Trying to find a solution for a dog that won’t stop barking can seem like an impossible task. With so many different products on the market all promising different results, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We’ve created this list to assist you, with what we believe to be the most effective ways at controlling a barking dog. Below you will find the best shock collars and best pet cameras for barking dogs.
For the purpose of this list we have only included shock collars however other less invasive options exist. The ultrasonic dog collar, the citronella spray collar and even pet cameras are having success at stopping your dog from barking. If you can train your dog early, pet cameras are becoming a more effective, less invasive method of controlling and monitoring barking dogs.
Choosing the Best Shock Collars
When browsing through the endless list of shock dog collars to control your barking dog, you’ll want to make sure the collar has the following features.
Dual Barking Sensors
The best and most reliable barking collars will feature dual sensors – that is, both sound and vibration sensors. Many of the cheaper alternatives will feature one or the other, which leads to a less than reliable barking detection. For our review recommendations we have only included products with dual sensors as they will have the highest success rate.
Varying Levels of Stimulation
You’ll want to make sure the barking collar you purchase has varying degrees of stimulation – we would suggest 5 at the minimum. Products that even go one step further will have an automatic increasing stimulation setting. This setting will shock your dog at the lowest level when they start to bark, and will slowly increase the shock level until they stop. Regardless of which dog collar you choose, you will need varying levels for other reasons. The shock level will be dependant on the size of your dog, and larger dogs will arguably need larger shocks. You also don’t want to start shocking your dog at such a high level, that it overstimulates them into an aggressive or anxious mess.
Top Choices of Shock Barking Collars
SportDOG Brand NoBark SBC-10R
The SportDOG 10R is one of the most popular and well-reviewed shock barking collars on the market. It features over 2000 amazon reviews, with an average rating of over 4.1 stars. In fact, more than 65% of verified reviewers give this product a perfect 5 out of 5. The SportDog 10R features dual sensors and 10 levels of stimulation. It also features three selectable modes, depending on how you want to train your dog. The three settings are Temperament Learning, Progressive Correction or User-Selected.
Temperament Learning: The barking collar starts at the lowest setting once your dog starts barking, and incrementally increases as your dog continues to bark. The dog collar then remembers what setting is required to stop your dogs barking and uses that for the next time they bark. Once your dog as learnt not to bark, the stimulation level is reduced.
Progressive Correction: The barking collar starts at the lowest setting once your dog stars barking, and incrementally increases as your dog barks. However if your dog does not bark for 30 seconds, the stimulation will reset.
User-Selected: You set a firm stimulation level that activates every time your dog barks.
You may find you have to experiment a little with the settings to find which one suits your dog the most. The battery is rechargeable and will last a whopping 3-6 months! The dog collar is also waterproof and submersible up to 25 feet.
The SportDog NoBark SBC-10R also features revolutionary technology called the ‘Perfect Bark’ sensor system. It essentially means that the unit will only shock your dog if it senses both vibration and the barking noise. This means that it will not be accidentally triggered from external noises or another dogs bark. It features a built in safety system, so if your dog barks more than 15 times in 50 seconds, it will switch off for 3 minutes.
Price $64.95 | Buy on Amazon
Petsafe Elite Dog Bark Collar
The Petsafe Elite Dog Bark Collar features dual sensors and 10 levels of stimulation, just like the Sportdog 10R. The Petsafe also has patented ‘Perfect Bark’ technology, meaning it will only activate the shock if both the noise and vibration sensors are triggered. Unlike the Sportdog 10R, the Petsafe Elite has only one setting but is still extremely effective. The collar will start at the lowest stimulation setting, and continue to increase until your dog has stopped barking. It would be nice to see a manual option in there too, however the device claims to have perfected it to the point, that manually setting it is not required.
The device features a fail-safe, and will turn itself off after 80 seconds off continuous barking past the final stimulation level. The collar is waterproof and submersible up to 5 feet. It unfortunately does not have a rechargeable battery however will still last at least two months with regular use. You can buy the Petsafe Elite in two sizes, Small Dog and Large Dog. The Small Dog is recommended for dogs up to 55 pounds and a neck size up to 22 inches. The Large Dog is recommended for anything over these measurements.
Price $89.95 | Buy on Amazon
Bark Solution Bark Control Collar
The Bark Solution Bark Control Collar is the highest reviewed device we’ve seen on Amazon, featuring an impressive 4.3 out of 5, from a whopping 5600 reviews. In fact, 77% of people who purchase the device give it a perfect 5 star rating. The collar however only has one sensor and some users have complained that it stopped working quite quickly after purchasing. The collar has 7 stimulation levels and will automatically incrementally increase as your dog starts to bark. If the device reaches the seventh level of shock then it will turn itself off for a minute to protect your dog.
The collar fits most sizes of dogs and is recommended for dogs between 15 and 120 pounds. Unfortunately the device is not waterproof, so it’s probably not safe to leave the collar on for ‘outside’ dogs. The packaging will contain two sets of shocking prongs – a long and small pair. This will come in handy if your dog is especially hairy, as you can replace the short prongs with the longer prongs to make it more effective.
Price $69.95 | Buy on Amazon
PetSafe Basic Bark Control Collar
The PetSafe Basic Bark Control Collar is more of an entry-level collar and it is our choice for consumers on a budget. The device features a vibration sensor, meaning the shock will activate when it feels the vibrations of a bark. The collar has 6 levels of increasingly intense stimulation. It will start at the first level when the collar senses barking has commenced, and will increase in level for each time they bark within 30 seconds of the previous bark. The collar will also beep as it progresses each level, giving the dog a further trigger to deter barking. It also features a safety mechanism that shuts the device off for 3 minutes if your dog barks more than 15 times in 50 seconds.
The Collar is the best seller on Amazon right now in the Sonic Bark Deterrent department and has a 3.6 rating. This is relatively high for an entry level collar under $30. Around 50% of customers give this product a perfect 5 stars, which is also quite impressive. The collar is waterproof and submersible up to 5 feet. It is recommended for dogs for 8 pounds and larger, and will fit a neck size up to 28 inches.