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    We are currently living on a rural property and will be moving into the town soon. To help get used to noises in town we are considering an anti bark collar for our Staffy/Boxer.
    We would like any advice on the best collar as we have read a few reviews that have negative feedback. Are they any good?

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    Hi MillieMay

    To help get used to noises in town we are considering an anti bark collar for our Staffy/Boxer.
    This doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If I wanted my dog to get used to town noises, I'd take her for a walk in town with lots of treats/pats/praise for paying attention to me and being boring or moving away if she gets too excited by anything.

    If you want to stop your dog barking at every new noise... that's a bit different and not easy. If you've got time to train it's do-able without a bark collar. If you're going to be out all day and the dog is going to be home alone - it will depend on how well your dog copes with being on her own.

    My dog, I played the "I forgot something" game - a lot. I also gave her something yummy to eat that would take slightly longer for her to eat than it would take for me to get out the door. So that gave her something to look forward to when I started getting my bag and my keys together.

    Anti bark collars work on some dogs, and not on others. I don't know how you tell before you try the collar which sort of dog you have. I know one person who tried a citronella collar on her dog, and the dog barked and barked until the collar was empty and then he was happy. And for his entire life he'd go nuts any time he heard a noise like the hiss of citronella collar firing.

    I've got a friend who says the collar works very well on his dogs but they look sad about wearing the collars.

    Depending what state you are in - putting a zap collar on your dog to stop barking - may be illegal. But the citronella collars are legal as far as I can tell. Some councils sell them or loan them out.

    If you still want one - I would ask Steve at k9pro.com.au to recommend something. It may be important to train your dog to bark on cue and to be quiet on cue and train your dog what she needs to do so that she doesn't get squirted.

    But if that was easy - you wouldn't need the collar.

    I use these things to get my dog to be quiet in the yard. 1. bark on cue, 2. quiet on cue, 3 collar grab / its yer choice. if she's barking - I grab her collar until she notices... shuts up, looks at me... and then I let her go to see what her choice is. If it's more barking, I repeat... usually only takes two grabs for her to figure out what the connection is. I don't scold her or yell at her. That's really important.

    If you yell when your dog is barking - your dog thinks you are joining in like one of the pack. I don't know if you've noticed, when one dog barks - all the rest join in... don't join in. Your dog will think you approve.

    Just quietly and deliberately walk up, grab the collar, and ask in a happy/surprised tone "what do you think you're doing?" and wait. When dog is quiet. Say "good dog", and let go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi MillieMay
    I use these things to get my dog to be quiet in the yard. 1. bark on cue, 2. quiet on cue, 3 collar grab / its yer choice. if she's barking - I grab her collar until she notices... shuts up, looks at me... and then I let her go to see what her choice is. If it's more barking, I repeat... usually only takes two grabs for her to figure out what the connection is. I don't scold her or yell at her. That's really important.
    Just quietly and deliberately walk up, grab the collar, and ask in a happy/surprised tone "what do you think you're doing?" and wait. When dog is quiet. Say "good dog", and let go.
    Cured! "IF" you are willing to do this, daily, till new behaviour emerges and can be reinforced.

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    Dogs bark...thats what they do. Unless you've received several complaints from council and your dog barks 24/7 I wouldn't worry about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogman View Post
    Dogs bark...thats what they do. Unless you've received several complaints from council and your dog barks 24/7 I wouldn't worry about it.
    Dogman, you too own what is known to be a vocaliser, the GSD. Just curious, how vocal is your GSD? mine talks back, mutters under his breath if annoyed, says 'hello', and loves to bark at passers by, if i am reading in garden, though not if im on deck, which is furthest from intruders. And much to the delight of agility trainers, screams with excitement, the moment the Tunnel is brought out. We used to be fast, but VERY noisy! I could never train that scream of delight out to this day. 2 things trigger it, a tunnel and a ute ride. I used to get embarassed, but as you suggest, 'its what he does' and so that's ok with me. His pure zest for life shines through that scream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Dogman, you too own what is known to be a vocaliser, the GSD. Just curious, how vocal is your GSD? mine talks back, mutters under his breath if annoyed, says 'hello', and loves to bark at passers by, if i am reading in garden, though not if im on deck, which is furthest from intruders. And much to the delight of agility trainers, screams with excitement, the moment the Tunnel is brought out. We used to be fast, but VERY noisy! I could never train that scream of delight out to this day. 2 things trigger it, a tunnel and a ute ride. I used to get embarassed, but as you suggest, 'its what he does' and so that's ok with me. His pure zest for life shines through that scream.
    Mine are not quiet but I don't let mine bark 24/7...when mine bark it's always for a good reason. Rex didn't bark a great lot in his younger days unless a salesman came in the front yard then he'd go nuts or he saw a dog at training he didn't like but now being very old sleeps most of the day.

    I'll never forget the first time my GSD Tara barked...she was 12 wks old it was just a little woof but a preview as to how protective she was going to be. Tara didn't bark a lot unless she saw someone walking past but if that person had a dog she'd go nuts and of cause a knock at the door or the dogs nextdoor having a go at her...which is just being normal.

    Chloe however is very different and was quite a shock at first to see how she carries on. Our dogs sleep inside at night...the next morning after we got Chloe (7.5 mths) I opened the bedroom door and she went nuts...barking...screaming and jumping all over the place. Trying to give Rex his tablet...Chloe would jump on Rex and nip him.

    After a while Chloe realized how to get me to be her slave...she'll play with her ball on the lounge drop in on the floor and look at me and cry...so I pick her ball up and give it to her. Chloe goes to the backdoor...I'll say "you just came in" so she barks and screams until you give in. Chloe is fed three times per day and she knows exactly when it is...she'll come and tell you..if I'm a little slow she'll bark and scream at me as if to say...hurry up I'm hungry. Chloe is not going to change because that's her...I learnt this the hard way...I just have to manage her the best I can but I would never use a anti bark collar on any dog...it's just bloody cruel.

    Speaking of Tunnels...Years ago at All Breeds Training they said see if Rex will go through the tunnel...I tried but Rex wouldn't so they said...you stand at the other end and we'll push him through. They couldn't make him and a while latter I thought...just as well Rex isn't aggressive because he would have had them for lunch.
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