Bark Control Dog Collars The good and the bad !


Most dog owners have heard about Bark Control Dog Collars.  The question is have we actually done research into these collars or are we believing the hype in advertising ads? To shock or not to shock, that is the question.

If you investigate the collars that are available for sale on line you will see descriptions such as …… when a dog barks he receives a safe but bothersome static correction …… intensity increases with excessive barking …… length of vibration (correction) is random and interrupts dog barking.  What does random mean?  one second of correction or three minutes of correction, after all, it is random. What does bothersome mean?  One collar even advertises that the correction adjusts to a dog’s temperament. The dog might think, Hey what the heck was that and get a little scared and depending on how the collar interprets that feeling …. gives another correction?  

Then there are collars that emit ultrasonic tones that are only heard by your dog and are supposedly so startled they stop barking (is that because it  hurts?)  but if they exhibit improper (what does improper mean?) behavior as a result, stop use immediately.  There are also collars, believe it or not,  that emit a citronella scented spray.  Apparently the dog will find it bothersome to their heightened sense of smell. I wonder if any of the dogs had a reaction to the spray and needed medical attention. I do hope the owners were there if  this happened.  Citronella contains insect repellent, alcohol, and air conditioning coolant.  I certainly would not want to be sprayed with anything containing Citronella.  Would you?  Electronic  devices sometimes malfunction.  I wonder if any control collars have malfunctioned and what happens when they do?

Some of us live in apartment complex’s or homes very close to our neighbors, and while I certainly understand a neighbor not wanting to hear a dog constantly barking, I think we also have to realize that a dog barking at an unfamiliar noise in their environment and to warn someone away from their home, or a puppy who is lonely and has not yet adapted to their new home is NORMAL.  Dogs have always protected their space and warned off intruders, human or animal,  since the beginning of time. I certainly would not want someone to spray me or put a shock collar on me for talking or protecting my home.

 A good alternative to shock collars is to perhaps have someone walk your pet to release pent up energy and help to  relax your dog.  I would also put an article of your clothing into the the crate with your dog or puppy (it should have your scent on it) which helps to comfort the dog. It is always a good idea to have something safe for them to chew on as well such as a Kong, etc.   Last,  but MOST IMPORTANT,  in my opinion,  is to leave a television or radio on for your dog.  You can put on a channel with people talking like the cooking channel (don’t laugh, it really works) or even cartoons.  Dogs actually do watch TV and follow movement in the cartoons and the high pitched voices.  Although you can try CNN  too!  The sound of the TV or soothing music relieves the quietness of your home and helps to prevent your pet from hearing all the noises that causes them to bark.

I know we all love our pets and want only the best for them!