Update: If you need to solve nuisance barking, please try other training methods first before resorting to using a shock collar.
If your dog is barking at the fence try this method which has worked with my barking Doberman. Every time you hear your dog barking at the fence, call him back inside. No shouting, no anger, and don’t use the COME command, pick a different word like INSIDE. (You never want to poison the COME command.) Your dog will ignore you, so go out and get him, and calmly bring him inside. Every time the dog barks, you go and bring him back in the house. Eventually, if you’re consistent, he’ll realize that if he barks, he’ll have to go back inside the house and he misses out on his barking fun. My dobe, if she starts barking, I call “inside” and start walking to get her, she doesn’t want to go inside so she’s learned to stop barking and lie down in the grass without me asking. So now my INSIDE command usually gets her to automatically lie in the grass. I didn’t even train her for that bonus behavior. It took weeks/months but this method worked for me. Try it out. You need patience and persistence but that’s what a good dog trainer has.
We love having Dobermans dogs, but we also love quiet and having good relationships with our neighbors.
Unfortunately, some dogs do excessive barking. Normally when a dog barks, you should check it out. Maybe she’s barking for a good reason. Like the neighbors cat is suntanning in your yard.
Dog barking can become a nuisance and upset your neighbors. You may have to resort to using an electric collar or shock collar, such as the Innotek training collar. I would rather someone try everything humanely possible instead of dumping their dog at a shelter.
Now before you all start lecturing me that using a shock collar is inhumane, please hear me out. I love dogs. Having said that although, dogs shouldn’t be allowed to do whatever they want and must learn what’s acceptable if they want to live with humans. Nuisance behaviors need fixing.
I believe certain shock collars have their place (when used correctly) as an optional training tool, especially for more difficult dogs. When all else fails, dog owners need a solution. Especially when the consequence is a possible eviction, city noise-complaint ticket or surrendering their dog to an animal shelter.
Although I’m still not emotionally comfortable with this tool, I have used a shock collar in the past and it’s worked. It came with a remote control so you can carry it around your neck and give the negative reinforcement when the dogs are barking. I tested the collar on myself, placing it around my arm and giving myself a shock. The good thing about my collar is that it had varying levels of shock intensity. I found level 3 was enough on my arm to get my attention, (it felt like an uncomfortable sting, not a painful shock). My dog seemed to need level 2-3 on her neck. Obviously start at the lowest level and work your way up. Some dogs are pretty sensitive, but if your dog has a very high prey drive or has thick fur, he might need a higher setting.
Whenever the dog barks excessively, press the shock button on the electronic collar remote. No yelling, no running after them, just a quick little shock to get their attention and stop the barking. Ideally, you don’t want them to associate the shock with you or the remote. The dog should just think, “Hmm, I better not bark since something feels uncomfortable”. Done deal, eventually your dog will stop barking. These collars seem to have a really good distance range too (and they’re rechargeable).When starting out with these collars, you really should supervise them with it. You want to catch them in the act of barking, not before or after and be consistent. The Innotek remote can work two dog collars at the same time. The difficult part is remembering to put the collar on before you let your dog out, keeping the remote on you and keeping an eye or ear on your dog so you can catch him doing the barking.
I tried a different shock collar brand but stopped using it for a few reasons. You can find bark collars that will automatically give a shock whenever it senses a vibration (usually of the dog barking). What I found happening with these collars, was that the shock collar was getting set off at other times not only when the dog was barking excessively. When two dogs play together, the movement of them jumping around can set off the shocker, not good. Also, there are times when the dog might bump into something and it can also go off. Finally, the shock level on some brands are too intense even at the low setting. I definitely would not recommend these automatic bark collars without low-intensity shock levels. Keep in mind that some dogs are more sensitive to pain than others. You want to control when and how much shock is given.
If you’re having problems with your dog, try out the remote control shock collar if nothing else has worked. Again I think it should be used as a last resort.
I’d love to hear your experiences with shock collars. I once met a lady who told me her dog shock collar left burn marks on her dogs neck, (not sure what brand it was or why this happened).
Note: I have not received any compensation for writing this review post. I have no material connection to the product I have mentioned. This is solely my personal experience and unbiased opinion that I wish to share to help other dog owners.
Have you had any good or bad results from shock training collars?