|Barked: Thu May 19, '05 6:14pm PST |
|There are three types of electronic anti barkers. Anti barkers can either be worn as a collar, or be mounted on a wall.
1. Citric mist (collar type)
Upon barking, the anti barker will spray citric mist
on the dog's nose. This irritates the dog, but will not inflict pain.
2. Ultrasonic (collar type of wall mount)
Upon barking, the device will blast a high pitched loud noise that only dogs can hear. This will annoy the dog, but will not inflict pain.
I think the collar type training aids are effective, because your dog can't escape it (of course there are added inconveniences like constantly having to check the battery). The wall mount types only work when the dog is confined to a small space - otherwise, your dog will only avoid the room and bark somewhere else.
3. Electric Shock (collar)
Upon barking, the device will zap your dog with a light electric shock. This is somewhat painful to the dog.
A note of advice:
Your dog may bark louder and more frequently when you first use these training device. This resisting period can last anywhere from hours to weeks. Their natural instinct is to "fight" these annoyances - when they realize that they can't fight it, they will back down enough that it won't be so annoying, but it doesn't mean they will stop barking (they will just bark less). Bark control devices are not miracle devices that make your dog stop barking - it's just a machine that "corrects" your dog's behavior in your place, and just reminds your dog that her barking is not acceptable. You still need to play a role to complete the training. You need to praise your dog when quiet, and isolate your dog the moment the barking starts. I also advise you to turn off the device once your dog is not barking - I found out that some non-barking noises will also trigger the device (exampele: a ball bouncing on the floor, the sound of a door being shut)
Also, a word of warning: Many collar-type antibarkers come with a remote control that allows you to manually set it off when you want to. I would avoid devices that have remote controls - there are reports on how other remote devices (TV remote, garage door opener, etc) also trigger the anti barker.
For me, I used a wall-mount ultrasonic anti barker. It worked for me, because I needed several focused sessions to teach my dog to not bark.
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