Can Anti-Bark Collars Prevent Barking?

I wish I knew how to prevent my neighbor’s dog from barking when it was really loud. They would leave the screen door to their deck open while they were gone to work and wherever else for hours on end. They used to have two loud dogs that wouldn’t stop barking. Even though I filled in many noise compaints, it did me no good. The dogs started to really annoy everybody in the neighborhood, as they would bark continuously, day and night.

I am in no way implying that dogs should not bark! They are dogs and that is what they do. Sometimes they have very good reasons for barking such as being left outside by mistake, being lonely, bored, hungry or thirsty or perhaps confined behind a fence and just wanting in on the action on the other side. Or it can bark when something catches its attention. For some dogs, it is actually a learned behavior that is negatively reinforced by giving the dogs special attention and even treats to hopefully pacify and quiet the dogs down. This behavior will tempt the dog to bark all the time, in search for extra attention.

Leaving your dog outside is not the best solution. It will make it bark even louder, plus that extreme temperatures can make it ill. If no one is going to be home, some dog owners use crates to place them in, but a good rule of thumb is to never let your dog be stuck in one of those for over four hours at one time. There are other alternatives you can resort to, for instance a large area in your house or apartment where the dog can create its own space where it feels safe and comfortable. The dog should also have its own small bathroom; you can buy it a litter tray, or make it its small doggie door which it can use to go outside, in a special area surrounded by a fence.

All this might not be enough for your dog to stop barking all the time. If this is the situation, then you should probably think of buying it a special bark collar. If it’s the neighbor’s dog that’s so loud, and you don’t want to confront its owner face to face, write him a letter in which you explain the situation and ask him to take the appropriate measures. Sometimes people don’t even realize what problems their dogs cause while they are away at work. If that does not resolve the issue, you may want to either send another anonymous letter or perhaps even talk to them face to face about them considering the idea of getting their dog or dogs a bark collar.

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If dogs are loud all the time, then you should do something about it. If barking turns becomes a constant habit for your neighbor’s dog, suggest him to buy his dog a bark collar. If you want to read more about how you could solve the barking problems with a bark collar, click on this link.

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