To Stop Puppy Barking - The Different Types of Anti-Barking Devices
Fatima Rafik March 01, 2017
This is a product that deters barking through a physical or psychological deterrent. It can be highly effective at ending barking, though there is some confusion as to whether or not such a device is truly humane.
To get the real picture, you need to understand how most anti-barking devices work. With this knowledge in hand, you can use your own moral compass to determine if anti-barking devices are the way you should go.
The most common device used to stop puppy barking is the ultrasonic silencer. It emits a sound frequency that is very unpleasant to dogs. This sound can be audible or inaudible to humans, depending on what setting you choose. Both are equally effective, though the audible sound might provide more assurance to the owner.
Either way, if these devices are used regularly, a dog can stop barking in less than a week. In the meantime, they suffer absolutely no physical repercussions, as silencers use noise as a psychological punishment. And even then the effect is so quick that the dog gets the message without being subject to long-term emotional damage.
Anti-barking devices can also come in the form of special collars. These use two different strategies to stop puppy barking. The citronella collar is the more humane choice. It uses a sensor to determine when a dog is barking.
When this happens, it squirts citronella into the dog’s face. The spraying action surprises the dog, while the citronella itself emits an unpleasant smell. This combination quickly encourages the dog to stop barking.
The second strategy utilized by anti-bark collars is more controversial. It uses static shock to stop puppy barking. This means it is the only anti-bark device on the market that uses physical pain to amend the behavior.
Things get even more questionable if a dog owner uses a collar that can adjust the amount of shock a dog receives. True, unless a dog is less than 10 pounds, there is very little risk of electrocution. However, who enjoys the feeling of static electricity?
If a human experiences static shock through a rug or carpet, the sensation is usually uncomfortable enough to warrant an “Ow.” Imagine going through this multiple times. This is what a puppy has to go through if these types of collars are used. For this reason, shock collars should generally be avoided unless one is under the instruction of a professional dog trainer.