Dogs can be a nuisance – they chew up your shoes, knock over items in the house, and even claw up your favorite furniture. But as long as these are done inside your home, it’s unlikely your neighbors will knock on your door and complain to you about it. So if your dog happens to bark long and loud at night, that’s a bother. This disturbance is bad enough for dog owners who own their homes. You could get evicted if you’re renting, especially when you can’t stop your dog from barking. Fortunately, dog bark collars can do most of the work for you.
Some dog owners are bothered about collars – whether they are humane enough to use on dogs. This concern seems to be rooted in the assumption that bark collars primarily inflict pain to deter animals from engaging in certain behaviors. But then the device on the bark collars use various ways to “interrupt” the dog’s barking, not inflict pain. The long term goal is for the dog to be introduced to the unpleasant interruption. This continues until the problem behavior – barking – is gone. The interruptions depend on the type of bark collar you choose – shock, spray, or sound. These do not inflict harm on the dog in any way.
There’s the spray type, the shock type, and the sound type. The spray type collar releases a fluid derived from the Citronella plant. Since dog’s have a heightened sense of smell, the sprayed scent grabs its attention, and disrupts his barking. It’s similar to being focused on a task and smelling an overpowering perfume.
The shock collar operates on the same interruption principle, but with a low volt shock in place of the scent. The shock is so low it cannot be compared to getting electrocuted. The last type of bark collar, the sound or ultrasonic type, uses a high-frequency sound to jar the dog’s barking habit; the sound cannot be heard by humans. The sound is enough to stop the dog from barking, until it learns to stop barking altogether.
All three types of collars run on batteries. Two sensors comprise the trigger mechanism of the bark collars, on the good quality ones at least. A bark, taken as any other loud sound in the vicinity, is not enough to trigger the collar; your dog’s throat’s vibrations are also taken into account. This is so the device could discriminate your dog’s bark from other loud sounds in the surrounding area, like a truck’s loud engine.
If you want to stop your dog from barking, you only need to find the right collar for your dog. Consult online guides for sizes matching your dog’s breed and weight. Don’t forget to go over customer reviews for added feedback on products.