My Mother-in-law has a dog that barks ALOT!She is getting sick of hearing him bark at every single thing he sees.She is thinking of getting a "Ati-Bark Collar"for her dog. I,personly dont like them but,her friend does.But if you want a guard dog,and you buy one of these collars,wontthe dog not bark even if something is wrong?Becouse he will be afraid of a shock? Most shock a dog a little but if they keep barking the shocking gets stronger, unless the dog barks more then like say five times. One sprays some thing when the dog barks,there are many types.
Any help or thoughts welcome
(Here is the link to the one that her friend has.)
You can get anti-bark collars that emit a high-pitched sound or spray citronella - the latter is the more humane and plus the dog ends up barking louder to not hear the sound. However, you must use the collar in conjunction with training. You can train the dog to be quiet but holding a treat in front of him and when he is quiet for 5 seconds, give him the treat. Don't give it to him as soon as he is quiet or you will be rewarding his barking. Repeat this but wait longer each time before giving him the treat. Then you can use the command, 'quiet' and when he stops barking wait a few seconds then give the treat. Once he learns this, you can train him to bark when you want to. If he is quiet, say 'bark' and when he starts barking, treat him. Then say quiet and treat him when he quiets. The collar will stop his barking but once you take it off the barking will continue unless you train him as well. Also , if your dog is barking due to anxiety as opposed to nuisance barking then the collar will only increase the anxiety.
When I volunteered at a vet in Miami, I saw a huge, hairy German Shepherd that had two marks on his neck, looked like a vampire got him. Actually it was an ingrown shock collar...
I would definitely second trying the more humane types, like the citronella, or an object, need not be a collar, that emits a high-pitched beep. I remeber seeing someone dicussing it in a different thread, maybe in the training forum I can't remember. Someone else said they put coins in a tin can and shake it, and that noise scares the dogs into silence.
I use the spray anti bark collar on Daisy and Wiley. They work so great. It doesn't hurt them and they now know when I put them on they just don't bark. I don't even fill them any longer because they know.
You take it off and Daisy being a Beagle will howl at the wind, leaves, grasshoppers, grass, rain and so on. LOL
I have a hard time with the bark shock collars. Can you imagine having probes stuck in your throat for hours upon hours. I also don't like the shock aspect of it. If they would tone a few times then shock I would think about it.
If you use the shock type collar, they can burn the dogs neck. I use one, and my dog never had to get shocked. It is like he just knew. But later he did get shocked because he is nutso over horses. And just barked anyway. This weekend he learned he can still whine and not get shocked. Also if you decide on the shock type, DO NOT BUY A CHEAP ONE. They can shock the dog from other dogs barking or loud noises. The more expensive ones do not do this. I use an Inotek that I paid over $100 for. It is small and rechargeable. But you should never leave them on for long periods of time. My dogs never wear them at home. Only at dog shows if they get truely out of control or in a hotel if the will not keep quiet. It is only used as a final result. Most of the time I just use a Super Soaker Squirt gun, so you can get them at a long distance. For some that even becomes a game.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
Electronic training devices such as electronic fences and anti-barking collars rely on painful punishment and negative reinforcement, causing dogs to live in fear of being electrocuted for normal behaviors like crossing invisible lines, barking, and jumping onto surfaces within their own homes. Positive training methods, in which dogs are rewarded for what they do right, are kinder and more effective.
personally i think that shock collars are cruel because if the dog barks a lot then the shock could get out of control! and as u say wat happens if ther rely is somthin rong?? i dont think she should bother.