The Bark Collar vs. The Prong Collar

“I just ordered bark collars for my dogs that are very vocal when they are out in the yard. What I’m wondering is will the pinch collar interfere with the bark collar?

On another note, when walking my dogs one of them leans against me a lot and I’m constantly knocking him away with my leg. Is he showing dominant behavior here?”

Adam Replies:

1. It shouldn’t interfere, however– they’re kind of redundant. You really only need to use the bark collar if the dog is alone in the yard, whereas the dog will should be wearing the prong collar if you’re WITH THE DOG in the yard. (Remember: The dog shouldn’t be wearing the prong collar if he’s not supervised.)

So, if you’re with the dog and he barks, you can correct him with the prong collar. If you’re not with him, then the prong collar should be off and he will be wearing the bark collar.

Bark Collar vs. Prong Collar

2. Usually dogs lean because it means they can push up against you AND still know where you are. What this means is: He doesn’t have to WATCH YOU (WITH HIS EYES). So, make it uncomfortable for him to lean on you: Turn into him with a left-about face turn. Use your knees to bump him in the side of the head. Step on his toes. Pull straight up on the leash just as he starts to lean. Whatever you can do to consistently make leaning against you uncomfortable. Mostly, just bein unpredictable (left about, right about, slow walk to running) will be enough to break the behavior, if you do it consistently.

Dog Barking In The Kennel

A friend wrote to me about his dog barking in the kennel: “I may have misled you to think I was correcting my dog barking in the kennel with the collar, I was not. I have only used the pinch collar for correcting the biting as you mention in your other post. For your suggestion of an e-collar, everything I have read indicates she would be to young, 16 weeks, for an e-collar. I have given her the kong filled with treats, she loves it when out of the kennel or in her crate but pays no attention to it in the kennel.

Too Young To Correct His
Dog Barking In The Kennel?

dog barking in the kennelIs it wrong for a dog this young to receive punishment for bad behavior, jumping up, biting, or barking? Should I use the pinch collar this early to administer punishment, to stop this bad behavior? Should I leave her in her kennel run until she quits barking without doing anything else? WE live in the country on our own farm so neighbors are not a problem. Thanks in advance and I must say this dog training website and your dog training books have been a God sent for me. I have had many dogs before as puppies, but none quite this challenging

Why Punishment Won’t Stop His
Dog Barking In The Kennel

I replied to my friend by first pointing out that we never punish a dog: We simply correct unwanted behavior.  In the case of this dog: She’s not too young for either the prong collar or the e-collar. Four months of age is typically when I start the formal obedience training. And for barking, you can use the e-collar even earlier, since it’s what we consider ‘avoidance training’ — i.e., We don’t care if she ‘avoids’ the behavior and never barks in the kennel again.

If I was in your situation– out in the country– I would try just leaving her in the kennel until she stops barking, as long as it’s not driving you crazy. See if it stops on it’s own, if this is the case. For some dogs it will, for others it just becomes a self-satisfying behavior, in which case you’ll need to correct it.

Try with prong collar first, as that’s the cheapest remedy. However, if you want an easier and 100% solution, the e-collar is the way to go.

An alternative is to get a bark collar, but with the bark collar you’re limited to using it exclusively for the dog barking in the kennel whereas you can use the e-collar for training other behaviors, too.

Stop Dog Barking

Here’s how to stop dog barking. Professional Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz takes you behind the scenes of one of his private client sessions in Las Vegas, Nevada to show you how to get a couple of “Morkies” to stop barking.

You’ve got a dog that just keeps barking

Here’s the deal: You’ve got a dog that just keeps barking when you leave him in his kennel run or in the back yard. You’ve already exercised him and you know that he’s not barking at anything in specific.

Let’s face it: Sometimes dogs just bark because it’s fun. And then it becomes a habit. And then your neighbors start complaining. Even if you correct the dog when you’re home, your dog is smart enough to learn that he doesn’t get corrected for barking when you leave for work. And that’s where the bark collar comes in.

Innotek’s No-Bark Collars deliver a safe, instant message that barking is off-limits. Controlling your dog’s barking has never been safer or easier. The No-Bark Collar is also safe to use around other animals because the stimulus can be activated only by the bark of the dog wearing the collar.

These things really work! I’ve used them for the last 10 years, and I honestly don’t know what kennel owners did without them. (Hint: Lots of sound insulation!)

Please read at the link below for a description of the different bark collars that we offer.



Why Is My Dog Barking?

There is nothing quite as annoying in a quiet neighborhood as a dog that continues to bark all day. There is always a reason why a dog will continue to bark and more often than not it is related to boredom.

Alternatively the dog could be hungry and wanting food or water, or quite possibly they don’t have sufficient shelter from the elements whether in a hot or cold climate. If these problems can be addressed this might be all that is needed to stop the dog from barking all day. You need to be aware of any other factors, and it is wise to ensure that your dog’s needs are being met.

Toys can help relieve the boredom and exercise before extended periods where the dog will be left on it’s own can help to settle the dog down as it will be more likely to sleep while you are away. More often than not the problem lies with a lack of training, as the dog has not been taught to remain silent.

Correct training will not only ensure you have a happier pet but the neighbors will also be happy that your contented dog is a quiet dog that will only bark when allowed or when there is an emergency. Your dog needs to know that it will not be rewarded simply by barking for attention and when it learns that it will get sufficient attention without the need to bark you will have solved it’s barking problem.

Most people are unaware that their dog might be barking all day, as they are away at work and unable to hear the noise. In those situations a friendly neighborhood chat might reveal exactly what your beloved dog is like while you are away.

If your dog does start to bark as soon as you leave the property you can sneak back up on it, ensuring that it cannot smell you by approaching from downwind, and then surprise it and reprimand it for barking. It will then be unsure whether you will return at any other time and will be less likely to continue barking knowing that it will get reprimanded.  

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.

For The Golden Retriever Who Barks When You’re Not Home


Have your neighbors been complaining that your dog is barking when you’re away?

Typically, Golden Retrievers do not have a problem with barking, but they will bark if bored or lonely.

Start by teaching him to be quiet while you’re at home. When your dog starts barking, tell him “Quiet!” When he stops barking, praise him by saying, “Good boy to be quiet!” When he seems to understand what you want, go for a short walk outside, leaving your dog at home. Listen and when you hear him start barking, come back and correct him.

After a few corrections when your dog seems to have the idea, ask your neighbor to help you. Go outside and have your neighbor come out and talk. When your dog barks, run back home as fast as you can and correct him again. Repeat as often as you need to until he understands.

Some dogs will stop barking as you leave if you make leaving home very low-key and unexciting. A distraction also works well for many dogs. Try taking a small brown paper lunch bag and put a couple of treats in it. Perhaps a dog biscuit, a piece of carrot, a slice of apple, and a small toy. Tape the top shut and rip a very tiny hole in the side of the bag. As you walk out the door or the gate, give this to your Golden. He will be so busy trying to figure out what is inside that he won’t pay attention to you leaving.

Problem barkers may need extra help. There are several anti-bark collars on the market that are humane and effective. All are triggered by the dog’s barking and administer a correction to the dog. Some collars make a high-pitched sound, one squirts a whiff of citronella, and others administer a soft electric stimulation.

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.

Bark Collar or Electronic Collar – Which One Is Best For You

I have a dog, BIG dog, that barks at birds, squirrels, little children riding on bikes, etc. He is 1/2 Labrador, 1/2 Springer Spaniel with plenty of energy, almost 5 years old. He sounds mean when he barks, but not a mean dog. I have had a PetSafe shock collar for him, and he seems to wear out the batteries quickly–possibly due to poor contact as it loosens easily.

I’m looking for a shock bark collar with a remote control, water-resistant, and definitely rechargeable. Would the Dogtra 200NCP be a heavy-duty enough, adjustable collar and shock strength for my dog, who is 105 lbs and doesn’t seem fazed by the current PetSafe basic model, or would the Dogtra 2000NC be necessary to train him not to bark so constantly? Which collar would you recommend? If we don’t get his barking under control, (and he is not a mean dog, just loud) the sheriff may have to remove him from our home–we have a neighbor with a very low tolerance level for dogs and their barking.

Thank you so much for your advice! Sue Dear Sue: The 200 is powerful enough. But this is not the tool that you want, as you’re going to be inconsistent in not making sure that your dog receives a correction when you’re not home. A good bark collar is an amazing thing! But what you need is a QUALITY bark collar. The Petsafe products (from what my clients tell me) are mostly junk. So it doesn’t surprise me that yours doesn’t work very well. Go with the Dogtra bark collar, or the Tri Tronics Bark Limiter.

Oh My Gosh, I’m Afraid My Dog Is Going To…

Let me say first off that your book has helped us tremendously. It’s like we took a giant step in the right direction after reading it. However, there is one problem that we have and I suspect that I am unwittingly the cause of it.

Whenever I take my 14 month old shepherd mix, Sable, out on a leash she barks and growls at anyone that tries to approach us (she didn’t always do this. At first she was very good around strangers, then she would bark sometimes and not others, now it’s pretty constant and getting worse). I correct her with the pinch collar, but I suspect that she’s actually reacting to my apprehension upon seeing the person. I’m apprehensive because I’m afraid she may bite them or just behave badly (which she does and she’s already “nipped” the UPS man), so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Then, when I correct her, she must find it confusing because she’s getting mixed signals from me.

I thought I might invest in a muzzle for her, then expose her (on leash, of course) to places where there are a lot of people. I think with the muzzle on, I would not feel apprehensive when someone approaches so, if I have to correct her, I would know that I am not sending her mixed signals.

What do you think? Is this a feasible solution and, if so, what type of muzzle would you recommend? Or, do you have a better solution? (I have an e-collar for her, too. I’ve used it to calm her down when someone comes to our house and she’s barking like a maniac in her kennel. Usually one quick “zap” and she calms right down. Naturally, when she’s in her kennel, I’m not apprehensive about someone visiting me either.)

Mary Ann

Dear Mary Ann:

Yes& I think that using a muzzle in this context is a wise idea. Once you gain confidence in your handling ability and how your dog will react to strangers you can then take the muzzle off.

You’re on the right track. Be confident with yourself and the fact that you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT in correcting your dog for such inappropriate behavior.


Stop Dog Barking – Advice on Citronella No-Bark Collars

I have a client who has just adopted a dog. The dog is adjusting to its new apt., but is barking a bit when the owner leaves. A friend of hers has lent a citronella collar for her to try.

My question is: Is there any health concerns with using the collar in terms of the spray getting in the eyes or lungs? I would love to hear about peoples experiences with the collars whether they are negative or positive. Thank you in advance!! -RD Dear RD: They have a tendency to jam up.

Not to mention run out of spray. And– although it probably won’t kill the dog– who knows what spraying that stuff in their eyes and nose will do over a long-term period of time. Ideally, the dog would only need to be sprayed once or twice and then he’d learn to never bark while wearing the collar. But everyone I know seems to go through the refill spray bottles like a worm eats through a discarded balogna sandwich.

And this would suggest that the correction from the spray is only motivational enough to get the dog to cease the current exhibition of the behavior, but is not motivational enough to make him remember to not do it later. I recommend the Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter. It’s a quality product (it gives the dog a mild shock when he barks) and it works very well. Try a web search on

Good luck, Adam. P.S. If you’ve already got the Citronella collar… go ahead and try it and see if it works for you. It’s not going to kill the dog overnight. 😉 And you may just get lucky and find that one or two sprays will be all that you need to curb the behavior& if your dog has a fairly soft temperament to begin with.