Selecting the Best Bark Collar for your Dog!

Author: Neil Smith   Date Posted:25 June 2013 

Which Bark Collar Do I Choose?

 

Selecting the Right Bark Collar for your Barking Dog

Here at Bark Control Australia, we offer a wide selection of Bark Collars to control nuisance barking. The only complication with selecting a bark collar is that it can get a little confusing when trying to select the right solution that suits your particular situation. Hopefully this short guide will help you select the right collar for your barking dog. Firstly, lets look at the different types of collars out there:



Ultrasonic Collars:

Ultrasonic collars emit an inaudible ultrasonic tone. Even though humans can not hear the tone, it is ear piercing for dogs. The collar only emits the ultrasonic tone when it detects your dog's barking (or another dog's bark...unfortunately) through the built in microphone. Unfortunately, many dogs become used to the ultrasonic tone and continue barking through the tone after a short time of using the product. We only recommend them as an alternative for young small dogs, senior dogs, or adult dogs with a low drive or a really timid temperament.





Spray Collars: 

Spray collars are designed to fire out a burst of Citronella spray when detecting your dog's barking. Citronella Collars are the most well known but may not be the most effective solution. Spray collars are recommended for timid pet dogs that are very responsive. A couple of things to consider about citronella collars is that they are microphone activated and some models are only weatherproof, not waterproof.

In saying that, the PetSafe Big and Little Dog models are waterproof and are activated by neck vibration (vibration of the vocal chords) and microphone (sound of your dog's barking), meaning there will be no accidental corrections. Big and Little Dog spray collars also spray a more direct spray making them more effective in windy conditions. Spray collars are reasonably effective for many dogs (approx 70% effective). However we do not recommend them for stubborn or working dog breeds as they often get used to the spray and bark through the spray.  They are also a little more expensive to run as spray refills are required.




Static/Electric Collars:

Static electric bark collars are the most effective barking solution (98-99% effective). Static bark collars are available in a wide range of sizes and mdoels to suit small to large stubborn dogs. Most static electric collars are activated by the vibration of your dog's vog's vocal chords and this prevents accidental corrections. 

The collars also come in a wide variety of models for small dogs to large stubborn dogs. There are also options for rechargeable or replaceable batteries. All Static models are activated by a vibration sensor that is in contact with the dog's neck and is activated by the dogs bark and in some cases combining with a microphone sensor for extra reassurance.  Electric bark collars are far more advanced than in years gone by, with automatic cut out switches and variable settings to find the right operating mode for your dog.  These collars cannot be worn all day (10-12hrs max).





We currently offer a performance guarantee on all Spray and Static Collars to give you some re-assurance when purchasing one of our products.  So even if the product you choose does not work you can upgrade it to a different model.  Soon Neil will be adding a short product review with recommendations on each individual collar to help make your selection process even easier. 


Remember, we are only a phone call away if you wish to speak to us about getting the right product for your dog.  Good Luck!!