Are Bark Collars a Necessity?

Before enlarging on whether dog collars are ethical or not, we should first try to understand the reason why dogs bark in the first place. Most of the times dogs have real reasons to bark. They might be irritated by something, lonely for too long, hungry or thirsty. At times just being confined behind a fence is enough to stir their curiosity and make them want to know exactly what is happening on the other side of it.

Some dog owners even reward the barking with a treat or special attention. In this case, why do they expect their dog to shut up on command?

When I first heard of a bark collar what came to mind was a slightly oversized regular dog collar that “zaps” your beloved canine with an uncomfortable pressure and I was not sure just how much pressure or pain was being inflicted. The truth is that a bark collar can come in many options, of which none is so dangerous as you’d believe. When you compare the different bark collars keep in mind a few things. Whatever collar you choose, it is much better than the alternative - debarking surgeries.

Debarking surgery involves removing a fold of tissue which is on each side of the dog’s larynx which tightens and vibrates with each bark. The surgery removes the tissue and following the surgery, dogs are only left with barely just a whisper of a bark. Even though you might be tempted to consider this solution, take a few minutes to think about it. The barking of a dog is not always useless. Sometimes dangerous situations might require your dog’s intervention. How is your dog supposed to alert other people and call for help if it can only be heard from a two-feet distance? Moreover, an anemic bark cannot keep enemies at distance. It doesn’t impress them at all. Moreover, even though the dog undergoes the surgery, there is no guarantee that the barking won’t come back. Sometimes these surgeries do not have long-lastiing effects.

The good news is that there is at least one anti-bark collar that is humane, very effective and safe. This one does not zap your pet when he barks but rather releases a gentle light mist of a citronella scented spray right in front of his nose that dogs just don’t like. Some collars make a hissing sound before spraying the substance, to alert the dog. Almost all dogs stop barking when the “hiss” occurs, as they know the sound will be followed by an unpleasant scent. University studies have shown that citrus collars are much more effective than regular shock ones. You decide which is better. A painful one, like the shock collar, or just an annoying citrus smell.

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There are situations where dogs use their barking as a defensive strategy. If you are annoyed by your dog’s constant barking, there are plenty of bark collar varieties you can choose from. Please click this link for emore information on bark collar models.



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