sonic collar

Dogs have a natural instinct to bark, while some barking means your dog is healthy, excessive barking is never ideal. Luckily, we’re here to help. From information, to products, and training tips, we’ll help give you some peace.

There are a variety of training products out there designed to keep Fido from barking at all hours of the day and night. One of our favorite training aids are bark collars. From shock collars, to sonic collars, and more, check out of some of our top picks below!

Why Do Dogs Bark?

Why Do Dogs Bark?

Barking is perfectly natural for dogs, however, if the barking becomes excessive, it’s time to make some changes. If your dog is barking too much, you should first figure out what is causing this unwanted behavior. The most popular cause of barking stems from your dog’s natural instinct to protect their house. Most dogs are territorial of their yards, toys, houses, and humans. When something or someone gets too close, this can trigger barking. While this is a natural behavior, you can still train your dog to be quiet when a friend comes close to, or inside of your house. 


Many dogs that suffer from separation anxiety will bark when they’re left alone. If you notice that your dog is barking while partaking in repetitive behaviors such as running in circles, this is probably due to anxiety. The answer here may be to get your dog a companion, or be sure that someone is checking in with your pup occasionally for extra love and attention.

Of course most dogs will also bark when they want something; a potty break, food, attention, etc. These barks are important, however, there are better ways for your dog to show you what they want, it just takes the right training. From bathroom bells, to food schedules, you can give your dog everything they need without waiting for them to bark at you. 

If your dog is constantly barking and wagging their tail when they meet new people, this is simply a kind gesture. They’re trying to be friendly, and don’t realize that their excessive barking isn’t necessarily a welcoming gesture. While this is a friendly noise, it still may be best to train your dog to find better ways to greet new guests. 

bark collars

There are a variety of bark collars to choose from; the three most popular are citronella, static shock, and sonic. All three can be effective with the right training and dog. Of course you also have to be comfortable with the mechanism. Not sure what’s best for Fido? No worries, we’re here to help! We’ve reviewed some of the most popular and effective no-bark collars to help you make the right choice for your pooch. 

citronella collar

Citronella collars are a very popular option for people who don’t want to use shock collars. They let out a bit of citronella when your dog barks. Most dogs will hate the smell, gradually learning that barking will lead to the unpleasant smell. Usually the spray is too small to bother you, but as your dog’s nose is ultra sensitive, they’ll get the full effect. 

petsafe gentlespray

citronella bark collar

Petsafe is a brand we’ve grown to trust. Their citronella anti-bark collar is one of the best on the market. It uses a quick burst of citronella spray to deter your pup from barking. If you’re worried about the citronella scent, you can try out the unscented version as well. 

The GentleSpray is ideal for any dog over 6 lbs. that has issues with excessive barking. One of the reasons why this collar is so effective is because it’s so consistent. Consistency is always the key when it comes to training; with the citronella collar, your dog will always receive the exact same response from their barking. 

The Citronella Collar uses a 6-volt battery (included), no need to worry about recharging the collar all the time. The collar holds 25 sprays, and the can holds up to 300 sprays. With most pups, the cans will last your pup for a long time. 

Unfortunately, because the collar will consistently spray your pup for barking, it could deter them from barking altogether. This is more common with extended use, if you’re concerned, simply remove the collar. 

You should also be aware that the citronella collar is pretty sensitive. It could spray your pup for whining, or barking softly to get your attention. Fortunately, you can adjust the microphone accordingly to make the collar as effective as possible. 

While this collar may not be the perfect solution, it is a great way to deter barking without hurting your pooch. It’s also affordable, and sure to last your dog a long time!

shock collars

Shock collars are a very popular topic in the dog community. Whether you love them or hate them, we can all agree that they’re a popular training tool. While we can’t tell you whether a shock collar is right for your pup, we can try to help you figure out if this is a training aid suitable for your dog. In the end, only you know your dog. 

Shock collars work by giving your pup a little jolt when they’re taking part in unwanted behavior such as barking. Fortunately, you can test the shock out on your hand first to see how strong it is. You can always adjust the intensity to suit the needs of your pup. We find that this gives us a great deal of peace when using the collar. 

Shock collars are typically pretty effective. It will be a brand new stimulus for your pup, and they’ll typically figure out what behavior is causing the jolt pretty quickly. If your dog has anxiety, however, these types of collars may be counter-productive.  The unexpected jolt can cause anxiety in dogs that have pre-existing conditions. You know your dog best; if you decide a shock collar may benefit your dog, check out our top pick below. 

PetTech Collar

In the realm of shock collars, PetTech has one of our favorite models. This collar comes equipped with all of the bells and whistles you could possibly imagine. It’s also long-lasting, affordable, and safe (when used correctly). The PetTech Collar is fully waterproof, and has 100 levels that you can choose from. There are four main modes you can try out for your pup; static, vibration, light, and tone. So if you’re concerned about the shock setting, you can always switch it over to the tone or vibrate setting. The vibrate setting will give them a little vibration when they do something wrong, and the tone setting will give them an audible warning. The light mode is great for training at night, it allows you to see your pooch and keep an eye on their activity. 

shock collar

When you order the PetTech collar you’ll receive an easy to use remote to help you find the perfect setting for your pooch. You can easily use it day or night, as it has a handy blue backlight. The remote has a range of around 1200 feet. 

You’ll also be happy to hear that both the remote and the collar have a lifetime replacement guarantee. If there are any issues, simply return the devices free of charge. In our experience however, you shouldn’t have too many issues. The device has a rapid charging lithium ion battery, allowing the battery to last much longer. This product is durable, affordable, and best of all, safe. If you have a pup with behavioral issues between 10 and 100 lbs, this may be a great product to test out. 

ultrasonic collars

Ultrasonic Collars are perfectly safe for your pooch. These collars use high frequency ultrasonic sound and vibrations that simply annoy your dog and catch them off guard. Most dogs will try to avoid behavior that will trigger this annoying stimulus. 

DogTECH Ultrasonic Collar

sonic collar

DogTech has a great cruelty-free ultrasonic collar for dogs of any size. It’s suitable for dogs 6 lbs, and up, and completely humane. The collar uses a high frequency sound and vibration to correct behavior. We love this collar because it only works for your pup. Other barking dogs won’t trigger it, nor will loud noises. It’s only triggered by the vibrations on your pup’s neck.

This collar will give your pooch painless correction as soon as they start barking. The only downside being that you may be able to hear the high pitch noise if you’re close to your pup. However, we find that the sound is less of a nuance than our pup’s constant barking, so it’s worth it to us!