Hey dog owners…

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(Carrie and I have decided that our Christmas present to each other is going to be a bark collar for our dog, Scout (a 2 1/2 year old Sheltie).

We’ve tried loads of different behavior tricks. I tried a friend’s suggestion of calling him into the kitchen and giving him a treat when he barks, but the problem is, once he starts barking, he goes so crazy he doesn’t pay any attention.

I tried the water bottle, but all that happens when I squirt him with water is he barks louder and runs away.

So we’re ready to try the collar. I want CONCRETE recommendations from dog owners who have used them. I want model and type recommendations and information on HOW you used them successfully. Posts of the following type will be ignored (and mocked offline):

“Shocking your dog is mean. I love animals. Also, I am a hippie.”
“My uncle used one of those collars once. I think he had a dog.”
“You should watch The Dog Whisperer.”

Thanks!

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~ by Matt Stratton on October 30, 2007.

26 Responses to “Hey dog owners…”

  1. Let us know if it works. I wonder if they have them for cats who love to howl at 4am?

  2. Let us know if it works. I wonder if they have them for cats who love to howl at 4am?

  3. “Shocking your dog is mean. I love animals. Also, I am a hippie.”
    Muhahahahaha!

    From me, congrats on being a conscientious pet owner, that is willing to work with and train your dog.

    The whole anti bark collar mentality ranks right up there with, ‘I am going to teach my child that he is alway going to win so he never has to deal with disappointment’, and ‘I am never going to tell my child no, because I want them to be able to learn from all their own mistakes..’

    *steps down off my soapbox*

  4. A friend of mine had a yappy rat terrier that barked incessantly… she had really good luck with one of these type collars. I’m not sure specifically what brand she used, but it seems like a good alternative to shock collars…

  5. A friend of mine had a yappy rat terrier that barked incessantly… she had really good luck with one of these type collars. I’m not sure specifically what brand she used, but it seems like a good alternative to shock collars…

  6. A friend I work with got a Beagle from the pound, older and abused this dog would run itself ragged barking. She used a Citronella thing and said it worked wonders!

    Anti-Bark Spray Collar
    195-0100

    Starting at: $59.99

    http://www.jbpet.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2506

    The Spray Control Anti-Bark Collar is among the safest, most humane and effective anti-bark devices available. When your dog barks the sensor releases a harmless spray that conditions your dog to stop barking. Stops dogs at the very moment they start barking.

    The dog hears, sees and smells the scent, which provides an instant correction. Dogs dislike the scent.

    Completely harmless and has no secondary effects such as fear, burns, pain.

    A painless solution to nuisance barking.
    Non-toxic, harmless to dogs and people, environmentally safe.
    Lightweight and comfortable, easy to use.
    Clinically proven to be twice as effective as shock methods.
    Adjustable collar fits necks up to 24″.
    Includes a 6 Volt battery.
    Lifetime warranty through the manufacturer.
    Please specify Citronella or Natural spray.
    Cannot be shipped via air.

  7. A friend I work with got a Beagle from the pound, older and abused this dog would run itself ragged barking. She used a Citronella thing and said it worked wonders!

    Anti-Bark Spray Collar
    195-0100

    Starting at: $59.99

    http://www.jbpet.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2506

    The Spray Control Anti-Bark Collar is among the safest, most humane and effective anti-bark devices available. When your dog barks the sensor releases a harmless spray that conditions your dog to stop barking. Stops dogs at the very moment they start barking.

    The dog hears, sees and smells the scent, which provides an instant correction. Dogs dislike the scent.

    Completely harmless and has no secondary effects such as fear, burns, pain.

    A painless solution to nuisance barking.
    Non-toxic, harmless to dogs and people, environmentally safe.
    Lightweight and comfortable, easy to use.
    Clinically proven to be twice as effective as shock methods.
    Adjustable collar fits necks up to 24″.
    Includes a 6 Volt battery.
    Lifetime warranty through the manufacturer.
    Please specify Citronella or Natural spray.
    Cannot be shipped via air.

  8. Great minds think alike! I just posted something similar!

  9. Great minds think alike! I just posted something similar!

  10. Great minds think alike! I just posted something similar!

  11. My sister-in-law is using this type of collar with mixed/limited results. Apparently the dog’s bark has to be deep enough for the noise to register with the device and trigger the citronella release. She has a yappy shi-tzu whose bark is too high pitched for it to work more than 50% of the time. I’m sure Scout has a much more manly bark though…

  12. My sister-in-law is using this type of collar with mixed/limited results. Apparently the dog’s bark has to be deep enough for the noise to register with the device and trigger the citronella release. She has a yappy shi-tzu whose bark is too high pitched for it to work more than 50% of the time. I’m sure Scout has a much more manly bark though…

  13. My old boss had an American Fox hound who barked alot- she used the citronella collar, sort of like the one that can be found at http://www.gentlespray.com

    I’ve seen some of Brandi’s (behaviorist at Stay) techniques which include praising and treating when a dog is quiet, as well as ignoring or utilizing a loud “NAAAH AHH” when the dog barks, and treating when they are quiet with a “good dog”.
    I’ll try to find some of the notes from the classes we took from her, and forward them on.

  14. I keep fantasizing about a non-harmful, invisible electrical fence around our furniture so Callie will stop clawing it. But she’s already ruined both the couch and chair, so I guess we’ll look into that when we get new furniture.

  15. I keep fantasizing about a non-harmful, invisible electrical fence around our furniture so Callie will stop clawing it. But she’s already ruined both the couch and chair, so I guess we’ll look into that when we get new furniture.

  16. You could always try Dissing Your Dog.

    My kitties are so well-behaved. Most of the time, anyway.

  17. You could always try Dissing Your Dog.

    My kitties are so well-behaved. Most of the time, anyway.

  18. You could always try Dissing Your Dog.

    My kitties are so well-behaved. Most of the time, anyway.

  19. Wait a minute… explain the whole calling him into the kitcken for treats thing. That will just reward him for barking. Maybe I’m confused.

    Here is my advice. Try the bark collar. It may or may not work. Some dogs don’t care and will bark through it. That’s happened several times at my show. If it doesn’t work, my suggestion is to turn his barking into a trained behavior. Like, he “speaks” when asked. And then reward him also when he’s being quiet. At my show we use a “no bark” command with our dogs and “pay” them with food when they are calm. It takes a little while, but they do pick up on it. We will also put our hands around their muzzles sometimes when we say “no bark” so they understand.

  20. Wait a minute… explain the whole calling him into the kitcken for treats thing. That will just reward him for barking. Maybe I’m confused.

    Here is my advice. Try the bark collar. It may or may not work. Some dogs don’t care and will bark through it. That’s happened several times at my show. If it doesn’t work, my suggestion is to turn his barking into a trained behavior. Like, he “speaks” when asked. And then reward him also when he’s being quiet. At my show we use a “no bark” command with our dogs and “pay” them with food when they are calm. It takes a little while, but they do pick up on it. We will also put our hands around their muzzles sometimes when we say “no bark” so they understand.

  21. Wait a minute… explain the whole calling him into the kitcken for treats thing. That will just reward him for barking. Maybe I’m confused.

    Here is my advice. Try the bark collar. It may or may not work. Some dogs don’t care and will bark through it. That’s happened several times at my show. If it doesn’t work, my suggestion is to turn his barking into a trained behavior. Like, he “speaks” when asked. And then reward him also when he’s being quiet. At my show we use a “no bark” command with our dogs and “pay” them with food when they are calm. It takes a little while, but they do pick up on it. We will also put our hands around their muzzles sometimes when we say “no bark” so they understand.

  22. Wait a minute… explain the whole calling him into the kitcken for treats thing. That will just reward him for barking. Maybe I’m confused.

    This is how explained it to me:

    We also had a dog trainer suggest that every time the dogs start barking, you call them into the kitchen for a treat. It sounds backwards, but you’re rewarding them for going to the kitchen, not for barking. If you do it consistently, the dog barks once and then heads for the kitchen. It worked pretty well, but I got tired of getting up every time they started barking.

  23. Wait a minute… explain the whole calling him into the kitcken for treats thing. That will just reward him for barking. Maybe I’m confused.

    This is how explained it to me:

    We also had a dog trainer suggest that every time the dogs start barking, you call them into the kitchen for a treat. It sounds backwards, but you’re rewarding them for going to the kitchen, not for barking. If you do it consistently, the dog barks once and then heads for the kitchen. It worked pretty well, but I got tired of getting up every time they started barking.

  24. Wait a minute… explain the whole calling him into the kitcken for treats thing. That will just reward him for barking. Maybe I’m confused.

    This is how explained it to me:

    We also had a dog trainer suggest that every time the dogs start barking, you call them into the kitchen for a treat. It sounds backwards, but you’re rewarding them for going to the kitchen, not for barking. If you do it consistently, the dog barks once and then heads for the kitchen. It worked pretty well, but I got tired of getting up every time they started barking.

  25. I asked my sister and at Cornell they also recommend the citronella collars over the ones that shock. Good luck!

  26. I asked my sister and at Cornell they also recommend the citronella collars over the ones that shock. Good luck!

  27. I asked my sister and at Cornell they also recommend the citronella collars over the ones that shock. Good luck!

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