Most people have a lot of questions when it comes to using an electric bark collar on their dog. Are bark collars safe? How do they work? When should they use one? What’s the best bark collar for a small dog? In this second post in a short series on bark collars, I provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this tool. Check it out!
Bark collars have come a long way since their inception, incorporating more sophisticated technology and higher-end features to improve their performance and accuracy in correcting dogs. In this first post in a series on bark collars, I’ll recommend good bark collars for your money and also where you can buy them (and it’s NOT at the big box in the local strip mall).
There are a surprising (and confusing) array of training options and tools out there in a dog training industry that is essentially unregulated. You are relying on trainers to be honest with you about their abilities and expertise in order to determine if you think they’ll be able to help you address your problems effectively. A large part of what comprises their expertise is what training tools they use and what approaches they practice, but one of the biggest indicators of individual success for you and your dog may be to what degree a trainer adheres to a “party line.”
There are a wide variety of different training tools and aids available to help you change your dog’s behavior. I am going to discuss some of the most common used today, including how they should be used in a responsible training program. You or your dog may work very well on one particular tool or another. The important thing is to find what works and then be consistent.
No approach is perfectly suited to every person or dog in the world. That’s why it’s important to have a clear understanding of your needs and lifestyle, your dog’s personality, and how each approach attempts to address the specific behavior issues you’re dealing with.
Dog training can easily run upwards of $2,000 depending on where you live, the nature of the problems you’re experiencing, and the type of training necessary. In many cases, people are making a large investment in their dog’s future and the trainer’s expertise. With the high cost of training, and the even higher cost of working with a “bad” trainer, finding a dog trainer that is the right fit is extremely important…
No one approaches a trainer with a “good” dog that they’d like to make into a “super-dog.” As a professional trainer, I tend to see people who are in the throes of a severe behavior problem: usually some form of anxiety, hyperactivity, or aggression. A trainer is often the “last resort” that dog owners seek after their dog has delivered a severe enough wake-up call (a bite, major property damage, or injury to self). Dogs learn from their environment, people, and other animals. It’s very infrequent that even these severe wake-up calls were completely unforeseen…
Your dog needs appropriate chew items. Dogs chew to exercise their jaws and keep teeth and gums healthy. With so many options, including raw hides, bully sticks, raw marrow bones, Nylabones, and Himalayan Dog Chews, which to choose? Check out our review of many of these different items to get some ideas.