My Dog Barks When Left Alone

Dear Adam: We have a problem when we are not home. Our 2 year-old Shepherd/Chow mix rarely barks when we are home, but when we leave her in her nice pen outdoors when we are gone she yips and barks. We have tried stuffed animals and kong toy with food inside.

Do we need to get a bark collar? Any other suggestions or info. on the collars would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Beth Nordstrom

Dear Beth: First, I would try to figure out what is causing the dog to bark. It may be nothing more than nuisance barking.

In which case, a bark collar would work best. But I’d first rule out all other factors, such as: – A neighbor’s kid who may be taunting your dog. – Lack of exercise/stimulation. – Throwing a toy outside of the pen and then barking in an attempt to “make it come back” – Any number of other factors that could be eliminated before dropping $100 on a bark collar.

I don’t know what type of exercise regimen you’ve got your dog on now, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to buy a bicycle and start taking your dog for long runs. (It’s good for you, too!) As for which bark collars to use& the ones that I’ve had the most success with are the Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter. I’ve tried the cheap yellow ones they sell at the pet stores and have found them to be poorly engineered, consistently over or under-correcting your dog, and resetting themselves too quickly.

The citronella collars are largely a joke. The get clogged and jam frequently. The citronella runs out. Plus, I’m not crazy about spraying the stuff in your dog’s eyes.

Bark Collar or Electronic Bark Collar

What Industry Insider’s Know About
Electronic Bark Collars
By Adam G. Katz

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:  Some times 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.

Dogtra’s No-Bark Collar (The “Yapper Stopper” delivers a safe, instant message that barking is off-limits. Controlling your dog’s barking has never been safer or easier. This 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 insullation!)

Dogtra’s “Yapper Stopper” — Features 7 Selectable Levels!
Fits all dogs.