Starting Bark Collar Training Picking A Style
Before you start training your dog to control his or her barking, you need to understand the reasoning behind its problem and choose a training method. Perhaps most importantly, you need pick a style of training collar that will work best for your specific pooch.
Today, there are four different types of bark collars that are popular with pet owners and trainers. Check them out below:
Which Collar is Right For Your Dog?
- Static Bark Collars: This is the most popular type of bark collar. When most people think of a bark collar, they think of static collars. Just like the "old-school" traditional shock collars, these give stimulation to your dog via prongs when it barks too loud or incessantly. These collars are known to be very effective in training, but can sometimes cause irritations to dogs with very sensitive skin.
- Spray Bark Collars: These are the latest bark collars on the market, but they are quickly increasingly in popularity. Just like other bark collars, the Spray Collars have a sensor that detects when Fido is barking. Instead of a static shock, though, the dog receives a harmless blast of citronella spray near the dog's snout. The squirt of liquid is meant to grab the dog's attention so that you can give them a "no" warning. It also is an annoyance to your dog and quiets them quickly.
- Vibrating Collars: Some static collars come with rubber covers for prongs or have "vibrate-only" settings. The vibration can get your dog's awareness from barking and allows them to realize that it is only triggered when they are barking.
- Ultrasonic Collars: Dogs are able to hear pitches that humans cannot. These collars take advantage of that virtue. By emitting an ultrasonic sound that is only audible to dogs, your pooch will be startled and discouraged from barking. According to studies, ultrasonic collars work best for young dogs.
Which Dogs Should Avoid Bark Collars?
There are only a four types of bark collars that are commonly used by pet owners, but all of them have their perfect place in bark training. Since some of the collars can be harmful to certain sizes of dogs or canines with health conditions, it's important to know your dog before buying a collar. Also, consulting a vet before using a bark collar is wise. Below are some conditions you should be aware of with your dog before purchasing a collar.
- Skin Problems: If your dog has irritated skin, scabs or an unusual amount of flakes and rashes, you should avoid static and vibrating collars. The stimulation and rubbing from the collars can make the skin problems even worse.
- Aggressive Dogs: Behavior problems can make all types of training difficult for a pet owner. Dogs that are overly aggressive can quickly become angered from any form of stimulation. It's best to work on a dog's behavior issues before considering a bark collar of any type. A bark collar will not fix any behavior problems for overly aggressive dogs.
- Puppies/Untrained Dogs: Bark training should not be the first type of command that your dog learns. To successfully train your dog, your pet should be able to learn and comprehend basic commands to be able to understand the stimulation it receives its bark collar. As a rule of thumb, four to six months old is OK for dogs to start bark training, but they should already know how to "sit" and "stay."