Do Vibration Collars Work (To Stop Barking)

All dogs bark to communicate with other humans and dogs, but it can become rather jarring at times. We love our furry friends, but barking at strangers incessantly can be annoying and embarrassing.

We all want them to run and play when socializing with other dogs but some are particularly stubborn and awkward when it comes to listening.  

Barking dogs can wake you up, interrupt your neighbors, and cause you to have to read multiple noise complaints from people around you. It’s clear that you need to train your dog to stop barking so much, but this is easier said than done.

Their recall may be excellent when you are alone playing ball in the park but it can soon go to pot when another human and especially if another dog is nearby.

Do Vibration Collars Work (To Stop Barking)

That Helpless Feeling

If you leave your dog barking in the yard, at the door, or every time a stranger walks by them, they might learn that this is acceptable behavior.

The longer you leave the bad behavior, the harder it will be to train away. The same goes for their stopping and recall when you want them back by your side when off the leash.

This can often leave you feeling useless when your dog doesn’t stop barking and won’t come back when called after months of training.

So, you need to train your dog to stop barking and start listening to commands as soon as possible before they learn that it’s acceptable behavior, but how? 

Luckily, we have the solution for you. A training collar can be just what you need to reinforce that barking is not the correct response to whatever triggers your dogs.

They can also be of great assistance in improving the response levels to your commands for fetching and recall purposes. But do they actually work? Let’s find out; 

What To Look Out For In A Vibration Collar To Stop Your Dog Barking

Firstly let’s discuss the most important factors that you should be mindful of when considering which dog collar is going to be the best fit for you and your pooch.  

All the best vibration collars that will successfully work will have these key features in common; 

Different Functions Of Use

Even though you’re looking for a training collar, many come with different modes that you can use to perhaps not train your dog so harshly. Some collars will come with a shock mode as well as a vibration mode and light mode.

These can be used instead of the shock collar mode to see whether your dog can be trained without being physically harmed with an electric shock. Many dog owners find these modes to be more humane, and they are sometimes as effective as the shock mode. 

Ideally, you’d always begin training your dog with these less invasive methods to pose less of a threat to your dog. The shock mode should be the last resort in your training efforts.

Due to this, it’s helpful for your collar to have multiple modes so that you don’t have to purchase a different collar for each training method. 

Varying Degrees Of Stimulation Levels

Again, different levels of stimulation can help with training the barking away from your dog. This refers to how many levels of shock the collar is capable of.

The reason why training bad behavior from dogs can be so difficult is that your pooch will acclimate themselves to your negative reinforcement techniques. 

For example, they might get used to the first level of shock within two days. After these two days, they won’t find the shock to be negative, and it won’t affect their barking.

However, if the shock kept increasing slightly over time, your dog wouldn’t be able to get used to it as it gets more aggressive. Some training collars only have a few levels while others have hundreds.

The more levels there are, the more use you’ll get from the collar and your dog will be more likely to learn that barking is negative behavior. 

Effectiveness And Range

You’re not always going to be right next to your dog when they start barking, so you need a collar that will work within an impressive range.

How much distance you’re planning to have between you and your dog will determine how much range you need from the collar.

If you’re only going to be using the collar within your house and yard, you’ll need a much smaller range than if you were to use the collar on hilly terrain while out on walks. 

Remote Control Technology

Some collars are set to always be working while others can be controlled with remote control.

A remote control collar can be more effective than one that is always working so that your dog doesn’t get used to the shocks, therefore rendering them redundant.

A remote-controlled collar is best if you’re going to be monitoring your dog while they’re wearing the collar. This might be for people who want to train with their dogs for only an hour or two a day. 

Alternatively, a collar that is always on could be better for dogs who tend to bark when their humans aren’t at home. You can be sure that the collar is working to train your dog while they’re being the most active. 

Robustness And Durability

As your dog is going to be wearing their shock collar throughout the day, in all weather, the collar needs to be durable enough to keep up with your dog.

Waterproof collars will ensure that they work in all weather conditions and even withstand some muddy puddles that your dog loves to roll in. The collar also needs to be strong enough to withstand some bumps and grazes along the way.

If your training collar is not durable to keep up with your pooch, you’ll find yourself replacing it much quicker than you should. 

Comfort Levels

Of course, keeping your dog comfortable should be one of your main priorities when choosing a training collar.

The collar needs to be made from safe and durable materials that aren’t cutting into your dog’s neck. Your dog should be able to wear the collar without it irritating their neck or digging in too much. 

Suitability And Matching Sizes

Following on from our previous point, you need to ensure that the collar isn’t too small or too loose for your dog.

A collar that is too small will be too tight and make your dog feel uncomfortable, potentially leading to dangerous consequences. If the collar is too loose; however, your dog could easily slip it off over its head and lose it somewhere.

Alternatively, they could get their paws stuck in the collar and leading to another dangerous situation. The collar should fit around your dog’s neck with enough room for two of your fingers to slip underneath it easily. 

Cost-Effectiveness

Many training collar manufacturers like to say that the more expensive a collar is, the safer the electric shocks are for your dog. Unfortunately, this is not factual as we cannot gauge how safe the shocks of each collar are. 

In fact, the price of your training collar doesn’t really matter as long as it gives you many levels of stimulation to practice on your dog. This way you’ll be able to determine which is the safest level of shock from that collar. 

Final Thoughts

Shock collars can deliver slight shocks no more than a tickle to a painful amount of shock to your dog. The Humane Society states that shock collars “are often misused and can create fear, anxiety, and aggression in your dog toward you or other animals.”

Manufacturers of shock collars do not state how much voltage is used in the shocks, making it difficult for us to accurately determine whether they’re safe or not.  

Again, a shock collar will not hurt your dog if you are using a low level of stimulation.

The highest levels might cause pain that will last for a few seconds to a minute, but it won’t leave any lasting physical damage to your dog and will significantly improve barking levels if you get the balance right and do not overdo this method of training.

Daniel Johnson