Merits and Demerits of an Anti-Barking Collar
There are dogs that will bark more than others. This is okay, considering dogs are naturally meant to bark, but the situation may get out of hand if they create a lot of noise. This is the reason behind the development of anti-barking collars. They come in different types including sonic and, spray bark collars.
There have been arguments for and against these collars over the years. When a dog barks, it is trying to communicate something to the owner. The dog may be anxious, hurt or simply want some attention from the owner. But what if the excessive barking disrupts the peace in the community? Let’s start with reasons why dogs may need anti-barking collars.
An anti-barking collar will keep your dog from barking all the time and disrupting the peace of those around you. This also means that as a dog owner, you are less likely to use less savory methods of discipline when trying to get a dog to stop barking. This is also a cheaper method, as compared to hiring a trainer.
Dogs tend to feel more in control of themselves, once they learn on how to stick to the boundaries.
Moreover, studies have shown that the collars are physically safe for dogs. There have been no reports made of an anti-barking collar induced injury.
Here are the major demerits:
Anti-barking devices are considered inhumane as the vibrations released by these collars on a dog’s vocal cords may cause shock. Actually, these vibrations have been compared to the shock you might undergo if you shuffled your feet across a carpet then touched a doorknob. Veterinary professionals and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have criticised the use of electronic collars, resulting to a ban against use in Australia.
Citronella collars are considered to be more effective and humane than the electronic ones. However, when the microphone’s sensitivity is not working, the barking collar ends up picking up the sounds of nearby dogs. Your dog may not bark but ends up getting punished for it. This is counterproductive when trying to modify a dog’s behavior. Reason being, the more a dog wears the collar, the less it works, deeming it ineffective after some time.
Moreover, most people feel that owners who use these anti-barking collars are just looking for an easier way of training their dogs because they don’t want to invest their time in it. Dogs are meant to bark, so it’s better if other training methods were used to make them bark less.
However, keep in mind that there are cases where an anti-barking collar should never be used to discourage barking. If a dog is in pain or suffers from cognitive issues or deafness, it may bark uncontrollably. We recommend seeking a veterinarian’s advice before initiating any behavior modification practices.