Pros & Cons of Barking Devices for Dogs

Most dogs can be trained fairly quickly with consistent instruction.
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Barking devices are designed to teach a dog not to bark. These items are most popular for use on dogs who bark too much or cannot be easily quieted using verbal corrections. Carefully consider both the pros and cons involved with using a barking device before you purchase one for your dog. Discuss the use of the device with your veterinarian to make sure the specific device you want to use is safe for your pet.

Understanding Barking Devices

Barking devices are normally designed to attach to or function as dog collars. These devices sit on the neck and throat of the dog and provide a negative reaction every time the dog barks. Barking devices may spray liquids, emit high-pitched noises or even shock the dog every time he barks.


The quick delivery of the punishment can train a dog very quickly that barking equals an unpleasant experience. You can adjust the device to be either more or less severe, depending on the needs of the dog. It can also be removed whenever you feel the need to stop using it. Most dogs stop nuisance barking within days or weeks of barking device training.


The barking device will have the same effect every time your dog barks and so he will never be able to get away with the behavior. Your dog will be corrected day or night, indoors or outdoors and regardless of whether or not you are home. The downside of the consistent training is that it does not differentiate between positive barking and undesirable barking. You dog is corrected across the board for barking regardless of whether he is barking at air or a intruder breaking into your house.


Barking devices work because they are uncomfortable for your dog. Your barking device can be painful and some models even have the potential to cause injury when used inappropriately. Barking devices that emit electrical shocks are controversial because of the pain the shock causes your dog and the risk of injury to the dog if the device malfunctions or is adjusted incorrectly.