Electronic bark control collars work by giving your dog a static stimulation immediately after he/she barks to encourage them to discontinue the
behavior. Many, such as our SBC-10R, include different modes of operation so that you can find the exact level for your dog. This, combined with Perfect Bark® Technology, ensures that your dog is corrected only when he is the one barking. For these reasons, NoBark® collars are often only thought of as a solution to the “stop my barking dog” problem. However, they offer many more benefits to you and your dog than just silence:
Understanding of Cause and Effect- In any e-collar training program, your dog must understand that his/her actions lead to a reaction. NoBark collars apply a correction to your dog as soon as he starts barking. This quick correction allows your dog to see the connection between his unwanted behavior and the stimulation received. This can be helpful when also using a remote training collar for basic and advanced training. Your dog has learned that his behavior can result in static stimulation, and may be able to more quickly connect the cause and effect in a training program.
Conservation of Energy- As you’ve probably noticed if you have an excessive barker, this activity takes a lot of mental and physical energy out of your dog. Imagine yourself screaming at your favorite sporting event. The excitement keeps you yelling, chanting, etc. throughout the game, but when the adrenaline decreases you notice you’re throat’s sore and you’re exhausted. The same is true of your dog. The more energy your pup expends barking, the less energy he/she has to apply to other activities, such as training, going the extra mile in the field, etc. Deterring your dog from barking fits will ensure you all get the most out of your time together.
Stress Reduction- We all know that dogs use barking to communicate, and for that reason it is often inferred that nuisance barking is just an innate predisposition of canines. However, wildlife management studies show that excessive barking is only a characteristic of domesticated canines. Wolves, coyotes, foxes, etc. do not exhibit excessive vocal behavior in the wild, or when moved to captivity. Experts believe the most likely reason for this is the differences in environments. Wild members of the canine family are both more accustomed to quitter environments and aware that there are negative consequences to being too loud (scaring off prey, alerting a nearby danger). By contrast, the domesticated dog does not have to worry about scaring away prey, as you’re most likely providing dinner, so they bark to alert you to possible dangers, or to tell you something is interesting or just because they want your attention. The problem with this behavior is that it keeps your dog constantly at alert, feeling that you should be aware of every animal in the yard, backfire down the street, possum in the field, etc. After your dog learns that this barking is inappropriate behavior, he will also have a chance to become comfortable with the sounds and sights of his surroundings, making him more at ease.
What other benefits have you seen when using your bark collar? Share your thoughts and observations with us.