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rayter's avatar

Do you recommend the use of bark control collar to train dogs?

Asked by rayter (32points) April 21st, 2008

Is it really safe? I’ve read somewhere that such collars are effective, humane and safe pet tools to control dog’s unwanted barking. Any reaction? Thanks.

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wildflower's avatar

Ivan Pavlov had some interesting ideas on dog training…..and is probably the basis for the theories you mentioned.

syz's avatar

Depends on the collar and the dog.

I know people who have used the type that spray eucalyptus oil – it startles the dog and it usually quits barking.

I’m not crazy about the ones that deliver an electrical jolt – I occasionally see burns on animals that haven’t had their collars sized correctly. If you do use one, check the skin under the collar on a regular basis. Outdoor dogs with those types of wounds invariably get maggots during the summer months.

And some dogs have such the behavior so deeply ingrained that neither will work.

cheebdragon's avatar

in my experience they dont do all that much, they dont really phase bigger dogs,
They can help a little with small dogs but as soon as the collar comes off its right back to barking. Some dogs are just barkers, my friend tried a bark collar on her dog and the dog couldnt stop barking when it zapped him it was “bark zap bark zap bark zap bark zap…........” the dog wouldn’t stop, I feel so bad for my friend, her dog will bark for hours at a plastic bag sometimes.

mcbealer's avatar

I’m curious abot this. I’ve had my eye on some of the high frequency tone collars available. Has anyone tried those?

marinelife's avatar

Good heavens, no! Try Barkbusters, a training method based on natural pack leadership tendencies developed by Australian humane society to deal with behaviorial issues and avoid having the dogs returned.

youknowconnor's avatar

Marina, I’m pretty sure the “Dog Wisperer” uses similar methods to those and always has positive results with little effort.

marinelife's avatar

@youknowconnor Yes, from what I know of his methods that is correct. Warnings (barking) are the prerogative of the pack leader in nature. A barking dog is an insecure dog who panics, because there is no firm pack leadership in his household, and he thinks “Oh no, something bad is happening. The pack leader isn’t doing anything. I better sound the alarm.”

ht1979's avatar

I second the barkbusters suggestion. It’s expensive training, but you basically pay for lifelong training. I’ve only had to have them come out the first time, but I can get them to come out as often as I want for the life of the dog now that I’ve paid for it. The methods are pretty simple, very humane and very intuitive once you get there whole scheme. Anytime I don’t like what Chuy’s doing, I growl at her a bit and she snaps out of it. It’s very effective and I feel like they trained me as effectively as they trained her… highly recommended!

YARNLADY's avatar

We tried a shock collar with our dog, and it was horrible. We only left it on for about an hour, and it tortured the dog unmercifully. It zapped him even when he just lowered his head to take a bite of food. I hate those things.

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