Dog Personalities and Bark Collars - Which Work Best Together?
This little fellow has learned to stop barking thanks to his PetSafe bark collar and his owner couldn't be happier.
Every dog has its own personality; a unique character made up of many little traits that combine to make it the perfect pooch. Although this is what makes your pet so endearing to you, it can also make training your dog not to bark somewhat tricky. Is it barking because barking runs in that particular breed, is it just your dog's individual nature to bark, or are there other influences that are causing the barking?
Your biggest ally when teaching your favorite pooch not to bark is a Bark Collar, although finding the right one for your dog can be quite a head-scratcher. There are so many bark collars on the market, but which is best when to comes to your dog and its unique personality?
We've taken the feedback from our customers and combined it with our product experts' advice to create a guide that identifies the bark collars that seem to work well with particular dogs.
It's impossible to say with 100% certainty exactly which dog and which bark collar will work in perfect harmony, but our guide will hopefully point you in the right direction. By cross referencing your dog's breed with its personality traits, you'll have a better idea of the bark collars that people with dogs similar to yours have had success with.
Shy dogs can bark with the best of them
Timid/Shy Dogs and Bark Collars
Timid dogs can bark with the best of them; the root causes often being separation anxiety and a need for affection. Some dog breeds are renowned for being more timid than others, although there will be individual dogs from shy breeds that are headstrong.
A timid dog might react adversely to bark collars that provide too much interruption. Low power stimulation collars or a handheld ultrasonic trainer could be enough to get a shy dog to stop barking.
Typical traits of timid dogs:
Being shy of strangers and new environments; sensitive to loud noises and sudden movements; prone to hiding under tables, furniture or in corners; tail tucked between the legs; not making eye contact.
Typical breeds of timid dogs:
Greyhound, Saluki, Basenji, Welsh Corgi, Chihuahua, Doberman.
Recommended bark collars for timid dogs:
Easygoing/Calm Dogs and Bark Collars
Even the most easygoing and calm dogs can be persistent barkers. Influences such as boredom, distractions and general playfulness can cause an otherwise calm dog to repeatedly bark.
This Shetland sheepdog is so easygoing he's positively smiling!
Most bark collars are suitable for training easygoing dogs, although you will want to make sure the collar will fit correctly if you have a particularly large or small dog.
Typical traits of easygoing dogs:
Friendly with strangers; not affected by bright lights or unexpected noises; doesn't shadow owner but demands plenty of play; inquisitive towards other animals although doesn't persistently chase them.
Typical breeds of easygoing dogs:
German Shepherd, Basset Hound, Bulldog, Poodle, Great Dane, Pekingese, Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, Golden Retriever, Boxer.
Recommended bark collars for easygoing dogs:
- DogTek NoBark Elite is highly adjustable, features progressive corrections and is fully waterproof. Ideal all-round collar and good value for money.
- PetSafe Deluxe Anti-Bark Spray Trainer uses harmless spray that's hypoallergenic, environmentally friendly and stain-free.
- SportDOG SBC-10R Rechargeable Bark Control Collar has 10 correction levels and dual detection to minimize sending false signals.
Headstrong Dogs and Bark Collars
Stop the barking before it becomes a habit
Headstrong dogs are the hardest to train and therefore the hardest to get the right bark collar for. Many breeds have been specially trained over centuries to perform certain tasks and those traits are now hardwired into the breed, such as hunting, guarding, etc. Perceived threats from people and the sight of, or proximity to other animals often induce barking in willful dogs.
Remember that too much collar interruption might cause a headstrong dog to become agitated and bark even more.
Typical traits of headstrong dogs:
Head held high; imposing gait; ignoring commands; poor leash etiquette; willingness to chase other animals and people.
Typical breeds of headstrong dogs:
Labrador, Bloodhound, Rottweiler, Beagle, Jack Russell, Black and Tan, English Foxhound, Dachshund, Husky.
Recommended bark collars for headstrong dogs:
Puppies and Bark Collars
Obeying basic commands and learning good behavior is taught to puppies from about the age of 6-months, and the same can be done for barking. Because puppies haven't fully developed strong personalities yet it makes them more susceptible to successful bark training.
The Big Dog Rechargeable bark collar by PetSafe can set itself to the appropriate level
Typical traits of puppies:
Most puppies share the same trait: being playful; inquisitive; needful of attention and generally adorable!
Typical breeds of puppies:
Recommended bark collars for puppies:
By John Bone