My dog barks a lot: anti-bark collar or alternatives

When a dog barks, it is expressing its emotions and its way of expressing itself. Even if you don’t understand why your dog reacts this way, it is important to decipher his language in relation to the different possible situations.
However, excessive barking can be a nuisance to the neighborhood and may put you at odds with your dog. However, there are solutions to this problem by turning to an anti-bark collar that allows you to overcome these noise nuisances, while training your dog.

When should I use an anti-bark collar?

When you are present, you can act directly on the training of your dog when it starts barking unexpectedly. Barking can be heard from several dozen meters away in the neighborhood, which constitutes a noise nuisance that must be controlled. Of course it is not a question of punishing the dog when it barks, because it is a way for the animal to communicate. But when the barking is abnormal, especially when you are away, it can literally mean a behavior problem.

There are several possible explanations: fear of an outside element, a feeling of frustration because you are not present, the animal’s excitement or simply its instinct. Although it is preferable to use an educational method, it is always difficult to act when the dog adopts this behavior in your absence.

This is why the use of an anti-bark collar is the perfect solution to this type of problem. The collar works on the basis of electrical impulses and is triggered only when the dog barks incessantly. Its effectiveness is real, because the bad behavior of the dog can be corrected. Thanks to its system of alarm and electric wave that you can adjust beforehand, a small electric discharge is sent to the animal so that it calms down and stops barking.

Don’t worry, although its use is controversial, it is above all a matter of correcting a behavior without causing any after-effects or injuries. The device is perfectly harmless for the animal and a preventive sound is emitted before the discharge is triggered.

The advantages of an anti-bark collar

The use of an anti-bark collar is a quick way to educate your dog. Its efficiency results from the small and totally painless electric wave that will be emitted each time the animal barks. But you will also have the choice to turn to a model with ultrasounds, because it should be known that the dog has an ear much more sensitive than ours. Rather than sending an electric shock, ultrasounds, which we cannot hear at all, will be produced so that the animal calms down immediately.

Another possible device is a chemical anti-bark collar that emits an unpleasant substance to the dog’s sense of smell via a spray. Once again, this is a particularly effective and painless method that will allow your pet to stop barking unnecessarily. The only drawback is that the reward principle is not used this time, as it is more of a deterrent for the animal.

Although the anti-bark collar does not replace the education of your dog, it is sometimes necessary to use it when you cannot intervene because you are absent. It is a solution that will allow you to obtain immediate results so that the neighborhood is not disturbed and above all to avoid certain problems with the police. And for a real efficiency, it is important to choose a model according to the physical constitution of your animal. It is therefore necessary to choose the operating mechanisms according to its behavior and its emotional state.

How to react to a dog that barks too much

Among the alternative solutions to the anti-bark collar, education should be placed at the center of your priorities. You may have noticed that in your presence, your dog tends to bark unnecessarily.

You must first try to understand why the animal adopts this attitude and find an effective way to calm it down. By identifying the source of the barking, you will be able to find ways to correct the behavior.

Your pet may bark at passers-by, hear another dog barking, or simply because of an object in the neighboring yard. Out of fear, excitement or reflex, he simply adopts a bad behavior. By identifying and removing the trigger, you can greatly reduce the risk of barking.

Every time he calms down, don’t hesitate to use a reward such as a treat, you will get excellent results.

Education and patience are absolutely necessary in this type of situation and do not hesitate to consult a dog trainer or to turn to a veterinary consultation if the problem persists.

It is useless to use an anti-bark collar systematically, it is a temporary solution while the animal is being educated. Raising the voice or hitting the dog are not solutions to consider and you risk obtaining counter-productive results. If, despite your various attempts, training your pet does not work, turn directly to a canine behaviorist who will be able to give you sound advice on the best attitude to adopt.