The problem of excessive barking has always been a source of frustration for dog owners, and it has always taken a lot of work, starting with puppyhood, to train a dog to stop barking and sit quietly while another dog walks by.
Today, dog owners may choose from a wide variety of high-quality barking tools. Actually, we can stay in our loungers and pet our dogs thanks to automated ball-throwing devices. Modern technology has made learning and playing at an epic degree of simplicity.
While convenient tools are available, selecting one might be a challenge:
First, let’s figure out why your dog keeps barking. When figuring out what’s best for your dog, this is crucial information. Aggressive, territorial, separation anxious, playful, habitual, and nuisance barking are the six basic types of barking.
There will always be those that argue more than others, but these are the ones who really stand out when it comes to the topic of dogs and their annoying barking tendencies.
The first three forms of barking are classified as instinctive barking, and teaching them is more challenging and can’t be performed using basic equipment.
It’s not too difficult to train a dog to stop barking, whether it’s playful, habitual, or just plain annoying. How quickly and effectively a tool for training a dog works depends on factors such as the dog’s temperament, his age, his IQ, as well as the number of dogs being trained.
Which alternatives are available then?
The shock collar:
It’s safe to say that the shock collar is the most well-known form of electronic dog training aid. Although I admit that this is “effective,” I will not advocate for or recommend its usage. Although it might seem to be working, it’s actually having a detrimental impact on your dog.
There’s excellent reason why shock collars have a bad reputation for being extremely traumatic for dogs. A member of staff recently tested a shock collar on his leg.
There were a total of 16 levels, and by the time he had reached level 10 his leg was already marked and bruised.
Can you picture that reaction on a 25-pound dog, if a grown person had it? The use of shock collars has been linked to an increase in anxiety, a reduction in the amount of social interaction between a dog and his owner, and even physical symptoms like incontinence.
The Ultrasonic Collar:
Thus, excluding the shock collar, there are still several choices. Most available products use ultrasonic sound to teach a dog new tricks. This tech is used in standalone units, collars, and manual devices.
Collars that employ citronella spray and collars that use vibrations are also available. Add-ons like strobe lights can be purchased separately for some items. I hope you haven’t lost your balance yet.
There has been a significant uptick in the demand for automated models. These gadgets have microphones built right in, so when the dog barks, the device will give out the appropriate training signals to quiet him down.
As one or two dogs may easily set off a freestanding unit, training groups of three or more can become difficult.
There is considerable variation in cost, and in certain cases, you may be able to get by with a lower cost unit. A more expensive equipment will often have a greater range, more control over the microphone’s sensitivity, and the option to be activated either wirelessly or manually.
If your dog has a milder disposition and doesn’t require as much physical or mental exertion from you, then one of these gadgets may be useful.
Due to the need for an unobstructed view of the dog, they are less effective when the dog is allowed to move around the home and yard as he feels good.
Ultrasonic frequencies are the first to disappear when a dog’s hearing starts to degrade, so they aren’t great for elderly canines either.
If you spend a little more on a device that can be activated from a distance, you can teach your dog not to beg or jump up on furniture.
An automated collar is recommended if your needs are different from those described above. Collars of this type often combine ultrasonic and vibration technology, while some only use ultrasonic technology.
Since these collars should only effect the wearer, they are useful when dealing with many dogs. The ultrasonic or citronella will only be audible or detectable to the dogs if they are very close to one another; at this distance, the dogs will not be able to control their behavior.
These are also fantastic for dogs who want to roam free or for covering more ground. These may also be found across a wide price range, with more costly models typically offering more advanced functions and conveniences, such as wireless control.
If you are unsure about what type of training collar might be most effective for your dog, consider an ultrasonic or ultrasonic/vibration collar. They call for minimal involvement from the dog’s owner and may be set to operate automatically.
You have the highest chance of success since most dogs react positively to the ultrasonic on its own. If your dog does not react to the ultrasonic or if he does but is still resistant, you might try using the vibration as a backup method.
Most of the time, the barking may be silenced by switching to a vibration setting or by putting them to work in tandem. Dogs with hearing loss might also benefit from vibration.
The Citronella Collar:
The citronella collar is the last option. The citronella collar is effective because dogs have an innate aversion to the scent of citrus. However, these collars are not suitable for novice trainers, nor can they be placed on a dog alone.
They are fully automated, but initial use is limited to one hour per day and requires human supervision. Dogs may easily disarm these collars by barking continuously until the canister is empty, at which point they can bark as much as they like.
If you want your dog to stop barking when you put on the collar, whether it’s spraying or not, you need to devote at least an hour a day to intensive training and reinforcement.
The dog will learn to link the sound of the device’s presence with his barking and will be free to make reasonable noises when the device is removed.
The Manual Hand-held Collar:
Because of its superior training capabilities and adaptability, this is the most useful unit, although it is not self-operating. These function like an electronic dog whistle and may be used for more than simply barking training.
For safety on walks and in other potentially dangerous circumstances, many of these devices come with optional accessories including strobe lights, flash lights, and panic alarms.
The best part about them is that you get complete control. Because you’ll need to take part in every practice session, you’ll gain dominance over the dog and he’ll learn to listen more when you don’t have the unit.
When utilizing these tools, you should stand in front of your dog and provide him verbal and visual cues. The apparent drawback is that you’ll always have to take part in training, and the automated function will never be yours.
The importance of consistency and reward in training is often overlooked in favor of the more immediate goal of eliminating the unwanted behaviour. Keep in mind, too, that canine vocalization is completely natural and necessary.
The most effective method is to establish when a dog is allowed to bark and when it is not. You can utilize a combination of devices, such as an automated one for when you’re not around and a manual one for training sessions when you are.
If your dog is experiencing any sort of health condition or unusual behavior, it is imperative that you consult with your veterinarian before making any decisions.