Nuisance barking can be very distressing for a dog owner, especially because dogs are supposed to use their barks to communicate various needs. Delving further, you will often find the reason behind nuisance barking, which is essential to getting a permanent solution to the problem.

Dog Barking


Common reasons for excessive/nuisance barking include loneliness, boredom and inadvertent reinforcement (the dog owner tries to placate the dog with treats when they bark incessantly, and so are essentially rewarding a bad habit with treats). If other remedies fail, bark control can be a helpful intervention. The following are some commonly asked questions to help you understand bark control better.

  1. How do bark collars work?

Barking collars use one of three correctional methods: stimulation, tone and citronella spray correction. However, the underlying principle is similar; these collars are activated by your dogs barking, at which a corrective stimulus to disrupt the bark is unleashed. The types of products include:

  • Spray correction – Detects barking and emits a safe but unpleasant citronella spray in the dog’s face to discourage barking.
  • Stimulation collars – Detect barking through vocal cord vibrations and emit static electricity impulses.
  • Tone correction units – Emit loud sounds to distract the dog when they bark. There are automatic models that sound off when they detect barking, and manual models which allow you to control tone emission

In time, the dog draws association between the stimulus and barking and learns to control their barking.

  1. Are bark collars effective?

The length of time it takes to correct excessive barking varies according to the dog, the length of their learning curve and the reason underlying the barking. However, bark control using collars has been shown to be at least 67% effective according to research.

How long the dog wears the collar depends on how long they take to draw the association and hence the collar is not intended to be a permanent fixture. In some dogs, retraining may be necessary once the collar is removed. All products usually come with all the information you need from beginning to end.

  1. How do I choose my control device?

All types of devices often come in the automatic and manual/handheld models. Both types are equally effective, and what you choose depends on your application. Automatic units are excellent for retraining in your absence as well as presence, while you have to be present in order to use the manual system. The former is also good if your dog is known to bark unpredictably or randomly, both at home and elsewhere.

  1. How safe are barking collars?

A common concern with dog owners is that some collars are set off by other dogs barking nearby, which punishes your dog unnecessarily and sends mixed signals. What you can do to ensure this does not happen is to choose collars that are set off by vocal cord vibration, which proves that the sound comes from the dog wearing the collar.

While citronella collars are safe and effective, experts have found electronic control collars to be more consistent in delivering results. Static stimulation collars are also safe and have different stimulation levels, starting from very low to avoid hurting your dog during retraining. You need only increase levels if the dog doesn’t respond to low-level stimulation.




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