We analyzed reviews for the most popular ultrasonic anti bark collars available on the market(read about our accurate unbiased method).
We compared them side-by-side, and scored them according to a range of factors including ease of use, functionality, safety and durability.
Below you will find top ranked collars (click on the product name to read the full review).
|Top ultrasonic bark collars||How We Test|
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|Editors’ Rating||(5 / 5)||(4.5 / 5)||(4.5 / 5)|
|User Rating||(4.7 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)||(4 / 5)|
|Date Reviewed||Feb 15, 2015||Feb 15, 2015||Feb 15, 2015|
|Scores||Masione Automatic Collar||Ortz Ultrasonic Dog Bark Collar||PetSafe Ultrasonic Bark Control|
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While static and citronella collars could induce some form of psychological stress, the ultrasonic types were not proven to have any negative side effects. Even more than that, because they do not produce any physical discomfort, ultrasonic bark collars are sometimes believed to be less effective. In order to clarify this problem and to help you understand exactly which are the pros and cons in using this device, we created this brief but concise article.
Probably the most popular anti-bark device, the ultrasonic collar, is preferred by many dog owners. Basically, the way of functioning is extremely simple: having incorporated an electronic sound detector, the collar catches the noises produced by barking and emits an ultrasonic tune. Hearing the high-pitched noise every single time they bark, the dog will soon come to associate these two elements and understand that in order to stop the sound, he also has to stop from barking.
The sound that the collar emits will be impossible for humans to hear. In this way, in just a matter of days, the silence will be restored in your house. The modern devices that are today used in the making of these collars allow the owners to control the intensity of the sound, its duration, and if it needs or not to have an increasingly higher tone in order to not let the dog getting accustomed and later even indifferent.
From all the types of devices that are meant to control your dog’s problematic behavior, the ultrasonic bark collar is by far the most permissive one when it comes to conditions and specifications of usage. Because it does not include any physical correction, like the static collars that use electric shocks and powerful vibrations or the citronella collar that spurts the liquid in their face, the one using the ultrasonic method can be used for dogs of any weight, breed and size. Furthermore, this device also works efficiently with more fragile dogs, including puppies if it is absolutely necessary. The ultrasonic bark collar is very simple to manage as well: you just have to put it on your dog’s neck, set the sound frequency, and wait for your dog to learn his lesson. However, it is recommended to watch the dog during the first days of usage in order to observe the way in which he responds to it.
Pros and Cons of Ultrasonic Bark Collars
As with any other technological device that is so widely used, people have observed that ultrasonic bark collars have certain advantages and, of course, several minuses – especially when compared with the other electronic anti-bark methods. Among the most important benefits, we can mention the following facts:
- the collar is completely harmless as much for the body, as for the mind of the dog
- it is helpful in the indoors and in the outdoors;
- it is perfectly compatible with other devices of behavioral control (such as the so-called “invisible fences” and “scat mats”)
- it is cheaper than the other similar devices.
On the other hand, the ultrasonic collars that only need the barking sound to emit the ultrasonic tune might also catch another dog’s barking, thus punishing yours for no reason. This is why you should always ask for one that can also detect the body vibrations produced by the barking. Another disadvantage would be the fact that the sound emitted by the device will be heard by all the other dogs from the area and it will produce the same discomfort to all of them. And, connected to this point, the fact that people cannot hear the sound may also be a minus because they won’t be able to tell all the time if the device is working and simply ignored by the dog, or if a certain malfunction intervened.
Choosing an Ultrasonic Bark Collar Suitable for Your Dog
Because the ultrasonic bark collar is only affecting your dog’s ears, it is usually suitable for almost any dog. However, although clearly evident, it is important to stress out the fact that this device does not have the same effects on an older dog that might have lost his hearing ability and on deaf dogs in general. Also, if you want a collar that is sensitive to the body vibrations, you have to make sure that the electronic device has direct contact with the skin of the dog. So, if your furry companion is long-haired you should pay more attention to the neck area.
Other than this, the choice is only up to you. The various types of collars that you can find today on the market give you the opportunity to choose the one that is completely suitable for your dog’s daily activities: you can choose one that is water-resistant, one that is good in the indoors, in the outdoors, or both; and, with the necessary documentation, you can also pick the one with the weight and fabric most comfortable for your dog’s breed.
Safety and Side Effects
Besides making your dogs confused and intrigued by the source of the annoying sound, the ultrasonic bark collars were not proven to have any negative side effect. Thus, they are safe to use even with the most sensitive dogs. Ironically, precisely because it does not have a more powerful effect on the animal’s mind or body, the anti-bark collars that use the ultrasonic method are also less efficient. Most dogs quickly accustom themselves with the noise and will soon completely ignore it. This is why such a device should be used only as a temporary measure until the formal training program reaches its goal.