It’s a fair comparison – Bark Collar vs Remote Training Collar: Which Is Better?
A bark collar works automatically with bark sensors whilst a remote training collar works manually with a handheld you control.
How do these features work practically in reality, and how effective is each system?
We look to provide an answer to these questions plus information on the other similarities and differences between the systems.
This should help you significantly if you are deciding which one to buy and which one suits your needs and your dog’s needs better.
Let’s jump into it!
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Bark Collar vs Remote Training Collar Comparison: Which Is Better?
Some of our top picks for the best bark collars and remote training collar systems are:
If an owner decides they want to try a bark collar, they should be aware that they might experience issues with the collar device performing inconsistently and/or ineffectively, and there can be issues with other aspects of the collar device like durability for example (how long the collar device works properly for, or at all)
A few examples of the most popular bark collars on the market right now are:
- Trulrox Bark Collar For Large Dogs (on Amazon) (fits small to large dogs from 6 to 150 lbs. Has two modes – one with static plus sound and vibration, and one just with sound and vibration)
- Trulrox Bark Collar For Small Dogs (on Amazon) (for small dogs 5-15lbs only. Only has a vibration mode, and also a strong vibration mode)
- NBJU Bark Collar For Small To Large Dogs (on Amazon) (for dogs 11 to 110lbs. Has three modes – beep, vibration, and static. Has several sensitivity levels)
A few bark collars that might best balance value for money with performance right now are the:
- Authen Bark Collar (on Amazon) (fits small to large dogs, roughly from 7 to 120lbs. Has two training modes, and has all three of beep, vibration and static stimulation)
- TBI Pro Dog Bark Collar (on Amazon) (fits small to large dogs, roughly from 15 to 120lbs. Has two training modes, and has all three of beep, vibration and static stimulation)
If you want to look at some other bark collar options, you can read this best bark collars guide.
Remote Trainers and E Collars
- Educator ET-300 Mini E Collar (on Chewy)
- Educator ET-300 Mini E Collar (on Amazon) (For dogs 5lbs to 150lbs, and has low to medium static stimulation, for dogs with soft to normal temperaments. Has 1/2 a mile range)
- Educator ET-800 ‘The Boss’ E Collar (on Chewy)
- Educator ET-800 ‘The Boss’ E Collar (on Amazon) (For dogs 25lbs and over, and has low to high static stimulation, for dogs with a soft to harder/more stubborn temperaments. Has 1 mile range)
- SportDOG FieldTrainer 425X (on Chewy)
- SportDOG FieldTrainer 425X (on Amazon) (For dogs 8lbs or larger, with necks that are 5 to 22 inches in size. Has 500 yards of range)
- SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS (on Chewy)
- SportDOG FieldTrainer 425XS (on Amazon) (Similar features to the 425X, but, made for high-drive, more stubborn dogs by offering a higher static stimulation range than the 425X)
- DOG CARE Dog Training Collar (on Chewy)
- DOG CARE Dog Training Collar (on Amazon) (A cheaper/affordable e collar option. For dogs 15 to 100lbs. Has 330 yards of range)
If you’d like to look at more models of e collars and remote dog training collars that come in different types and are designed for different things like backyard use, advanced and professional training, working dogs, sporting dogs, upland hunting, waterfowl hunting, and more, you can view this guide:
Bark Collar vs Remote Training Collar: Which Is Better For You?
You might get a remote training collar if…
You want a manually controlled bark training system with a handheld, and a training e collar
You want a more effective, reliable and consistent system. Because it is manual and relies on you to administer the correction/training cue – you can make sure the correction is delivered exactly when your dog barks.
You want the option to train with all 3 of static stimulation, vibration and sound
You might get a bark collar if…
You want an automatic bark sensor system i.e. the bark collar senses the bark and delivers the correction automatically. Because the collar is automatic, it may not deliver a correction or stimulation at all, or it may deliver a correction or stimulation when it isn’t supposed to.
You want a generally cheaper system
Bark Collar vs Remote Training Collar: Differences
Some of the major differences between bark collars and e collars are:
Bark collars are designed just for bark control, whereas remote trainers are designed for all types of both basic and advanced dog training
Bark collars are a single collar you place around your dog’s neck, whereas remote trainers are a collar AND handheld device you use to control the function of the collar
Bark collars usually only have one and sometimes two correction training options, whereas you can get remote trainers with all 3 of static, vibration and tone training options
Bark collars have automatic bark sensing technology, whereas remote training collar systems rely on you to deliver correction manually
Bark collars are generally much less reliable, consistent and effective in delivering correction when your dog barks, whereas the manual control of remote trainers allows near perfect reliability and consistency. You can read more about the truth about finding a good bark collar, and whether they actually work in this guide.
Remote trainers overall are much more versatile for all types of training, but are generally more expensive.
Bark Collar vs Remote Training Collar: Similarities
There’s two major similarities between bark collars and remote trainers:
They can both be used for bark control and bark deterrence training
They both usually use static stimulation (shock) as one of the training correction cues
Vibration, sound and spray (such as citronella) are other training corrections and deterrents used in these systems/devices.
Bark Collar vs Remote Training Collar: Reviews
You can read more about bark collars and remote training collars/e collars in the following guides:
Other Comparison Guides
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