Best Cheap/Affordable Bark Collars: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

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This is a short guide outlining the best cheap/affordable bark collars.

We look at the features of these different bark control collars, and consider who they might and might not be for.

 

(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)

 

Best Cheap/Affordable Bark Collars

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Best Cheap/Affordable Bark Collars: Reviews 

 

Best Cheap/Affordable Bark Collars: Buyer’s Guide

Which Cheap/Affordable Collar To Get?

The Authen and TBI Pro Dog Bark Collars are very similar – however, the Authen probably comes out slightly ahead of the TBI due to coming out slightly ahead in price, and user experience/performance.

The NPS Bark Collar is slightly different – it only has sound and vibration, whereas the Authen and TBI collars also have static stimulation. Additionally, the NPS is not rechargeable, whereas the other two are.

These are just our opinions – you can check out the product features and user ratings yourself.

 

How Much Cheaper Are These Bark Collars Than Other Bark Collars?

According to some prices as of the time of publishing this guide, these collars are a third to half the price of some other bark collars on the market.

One thing with these bark collars, is to make sure you know the warranty and return conditions before buying.

 

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 consideration for using a bark collar

 

Factors To Consider In Deciding What Bark Collar To Buy

  • What size dog is the collar designed for? E.g. 5 to 120 lbs?
  • What neck sizes does the collar strap fit? E.g. 5 to 22 inches?
  • Does the collar require programming and settings selection? Or, can it be used immediately straight out of the box without any programming?
  • What bark sensor technology does the collar have? – patented bark sensor technology, a bark vibration sensor technology, a bark sensing micro chip, or something else?
  • How many training modes does the collar have, and what are those modes? (how do they work?). For example, Progressive Correction, and User Selected Correction are two examples of training modes
  • How many training responses does the collar have? – static stimulation, beep/tone, and vibration … or, just one or two of these?
  • How many levels of static stimulation does the collar have?
  • What is the power output of the collar – low to medium, or low to high?
  • How many sensitivity levels does the collar have?
  • Are there any safety shut off features for the collar?
  • What batteries does the bark collar use? – rechargeable or replaceable/disposable
  • How long do the batteries take to charge, and how long does a full charge last?
  • Is the bark collar waterproof or water rated? To what standard? IPX7, IP67
  • Does the collar have a display screen showing levels and other indicators?
  • Are there any other features on the collar like a low battery indicator?
  • What is the warranty and what are the warranty conditions of the collar?
  • Is there a return or guarantee on the collar?
  • Is there customer service available for users of the bark collar?
  • What comes in the collar kit? Contact points? Charger? Collar testing tool? 
  • How clear and extensive is the operating guide and instructions?
  • Is there sufficient safety information that comes with the collar?
  • How much does the bark collar cost?

 

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.

 

Can A Puppy Use A Bark Collar?

Ask your dog’s vet when it’s safe to start using bark collars and electronic dog training devices on a young dog.

Also, refer to the bark collar product operation guide, instructions, and safety information for the age of dog their product is designed for.

Some sources might say 6 months is the age dogs can start using a bark collar, but some might say later. Some might also mention that a dog should understand basic training and obedience prior to using any electronic training device.

 

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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