Anti-Bark Collars & Their Effectiveness Examined
If your dog's barking has grown excessive, and if you are at your wits' end, you may feel the need to take extreme measures to get your dog to stop barking, perhaps even to give him or her away in order to get some peace. Before things reach this pass, however, you may want to investigate an option that is new, has recently been adopted by pet-owners across the country, and has been endorsed by veterinarians and dog-trainers of repute. This option is anti-bark collars.
Recent psychological studies show that dogs' barking communicates more than information about their needs â€“ it also communicates moods, desires, and territorial signals. As mammals, dogs have a highly developed sense of community, and use their mouths as communication devices, just as human beings do. Dogs express laughter, joy, and sadness via this method, and therefore find it as necessary to bark as to breathe and eat. However, you have probably experienced situations where your dog's incessant and needless barking has led to tense situations. Perhaps your neighbor confronted you about it, or perhaps your children cannot study for their schoolwork.
Perhaps you just need some peace and quiet. In any event, the stoppage of noise is one of the major factors why people give away their dogs, or, in extreme situations, opt for an extremely invasive surgical procedure known as a 'cordectomy', or the severing of the dog's vocal cords. Neither of these options cures your dog's barking. In the first scenario, you are really throwing the baby out with the bath-water, and in the second, the raspy noise that the dog makes as it tries to bark is considered even more annoying and distressing to human ears, not to say anything of the pain and risk involved in surgical operation.
Keeping all this in mind, you may wish to invest in anti-bark strategies, many of which rely on recent advances in animal and particularly canine psychology, and some of which rely on the use of technologies such as anti-bark collars. Some psychological methods include: distracting the dog's attention by a clap, whistle or possibly a toy, making sure the dog acknowledges that your commands must be obeyed (and then training it to obey a specific signal to stop barking), or training it to bark if and only it needs to draw your attention to something. Strategies to avoid include shouting at it, as this may encourage it to bark more, rewarding it when it barks, or using shock collars â€“ these last are cruel and, because the dog will bark more when in pain (you can compare this action to screaming in humans) ineffective as well.
In fact, in the final analysis, an extreme case calls for a measure such as an anti-bark device, usually a collar that lets out a puff of citronella or a similarly strong smell whenever the dog barks. This non-invasive, non-violent dog training measure is the best one out there, and will give you peace of mind without destroying that of your pet's.