Behavior – anti bark collars for dogs


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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?)

collar that stops dog barking

P.S.  My American cocker barks everytime when he sleeps alone even after an 2 hour walk

Burak Rahhim


Dear Burak,

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.

spray citonella anti bark collar dogs

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.

ultrasound anti bark collar

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.


Kathy Clayton

Chairman of the Animal Behaviour Consultants of SA
Accredited Companion Animal Behaviourist &Professional Dog Trainer
011 783 3042   082 454 1750

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