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

Bark Control Australia offers a wide selection of Bark Collars for dogs, to control nuisance barking.  The only downside to this is that it can get a little confusing when trying to select the right solution that suits you.  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:

These collars emit an inaudible ultrasonic tone.  It is piercing for dogs, though humans cannot hear it.  When your collar detects your dogs bark (or another dog's bark...unfortunately) via a built in microphone, it goes into action!  Unfortunately many dogs become used to the ultrasonictone and continue barking after a short time of using the product.   We only recommend them as an alternative for young small dogs with low drive or a timid temperament.

Spray Collars: 

Collars that fire out a burst of Citronella spray after detecting your barking dog are referred to as Spray Collars.  Citronella Collars are the most well known but may not be the most effective alternative.  Citronella collars are microphone activated (that's right any loud noise can set them off) and the Innotek and PetSafe basic models on the market are classified as weatherproof (not waterproof!!). 

The PetSafe Big and Little Dog models are waterproof and activated by neck vibration and microphone, meaning 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:

This variety of anti-bark collar is widely regarded as the most effective (98-99% effective).  Static bark collars for dogs 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!!