Whenever someone walks in the house…
Every squirrel on the fence…
Bark! Bark! Bark! Woof woof woof woof!
You love your dog for who they are, but the constant barking is starting to make you and everyone who enters your home a little cuckoo. There must be some way to calm down the barking!
Thankfully, there is.
Bark collars have been proven to control barking and teach dogs when it is and isn’t appropriate to bark. Not to mention, they have saved dog owners from many migraines.
How Do Bark Collars Work?
Every bark training collar works the same way. A corrective stimulus is activated whenever the dog barks. Over time, this teaches the dog when barking is inappropriate by associating barking with the stimulus.
Bark collars come in three main types:
1. Spray Collars release a distracting citronella spray in front of the dog whenever it barks.
2. Ultrasonic Collars let out a startling but harmless tone to let the dog know it isn’t time to bark.
3. Stimulation Collars detect barking and administer a slight electric pulse.
All of these methods are designed to be relatively harmless. They provide an instant feedback mechanism to control barking.
However, it is not recommended to use bark collars on a dog that is already anxious or stressful, as this could worsen their condition. Consult your vet before using a bark collar.
What Are The Best Bark Collars?
We’ve rounded up what we feel are the 9 best bark collars available today:
Let’s break them down.
1. PetSafe Anti-Bark Spray Collar
PetSafe is one of the most popular brands for pet training products. This collar uses a citronella spray to teach your dog when it’s inappropriate to bark.
The spray comes out automatically, so there’s no need to manually push a button yourself. And it comes with an on/off button to help save battery.
At around $40, it’s on the cheaper end of the bark collar price range.
2. PetSafe GentleSpray Anti-Bark Collar
GentleSpray is another citronella spray collar by PetSafe.
The citronella smell is typically non-offensive to humans (citronella oil is often used in perfumery chemicals) and is just unusual enough to distract your dog from barking.
The dog hears it, sees it, feels it, and smells it to provide adequate distraction. The spray is also stain-free and the collar is made of 24″ adjustable nylon.
3. Bark Terminator 3
This is the third-generation Bark Terminator collar. And it’s quite advanced:
- – Three modes of bark or howl detection
- – Ability to select Shock or No-Shock with each mode
- – Ability to select tone or no tone in combination with the low-current shock
- – Option to increase pulses and pulse strength if barking continues
- – If the dog panics or barks uncontrollably for more than 15 seconds, all corrections stop for 20 seconds
- – If it has been a long time since the last bark, the next bark won’t trigger a pulse
All-in-all, it’s a pretty advanced bark collar. We recommend this collar if others have not worked for your pup and you need a more specific training method.
4. PetSafe Deluxe
The PetSafe Deluxe collar comes with three correction modes and an easy-to-push button to cycle through each.
This is a Stimulation Collar which helps inhibit nuisance barking through a harmless static correction.
Each correction mode comes with six levels of static, for a total of 18 levels to make sure it’s tailored to your dog (the correction automatically adjusts to your dog’s temperament).
The collar also comes with a low battery indicator and is one of the smallest and lightest units available.
5. Dogtra No Bark
The Dogtra No Bark is a more higher powered collar than most. The YS600 is smaller than previous models and comes with 2-hour rapid charge batteries and a separate setting for its non-stimulating High Performance Pager mode.
It comes with 10 stimulating levels, is fully waterproof, and can be used with dogs as small as 35 pounds.
6. Petsafe Sonic Collar
Unlike the previous collars, the PetSafe Sonic Collar is an Ultrasonic Collar. It emits an unpleasant but harmless tone when your dog barks.
It detects barks through a microphone that can be adjusted to recognize your dog’s specific bark and then automatically emits the tone. No other sound can set the unit off. (Very effective on small dogs.)
The sound is also adjustable to make sure it isn’t too much for your pet.
7. SportDOG NoBark 6
The NoBark 6 by SportDOG is a Stimulation Collar. It comes with six levels of stimulation that adjust automatically based on how long your dog barks for.
The automatic shutoff feature makes sure your dog isn’t over-corrected, and it resets itself after 30 seconds of silence.
The collar is waterproof, long-lasting, and is for neck sizes between 6 and 28 inches.
8. Petsafe Elite
This collar uses PetSafe’s patented Perfect Bark™ technology to make sure that only your dog’s specific bark causes the correction.
The collar starts off with low corrections and gradually increases in intensity as barking becomes excessive. It’s also waterproof and comes with ten levels of correction.
9. Pettags Pro NoBark
The Pettags Pro Collar uses a combination of sound and vibration to interrupt a dog’s barking (no electric pulse).
It works well on stubborn dogs to correct their excessive barking habit. The collar comes with different levels of stimulation depending on how much you feel your dog needs to be trained with.
And it fits necks up to 27″.
Wrapping It Up
The best bark collar for your dog depends on what type of corrective stimulus you’re comfortable with and what you think your dog will respond to.
This list isn’t exhaustive, but we feel that these are the top collars on the market for each type of stimulus.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to hit us up in the comments below!