Training Collar

A training collar for dogs is considered standard equipment for dog trainers. It is employed in teaching dogs leash conduct and obedience commands.

They are also known as electronic collars, e-collars, or shock collars, and are employed for distance training.

The Pros

The training collar will let you correct your pet dog’s behavior distantly with no difficulty. The dog will rapidly grasp the commands away from the direct influence of the trainer which is advantageous for dogs that are indifferent to the usual voice commands.

It can be employed to correct an array of behaviors from barking, leaping, digging, and it can also be employed in the fundamentals of dog obedience training.

The device lets trainers give the dog automatic warnings that his or her behavior is inappropriate.

It is a safer means to deal with aggressive dogs, and it decreases the chances of undermining the attachment between the pet owner and his or her pet. That is if the dog does not correlate those disagreeable sensations to human authority.

Several models of e-collars include an optional tone or vibration feature that signals the dog that an electronic stimulus will ensue if the dog will not improve his or her behavior.

The vibration option is also advantageous to dogs with difficulties in hearing.

The Cons

Training collars used on aggressive dogs can increase inappropriate behavior or maximize anxiety and stress. Once the dog links the discomfort with a different source, the dog might become apprehensive and timid.

Because of this, the device is not recommended for puppies under six months of age. It is also not ideal for dogs that are already anxious since it will only add to their stress.

The device is not also known for its accuracy. It can be predisposed to picking up other barking sounds thus it is not recommended for households/families that live with other dogs.

The collar should also be adjusted properly to avoid bringing bodily discomfort to the pet dog. Ill-fitting collars can lead to chafing and irritation.

Trainers who are for the device often say that the shocks provided by it do not cause aching, but keep in mind that some canines are more sensitive to aching than others.

Shocks that are too intense can bring about stress and anxiety in dogs. If the shock is too light, then the sensation will be ignored by the dog.

Remember that the training collar is not built to be a substitute for obedience commands and must only be employed to get rid of specific animal behaviors.

Overusing the device will bring about stress, anxiety, fear, and a reduced bond between the dog owner and his pet.

Bark Collar

A bark collar is a device used to curb a dog’s nuisance barking. It comes in different kinds; the electronic bark collar, the citronella spray collar and the ultrasonic kind.

The Pros

Electronic types send a mild shock to the neck of the dog whenever he barks while citronella collars spray a burst of diluted citronella oil whenever the microphone in the collar perceives a bark. The ultrasonic collar gives a high-pitched sound that can only be detected by dogs once the microphone in the device picks up the dog’s bark.

The collars are employed by adoption organizations and animal rescue groups to solve nuisance barking. The citronella spray is deemed as the most humane among collars.

The Cons

Several trainers and dog owners said that the device might not be that effective, especially in the case of electronic bark collars. Some animal rights groups have protested against the use of electrical shock to modify a dog’s natural behavior.

They also maintain that moderating and changing the behavior of the dog is a proper replacement for dog owners who have the patience and time to train their pets.

The devices can also be expensive, so you should only get this particular device if you think there are no options or remedies available that can control your pet’s persistent barking problem.