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

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@MrsPanda99:  Sorry, one more thing – do you have any structured walking groups in your area?  Like Chicago’s SociaBulls?  We have one in our area (DC) and it has been AMAZING for helping leash-reactive dogs  The idea is that the dogs (and people) are around other dogs WITHOUT being allowed to interact, so you can work on positive associations in a low-pressure environment.  Highly recommend!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@MrsPanda99:  I hear you – lots of people are like, “oh, you wouldn’t want my dog in your pack” – but literally everyone in our group has been there to some degree, so all the owners “get it” and give the others lots of space to adjust.  I remember the walk where our most reactive member – seriously, this girl did the whole barking/spinning/lunging/salivating thing at any dog within 20 feet of her – turned around (she was at the front of the pack so she wouldn’t have to ‘see’ the other dogs), took in the line of 10+ dogs behind her, and actually TURNED BACK AROUND instead of freaking out.  Literally everyone cheered – it was so awesome ๐Ÿ˜€  Now, those are dogs that were giving her space, so it’s not quite the same as passing close by on a sidewalk, but it was sign that she was learning it was OK not to freak out ๐Ÿ™‚

But yeah, we have lots of dogs that are reactive either out of fear or excitability, and no one judges or cares – we just leave them more space, and they eventually settle into the routine.  If you’re feeling ambitions, you could always start a group – ask a few people with doggie friends if they’ll help you ‘practice’!

Post # 81
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Dont be scared of a bark or shock collar.  I refused completely when i first got my puppy. 

However when he was in his roaming stage the only thing that kept him safe and taught him boudaries was his shock collar (which my Fiance forced us to get because when he is in the bush hunting with our dog, he needs to be 100% certain he has control, or our dog would like attack a porcupine or something).

I have NEVER used higher than a 4 on my dog. And the 4 really got his attention. 

When he wears his collar he is an angel, so even though i was completely against it, i am completely for them now. And your dog’s behavior is very concerning. I would be recifying it before he actually harms someone (which he could. aggression is agression, whether or not you think he would act or not). 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@pixiecat:  agree with this. Prong collars are not a good idea.  I have seen dogs with serious puncture marks because they ran on their prong collars.  Gental leaders and alot of patience work best. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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@pixiecat:  I second using a behaviourist.

There is a root issue here that addressing his barking will only cover up. You don’t want him to become afraid of barking, only to respond in other ways when put in uncomfortable/anxiety-producing situations.

When he goes off the rails and barks incessantly, what do you and your husband do? My family had a loving chocolate lab when I was younger, but she would bark and growl at strangers. On walks or at the park, when our dog would growl/bark, we would all get in a tizzy trying to make her quiet and leave. Once we watched out own behaviour and made sure to remain calm at all times, it calmed our dog as well. We enlisted the help of a trainer and vet that worked with us as a family.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Please don’t use either of these, they really are brutal training techniques.  If you can’t handle your dog in a responsible manner, give it to someone who can.  I don’t care what excuse a person has for using these, it’s animal abuse.

 

How would you feel if someone put a shock collar or a collar with spikes on you, and everytime you talked it hurt you?

Post # 88
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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@MrsPanda99:  wow, I just read some of the other comments and they’re being way harsh. Many reputable dog trainers use bark collars as part of training, and since you and your trainer are the ones who actually know your dog, I’d just try to trust this will work. If it doesn’t and your trainer refuses any other methods, then turn to a behaviorist. Best of luck to your furbaby! I know he must be a good boy.

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