I've never used one myself, because my dog isn't much of a barker, but my friend has Norwegian Buhunds (quite barky) and they figured out that they can bark and then quickly step back to avoid breathing in the spray.
The only thing that worked with them was shock collars - I'm not sure how I feel about those, as I have never used one myself.
Have you tried making a startling noise when he barks? A shake can or something?
***Edited By: rebecca1982 on 9/19/2005 11:13:47 AM*** Reason: add
A hardcore barker who doesn't care may bark continouously, empty the collar and then learn from that point on ward to bark long enough to get the reward of no more spray.
Really depends upon your dog, and how badly they want to bark/ need to bark.
Are you having an issue because you want to leave them out in the yard for random periods of time?
Many animals don't do well being separated from the pack liek that. Especially if the dog is new to you and trying to settle in. May be afraid you will walk away and leave it. I can crate my dog inside. I can't leave mine out for more than 5 minutes. She will either cause trouble in the yaard or bark to remind people she's out there.
I know people that have used them and they have been pretty effective. I guess it just sort of depends on the type of dog.
My Chihuahua isn't outside a lot, but I trained her not to bark by putting her in her kennel and if she barked, I completely ignored her. But the moment she stopped, I would give her a treat and let her out. Maybe try something like that? Positive reinforcement. Sometimes shaking a can of coins at them when they bark is effective as well. It's in a Beagle's nature to bark though, so I don't know how easy it will be to curb that. Good luck with everything!
Mafia I just leave him out for about 15 mins in the morning for potty breaks and after work and then before bed but he HATES to be alone. If he's inside, he's fine but sometimes I want to have both dogs outside to chill out and he refuses. He just barks. It's not bothersome to me, but to my neighbors.
I know about the shock collars and I won't do that to him because it's not to the point where it's an issue with us, as sometimes dogs just want to bark but we have this one particular neighbor who would love NOTHING more than to call the dog officer even if it's only a few random barks in the morning.
I think I'll just wait and see if he gets better over time. It has been only a week with us and he used to bark all the time even when we left him in the house. Now he just snoozes.He knows we're coming back now....
yes we tried this collar on our dog thunder with no results. he barked once, noticed the spray and smelled it. barked a few more times ...each time smelling the citronella spray. realized that it wasnt anything to be concerned about and continued on his merry way barking his happy head off.