ANTI BARK COLLARS FOR DOGS
Dear Your Own Vet’s animal behaviorist,
Is there disadvantages to using anti bark collars for dogs (using sounds or electric or sprays that dogs hate?)
P.S. My American cocker barks everytime when he sleeps alone even after an 2 hour walk
As far as I know there are no disadvantages to using an anti-bark collar on a dog, especially the vibrating ones and the one’s that spray citronella oil up their snout.
This is a corrector, so that as the dog barks there with either a vibration or a spray that they receive, so they are surprised and stop barking. Of course when they stop barking the vibration or spray stops. So the dog should learn that barking is not pleasant, and not barking is okay.
However, I must say that both of these are usually ineffective on a chronic barker – that dog will bark through a vibration and a spray.
Although it sounds terrible, sometimes it is necessary to use the one that give a little shock (which actually feels like something we get when we walk over a carpet and get a static shock) as the dog really learns not to bark.
It is not cruel as the dog learns very quickly, and if it means the difference between having your neighbours poisoning your dog, complaining so that you have to give away the dog, or even move, then a little shock is not bad.
Chairman of the Animal Behaviour Consultants of SA
Accredited Companion Animal Behaviourist &Professional Dog Trainer
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