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Need Help Managing a Barking Dog?

January 10, 2019

Wouldn't it be great if you could quietly stop your neighbor's dog from barking all night? Of course, it would be. After all, you love dogs but you also love having a little peace and quiet. Fortunately, there is a collection of high tech anti-barking devices aimed at stopping the woof, woof, woof... so the pet's annoying cadence doesn't go on for hours. Although anti-barking collars have been around for years, several manufacturers have also released handheld and wall-mounted dog-bark controllers to deter and train pets that are obsessed with bad behaviors. Although we have not tested each device type, there are numerous online reviews and customer testimonials to help with your purchasing decisions.

Types of Anti-Barking Devices

Once a new pet product is successfully launched, the pet industry is well known for flooding the market with both effective and "not so good" products. Three generic categories of dog anti-barking devices are discussed below:

  • Anti Barking Collars - Anti-barking collars work in one of four ways: provide an electric shock, emit a burst of air spray, send a virbration, or transmit a high-frequency noise. Generally speaking, none of the devices are harmful to your pet but common sense should guide the use of any device. Collars do not have the portability to use on someone else's dog. As a training device, the shock collar is the least humane and most controversial option.
  • Handheld Ultrasonic Bark Control - Handheld units provide the most flexibility as the device can be carried in a pocket or purse for use whenever it is needed. The handheld bark controller emits a safe, high-pitched tone that canines can hear. Although not harmful to animals, the sound is annoying and most often leads to cessation of bad behaviors such as barking or digging. The biggest advantages of a handheld device are portability and convenience.
  • Indoor Ultrasonic Bark Control - Indoor ultrasonic dog bark controllers also use a safely emitted sounds that deter the canine from obsessive barking. However, these units have a built-in microphone to detect and respond to a barking noise within range of the mounted device. Pet owners often have to install devices in multiple rooms for example, one unit near the entrance way (or front door) and another unit on the screened porch for more complete in-home coverage.

It should be pointed out that some dog owners report that their pet did not respond to the device(s) they tried. Nonetheless, most devices have online consumer testimonials and product reviews to aid the purchasing process.

The good news lies in the fact that there are numerous anti-barking pet products listed online (and in stores) at a broad range of affordable prices. However, before you purchase a product, decide if your use is for indoors, outdoors, or both and buy a device with a range that will work best for your dog's specific environment. If your pet continues to engage in excessive behaviors, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition or canine anxiety. A professional trainer may be needed to modify your pet's behavior. Schedule your dog's annual physical exam at PrimeVET and discuss your concerns with our caring veterinarian.

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