Studies Show that Spray Bark Collars Are the Best Option for "Nuisance-Barking" Dogs
35 percent of dog owner's behavior related complaints come from inappropriate and excessive barking.
As we all know, dogs can bark for a variety of reasons: excitement, fear, to give a warning, etc. Getting to know why a dog is barking can exponentially help owners eliminate all of the excess noise. But, if you discover that your dog is a "nuisance barker" or a dog that barks strictly to gain attention, your best option is to use a spray bark collar according to studies coming from the University of Cornell.
It's good to have a dog that barks when strangers appear or potential danger is around the corner, but there are a growing percentage of dogs that bark for all of the wrong reasons.
Katherine A. Houpt is the director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell University. She has noted that up to 35 percent of behavior-problem complaints coming from dog owners are about inappropriate or excessive barking. Houpt goes on to say, "Nuisance barking may be manageable with behavior modification, but some owners are unwilling or unable to provide consistent, appropriate corrections. [Also] the barking may occur when the owners are not around, so they can't deliver corrections when the misbehavior occurs."
As we all know, being able to be around your dog 24-7 to correct his bad behavior may be impossible. Unlike children, dogs have to spend time on their own, but that doesn't mean there aren't alternative ways to teach him. The best way to correct a dog's barking problem is with a bark collar.
Shock Collars vs. Spray Bark Collars
Today, the two most competitive corrective bark collars on the market are static correction bark collars and spray bark collars. Static correction bark collar companies are always claiming to be the very best bark eliminators because they provide the toughest crack down. Many consumers believe this to be true, but Cornell University organized a test to see if this was really the case.
Cornell University studies have shown that Spray Bark Collars are the best way to eliminate problem barking.
In their test, Cornell University found 16 dogs that truly characterized the problems of a "Nuisance Barking" dog. Then, they provided 8 dogs with a citronella spray collar and the other 8 dogs with an electric bark collar. After a two week trial, every dog owner provided with the citronella spray collar reported an improvement in their dog's barking. But, only 4 of the 8 reported an improvement in the dog's barking when using the electric bark collar.
Veterinarians that examined the study contributed the success of the citronella spray to its unique punishment style. The Cornell University report stated that, "Given the dog's sense of smell, it could be that a strange odor may be less tolerated than a presumably painful stimulus." This makes sense! A dog's sense of smell is so keen that he can sniff out bombs, drugs, and help find missing people. By punishing a dog through his strongest sense, the owner will be giving a punishment that won't hurt him, but will surely teach him his lesson. If you're planning on training your pup to slow down on his barking, you're going to want to utilize a spray bark collar.
By: Tim Snyder