Updated: May 16, 2015
Anti Bark Dog Collar Reviews:We all know how annoying a barking dog can be late at night and as dog owners we need to take care of the problem. Bark collars have been around for some time now and reviews are still very mixed on their effectiveness. Most dog owners want their dogs to be able to bark at an intruder or a thief, but no one needs the dog to bark uncontrollaby at a squirrel or your Aunt Betty. As a canine owner myself, I understand that a barking dog can be threatening to someone that doesn't know the dog, but if the barking goes undeterred then everyone suffers. Now bark dog collars, the static correction ones, are humane and work on some dogs. I talked with several dog owners in our neighborhood and asked them if they had ever used an anti-bark dog collar and several said they had tried. One guy, who received countless threats from the HOA eventually had to get rid of his dog because it wouldn't stop barking when he was at work all day and none of the bark collars seemed to work.
Why Bark Collars?Bark collars are designed to eliminate the excessive barking either through electric shock, spray, or ultrasonic noises. The static correction collars deliver a mild shock that the owner can adjust accordlingly whenever the collar senses a barking noise. The one complaint on these bark collars is that they are not that accurate and some owners say their dog was shocked a few times even without barking. The spray, or citronella, dog collars are supposedly twice as effective as the shock collars and how they work is that when the dog barks, a small spray of citronella is released near the dogs snout. Through conditioning, the dog will refrain from barking not wanting the spray of citronella. Reviews on products like the Mutlivet Spray Bark Collar Citronella are very favorable and owners say within a day or two their dogs had stopped barking - Beagles, Schnauzers, Dachshund, and Labradors to name a few. Owners say they bought spray bark collars like the Premier Spray Sense Anti-Bark Dog Collar because they feel they are more humane than the ones that give an electronic shock.
The ultrasonic bark control devices are recommended for smaller dogs that may not fit into the average dog bark collar. A popular product is the Petsafe Ultra Sonic Bark Control which has no receiver collar but instead senses barking through ultrasound and has a 25 foot range. A bark will activate the unit and it sends out an ultrasonic noise that only the dog will be able to hear. The problem with these units are that they don't work very well outdoors since their range is limited. If you have a smaller dog, consider the Petsafe Little Dog Bark Collar which is a newer product designed just for little dogs and uses nano technology. PetSafe also offers a collar just for big dogs called the Petsafe PBC00-11047 Dog Bark Collar (see the whole family of Petsafe products here). Many of the static correction collars (shock collars) have a warning beep that comes on before the shock is delivered so your dog can avoid the shock if they are able to understand what comes after the beeping noise. Although controversial in some countries, the electronic dog collars are used quite often in the United States. Hunters find dog training collars very useful out in the field where barking dogs would scare off ducks, quail, deer, and other animals. Pet owners need to find something that works so their dog gets positive reinforcement when they are not barking and negative reinforcement when the dog barks.
Top Selling Bark CollarsThe top selling dog bark collar brands are PetSafe, Innotek, Premier, Multivet, Sport Dog, Canicom, and Tri Tronics. Pricing varies by collar type, but the basic bark collars go for about $45 to $60, and the spray bark collars start closer to $65, and the sonic bark collars go from $29.99 to $99.99. For bark collar reviews, we found the best ones listed at Amazon.com but be sure to check out Petco.com for their review section as well. It appears from the reviews that the Sonic bark collars are the least effective and the spray and static correction collars do the best in terms of stopping the barking.
You can browse the up-to-date list of best-selling bark deterrents here.