If you’ve ever had the pleasure to spend some time around dogs, then you know how annoying it can be to listen to them bark incessantly when there isn’t even anything to bark at. Not all dogs have this irritating habit, but if you do happen to be the owner of one that does, you absolutely must understand the need to control the barking and how valuable some bark collars for puppies or small dogs can be.
Training your dog not to bark is definitely very effective, but it is also time consuming and frustrating. Best dog bark collars can help you train your dog more effectively in a shorter amount of time, but many puppy owners are always concerned whether or not bark collars for puppies are safe, and if they should wait until their dog is older to use a one. In reality, this is not the question dog owners should be asking.
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Safety of bark collars for puppies and small dogs
There has been lots of research done on the effectiveness of bark collars for puppies and adult dogs that proved that they really do work. As long as you do your research and buy a safe dog training collar that is made by a reputable company, you should have no trouble training your puppy not to bark. Bark collars for puppies come in many different sizes, and according to most manufacturers’ websites, they can be used on dogs as small as two pounds, which means they can be used on almost every breed of dogs, including their puppies.
Ultimately, the answer is yes – bark collars for puppies are safe as long as you know which one to buy and how to use it. So if you've decided to purchase a bark collar for a puppy, there are a few things that you should be aware of.
First, make sure that you purchase a reliable dog training collar from a reputable company. Be sure to research properly and check for reviews on Amazon (which usually has the most of them) before you buy it. As with many other dog products, you get what you pay for when it comes to bark collars for puppies and small dogs, so cheaper doesn't mean it'll work (but more expensive also doesn't always mean that it's the best deal.)
The biggest danger is that cheaper bark collars for puppies can be more likely to malfunction and shock your dog for no reason or shock them continuously, either of which could be extremely harmful, especially to a small dog or a puppy. Cheaper collars can also be either not sensitive enough (and result in no effect), or over-sensitive and more easily triggered by noises other than your dog’s bark. This can be especially injurious to puppies that are in a multi-dog household.
The reason why more expensive bark collars for puppies work better is because they have a system that is triggered by the noise of the bark as well as the movement of the vocal cords.
Many types of bark collars for puppies and small dogs have settings so that they can deliver a variety of different shock levels for different kinds of canines. Some of these training collars can work on puppies that weigh only a few pounds and also work on large breeds weighing over 100 pounds.
If you're going to be using a bark collar on a puppy, you should purchase one that is specifically designed for puppies or smaller breed dogs. This way there is no chance of having the settings changed by accident, like if the collar rubs against something, and having your small puppy get a shock intended for a fully grown Mastiff. Even though it won't kill them, it's still a shock.
Obviously, training your puppy not to bark without reason is certainly the safest way to help them learn, but not all dogs learn as easily, and some may need the extra reinforcement of a training collar. If that is the case in your household, you should understand that bark collars for puppies are safe to use on smaller dogs as long as you purchase an appropriate collar and follow all of the safety instructions that come with it.