We love our huge furry canine friends, but when they start barking incessantly, it can quickly get annoying for you and your neighbours. To correct this, bark collars are used.
A bark collar is worn by dogs with a tendency for unnecessary barking to lessen this behaviour.
Bark collars work either by detecting vibration from the dog’s vocal cords as they bark or with a microphone that listens for the dog’s barks. When the collar detects barking, it administers a form of correction depending on the type of collar it is.
There are four different types of collars:
- Citronella spray collar
- Vibration collar
- Static shock collar
- Ultrasonic sound collar
Types of Dog Bark Collars
A spray dog bark collar is the most natural method to correct unnecessary barking. It works by spraying citronella fluid onto the dog’s lower jaw.
To do this, the collar has a sensor that detects vibrations from barking and sprays citronella onto the dog to irritate him.
Citronella collars are totally safe for your pooch. This is because the collars use a tiny amount of citronella to only cause your dog slight discomfort.
Overall, spray collars are painless and are great for timid canines.
These collars automatically detect vibrations when your pooch barks and produce vibration pulses to correct the barking.
Vibration collars are either remote-controlled, automatic or both. Remote collars allow the owner to adjust vibration intensity, while automatic collars have sensors that detect barking and automatically produce a correctional vibration.
When it comes to safety, vibration collars don’t cause your pooch any pain. They only bring your dog’s attention to the barking.
Lastly, these collars should be used either for bark correction or getting the dog’s attention, but not both. This is to avoid confusing your pooch.
Static Shock Collars
Static collars are the most popular correction collars as they’re the quickest and most effective at correcting excessive barking.
The collars have a sensor that detects when your dog barks. When this happens, a static shock is administered.
The shock is a mild tingling sensation that startles the dog and interrupts their bad behaviour.
Like vibration collars, static collars also come with adjustable levels of intensity. Always start with the lowest level and observe your dog’s reaction to find the right level for your pooch.
These collars produce an ultrasonic sound frequency that’s inaudible to you but annoying for your dog.
Ultrasonic collars have a microphone that senses barking. When barking is detected, a sound frequency is produced and the dog quickly associates the two actions. The sound automatically stops when the dog stops barking.
The ultrasonic frequency is completely safe and painless for your furry friend.
Our Top 3 Picks for Anti-Bark Collars
Ultimate Barktec BT100 Citronella Spray Bark Collar Kit
The Ultimate Barktec BT100 Collar Kit is a citronella bark collar spray that sprays the dog with a non-toxic citronella solution when they bark.
It’s equipped with a sensor that detects vibration from barking and shoots a stream of citronella onto the dog’s lower jaw. This distracts them from whatever they were barking at.
The Ultimate Barktec BT100 Collar is the larger version of the regular Barktec BT100 Collar. It contains 10 extra batteries and three refill canisters, while the regular kit only has one of each.
The collar is equipped with a small spray device that measures 5 cm by 3.5 cm by 3.5 cm. It’s also light and weighs in at 69 grams. This size makes it comfortable for any dog.
To power the spray device, there’s a 6V alkaline battery that’s provided with the kit. Other items in the package include:
- User manual
- 10 extra batteries
- Adjustable nylon collar
- 3 Citronella Refill Canisters
- Spray device
- Adjustable 60cm strap
When it comes to return policies, the collar comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 1 year limited warranty.
Here’s why we love it:
- Does not require human involvement
- Painless and cruelty-free
- Fits most dog sizes (4.5 kg and above)
Here’s what others are saying about this collar:
Gulcan Okmen | Customer Review
Dogtra YS600 Electric Collar
The Dogtra YS600 is a high output rechargeable electric dog collar best for dogs weighing over 15.8 kgs. It is also ideal for stubborn breeds that always bark, such as Beagles, poodles and Terriers.
The Dogtra YS600 works slightly differently from citronella collars. It’s powered by a high performance pager that vibrates and shocks the dog when training. Additionally, the pager offers 10 levels of stimulation which allows you to find the ideal level for your dog.
There’s also a ‘bark indicator’ that beeps to alert owners when the vibration level is too low for the dog. When the indicator detects that the dog is still barking even when activated, it beeps to alert the owner to increase the stimulation level.
On top of that, the collar has an Accelerometer Bark Sensor to detect barks. It’s built with cutting edge technology that distinguishes between barking and external vibrations. This prevents false corrections.
Powering this unit is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that takes 2 hours to charge. Charging is indicated by an LED indicator light on the collar.
Furthermore, this collar is durable. It’s fully waterproof and has strong buckles. It’s also lined with a plastic covering that takes whatever your dog throws at it.
The collar is small and measures 10.75 by 7 by 2 inches. It also weighs in at only 90 grams for the comfort of your pet.
Like the rest of our products, this collar comes with a 1 year limited warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The following items are included in the package:
- User manual
- Collar charger
- 1 inch wide collar strap
Here’s what one buyer said about the collar:
Julian Mocanu | Customer Reivew
Aetertek AT-919A Bark Control Collar
The Aetertek Bark Control Collar uses intelligent technology for dog correction. The first bark triggers a beep that should distract the dog from barking. But if this fails and the dog continues to bark, a correction static shock is administered.
The shock isn’t painful and should be viewed as a training tool, not punishment for your dog. The collar has also been tested and proven to be safe.
Moreover, the technology used is able to distinguish between bark vibrations and others such as running and scratching. This protects your pet from false corrections.
To power the collar, there’s a rechargeable battery that takes 2 hours to charge. Additionally, the collar is powered on using a magnetic switch. It also has an LED light to indicate when the unit is on or charging.
The Aetertek AT-919A is suitable for medium and large dogs, making it a great choice if you have different sized dogs.
The following items are in the kit:
- 1 Aetertek receiver measuring 7.5 x 4 x 3 cm
- 1 magnet switch
- 1 collar
- 1 charger
- User guide
Customers love this product. Here’s what one customer said:
Sara Holgate | Customer Review
Comparison Table for Large Dog Bark Collars
|Bark Collar||Top Features||Availability|
|Ultimate Barktec BT100 Citronella Spray Collar Kit||3 Refill Canisters Great for all dog sizes Sturdy nylon straps||Check price|
|Dogtra YS600 Electric Collar||Rechargeable Waterproof 10 intensity levels||Check price|
|Aetertek AT-919A Bark Control Collar||Automatic correction Durable build||Check price|
Are Bark Collars Safe?
Yes, bark collars are completely safe. Even the most intense static collars won’t harm your pooch. They’re all humane, and it all comes down to the owner's preference.
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