Our furry friends are territorial and protective animals, so part of the reasons why they bark is to alarm us that there’s a threat close by or danger is at hand. Other reasons include boredom, lack of exercise, frustration, and fear. But when barking gets out of control, trouble and inconvenience set in. Something has to be done, and one of the ways to get the barking under control is to use an anti-bark collar.
But choosing the right collar can be challenging, especially for the uninitiated. That’s what we’re here to talk about.
When to Use an Anti-Bark Collar
Using an anti-bark collar to control excessive barking is not necessarily your first resort to address the issue. There are a variety of effective techniques that can be used to put a stop to too much barking. But if these techniques or interventions fail, you can then consider getting a bark-control collar.
Choosing the Right Anti-Bark Collar
You won’t find a shortage of anti-bark collars out there that work, but not all of them can be considered safe and humane. The major types fall under three categories – spray, static/electric, sonic/ultrasonic. Let’s have a look at each of them and see what’s the best one for your pooch.
Spray collars: As the name easily suggests, this type of bark-control collar makes use of an unpleasant or foul-smelling spray. The spray is released when the microphone in the device picks up a barking sound or vibration. Although the spray can initially stop the dog from barking, there are a couple of issues that make this type of collar not an ideal one to use. First is the fact that any loud noise can set off the spray. Secondly, there are spray collars that use citronella, which has a very strong smell. This can cause some dogs to throw up and, if ingested, may cause lung cancer.
Electroshock or static-pulse collars: Just by seeing the word ‘electro,’ it immediately brings to mind electricity and electric shock – and that’s exactly what this type of collar delivers. Although it only involves low-level electricity, it can cause harm or anxiety to our four-legged buddies and may even cause electrical burns. But does it work? It can be effective, sure, but the risk of our pets experiencing electric shocks beyond their tolerance can be worrisome, especially if the device malfunctions. Electroshock collars are the most controversial type and is in fact banned in several countries.
Sonic/ultrasonic collars: This type of anti-bark collar is considered by industry experts as the safest and most effective type. It doesn’t use offensive or irritating (and potentially disease-causing) sprays or harmful electroshocks. It simply uses harmless sounds and vibrations, making it the safest and most humane collar of them all. The device teaches your dog how to stop barking by emitting a high-pitched noise inaudible to a human ear but can be heard by dogs. And among all the sonic/ultrasonic collars that are available on the market, we can say that the Petking Anti-Bark Collar is the best bang for your buck. Aside from giving you the ability to adjust its sensitivity levels to suit your dog’s breed, it also comes with an adjustable and reflective nylon strap.
When you consider all the benefits and risks, you’ll agree that collars that use only sound and vibration are the best type to use. So when it comes to correcting your dog’s out-of-control barking without causing him anxiety or harm, sonic/ultrasonic collars like the Petking Anti-Bark Collar are the hands-down winner.