How to Stop a Dog Howling or Whining

Author: Neil Smith   Date Posted:9 May 2014 

Is Your Barking Dog Also Howling and Whining?


Here at Bark Control Australia, we often get calls from customers with dogs that howl, cry or whine assuming the simple solution is to buy a bark collar to fix the problem however, it's not usually that simple. It's important to understand that most barking collars are activated by the vibration of your dog's vibration chords as they bark. When your dog is howling, whinging or whining, their vocal chords don't produce enough of a vibration to set the collar off which means a sound activated collar or vibration activated collar with an adjustable vibration sensitvity setting are your best options.

Although there aren't as many collars to choose from, we still have a few potential solutions! If you'd like to see the best collars for howling, scroll to the bottom of this page. If you'd like to understand how our collars work in relation to your dog's barking behaviour, read along. 


Electric Bark Collars

Nearly all static electric bark collars are activated by a vibration sensor that picks up the vibration of your dog's vocal chords when they bark. As said above, when your dog howls, whinges or whines, your dog's vocal chords do not provide enough of a vibration to activate the collar. Understandably, the collars are designed like this to prevent accidental corrections from normal dog behaviour such as scratching, swallowing and running.

We do have a couple of sound activated bark collars, and these can be effective in single dog scenarios. If there are 2 or more dogs within a few metres of the dog wearing the sound activated collar, the collar may deliver a false correction as a result of another dog's barking.


Citronella Spray Collars

Sound activated citronella collars are also a suitable for howling dogs providing they are howling loud enough for the microphone sensor to pick up the noise. We recommend using a Citronella Spray Collar on responsive pet dogs and sensitive/timid dogs. We recommend using a static electric collar on working dogs because they will not be phased by the citronella spray.


Stationary Bark Deterrents

Our stationary bark deterrents are also sound activated however they often require the dog to be howling within a close proximity to the unit in order to deliver its ultrasonic tone. Generally, we don't recommend these products to curb this type of behaviour.



So what's the solution?

Below, we have a chart that displays the collars that we recommend for howling and whining dogs. If you have any questions regarding which collar is best for your situation, feel free to contact one of our experts at 1300 668 931!

Collar Suitable for dogs Correction Type Vibration/Sound Activated Suitable for 2+ Dog Situations
E-Collar Technologies BP-504 5kg - 25kg+ Static Electric Vibration Activated Yes
PetSafe Anti-Bark Spray Collar 5kg - 25kg+ Citronella Spray Sound Activated No*
Dogtra YS-300 5kg - 25kg Static Electric Sound Activated No*


*This sound activated collar may deliver a false correction to your dog wearing the collar if another dog is barking within close proximity.


The E-Collar Technologies BP-504 Bark Collar is your best bet when it comes to solving your dog's howling. It's the only vibration activated collar that you can adjust the sensitivity of. Simply set the collar to a high sensitivity to allow it to pick up the small vibrations of your dog's vocal chords as they howl, whinge or whine. Because this collar is vibration activated only, the collar will not be accidentally set off by another dog's bark within close proximity. 

The PetSafe Anti-Bark Spray Collar is a great inexpensive starting point to stop howling, unfortunately, as with traditional dog barking, a spray deterrent may not be enough to deter your dog from their behaviour. We only recommend spray collars for pet dogs and sensitive dogs.

The Dogtra YS-300 is also an effective and reliable choice to stop howling dogs between 5kg and 25kg. This collar uses a unique advanced sound processor that filters out everyday noise however, because it is sound activated, it's not ideal for multiple scenarios.