I have a 12 year old retriever that barks all the time just outside my back door. I love him but it is extremely disruptive. No matter how much I scold him, he will not stop. He is getting old (12 yrs) and senile and can't hear very well. He is more stubborn now than ever. All he wants to do is be next to the kids, ages 1 & 3, from morning to night. As long as he is outside and the kids are inside, he is going to bark, and it seems impossible to stop. Is it cruel to use a bark collar on a 12 year old retriever that can't hear or see well? Do they work? And what is a good brand if so? Thank you for your help.
ZacAttack Mississippi St. Fan The Land Mass Member since Oct 2012 5054 posts
re: Anybody used a bark collar on their dog? Do they work?(Posted by ZacAttack on 11/25/12 at 3:47 pm to LevelHead)
Yes tritronics makes good stuff. I think the effectiveness depends on the dog, I had a beagle that would run the batteries down in her bark collar in a day or so. I had another beagle that you could put an extra plain collar on him and he would stop barking. I think most dogs fall into the second category, and if so the silence can be heaven on earth. Bark collars are definitely worth the money.
Hammertime UNO Fan apples Member since Jan 2012 18958 posts
re: Anybody used a bark collar on their dog? Do they work?(Posted by Hammertime on 11/25/12 at 10:20 pm to jmkidder)
Some dogs figure out ways to get around them. My dog only used one for two weeks when he was little. I lived in a high rise apartment with stained concrete floors and he would get jacked every time someone walked by. I started crate training him and used the bark collar at the same time. He figured it out after 1.5 weeks.
I have seen dogs learn that they can whine to get around them, and my dad uses it on his German Shepard. His dog won't bark with it on, but when it is off, he goes to town.
Leave it on them 24/7 for a week or two and it should work