How to Choose an Anti Barking Device


"An anti-barking device works by emitting a sound at a decibel level that is uncomfortable for dogs. It is triggered when a dog starts barking. Devices include collars that are worn by the barking dog or a device that works within 25 feet of the dog."


There are several types of devices described in the table below that are made to stop barking such as a stop barking dog collar, indoor room device, or even an outdoor device.

Most studies show that all devices work, with some showing preference for citronella spray. Other studies demonstrate that the devices do not increase your dog's anxiety level.

The collars should not be used for long continuous periods of time since your dog might become used to the stimulus used to deter the barking. The best approach is also to provide some type of rewarding behavior such as affection, petting or having your dog sit or providing a treat to reinforce the positive action. Also, be sure to use the collars in multiple locations since your dog might associate the stimulus with only that room or only a certain type of stranger.

Collars are not indicated for use for barking due to separation anxiety. Here, behavior modification approaches are better such as distracting your dog with a treat filled Kong Toy when you leave the house. Start with short periods of absence (30 seconds, then 3 minutes, 15 minutes, etc.). Alternate toys and number of toys to keep it interesting.

Stop Neighbor's Barking Dog

The best device to stop your neighbor's barking dog or for any outdoor situation is the PetSafe Ultrasonic Outdoor Bark Control. This device works up to 50 feet away and resets after the barking episode is over. It uses an ultrasonic tone that can only be heard by the offending dog. The unit is safe and effective.

Anti Barking Device
This anti-barking device for outdoor use by PetSafe uses an ultrasonic tone that can only be heard by dogs

Anti Barking Device List

Brand Type Levels Dog Sizes Features
MultiVet Anti-Bark Spray Collar Deluxe Odorless Spray Collar 2 Small to Large Replaceable Batter
PetSafe Stationary Bark Control Ultrasonic (sound) Room Device - Indoor N/A All 25 foot range, 6 month battery life
PetSafe Ultrasonic Outdoor Bark Control Outdoor ultrasonic device N/A All Outdoor anti barking device works up to 50 ft from barking dog. Looks like a bird house. Will stop neighbors barking dog.
Super Barker Breaker Sound from room device - indoor N/A All Unlike ultrasonic uses sound that can be heard by humans and dogs. 25 ft range.
Innotek Spray Citronella Anti-Bark Collar Kit Citronella (smell) spray collar 1 All breeds older than 6 months of age and weight over 6 pounds Nylon collar
PetSafe Ultralight Sonic Bark Collar Vibration and Sound Collar Multiple All breeds, ages and sizes Attaches to existing collar
Innotek Free Spirit No Bark Collar Small Static Charge 7 Neck sizes 8" to 21" Senses vocal cord vibrations. Shifts levels automatically based on bark frequency.
PetSafe Big Dog Bark Control Collar  Small Static Charge 10 For big dogs 40 lbs or more with neck sizes up to 34 inches Battery indicator light. Automatically adjusts based on barking frequency.
PetSafe Deluxe Little Dog Bark Control Collar Small Static Charge 10 Neck sizes up to 16 inches Waterproof. Can be used up to 8 hours at a time. Designed for smaller dogs.
PetCalm Formula for Anxious and Stressed Pets  Natural Dietary Supplement NA All Herbal safe remedy with ingredients associated with calming behavior.

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