No Bark Dog Collars
The recent advent of no bark dog collars has raised a lot of controversy in the world of canine lovers. Are they humane, or just a way of forcing an animal into submission? Are they actually teaching the dog through positive techniques or are they just showing him that pain is always going to be there? There are always two sides to every issue, and it's hard to decide for yourself sometimes with so many opposing viewpoints flying around. Here are some arguments from both sides of the issue to give you some things to think about.
For the people who say no bark dog collars are the way to go, the argument is usually that the shock received from the collar is not strong enough to cause any real pain. It just gives a second of discomfort, and after that doesn't do any harm. Additionally, there are other forms of bark prevention collars that don't deliver a shock at all. Rather, they use either high-pitched sounds or a spray of citronella to convince the dog to stop barking. The high-pitched sound is in a similar frequency to that found in dog whistles. It's extremely irritating to dogs, but doesn't cause them any physical harm. The citronella spray sense when the dog is barking and releases a fine spray of citronella scented mist in front of the dog's nose. The smell is unpleasant to dogs, which will stop barking.
The main idea behind collars like these is that they provide constant training to get a dog to stop barking. Anyone who has ever had a dog knows that the key to proper training is consistency. When you break a routine too often the dog gets confused and will be less willing to learn. When you're vocally training a dog not to bark, you can't be around every second of the day. If you work during the day, the dog will eventually start to realize that it's okay to bark when you're not there, just not when you are there. This leads to inconsistent training, which is something that no bark dog collars can easily remedy.
On the other side of the fence, you have the people who insist that collars are not the way to go. First of all, and this is the main issue, the shocking collars can be painful to dogs when set to the wrong setting. Additionally, you have the problem of worrying about the particular type of collar you need for your size of dog. Obviously a collar meant for a Great Dane would completely demolish a Chihuahua, so you have that consideration as well.
As far as the non-shocking dog collars, for many people these are just as bad. The citronella can get on the dog's fur and become a constant presence rather than a one-time thing whenever he barks. In the end, dog collars aren't providing positive reinforcement, which is the best way dogs learn, and instead just cause them pain, similar to kicking a dog whenever it barks.
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