We put together this guide to help find the best bark collar for a German Shepherd.
We’ve listed some of the top bark collar models, along with providing reviews and a buyer’s guide with collar sizing details.
This information should save you some research time.
Let’s check them out!
(NOTE: this is a general information reviews guide only. It is not professional advice. A qualified vet or animal health and behavior expert are the only people qualified to give you professional advice about using and selecting a bark collar.)
Best Bark Collar For A German Shepherd
Bark collars can work for some, but don’t always work for others. It’s important to be aware of this before buying.
If an owner decides they want to try a bark collar, the best option might be to go for a more affordable bark collar option (as opposed to spending a lot of money on a collar that may or may not work consistently or effectively)
A few bark collars that might best balance value for money with performance 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.
Some people may decide they want to undertake bark training manually with a remote dog training collar instead of an automatic bark collar.
In that instance, you can check out some of the best remote dog training collars in this guide:
Best Bark Collar For A German Shepherd: Reviews
Best Bark Collar For A German Shepherd: Buyer’s Guide
What Size Bark Collar Do I Get For My German Shepherd?
Look for two things when sizing a bark collar for any dog:
The weight range of the dog that fits the bark collar i.e. it might say ‘for dogs 8lbs and over’
The neck size that the collar fits i.e. it might say for dogs with neck sizes 6 to 28 inches
German Shepherds on average are a large breed of dog and might have somewhere between a 20 to 25 inch neck size on average.
But, this is an average only.
The manufacturer’s instructions should tell you how to size your dog for a collar – so, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions as a first priority.
Buyer’s Guide & FAQ Guide For Bark Collars
We’ve put together a buyer’s guide and FAQ guide with some important information about bark collars.
In that guide, we discuss:
The effectiveness of bark collar, and how bark collars can work for some, but not others
What some of the best bark collars might be
Bark collar review guides
Factors to consider in deciding what bark collar to buy
What a bark collar is
Bark collars vs remote dog training collars
Types of bark collars
Why use a bark collar and when to use one
How a bark collar works, and how to use one
What size bark collar to get
Can a puppy use a bark collar
Alternatives to a bark collar for bark control training
Some safety considerations for using a bark collar
Some Safety Considerations For Using A Bark Collar
Safety is extremely important with a bark collar.
Always always get your vet’s advice or the advice of an animal health and/or training expert – nothing is a substitute for professional advice.
Some general safety guidelines for using a bark collar humanely and safely might be:
Buy from a reputable company who put proper use of the bark collar and the safety of the dog as a priority
Read and follow the operating guide, instruction/safety manual and training guide that comes with the bark collar system from the manufacturer for operation and safety instructions and guidelines
Pay attention to any warnings issued by the manufacturer
Monitor your dog’s response both mentally and physically to using a bark collar. Take the collar off immediately and discontinue use of the system if you notice any negative implications or reactions
A good bark collar that uses static stimulation should simply stimulate the muscle (to the point of reflex) to get the dog’s attention, but should not cause pain (it might be slightly annoying for the dog to act as a small deterrent – but shouldn’t cause pain or harm).
It certainly shouldn’t cause a ‘sharp pain’ to the muscle or body.
To get a safe stimulation level – it helps if the bark collar can be set to the lowest stimulation level, and increased as required manually up to a level that gets the dog’s attention (such as changing body language when a stimulation, vibration or tone is administered) without any visible sign of pain or harm (such as yelping, or showing signs of stress).
A good bark collar company should give you all the necessary safety, use and training instructions, and should have a dedicated customer service line to help when you being using the collar.
Good bark collars usually also come with a safety shut off features for static stimulation in case a dog keeps barking.
The static stimulation function does not need to be used either – tone and vibrate training modes can be used instead on bark collars that have them.
Some owners like to even use their bark collar as a temporary training tool, and may go back to using body or verbal bark training commands once behaviors are reinforced (if suitable).
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