Best Dog Barking Control Methods
When I was trying to deal with my dog’s nuisance barking, I seemed to have tried all imaginable methods. My first, and most obvious option, was:
1. Barking control training.
There are literally tons and tons of training routines aimed at stopping barking dogs, most of them involve positive or negative stimulus of any kind: treats, words, water guns, other psychological and behavioral tricks. But everything seemed to be useless for our situation. Not that Roxy is stubborn or unintelligent, she learns her other tricks pretty fast, but the barking part seems to be just not her thing.
I even considered hiring a professional dog trainer, but my gosh, their ridiculous rates of 100 bucks per hour made me decide to explore other options first.
My second choice was…
2. Dog barking control collars. There is a variety of them in pet shops:
- citrus or citronella bark control collars that emit a citrus smell that is dogs don’t like;
- ultrasonic bark collars that produce a sound inaudible to human ear but unpleasant to dogs; and
- shock bark collars that give the dog a mild electric shock after each barking (doesn’t sound too humane, does it?);
- vibration bark collars that start vibrating after the dog barks.
Well, I didn’t want my dog to smell every time she barks (lemon-flavored dog?), and I definitely didn’t want to torture her with electricity. So I chose an ultrasonic dog barking control collar that also had a vibration option to warn the dog that the tone is about to go off. And you know what? It worked well at first. Roxy barked a few times and then stopped. But soon she realized that the problem is in her collar, and after we took it off, she wouldn’t let us put it back on again. Besides, the collar soon loosened up, she would lose it every hour, and we had to struggle with Roxy to put it back on her. Soon we gave it up too.
Another method I discovered was…
3. A special anti-bark muzzle. I don’t know, maybe some dog-owners use them and find helpful, but it was absolutely out-of-question for us, how could we make our Roxy wear it all the time? No way. And it would never actually solve the problem itself and break the barking habit. So my searches went on. Until I got lucky to get my hands on…
4. A dog barking control device. I happened to purchase an ultrasonic dog silencer, which became a real savior for our entire family. It worked greatly for our dog, and she actually learnt to refrain from unreasonable barking within a few weeks. I couldn’t believe that this 10-dollar device worked where months of approved dog training techniques miserably failed. One month passed, and we don’t even need to switch it on anymore, Roxy has completely changed her barking habits. And the best part is that she didn’t quit barking altogether, she is barking when it’s necessary: strangers still can’t enter our yard unnoticed and unwarned by our great defender.