If you’re reading this, you probably have a dog that enjoys a good barking session — and it’s probably irritating you and your neighbors. Dogs bark for many reasons, but being territorial is usually one of the main motivations, and you need to figure out how to deal with it. But what is the best way? That’s what we’re here for. We developed reviews of the 10 best barking deterrents and included a buyer’s guide that will hopefully make your decision easier. We want you to have a happy family, happy neighbors, and of course, a happy dog.
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The 10 Best Dog Barking Deterrents
1. Petdiary T720 Dog Training Collar — Best Overall
|Size:||Up to 22-inch neck|
|Weight:||Dogs up to 110 lbs.|
|Method:||Sound, shock, vibration, or LED|
The best overall dog barking deterrent is the well-priced Petdiary T720 Dog Training Collar. It has four different options to help stop your dog from barking: vibration, shock, beep, and an LED light. This gives you the option to turn off the features that you don’t want to use and find the one that will work with your dog. It works remotely, giving your dog a 3,000 feet range, and will fit dogs up to 110 pounds and up to a 22-inch neck. It comes with a chargeable collar (which can last 180 days on a full charge) and a transmitter (which lasts 40 days). If you have another two collars, the system can work for three dogs at once, and the collar is waterproof and reflective.
The flaws of this collar are that for some people, the instructions aren’t the most user-friendly, and for others, the collar might stop working after a while.
2. PATPET P301 Remote Dog Training Collar — Best Value
|Size:||8-25 inches neck|
|Weight:||Dogs 20-90 lbs.|
|Method:||Sound, vibration, or shock|
The best dog barking deterrent for the money is the PATPET Remote Dog Training Collar that comes with a collar and remote that holds about an 11-day charge. You can choose from eight vibration levels, 16 shock levels, or loud beeps to deter your dog from barking, but it also gives you a warning if the levels are too high for your pup. The range of the collar is about 980 feet, and it’s waterproof.
However, the collar tends to break, and the battery life isn’t always as good as what the company advertises.
3. Educator E-Collar Technologies Dog Training Collar — Premium Choice
|Size:||Up to 30-inch neck|
|Weight:||Dogs over 5 lbs.|
|Method:||Tone, shock, or vibration|
The Educator E-Collar Technologies Dog Training Collar is the premium choice because it uses low-level electronic stimulation to humanely train your dog. It also has “lock and set” levels from 1 to 100 and a way to set boost levels from 1 to 60. It gives quite a large range for your pup for up to 3,960 feet and uses tones and tapping vibration stimulation. It has a tracking light for the night, is waterproof, and works with up to two dogs. The battery life for the collar and remote should last about 24 to 72 hours.
The main disadvantages of this system are that it is quite expensive and it is a training system, not just a bark deterrent. It may take a while for you and your dog to figure things out.
4. PATPET P-C80 Lightweight Remote Dog Training Collar
|Weight:||Dogs 10-110 lbs.|
|Method:||Noise, vibration, or shocks|
PATPET’s P-C80 Lightweight Remote Dog Training Collar gives you 16 different levels of stimulation of sounds, vibrations, or shocks. The collar is waterproof, and both the remote and collar recharge quickly. The range is 1,970 feet, and the remote can be used for up to two dogs.
However, this collar works better on short-haired dogs, and only the shock feature can be adjusted to different levels, not the tone or vibration features.
5. Company of Animals Pet Corrector Spray
|Size:||30, 50, or 200 mL|
|Method:||Hissing sound using air|
The Company of Animals Pet Corrector Spray is a spray can filled with air that uses a hissing sound to startle your dog out of barking. Hissing is a sound that some predators use (like snakes), which can distract your dog from any bad behaviors. It is meant to be used in conjunction with a reward (once your dog stops barking, then you give them a treat). It’s a safe and harmless (and painless) method that can help your dog stop barking or other unwanted behaviors.
The disadvantages of this product are that the can gets cold after use, and the spray will not work for all dogs. Some dogs can learn to ignore it, or they will just become fearful of the can.
6. Sentry Stop That! Dog Spray
|Method:||Pheromone and noise|
Sentry Stop That! Dog Spray uses both a hissing noise and a natural pheromone scent that helps calm and refocus dogs. This also means that the effects of the deterrent tend to last longer than just a noise spray alone. The pheromone works to reduce a dog’s excitability and is a pleasant chamomile and lavender scent.
Unfortunately, it is expensive for such a tiny bottle that might not last you long. Also, the sudden hissing noise might scare your dog, which is counterproductive to what the pheromone is meant to do.
7. Stopwoofer Ultrasonic Dog Training Device
The Stopwoofer Ultrasonic Dog Training Device is a remote that uses ultrasonic sound to stop your dog from barking. It works on most dogs of all sizes and most ages (recommended is 6 months to 8 years old). The device is generally small enough to fit in your pocket, so you can even use it on the go. It’s rechargeable and can typically last about 14 days on one charge. If the button is pressed for any longer than 8 seconds, the device will automatically shut off for your dog’s safety.
The disadvantages of this device are that some dogs might actually bark more and other dogs might get used to it and it will prove ineffective after a while.
8. PATPET Outdoor Remote Dog Training Collar
|Weight:||Dogs 30-110 lbs.|
|Range:||1,970 or 3,000 feet|
|Method:||Noise, vibrations, or shocks|
PATPET’s Outdoor Remote Dog Training Collar is available in 1,970 or 3,000 ranges and enables you to choose between shocks, vibrations, or a beeping noise. It gives you 16 levels of shocks or vibrations but can also warn you when the stimulation is becoming too intense for your dog. The transmitter on the collar is rainproof, and the collar is waterproof.
However, some of these collars are prone to breaking after a short period. You might find that it won’t turn on after charging it up. Additionally, it isn’t always effective for all dogs.
9. PATPET U01 Ultrasonic Pet Behavior Training Remote
PATPET’s U01 Ultrasonic Pet Behavior Training Remote uses an ultrasonic sound designed to make your dog stop barking. In fact, your dog will hear it, but you won’t because it’s designed for only animals to hear. The remote works for up to 30 feet, so you can use it on your dog while outside. You press the button on the remote when your dog starts barking, and it emits a sound that will make your dog mildly uncomfortable, so it’s safe and painless to use.
However, it won’t work on every dog, and all animals will be affected by this, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. If you have dogs without barking issues or any cats, they might become afraid of it when it’s only meant for the one dog with the behavioral issues.
10. Safety-Sport XL Dog Horn
The Safety-Sport XL Dog Horn is a loud air horn that should instantly stop your dog from barking. It can also work double-duty to ensure your and your dog’s safety because it can scare other dogs or animals away if you’re under threat. It should last for approximately 140 short blasts.
The main flaw with this product is that it’s probably too loud and scary to actually teach your dog to stop barking. You’ll only teach them to be afraid of the horn, particularly if your dog is already anxious or nervous. Plus, it will wake the household or your neighbors if you need to use it quite early or late.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Purchase the Best Dog Barking Deterrent
Here, we go over a few points for you to consider before you purchase your barking deterrent.
This only relates to dog collars. Always double-check the recommendations on the product page and the actual measurements. Sometimes the wrong information is put in the description, so it’s always best to check the measurements against your own dog. Some of these collars won’t fit properly on very small dogs or might not be large enough for giant breeds, so always check.
Read the precautions before using the collars. Most collars are not meant to be left on your dog at all times. In fact, most recommend that they should only be left on your dog for a minimum of under 6 hours and that you should reposition it on your dog’s neck every 1 to 2 hours. Always read the fine print.
Don’t let a collar that is advertised as a shock collar necessarily scare you off. Most collars merely have it as an option, so be sure to read the description carefully. For some dogs, it might be the only thing that works for them, so it’s a good idea to go for a collar that has multiple options: noise, vibration, and shock. That said, you should only resort to a shock collar if nothing else is working, and always start at the lowest setting. If you’re truly not comfortable using a shock collar, there are many other options out there.
Why All the Barking?
Before buying a deterrent, you might want to start by figuring out why your dog is barking in the first place. You probably don’t want to hurt or scare your dog, so sometimes, using reward-based training will end up not only being more effective but can also help you form a stronger bond with your dog. Talk to your vet if you’re really concerned, and consider getting an animal behaviorist involved.
The Petdiary T720 Dog Training Collar is our overall favorite barking deterrent because it’s well-priced, and it gives you four options to stop your dog from barking: vibration, shock, beeping, and an LED light. The PATPET Remote Dog Training Collar is inexpensive, and you can choose from 16 shock levels, eight vibration levels, or loud beeps. Lastly, the Educator E-Collar Technologies Dog Training Collar is our premium choice pick because it effectively uses humane static stimulation, and you can fine-tune it to the right settings for your dog.
Hopefully, our reviews have brought you a suitable barking deterrent for your pup.
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