Are Anti Bark Collars Cruel?
Anti Bark Collars have its share of bad and good image - on its early years, using electronic dog collars must be taken with tremendous caution. However, these bark collars have greatly developed with the test of time and advancement.
Here, we will discuss how bark collars can help us become the best dog owner that we can be (without compromising our relationships with our neighbours).
After careful research and years of practice, we can confidently say that anti bark collars are NOT cruel.
These collars are designed to help dog owners train their dogs to quit the nuisance barking - a multitude of dog owners have used dog barking collars which helped them get that peace and quiet in their homes and in the neighbourhood again, without having to totally silence their dogs.
However, cruelty comes in when you get a bark collar that does not suit your dog well and then use it improperly.
A few have reported that an electric bark collar has burned their dogs’ skin when in fact, if you look at the graph below, it’s far from the truth:
Electric Bark Collars range from 0.000034 joules to 0.0003 joules - the electrical output of these training tools are apparently way lower than the common sources of static impulses that we humans get.
Please take note that in cases of electrical or static devices induced burns, humans are more likely to get burned than dogs since we have thin and oily skin whilst dogs have fur, thick and dry skin.
Therefore, if a good bark collar is used properly, it can never result to cruelty…
Well, it could be because of these 2 main reasons:
They got the wrong bark collar for their dogs (probably those cheap bark collars they found online that do not pass the Australian standard for electronic devices)
They were fitting and using the bark collars on their dogs IMPROPERLY
First, you ought to know that your dog barks for various reasons:
To play and communicate with other dogs
Dealing with separation anxiety (missing you or your kids when you’re at work or at school)
They’re frustrated at something
Environmental factors such as trucks or your neigbour’s cat
Now… the kind of barking that we want to avoid is nuisance barking - your dog’s excessive barking may negatively impact your relationship to your neighbours who don’t have (or don’t understand) dogs.
We have people who came to us saying their neighbours threatened to kill their barking dogs. Some were joking and some were serious. Pretty scary.
So, knowing your dog well plays a vital role in choosing the best anti bark collar - YES, there are many bark collars in the market of Australia - we got the top of the line bark collars laid out for you... so you can choose the most ideal one for your unique dog.
Why do we say that you have to know your dog? Well… Since there are different types of anti-bark collars, some may have a potential threat to a specific dog.
Your dog’s age
Your dog’s size
Your dog’s breed
Your dog’s temperament or personality
The environment where your dog mostly stays
Basically, unpleasant things (cruelty) happen if you get the wrong anti bark collar for your dog.
What are the different types of anti-bark collars and how can I get the right one to help me avoid cruelty?
Compared to the previous decades, anti-bark collars have evolved and developed tremendously.
With much smart work and hard work, our trustworthy innovators such as PetSafe, SportDOG, DogWatch, Educator and NUM’AXES have added amazing features that ensure safety, comfort, and efficiency in our anti bark collars.
These are some of the advanced features that are designed in most of the bark collars:
Safety Shut-down Feature - so your dog won’t get over-stimulated when he/she has to bark in moments of danger.
Automatic Multi-level Stimulation - increases once your dog goes on a barking spree and resets back to the lowest level once the barking is controlled.
Dual-activation Sensors The collar will listen to your dog’s barking sound and will detect the vibration through your dog’s vocal cords - this ensures your dog will not get corrected by wrong external factors.
Waterproof & Sturdy Design - ensures up to 98% success rate on controlling your dog’s nuisance barking SAFELY and effectively.
Training Guide - consistent and persistent training is really important to effectively impose positive behaviour on your dog using the anti-bark collars.
So here are the different types of Anti Bark Collars - we hope that you get to choose the one that is safe and perfect for your unique dog:
Electric/Static Bark Collars are best for medium to large-sized dogs who are really stubborn.
We also offer Electric/Static Bark Collars that are waterproof and have rechargeable or replaceable batteries.
These bark collars are proven to be safe… and are designed with features that ensure your dog will not get zapped for the wrong reasons.
Most anti-bark collars are actually designed with such features:
Activation through vibration
- The stimulation/correction/distraction, to prevent your dog from barking excessively, is activated by the vibration through his vocal cords. This is ideal for dogs that bark and growl to people A LOT.
Activation through sound and vibration (Dual-Activation sensor)
- The correction is delivered once the bark collar sensor detects your dog’s bark sound PLUS the vibration through his vocal cords. This is great if you have 2 or more dogs - another dog’s bark will not trigger the other dog’s correction.
Activation through sound
- The distraction is activated once the bark collar sensor detects the sound of your dog’s bark. This is ideal for dogs that always howl or whine. However, it may get activated by other dogs’ bark - so we recommend this for solitary dogs.
Citronella Spray Bark Collars are best for tiny to medium-sized dogs.
Citronella is a kind of natural fragrance that can effectively distract dogs, we also recommend this type of collar to younger and senior dogs.
This is also rated to match with dogs that have sensitive personalities - those easy startled but still responsive.
This type of collar also comes with different and combined activation features: vibration, sound, and vibration and sound.
We also have waterproof Citronella Spray Bark Collars that come with rechargeable and replaceable batteries.
Ultrasonic Bark Collars are best for tiny to medium-sized dogs who are super sensitive but easy to train.
An ultrasonic is a kind of sound that is inaudible to humans’ ears.
This type of bark collar comes with sound (bark) and vibration activation - through your dog’s vocal cords. This type of collar usually comes with replaceable, long-lasting batteries.
Vibration Bark Collars are best for tiny to large sized dogs.
This is also perfect for your young and seniour dogs who have sensitive temperaments.
It comes with the sound and vibration activated sensor - your dog will only get vibrated (distracted from his barking) through the sound of his bark and the vibration of his vocal cords.