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Types of Anti-barking Collars

Anti-bark collars are popular in many countries, pet owners consider these as a great tool to train dogs and minimize excessive barking. For those who do not have an idea of what an Anti-barking collar is, here is a short description and list of different types of the well-known product.

Anti- bark collars are used to stop or at least lessen the unwanted noise caused by excessive barking of canines. Dogs may exhibit this kind of behavior due to many reasons that is why it is recommended to consult a veterinarian first before trial.

Four kinds of Anti-barking Collars

Electronic Bark Collars

Sometimes called the Static Bark Collar. Dogs feel the static every time they bark. Some brands made adjustable intensity to minimize or increase the shock that you want your pet to receive when barking is uncontrollable.

Citronella Spray Bark Collars

This is the mildest and commonly used type. Although, spray collars are not so practical since you have to replace it when already empty. There is a sensor in the collar which detects the barking sound and makes the citronella scent sprayed automatically. This one is proven to be safe for both pets and humans.

Vibrating Bark Collars

If you do not want to use the electronic type this could be a great alternative. This is totally harmless but still effective to stop the compulsive barking. The vibration may make the dog feel uncomfortable and the urge to bark continuously may be stopped.

Ultrasonic Collars

This kind of collar emits a high-pitch sound when the sensor detects the barking. The sound produced by the collar is cannot be heard by human ears. The sound works because the dogs are interrupted when they start to create noise. It also vibrates when dogs bark in order to make the collar more sensitive and responsive.

How to train your dogs to stop excessive barking

First, you have to understand why your dog barks loudly and continuously. Like humans, we complain when we are uncomfortable and we are very vocal when we want something. Barking is dogs’ way to communicate. Check if your pet is hungry, in need of water, wants to take a bath, eliminate waste or feeling sick / in pain.

If these things are not the reason, your pet might be bored, lonely, irritated or attention seeking. Try the following steps to lessen the uncontrollable barking.

  • Spend time with your dogs. They also need to play and exercise. You may give them more toys or walk them as often as you can.
  • If your dog is reacting to a specific stimuli, like for example a pet cat or a stray dog near your fence, keep them out of your dog’s sight or teach them to be familiar with the other house pets.
  • Interact with your dogs. Do not let them alone for a long time. They have the tendency to bark compulsively when seeing or hearing people and animals since they are not used to it.
  • Use your anti-barking collars especially to young puppies to train them when and where to bark out loud. Citronella spray and Ultrasonic bark collars are the recommended type for younger dogs since these are more effective to them.
  • If your pet dog is suffering from anxiety which causes the excessive barking and unstoppable behavior, seeing a veterinarian is the best solution. Like people, they also need medical attention and some prevention tips are not suitable for their condition.

How to reduce excessive barking

Have you ever wonder how to restraint dogs every time they exhibit compulsive barking? Here are some tips that you can try at home when you think that your pet’s noise is a little uncontrollable.

  • Train your dog to follow commands such as “Quiet” or “Behave”. As much as possible keep it calm and never shout at your pet because this might make your dog aggressive and loud.
  • Remove the stimulus. Stimulus are the things that make the dogs bark continuously like other pets, stray dogs, etc. Keep them out of your dog’s sight until it stops. When the dog calms down, give him a treat so your pet will know that he will be rewarded for behaving well.
  • Ignore the non-stop barking. If you think your dog is just making noise just to get your attention, then don’t mind the pet and make him feel that it is not working. Only come close, give attention or treat when he is done barking.
  • Spend time with your pet. Play with your dog or walk him outside once in a while to lessen the boredom and loneliness. Like people, they also feel exhausted at times so, a short stroll will make them relaxed and entertained.
  • Barking Collars. These are used as punishment to dogs barking excessively. Do not put on shock collars unless they cannot be controlled anymore. The pet must understand that the punishment (collar) is given every time he makes noise.
  • Some dogs might be suffering from anxiety and depression that is why they are doing compulsive barking. Serious problems like this must be consulted to a veterinarian specializing with behavioral disorders.

Why do dogs bark excessively

Dogs bark so they can communicate to humans and animals. It is normal to hear them do this depending on the situation but excessive barking is a different case. When dogs become too wild and noisy, they annoy not only the keeper but also the other people and pets around them.

As a responsible pet owner, you must understand the causes behind dogs’ excessive barking. Know what triggers and how to stop or control such behavior. Find out the typical reasons why dogs manifest this kind of uncontrolled reaction.

  • Fear / Threat – When dogs detect harm from other animals or unfamiliar persons, they have the tendency to bark non-stop until they call the owners attention and feel safe again.
  • Attention Seeking – Pet keepers can spoil their beloved dogs unintentionally. If these canines know that they can get anything they want from their owners, they can use excessive barking to call attention. Also, some dogs who are left alone and do not often interact with people nor animals will surely bark out loud for a long period of time when they see anybody who can play or give them time and affection.
  • Anxiety – like human beings, dogs can be depressed too. They can suffer from anxiety when not being taken care of. When caged or leashed for a long time without any activity such as playing, strolling or getting a treat from the owner, they feel unwanted and unwell. As a result, they bark excessively without anything triggering them to do so.
  • Excitement – when dogs see their owners or “playmates” they can create too much noise but not like when they are bored or stressed. They jump, wag their tails and bark continuously.

There are many ways to prevent this kind of behavior and professional consultation is recommended. Although, for not so serious concerns regarding compulsive barking, some books and blogs are available to help owners deal with such action.