Barking – it’s the time of year for it!

Spring has sprung and nature is in its breeding season, this means more birds, possums, rabbits and many other small animals are on the increase around our homes.

This is of great interest to many of our dogs who will take great interest and enjoyment in barking at these little creatures that are making the most noise they do all year round. Of course the barking isn’t as welcome as our dogs think it may be and can bring with it sleepy dog owners, complaining neighbours, council letters and in some cases poisoned dogs.

We know this happens every year as our emails on barking go through the roof and so do bark collar sales, so this year were going to help you be proactive and avoid some of the problems that come at this time of year.

First we need to remember that barking is a natural behaviour for dogs and that I don’t suggest that anyone try to silence their dog that gives the occasional woof, this could actually lead to other psychological problems.

I also recommend considering the root cause of your dogs barking rather than just trying to suppress it, I certainly understand that complaints and compliance orders need to be kept at bay, but if your dog gets no exercise which is causing the dog to bark, perhaps up the exercise and play with your dog, observe what your dog is barking at rather than yell at it.

The more common reasons that dogs bark are: –

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  • Lack of exercise / stimulation
  • Boredom/frustration
  • No human companionship/loneliness
  • Discomfort, cold /hot, no bedding
  • Hungry or thirsty
  • Medical conditions or separation anxiety
  • Provocation from people, animals etc
  • Disturbances, sirens, cars, trucks
  • Change to family structure
  • Change of territory Inadequate yard space

Managing the barking

To reduce the dogs desire to engage with these small animals at night, you can crate train your dog and have your dog sleep inside at night inside a crate. Many dog owners do this normally including us at K9Pro and of course prevent any night time barking at small animals.

Keeping your dog well exercised can help too as they will of course be more tired and perhaps sleep through the chirping of birds and scurrying of possums.

Feeding a dog late at night will induce a deeper sleep also, so if you normally feed in the morning, you may find that feeding at night will help your dog sleep through more soundly.

Some people find that an Area Bark Deterrent not only deters their dog from barking but drives Away small animals too. These work by detecting barking / noise and emitting an Ultra Sonic sound pulse over your property which can only be heard by animals, not humans.

This is totally harmless to your dog and the animals around your home but poses as a distraction and deters barking. The effectiveness of this device does vary and in our experience and may struggle to deter a determined barker.

Anti barking collars

There are a range of anti barking collars on the market and we have a number of types that use various deterrent methods, ranging from an Ultra Sonic pulse through to a static pulse.

The effectiveness of these methods does vary from dog to dog but we have listed on each product page which units in our own experience and tests rate the lowest success through to the highest success.

Looking at our star rating system you will see up to a 5 star rating, the more determined your dog is at barking the higher in the rating we recommend you do. You may also want to start at the top if you are facing angry neighbours or council pressure so you can ensure that the barking stops instantly.

I have my own preferences for which units I recommend in my behaviour consults, we have a number of other units available as well as many people request certain models or brands they have used previously.

This table below shows which units I would use and the star rating.

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About SteveK9Pro

Steve Courtney is a Nationally Accredited Canine Behaviour Specialist, Obedience Trainer, Law Enforcement Dog Trainer and ANKC Breeder. Steve has been training dogs all his life and in these articles he shares with you his experience...

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  1. I would like to personally recommend the dogtra ys300.
    My male German shepherd, imo, wasn’t a problem barker, but did bark occasionally and our neighbours weren’t very happy.
    He is THE moat stubborn dog and no matter what we tried, nothing changed his barking habits. So we bought the dog collar, and he stopped immediately.
    The neighbours say that its like he’s not even there.
    The setting starts at 2 and goes up to 8 (I think) and we haven’t needed to go higher than 4.
    Fantastic investment.

  2. people think static pulse collars are the same as the old-school remote trainers where the only option was “fry the dog”… but the tech these days has come a LONG way and IMO they are one of the most humane options out there… certainly better than citronella which is essentially poison, and far more effective than compressed air…

    i am however NOT a fan of the “area deterrent” type devices, having had several neighbours use them… their dogs couldn’t give a crap, and i CAN hear them (i am almost 30)… so instead of just bark bark bark bark bark, we got bark bark bark beeeeeeeeeeeep, bark bark bark beeeeeeeeeeep, bark bark bark beeeeeeeeeeep and the stupid device was more annoying than the bloody dog >_<

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