In this guide, we take a look at what some of the top bark collar options for long haired and thick furred dogs might be.
Let’s check them out!
(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 Long Haired Or Thick Fur Dogs
For long and thick haired dogs, two things can help when using bark collars:
Trimming or cutting back the fur around the neck to allow the collar receiver and contact points proper contact with the skin
Long contact points. If you buy long contact points, it’s important to check the compatibility of the contact points with the different models before you buy – it should tell you in the contact point product information.
Read the bark collar operating instructions though for information on how to best use their bark collar product.
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)
Other bark collars that might allow you to buy add on long contact points are:
- SportDOG NoBark SBC-R Rechargeable Bark Control Dog Collar (on Chewy)
- SportDOG SBC-R No Bark Collar (on Amazon) – fits dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 5″ – 22″
- Dogtra YS300 No Bark Collar (on Amazon) – for small to medium dogs 10 lbs and up, with neck sizes 9″ to 20″
- Dogtra YS600 No Bark Collar (on Amazon) – for medium to large dogs 35lbs and up
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 Collars For Long & Thick Haired Dogs: Reviews
Best Bark Collars For Long & Thick Furred Dogs: Buyer’s Guide
Bark Collars For Long Hair & Thick Hair Dogs
There’s probably two things to be aware of with long and thick furred dogs when using bark collars:
You may need to shave, trim or cut the fur around the neck of your dog so the collar contact points have contact with the skin, or, so the collar sensor technology can properly work
Long contact points can help penetrate past fur to the skin on on the neck. Some bark collars have the ability to use longer contact points – standard contact points might be in the range of 1/2 an inch, whilst longer ones might be around 5/8’s of an inch to 1 inch.
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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