Top 5 Best Bark Collars for Dogs

Latest Update October 17, 2016

  • SportDOG
    NoBark 10R
  • The SportDog collar comes with the No Bark collar itself, which is rechargeable and waterproof, but it also comes with a clicker so that you can do positive reinforcement as well as negative for barking. It also comes with a dog whistle you can use as well.

  • PetSafe
    Citronella Collar
  • This collar gives negative reinforcement by releasing the smell of citronella whenever the dog barks. When your dog barks, they will be sprayed in the face by a harmless spray and will associate that unpleasantness with barking.

  • Dogtra
    YS300
  • One of the best features of this collar is that it is technologically advanced enough to distinguish your dog’s particular bark from any background noise, or even your voice. That means that the only time the collar will be activated is when your dog actually barks, and that is major advantage when training.

  • PetSafe Basic
    Bark Collar
  • This collar is also calibrated to only respond to your dog’s barking so that any background noise around your dog will not trigger the device. There are 6 levels of static electricity stimulation and the collar automatically increase if your dog does not stop barking.

  • Garmin Bark
    Limiter Deluxe
  • This is a very good looking bark collar that has several features that the other collars just don’t have. Like the others however, they do have the differentiating technology so that your dog is not stimulated unnecessarily. Plus, it has the same automatic increase of strength like the PetSafe collar.

2016 Consumer's Guide for Anti Bark Collars for Dogs

You love your dog, but sometimes, they bark at just about anything, and that can get annoying. Teaching your dog not to bark can be an exhausting task and if you work or are out of the house a lot, a barking dog can annoy your neighbors and anyone else in earshot. But what is the solution if you can’t stay home and tell your dog “No!” whenever he or she barks? One solution that many pet owners are opting for is an anti-bark collar. In fact, anti-bark collars have become very popular among both pet owners and professional trainers.

What is a bark collar?

A bark collar is one that detects sound and gives your dog a negative experience whenever it does. Usually, that means that it will go off whenever your dog barks, but in the past, an anti-bark collar could go off when there is no sound and that can be a problem. For example, if your dog is outside and there are nearby dogs barking or children playing, it could trigger stimulus that is supposed to prevent barking. Not only will this confuse your dog, it will punish him (or her) for no reason. But modern bark collars are much more sophisticated and can almost always differentiate between those sounds and your dog actually barking.

How does it work?

A bark collar works by stimulating the dog negatively somehow. For example, some collars deliver an electric shock to the dog whenever he or she barks, using a very small amount of electricity – just enough for the dog to feel it. But there are other collars as well that do not use electricity to keep the dog from barking. Some of them use an annoying sound instead that only the dog can hear. The dog hears it whenever they bark and it is very effective. Another method often used by bark collars is the smell method – where citronella, which dog’s do not like the smell of, is released when they bark.

Does it work for howling or whining?

Although most of the collars are calibrated properly to hear barking from your dog and filter out any other noises, don’t think that it means that it won’t work when they are howling or whining. The system usually determines whether or not to deliver the negative stimuli based upon how close the sound is to the microphone. That means that if you got down and talked loudly or scolded your dog near them, the collar will go off. But it also means that it will go off when they are barking, whining or howling, because the sound is close enough to trigger the collar.

Benefits of Bark Collars

Of course, the main benefit of the bark collar is that it is an effective tool for training your dog not to bark. For people who want their dog to bark but not all the time – only in the case of home defense or another problem for example – may not want to use a bark collar because it will train the dog to stop barking no matter what the situation. But for those who have dogs that constantly bark at everything that happens, and have neighbors that complain, one of the various bark collars out there might be just what they need.

Types of Bark Collars

There are a few different types of bark collars out there. As mentioned, they use different stimuli in order to train the dog not to bark. Each dog is unique and may respond differently to the collar that you use and some may not be effective for that particular dog, and will force you to buy another. Luckily, there are several types to choose from.

Electric Bark Collars

Electric bark collars are those that deliver a shock when the dog barks. Often, they have different levels of shock that you can deliver, such as the SportDOG NoBark listed below. This means that if the lowest level of shock is not effective for your dog, you can increase it.

Citronella Bark Collars

The next type is the Citronella collar, which delivers a whiff of Citronella whenever the dog barks. This is a wonderful training tool because dogs do not like this fragrance and will avoid it. They will eventually associate barking with that smell and then think twice before starting to bark.  Studies have also shown that dogs respond best to citronella spray collars than any others.

Ultrasonic Bark Collars

Ultrasonic bark collars are those that use annoying sounds in order to train your dog. When your dog barks, a high-pitched sound emits from the collar, causing them to associate this unpleasant sounds with barking. Your dog will be hurt in any way by the sound – it just annoys them.

What To Look For When Buying a Bark Collar

When it comes to buying a bark collar, there are a few things that you want to look for. First, make sure that it is a high quality collar from a trusted brand that other people are rating high. You also want to make sure that it fits your dog specifically. There are collars out there that are intended for small dogs and may not make much of an impact (or fit on the neck) of a larger dog. Conversely, there are collars that are out there that are strong and intended for larger dogs and might not be safe on a smaller dog. Finally, try to figure out which collar is most effective for your dog – you can test the citronella beforehand for example.

Top 5 Bark Collars For The Money

So, what about the top bark collars that have the most value for the money that you are going to spend on them? We’ve gone through the ones that are out there and found five that are really an incredible value. Here are the top five collars for your valued pet.

1. SportDOG NoBark 10R

SportDOG No Bark 10R

The reason why the SportDOG NoBark collar is first on our list is simple – this is one of the most effective training tools that are out there. This is actually a bundle of items that are all designed to be the most effective combination of training tools out there.

The SportDog collar comes with the No Bark collar itself, which is rechargeable and waterproof, but it also comes with a clicker so that you can do positive reinforcement as well as negative for barking. This means that you can control the collar much better, but you should be cautious and remove the collar if you are leaving your dog for long periods of time.

But this bundle also comes with a dog whistle that only they can hear so that you can use both sound and electricity to teach your dog, making this an extremely versatile and helpful training tool. There are three modes that this unit comes in, and you can change them easily if you read the code chart in the manual.

However, you should not use it on dogs that are less than 8 pounds or have necks smaller than 6 inches. You’ll also get a choice of collars for the clicker. This is definitely an effective collar and lots of people have left glowing reviews because their dogs no longer bark incessantly.

2. PetSafe Citronella Bark Collar

PetSafe Citronella Bark Collar

The next product on the list is the PetSafe Citronella bark collar. This is a collar that gives negative reinforcement by releasing the smell of citronella whenever the dog barks. For some reason, dogs do not like the smell of citronella and after a few sessions or days, the dog should start to associate barking with that bad smell or the spray that comes out.

This product’s spray can be replaced with a refill that will allow you to add a spray that has no fragrance and it will still be effective. When your dog barks, they will be sprayed in the face by a harmless spray and will associate that unpleasantness with barking.

There is a lot to love about this product. But keep in mind that it is for dogs over 6 pounds and it has batteries, and lots of sprays in the can – between 300 and 400. But probably the best part of this product is that comes with awesome support. You can email, chat or call the company six days a week if you need any help with your collar. They are based in the U.S. and are happy to answer any questions or walk you through using the collar.

3. Dogtra YS300

Dogtra YS300

This is an incredible collar with a lot of features that are going to make training your dog very easy. This collar really has all that you need for any type of dog and you can use on dogs as small as ten pounds.

One of the best features of this collar is that it is technologically advanced enough to distinguish your dog’s particular bark from any background noise, or even your voice. That means that the only time the collar will be activated is when your dog actually barks, and that is major advantage when training.

But this collar goes even further and has a lot more to it. There are 7 different levels of correction and it lasts for 2 hours on a charge. So, you can choose from 7 different levels, if your dog is not responding to one. Eventually, your dog will respond if you raise the level and so it is perfect for all dogs. There is also a vibration warning that comes prior to the electrical stimulation on this collar.

4. PetSafe Basic Bark Collar

PetSafe Basic Bark Collar

This is another collar from PetSafe that not only looks great, but it is a very well performing collar as well. This collar is also calibrated to only respond to your dog’s barking so that any background noise around your dog will not trigger the device. There are 6 levels of static electricity stimulation and the collar automatically increase if your dog does not cease barking. The lowest level is where it starts and it will go up to the 7th level if the barking does not stop.

This is a waterproof collar up to five feet and it has an automatic safety shut-off after 80 seconds. In addition, you’ll have access to experts in pet health at PetSafe customer service. Call or chat with them online or email them and they’ll get right back to you.

PetSafe is a trusted product when it comes to pet health. This is probably the best collar for those who are planning on leaving their pets at home for longer periods of time, like when they are at work, because it starts very small and delivers more electricity only when needed.

5. Garmin Bark Limiter Deluxe

Garmin Bark Limiter Deluxe

Finally, we have the Bark Limiter Deluxe from the Garmin company – famous for making navigation devices. This is a very good looking bark collar that has several features that the other collars just don’t have. Like the others however, they do have the differentiating technology so that your dog is not stimulated unnecessarily. Plus, it has the same automatic increase of strength like the PetSafe collar.

But the Bark Limiter has other features that the others just do not have. For example, this unit has a bark counter that can show you how effective the unit is over time. It also has two different correction modes – both vibration and electricity – so that you can use the collar however you like, or however is most effective for your dog.

The odometer helps you see if the collar is working, but it also reduces false positives. Finally, the collar is designed incredibly well. On some collars, you can only get the contact on certain breeds or sizes, but this is literally designed to fit any dog breed, neck size or coat thickness between the recommended weights.