I have a purebred Beagle named Libby. Her owners could not afford her care any longer and I offered to take her in. They were very thankful because they did not want to send her to a shelter. She is a wonderful dog. Her only problem is that she is a barker. I was at the pet store the other day and say something called a bark collar. I asked one of the people working there if bark collars are useful. They told me they were essential to owning a dog and adviced I get one...the most expensive on they sell. lol I want to get some real information on these things. Are bark collars really safe? I don't want to hurt Libby, I just want her to stop barking.
Bark collars are not all the same, the shock collars can be bark induced and then there are remote ones. The shock collars are not my first pick, I would go with the spray ones. What is the dog barking at or why? Some dogs do not respond to bark collars
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PlymouthBeagles are barkers. BIG barkers and they also howl, however, the collar the othere poster mentioned the spray collar I believe its called Gentle spray, link below, works very well. It sprays a type of citronella spray that will not harm the animal, however, most animals are not very fond of it.
First you can try the spray collar first..it is more conservative. But make sure you replace the cans of spray before they run out. I have seen dogs bark just to empty them. I also have seen dogs learn to turn thier head and bark, and also lay down and bark. But it's worth a try.
I use a electronic bark collars. First I would get a remote one first...Some dogs will just keep barking and shocking themselves with a e-bark collar. So, you may have to teach them first. Then If you use a e-bark collar. You have to turn the collar up to a level effective enough to stop the dog from barking and never turn it down...they can become desensitized to the shock. then the collar is useless. and do not go cheap. Tri-tronics bark limiters are good and dogtra's all the others will go off when the dog walks or moves to much. these collars are the only ones that I have seen that will go off inadvertanly.
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I have barkers (2 now, 3 while my daughter & her family were living with us). Beau being the worst. I broke down and got the little gizmo that would send out a signal every time they barked. It worked like a charm, the 1st few times. It took Beau about a day to figure out he could go around the side of the house and bark all he liked without setting it off.
I got the citronella spray collars. Arwen is terrified of the things, but Beau will prance right up to have it put on. It does stop his barking, but the poor girl is so afraid of it, (when he's the one wearing it) I have to virtually drag her out the door to go out! This is an interesting trick, since they have a doggie door to the porch and their run.
Did I mention that she is the one who would love to live outdoors. I have to double check to make sure she hasn't hidden outdoors when we lock up for the night.
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I found one called the intellipet bark solver. No collars, you just mount it near the dogs and it emits a sound they don't like. There are 2 models, one w/ cord, and one that uses 4 "D" batteries. I haven't tried it, I actually found this thread because I am considering one, and hoped to find a product review. (BTW- might a forum for pet product reviews be a good idea?) I would need the battery powered one, and I have a feeling I'm going to go through a lot of batteries. I've taught my dogs the "quiet" command, which usually works pretty well in the house, less so when they are outside. When I take them out for the 11 pm pee before bed, there is often some type of wildlife in the field next to the run. We have deer, raccoon, opossum, and fox, so there is always something to bark at. I have no close neighbors, but still I worry that they may wake someone up. One has a piecing bark that could wake the dead. Has anyone tried this thing? Is it effective enough to combat the excitement of wildlife? If anyone else wants to check it out, it's available at Pet Edge.
bark collars are beleive it or not, inhumane. There is always a reason why a dog barks. They are not a tool any good trainer uses. The citronella ones can sometimes work, but not if the dog learns to lie down on the ground and bark.use a spray bottle of water, or shake a tin can of pennies the surprise the dog and distract it. Beagles are known barkers. It's just them. Instead of using a shock collar, try to figure out why the dog's barking. Watch him. look at his environment.Loke is there a squirrel or a cat in his sight? A person he doesn't know?Leaves falling from trees, cars? and on and on. Yes, shock collars do hurt the dogs, like it would hurt if you touched someone and got a static shock. No they are not essential to owning a dog. I've owned dogs for 20 years and have never used one. And I have dachshunds!! If someone claims they are essential there's something wrong there. That person seriously does not understand their dog. Try giving treats as soon as you see something that makes your dog bark. soon he'll start looking at you for a treat instead of barking. That works very well. Finally, some barking is normal and you shouldn't try to stop all of it. It's not really out of hand unless there's more than 2 or 3 barks.I would be happy to have you contact me any time,pm or e-mail and I could help you.
I do know someone who tried that intellibark thing. Don't waste your money. It didn't do anything. It made the dogs that weren't barking start barking.They were being punished and they hadn't done anything.
Thanks for the review of the intellibark. I had a feeling that might be the case, you know how they say if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is? Yes, I can believe the shock type are inhumane. I've heard of shelties coming into shelters with burn marks on their necks from them. I've also read that shocking a dog can impact it's memory, which can actually make training more difficult. Thank you for the other tips, I have done them all, though. Very good results in the house, but when they are out in the run, and they are all very excited by something, it's pretty much a lost cause for me. I don't really want them to stop barking all together, I know it's just natural dog behavior, and I like them to sound an alarm if something is amiss, but I would like them to quiet down when I ask them to. I'm just going to have to spend more time outside with each dog individually to get the results I want. It's going to take a lot of time. I think I'll wait until the weather is warmer May also have to start the 11PM pee at 9PM to get this done.
I bought the citronella spray collars for my crew. They worked very well on Arwen & Ubs, but not Beau (the biggest barker, the others follow his lead). He figured out in no time that it wouldn't hurt him.
He was also the only one to figure out that going around the corner of the house would allow him to bark all he liked without setting off the "Good Neighbor" bark breaker (let's out an awful sound when they bark). Again, the thing worked like a charm for the first few days and then only kept Arwen & Ubs from barking. Beau eventually ended up knocking the sucker off and into the large water bowl. No dummy that boy!
Bottom line is that if he decides to alert the entire neighborhood to a passing butterfly, I bring him in and close the sliding glass door to block off the doggie door. He only barks inside rarely and for good reason.
I'm sure he thinks every bark has a good reason, but I honestly don't need to be alerted to the fact that a neighbor 3 blocks away had someone pull up into their driveway!
Since he'll be 6 in April, don't think he's going to suddenly "see the light" and recognize the error of his ways. He likes the sound of his own voice so we compromise.
So, I guess it depends not only on the breed, but the individual dog as well. No help, am I?
***Edited By: pyrmom on 2/28/2009 9:12:19 PM*** Reason: *
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I can sure understand wishing for more quiet.:) I have a doxie that I took somewhere once. She barked every minute she was awake,for 2 days.She couldn't make a squeak when we got home. Maybe a muzzle, used humanely might help.
Dogs bark to play too. dogs have different levels of prey drive-different stimulation levels and that can cause more or less barking too. My barking dog lets me know that someone just pulled in at the end of the street! Those dogs have poor confidence, they're protecting themselves,same as a dog who barks at a stranger on a walk. they're not protecting their owner, they're protecting themselves,and that can be dangerous.
Yes, Pyrmom, you are a help. It's always good to hear your not the only one facing these challenges. I may give the citronella collars a try. Maybe I'll just get one, and rotate it from dog to dog. It may get them to stop and consider if something is really worth the trouble of barking at. Thing is, I hate the smell of citronella, and I imagine my dogs are going to reek of it-? It's such a strong smell, too, and dogs have such sensitive noses, it does seem a little mean. Sounds like you really have your hands full with Beau. He must be a smart one! I had a good chuckle over your post.
I had hoped to hear good things about the sound emmitance boxes (for lack of better description) But I do have a feeling I have a couple who would 'argue back at the box' so to speak.
I do not believe in debarking, and will not use the collars (shock type) but would need a small bulk of citronella collars, lol. They do listen to a quiet command at times....but some things get them going that no one needs to be alerted to.....i know how you feel Pyr, lol.
Though I will always know that the mail is here, a car is going by suspiciously slow, someone looked in their direction, a squirrel rabbit or other critter is within eye sight, or they just plain want to hear themselves, lol.
We have one of the sound emitting ones, it does nothing to stop the dogs, but my 10 year hears it and HATES it, and any loud noise sets it off. Same thing with the bark collars other dogs barking can set them off as well. Personally I would only use the remote style, I can use it for training many things, including barking, off leash, jumping, anything, and he doesnt know it is me doing it. I did try it on myself first all 15 levels of correction, and have to say it is one of the best tools I have ever used. He only wears it when we go stay at my parents, or there will be alot of people, it beats keeping him on a leash in the house.