On barking collars

Barking Collars - A barking dog can be quite a nuisance, disturbing and startling pedestrians and children. Keeping neighbors awake at night is also a big no-no. The barking can be irritating, even for the dog’s loving owner. Barking collars are a great cure for wayward animals in need of gentle, human correction. Before you start a barking collar treatment, make sure you understand why your dog is barking.

Several things can be at fault with a barking dog. If an area is fenced off, but with a clear view of annoyances, like loud cars and noisy kids, he will inevitably bark. If you have a neighbor who regularly walks by, and perpetually yells at or scares the dog, things will only get worse. In this case, talk to the neighbor and ask him to treat the dog properly. Try fencing off the area of the yard that irritates him so much. If he can’t see it, he may calm down.

Other causes of the overly vocal canine can be hunger, thirst, excessive heat or cold. Dogs need food, water, and during extreme weather, a cozy indoor spot. They can bark to no end for any of these reasons. If you’ve checked all of the above possibilities, barking collars may be your last resort.

There are barking collars that some may consider humane or inhumane, but for the sake of information we’ll tell you about all of them.

Spray barking collars are very popular. It has a device in the front, directly beneath the dogs’ chin. When he barks, an unpleasant smelling spray is emitted. Dogs don’t like a spray in their noses, and the sound may also startle him. This treatment is not painful, and is considered by most to be humane.

Choke barking collars may be scary for your dog, but is supposed to be completely safe. When the dog barks, the collar automatically constricts, in a choking action. It has a sensor that detects the correct width at which to close. Bruising is unusual, but not impossible. The problem with these barking collars is that they have, in rare cases, malfunctioned and choked the dog to death.

Shock barking collars are not commonly used today, because it’s considered cruel and inhumane. What’s worse, is the dog will develop an association with what or who caused him to bark. For example, if a child causes the dog to bark, you may have a dangerous situation. The dog doesn’t know barking is wrong. He’ll think that looking at that person or object is wrong. As soon as the collar comes off, he will have associated the child with his pain, and may attack him.

Remember, no one likes a barking dog. If you’ve tried other methods to correct him, and they still don’t work, then invest in a humane barking collar. Spray bark collars are best, as they don’t do physical harm to your pet. It’s only natural for dogs to bark, so don’t punish him for it, just correct the behavior.

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