I have been thinking of getting one for Rocco.I have tried the spray bottle, using my hand in a biting motion, nothing works on him, atleast nothing I have tried. Has anyone used a bark collar,was it successful,which one did you use,shock or citronella?Are they safe? Thanks in advance.
I've seen a lot of dogs out smart citronella.. bark until it empties, or bark and jump back to not get the full spray at them..
Never seen a shock one till class this week. She had it set to the warning tone, which was enough to silence her non stop barking aussie pups. But, it then punishes any dog in the same space.. And she didn't have it on the dog, it was hanging on the crate.
I own a maremma sheepdog, they are notorious barkers....I tried to implement training to stop her incessant barking but it was all to no avail; I had no choice but to resort to a citronella collar at 1st!!! For a while it seemed to work but then she started to tolerate the spray and would bark nonstop!!! you will forever have your hand in your pocket (financially) to replace the batteries and the spray and it aint cheap.
I resorted then to a shock collar which has a rechargeable battery and it transmits various levels of shock and I find that this works quite well but bear in mind that the dog should NOT be made to wear this for longer than 8 hours or it will literally burn a hole in the dog's throat.
I'm about to....Merphy has been barking all night. I'm not sure if he's just trying to get attention (so I've been ignoring him) or if he's just barking at his reflection in the window upstairs. Other than that, he really is a smart dog!
Thanks everyone! . It can actually burn a hole in their throat? That's scarey. I thought they were safe. I don't want to use anything that will harm him. He barks at every little noise he hears and it is really startling when you are just falling off to sleep.
I will give it some thought.,research it some more. Mafia, you mentioned the collar working while hanging on the crate. Does it make a sound when it activates?
I'm fairly certain it was a shock collar. But it was set on the warning rather than a shock. So any bark within the classroom set the collar off. So her dogs punished our dogs, and our dogs punished theirs.. But about 4 times and the rest of the class was quiet (which is saying a lot at a group of excited Aussies)
It just let out a warning tone, that when within about 6 feet you could hear it, it was high pitched.. but I don't think human ears were getting the full effect.
I've seen at petsmart table models of ones that emitted sound sort of liek a baby monitor for the room the dog is in... but I think the collar is more convinient. I like sound rather than a shock.
With more than one dog I don'tthink it would be very fair though, if you had one barker one not, and it kept going off punishing both..
But it was effective, and seemingly non harmful for the use. If I had a problem I'd consider it.
If the collar was emitting a sound than it's not a shock collar. A shock collar literally gives the dog an electrical shock. I used one on my last dog. I put it on my hand before putting it on him to make sure it wasn't that bad. It was a little painful, but he was a quick learner and I only used it for about a week, an hour each time.
I leave the shock collar on my maremma when I go out or when I have work to do around the house, she never has it on for any longer than 6 hours and sometimes not at all. I accidently touched it once and because it automatically goes up a level for every bark till it reaches 6 or 7 levels of intensity once it reaches the max it gives a mighty powerful jolt, I hate doing this but there is no way out....she would literally be driving the whole township INSANE with her barking.
Hahaha this reminds me of Jake, my mother in laws min pin. He's an excessive barker; which was a problem when they babysat Morgan or Kenzie. As soon as they would get the girls down for a nap, jake would bark at a fly and have them right back up. My mil bought the bark collar, put it on the lowest setting and put it on Jake....needless to say, it didn't work. He would bark, get shocked and then start yelping and continue to be shocked! We couldn't help but laugh at my hubby trying to wrestle Jake in order to get the collar off.
We even tried the invisible shock fence on him, he would go past the flags, get shocked and bounce right over the wire lol.
I had a friend with a boarder collie that would bark non-stop and the bark collar didnt help any, she would bark and take the shock. Now a shock colar may hep if used before the bark collar because you can adjust the volt. Give it a real good shock at first and then maybe when you switch to the bark collar it'll take the hint from the lesser shock. Better than having to rehome untill it ends up in the pound and PTS. cruell or not it could be the only means left of keeping a barking dog and teaching it that constant barking is a No No.
I have a shock collar. It makes a noise and then shocks. You can either just have it on sound or sound and shock. I got it since my dog needed to learn the imaginary line in the yard. He used it for 2 days only shocked him 3 times maybe and that was it! Now if he "tests" the area I put it on him for one time with just the noise no shock and he remembers quickly. It did not seem to hurt him he just seemed confused as if who just toched me.
I also use it if we have company over with just noise no shock, not everytime, but sometimes I need to because my GSD will do nothing but bark and cry non stop and he gets to excited with guests and some guests that come over really don't like dogs so I respect that. Just a couple times in his cage with the noise and he is quiet.
I paid $100 for mine and it is well worth the money, but if I had to use it for more than a week then I would've given up. I don't think shocking a dog non stop is a good thing either. Luckily he caught on after a few tries. So yes you can get shock collars with shock and sound at the sametime, or just sound no shock.