Yap, Yap, Yap, Yap,
Yap!.. We love our dogs but their incessant barking can test even the patience
of a saint. A noisy dog can make home life a misery and it won't ingratiate you
with the neighbors, especially if your dog is often outdoors.
Training a dog not to
bark can be made a lot simpler with the aid of a bark collar. Safe and easy to
use, perhaps the biggest advantage to using a bark collar is that it needs very
little input from you whatsoever and works autonomously. The bark collar leaves
you free to take care of your busy schedule while it takes care of training
your dog not to bark.
Bark collars work by
interrupting a dog while it is barking. This is done by one of four methods -
static correction, vibration, spray, or sonic - which are automatically
triggered by sensors in the collar itself.
Static Bark Collars
Static collars are by
far the most popular bark collars and they're also the most versatile. They
work by sending a short pulse of static interruption to the dog when the
collar's sensors detect barking and they are available for dogs of all sizes.
Most models can be set to numerous levels of intensity, so the same model can
be fine-tuned for timid dogs that need less interruption, as well as willful,
headstrong dogs that might need greater intensity.
Various premium static
collars also come with additional features such as interruptive tone warnings
or vibrations. Others have the ability to automatically increase the levels of
static interruption if a dog continues to bark until it finds the level at
which the dog acquiesces.
Vibration Bark Collars
Vibration collars also
have sensors that detect a dog's bark before sending an interruptive pulse - in
this case a vibrating one. Although the vibration intensity can be
pre-adjusted, vibration collars don't have the versatility of static collars
and there are far fewer models available. However, for those who would prefer
not to use a static collar the vibration collar is a very practical
Spray Bark Collars
A newer but
increasingly popular method of bark control, the spray bark collar emits a tiny
burst of spray (usually scented with citronella or lemon) near a dog's snout to
interrupt barking. Tiny sensors built into the spray collar detect when a dog
barks and initiate the delivery of the spray.
Because the spray is
harmless to both pets, people and the environment, spray bark collars are
highly recommended for small or timid dogs. Spray collars can also be used as
training collars for added cost-effectiveness and versatility.
Collars and Bark Controls
collars use high-pitched sounds that get a dog's attention but are inaudible to
humans. Ultrasonic bark control devices can be collars, handheld remote units,
or stationary monitoring units.
collars detect when a dog barks and emit ultrasonic sound to interrupt the
barking. Some ultrasonic collars also use vibration as an added stimulus.
Ultrasonic collars are especially good at training young and small dogs not to
remote units use the same high-frequency sound but need to be operated by the
handler. This means that the owner has to engage in the bark training process
and initiate the sound whenever a dog barks, however the pet doesn't need to
wear an uncomfortable collar.
Dog bark control units
are monitoring stations that cover a large area from a central position. On
sensing any dog barking within a certain radius (usually about 50-feet) the
bark control unit sends out an ultrasound signal that will interrupt all dogs
barking within its range. Bark control units are excellent for keeping one or
more dogs quiet while playing in the backyard.
By John Bone