’s early experiences make it hard for him to be around other dogs comfortably. 

Post # 31
4369 posts
Honey bee

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@MrsPanda99:  The sound isn’t on a collar, it’s a little box that is made either for outdoors or indoors. Or something to try: When you are out walking, carry a tin can filled with coins. When your dog starts barking, shake the can to disrupt him. Don’t get angry. Just stop walking when he’s barking like crazy and shake the can everytime he starts to bark. It depends what kind of stimulus your dog is sensitive to, but this is a cheap experiment to try at least.

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