Howling and whining in dogs could be for a number of reasons.
Before using an electronic training device – make sure you speak to an animal professional to identify the best way to address the howling and whining.
If they suggest an electronic training device like a bark collar could be suitable, this guide might be able to help you pick a good bark collar model.
Below we’ve identified some of the top rated bark collars on the market from different brands.
Let’s take a look!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
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Best Bark Collar For Howling & Whining
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)
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:
*Note – in conjunction with an animal professional, you first need to identify the reason your dog is barking or howling.
There might be an irritating noise, another dog or animal in the vicinity that is seen as a threat, pain the dog is experiencing in some part of their body, or some other factor that is causing them to howl or bark.
If you eliminate these factors as causes, and it might be more of a problem barking scenario, then you may consider using an electronic training device at this point.
Best Bark Collar For Howling & Whining: Reviews
Best Bark Collar For Howling & Whining: Buyer’s Guide
Howling And Whining Dogs
As mentioned above, make sure you identify the reason/cause your dog is barking or howling before you think of buying and using an e collar.
Make sure you are using an e collar for the right reasons prior to using one.
A few reasons a dog might bark or howling might include:
As a way of greeting
To get attention
As a sign of submission or appeasement
Anxiety or fear, or a mental condition
A physical condition or injury
+ other reasons
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
What Size Bark Collar To Get
You might look for two key things when looking for a size of bark collar to fit your dog:
The size of dog the collar is designed for e.g. 5 to 120lbs
The length of the collar strap to fit a range of neck sizes e.g. 5 to 29 inches
So, weigh your dog and measure their neck size before ordering a bark collar.
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.
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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