If yours is a big dog, then chances are it’s got a big bark. If you have a dog that gets excited and barks madly, incessantly, at every little thing – moving bushes, passing trucks, cats nearby – that indeed is a problem. When you have a couple of big dogs that’s this troublesome, you risk complaints from your neighbours and waking up in the middle of the night due to barks. As with many dog owner, you want your dog’s unwanted behaviour to be curbed, permanently. In the market are various bark collars for large dogs, like yours, and dogs that are particularly stubborn to training. One of the best ways to curb excessive barking is through the use of static collars.
Dog trainers and owners know, by experience, that not all dogs respond in the same way to attempts at habit control. Some large dogs belong to this category, since some of them can bark despite the stimulus provided by the static collar they wear. For this reason, most static collars come with intensity settings you can adjust. Over time, you want to be able to settle on a setting that interrupts your dog enough to stop his barking. When the cause for the barking is presents – a loud truck pulling close to your house, another dog being walk on the street fronting your gate – and your get doesn’t bark, let the moment pass, and reward your dog with treats, attention, or some play time. That way your dog gets the message – you prefer silence over its previous behaviour.
You also want to make sure the collar itself fits comfortably around your big dog’s neck. You don’t want your dog to get irritated by an ill-fitting collar, much less leave painful marks on its skin; remember that the less your dog struggles against he training collar, the better his chances of being trained. You will want to ask about collars for big dogs, and about shock collars, in particular, when you visit a pet shop near where you live.
The trigger mechanism in the collar, try to ask about it, how it’s activated, for example. When choosing among bark collars, go for a model with a mechanism that will release a static correction only after your dog actually barked, and not due to some loud sound in the environment. In this manner, the static correction follows the instance of your dog’s bark. You want a bark collar that effectively discriminates between your dog’s bark and other loud sounds in the environment. This is important, since you want your dog to associate the shock with his barking. Lastly, since the bark collar will be battery operated, and may be subject to playful wear and tear, you want a unit that’s waterproof.