Spray Collars Take the SHOCK out of Bark Collars

For years, the only ways to silence a pooch was to A) Yell at your dog even louder. B) Use a shock or bark collar or C) Put a glob of peanut butter in their mouth. While it may be fun to watch your dog look like Mr. Ed as he tries to get the peanut butter unstuck from the roof of his mouth, you might end up with a weight problem if your dog is an incessant barker. Also, the problem with yelling at your dog is that it confuses them into being quiet, instead of teaching them that their behavior is wrong.

Dogs are pack animals and they look to their owners for leadership. Yelling at them for barking is not the best solution to training your dog. This leaves many pet owners with only one option: Shock Collars. According to dog trainings, shock collars came onto the pet market around 1960 and were less reliable and more prone to failure than the bark collars that are available today. There were stories about static burns on dogs' necks and some cases where aggressive dogs' behavior got even worse from the use of poor quality shock collars. Because of this, much of the public and some of the dog training community has shunned shock and bark collars.

"We are completely opposed to shock training," says Marcie Moriarty from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). "At no time do we advocate for any method of training that inflicts pain or suffering on an animal. Since SPCA's views on shock collars are not alone, the pet industry has stepped up to the plate to try and develop new options for pet owners with "mouthy" dogs.

While it's fun to hear your dog "speak," there is certainly too much of a good thing, especially if your dog has one that is "meaner than his bite." Some yips and barks can be a good signal that something is wrong, but when your dog barks at every jogger, bicyclist or other dog, then you need to take action.

Spray Collars Give a More Humane Option

Just the name of the product can send shivers down your spine... "Shock Collar." The title conjures images of pain and punishment. Luckily, there is a newer invention that has been picking up popularity with dog owners and trainers around the world.

Spray Collars are a version of a bark collar that uses an auditory sensor to detect your pet's barking. If their woofing goes beyond the appropriate barking decibel, then they receive an unpleasant misting of non-toxic bark spray. Check out some of the options below.

  • Spray Bark Starter Kit: If you're not sure if a spray bark collar is right for your dog, invest in a basic starter kit. This comes with 3 cans of spray and is priced so that any dog owner can afford to try it out. The starter kit comes with batteries and an adjustable strap, so you can get started on training right away.

  • Spray Commander Spray Bark Kit: "Things worth doing are worth doing right." The Spray Commander kit comes with everything you need for months of training a troublesome pooch. This kit has a range of 300 ft. and can resolve a barking problem quicker than any other method on the market. The commander comes with plenty of spray cans, batteries and directions, so you can begin the training as soon as you get the kit.

When it comes to training methods, the most important thing to do is to remember to combine pack leadership with positive reinforcement. Although a spray collar may seem like your dog is being punished for being a loud barker, you can still praise your pooch after it quiets down. This is becoming an effective method of training for dog owners who are completely against inflicting any pain of their favorite furry friend.

If you're still unsure which Spray Bark Collars are right for your dog, be sure to ask the pet experts at PetStreetMall.com by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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