Countless dog owners across the world have been faced with a situation in which their dog insists upon barking relentlessly, no matter what you do to try to calm them. You can use soothing words, take them out for a walk, give them a treat, and all the typical things you might generally check on to make sure your dog is happy, healthy, and taken care of. Yet the problem can still persist, and it can become more of a problem when it starts to bother not only your household but the entire world around you.
So what are we to do when this situation arises? We all love our dogs, but surely we can find a way to get them to behave in a manner that is harmonious with our lifestyles. Many dog owners have turned to bark collars as a method to get their pets to stop barking. It’s a controversial topic, but the reality of it is that it works. You may be wondering why it is controversial though, especially if you take a look at the more modern products available today. They seem to be focused on safety and versatility.
The reason that bark collars have a negative light surrounding them is that those of a previous generation relied solely on shocking your dog in order to train them. Worse yet, they were strewn with design errors that led to false shocks, or shocking the dog wearing the collar when a nearby dog happened to bark.
Now, the idea of a collar shocking a dog in itself is enough to deter many dog owners – and understandably so. Shock is a strong and scary word. That said, if properly tuned in a shock can be perfectly harmless to your pup and even subtle enough to only get their attention rather than hurt them. No one would ever advocate doing so, but plenty of dog owners have reported testing the bark collars our on their own skin before affixing it to their dog so that they knew what was being administered.
These days bark collars are made in such a way that they are much more safe and humane. Not only are they designed to virtually eliminate false bark detection as well as bark leaking from nearby dogs, but nearly every product out there comes with a number of correction mechanisms for letting your dog know that it’s time to start barking. Better yet, the intensity of the correction mechanism can almost always be honed in to be just enough to get your dogs attention and no more.
Typically what you’re going to find is a bark collar that can give an sound, a vibration, a shock, or a combination of these correction mechanisms. Many dog owners report that the sound alone is enough to get the point across to their dog. What seems unanimous is that bark collars are an effective way to train your dog, and if they are set up properly they can certainly be a safe and humane way of going about it. Now, bark collars are definitely not the only way to accomplish this, but if needed they are a tool you can rely on.