Do bark collars really work?

  1. I have 7 dogs and have not had a problem. We have new neighbors who evidently can't stand an occasional yap. They reported us to animal control instead of coming over. They stay inside from 9pm to 7am and when they're out it's supervised and only for 10 minutes or so, the dogs that is! I wasn't home when they left a notice on the door so I'm to call in the AM. I have no idea what they'll say? Bark collars are like $70 each. There goes dh's and my Christmas!
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  3. by   Medic2RN
    My only experience with bark collars is when the neighbor's dog was wearing one. The poor thing would bark and then we would hear a pathetic yelp afterward. I felt bad for the poor thing.
    Sorry to hear that your new neighbors are that way. I would talk to them first before going to such lengths.
  4. by   Grace Oz
    Amazing how people buy a new house without first checking out the neighbourhood! *sigh*
    If you don't like or don't want to hear dogs etc, don't buy a house next to people who have animals!!!
    WOW! you're allowed to keep 7 dogs????!!!! Gee we're not permitted more than two per household in our district. Are you in a rural area or suburbia?
    Hope you're able to resolve it soon without too many hassles. though, I guess there's already a hassle in that the new neighbours saw fit to go to authorities before communicating with you!
    I don't think those bark collars really make all that much difference. Except to your budget!!!
  5. by   JBudd
    It stops my big guy from being a nuisance, but only when its on. Not supposed to leave them on all the time though.

    Walmart has them for about $40. Do all 7 bark? Would putting one or two on the leaders stop things? My other two don't bark the way the biggest has started to lately (and he is being set off by other people's dogs).

    My sister sued someone whose dog would not shut up whatsoever, (she was the lawyer for the complainent), they had a tape that showed the dog barking continually, for a significant amount of time. Our city statutes say the dog must be barking more than 5 minutes to be considered a nuisance. If your dogs only bark sporadically, for short periods, it should be a good defense. Would a web cam to show that they aren't really barking all the time work? Just a few thoughts. Good luck!
  6. by   UM Review RN
    Only time I ever saw a bark collar used was in Fun with Dick and Jane.

    You might want to check it out with your vet before you buy; they always have great suggestions and many know where to get the best discounts.

    Poor doggies! Can't even bark anymore!
  7. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I've had neighbors who didn't think their dogs barked, and they didn't- when the neighbors were home. When they were gone, the barking was constant and made my life totally miserable.
    I spent over $200. of my own money on a worthless ultrasonic "BarkFree" machine and a silencer whistle device. My neighbors were very hostile when I tried to talk to them about the dogs. Thank God they finally moved.

    There is a citronella collar- it releases a spray of harmless citronella when a dog barks. The theory is the dog doesn't bark to avoid the spray.

    Kudos to you for addressing the problem.

    Here's a link w/ demonstration video.eBay: CITRONELLA No Bark Stop Barking Dog Collar NEW+FREE S&H (item 220061458464 end time Dec-19-06 05:02:39 PST)
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Dec 15, '06
  8. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    There is a citronella collar- it releases a spray of harmless citronella when a dog barks. The theory is the dog doesn't bark to avoid the spray.

    Kudos to you for addressing the problem., would that be a chemical restraint?
  9. by   canoehead
    My parents bought a bark collar for their lab about 3 years ago. He had it on for 5 minutes and stopped barking. Now when he barks they stand in the window and wave it at him, and he hangs his head in shame, and scuttles under the porch.

    It works, but he's terrified of it, so it's a difficult decision.
  10. by   DDRN4me
    Dutchgirl, what is making them bark? or are they just playing??
    My iggy will bark because we go outside (at 5 am ) and the neighbor's dogs go ballistic.. but he usually stares first then just answers.
    I doubt that they are barking the whole day... not characteristic of the breed.
    I personally dont like the idea of shocking them when they bark but i understand your dilemma.
    what about bringing a Christmas treat to your neighbor accompanied by a pup or 2 so she can see how cute they are?:Present2:
  11. by   DutchgirlRN
    Thanks for the replies. My dogs definately don't bark for more than a minute. This same family, behind us, has loud parties on their deck in the summer. Next time I may have to hollar "hey can you keep it down?" It was 11:00 pm on a Sunday night. Anyway, the dogs are reacting to people walking on the other side of our privacy fence where the city just finished paving a lovely walking/jogging/bicycle path. I think I'll start with one collar and test each dog seperately before I take the big plunge. I hear they shouldn't wear them in the house so they can still play and rough house. Our city has no ordinence that I know of, however, our homeowners association has a 4 dog per household limit. We had 3 dogs when we built the house 6 years ago. Since then we've aquired our daughters dog who she cannot have in her apt and 3 IG rescues. We've firmly said NO MORE DOGS! We love our dogs and would rather move than lose one. :uhoh21:
  12. by   donsterRN
    I know how you feel about those dogs; they are just beautiful.

    I don't understand why your new neighbors are being so difficult. I mean, dogs bark; that's what they do. As long as they're not barking non-stop for hours on end, I can't see why they'd have a problem with those wonderful dogs. But I just can't see the value in punishing the poor dog for behaving naturally by using one of those collars.

    Just my $.02...
  13. by   Sheri257
    I have to put a bark collar on my great dane. It's the only thing that works. Otherwise ... he just barks and barks. I haven't had any complaints yet but, I know I would if I didn't have the collar.

    I have no idea what he's barking at because I don't see anything half the time but ... he's just a barker I guess.

    I also hate to shock them with the collar but without it ... he will constantly bark, even when we're home. When I take it off ... he just starts constantly barking again.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 15, '06
  14. by   muffie
    i put a barking collar on big daddy, it's nice and quiet now !