Guide to selecting the right bark / training collar for your dog.
Please note this is a guide only. Every dog is different on how they react to collars. Please insure there is not a medical reason your dog is barking. Always start with the lowest setting first. Do regular checks insuring the prongs are secure and not irritating your dogs neck. For additional help please contact your local council for regional dog training classes.
Making the decision to use a bark collar can be a hard one, and even harder choosing the right one for your dog.
Most bark control collars come in the form of a small electronic box that is attached to a dog collar. The collar has sensors that touch the dog's neck when worn and that detect the dog's vocal cord vibrations when the dog barks. At the moment the sensor detects vibrations, it delivers a correction, or small electric shock, to the dog. Some bark collars come with a microphone and speaker to ensure only your dog's bark triggers the correction. Other types of vibration from a dog's vocal chords, such as sneezing, "talking" or quiet murmurs do not need correction.
Pet lovers have reported great success with using bark collars to control dog barking within the first week of use. When accompanied by consistent training, bark collars provide an effective method for reducing excessive dog barking.
Types of collars:
Ultrasonic Bark Collar. When the dog barks, the collar emits a high pitch noise that only dogs can hear. We have tested this on many dogs and found the success rate very low. Therefore we do not stock these.
Vibration Bark Collar. The vibration collar is placed around your dogs neck. When the dog barks, the collar vibrates through a small prong. Vibration collars are suitable for small healthy dogs up to 5kgs and 6 months and up.
Static / electric/ shock / bark collars. These collars have many different names. The collar is placed around the dogs neck. When the dog barks, a static shock is emitted. This can be set at varying static levels to suit your dogs needs. We have 2 options of battery powered weatherproof and rechargeable waterproof. They are suitable for all healthy dogs from 3kg and 6 months and up.
Remote Training Collars. Remote training collars differ to that of the vibration and bark collar where they automatically correct the dog, the remote training systems allow you to correct the dog as needed. They are commonly used to stop behavior such as chasing stock, not paying attention (discussed further below), barking at particular times plus more. Suitable for all healthy dogs from 3kgs and 6 months and up.
A guide to using remote training.
1.Start by using the lower settings first then move up the levels as needed to suit your dog.
2.For attention training (to get their attention back on you) we recommend using the vibration or tone mode of the collar. An example of this; when you are calling your dog. Start by being within a few metres of your dog, call them, if they do not come - send a correction to them. When they come to you praise them with a pat/treat. Continue to do this until you are able to call them without using the remote trainer at that distance, then extend the distance by another couple of metres and repeat. Continue extending the distance until you can call them from 100m away without the remote trainer. Please do not use the shock feature for this type of training. They will begin to associate your voice with a negative/bad feeling. Dogs are very willing to please. With positive encouragement they will learn faster than that of negative.
3.Stock training / possums / chasing cars etc. Because this training is generally to stop a dog doing a dangerous thing we would recommend using the shock feature. If possible, set up a training situation in a controlled environment rather than training in a real time situation. Within a metre or two (depending on speed) of your dog approaching of the dangerous object send a shock signal to your dog. You want the dog to associate that shock/bad/negative feeling with the dangerous thing to put them off from doing it. Please note: Do not call them back immediately before correcting them or they may associate your voice with the correction.
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