Ultrasonic Bark Collars: Do They Work on Dogs?

An ultrasonic bark collar can be used to train dogs to stop excessive barking, as well as other unwanted behaviors. This section of our guide to dog training takes a close look at ultrasonic anti-bark collars and answers questions about their effectiveness. One of the newer types of dog training collars to hit the market, ultrasonic collars are finding popularity among dog owners. Wondering what ultrasonic sounds like? Scroll down and press “play.”

How Do Ultrasonic Trainers Work With Dogs?

Similar to other dog training collars, an ultrasonic bark collar uses a stimulus to stop your pet from unwanted behavior, most commonly nuisance barking. Humans can’t see or hear the stimulus emitted from the ultrasonic device, but your dog can. The reason for this? Humans can only hear sounds up to 20kHz, whereas dogs can detect sounds up to around 50kHz. Sounds above the 20kHz threshold are deemed ultrasonic and are inaudible to humans. An ultrasonic training collar uses a built-in microphone to detect when your dog begins to bark and transmits a quick inaudible high-pitch sound that only animals, such as canines, can hear.  The sound is too high for humans to hear but within the range for dogs. Once the sound wave is emitted, your dog will stop his misbehavior, giving you a verbal command. This YouTube video demonstrates how ultrasonic sound waves sound. While an ultrasonic collar can be a useful training tool, it has a few shortcomings, one of which is that it needs to be in contact with your dog’s neck to work, which could lead to skin irritation if left on for long periods.

Are Ultrasonic Collars Safe for Dogs, and Do They Work?

Yes, ultrasonic collars are safe for use around humans and dogs. Some research suggests that working around ultrasonic sound-inducing machinery may affect people who work in an enclosed space for long durations without protection. That specific scenario, while notable, is founded on a large number of continuous sound waves within a confined area over long periods, which is not comparable to the use of an ultrasonic collar.  It’s also important to know that any training tool, including dog collars, are only as effective as the person using them. Misuse and your training will fail, and you may cause undue harm to your pet.  And, yes, ultrasonic collars can be effective at stopping your dog from unwanted behavior. However, an ultrasonic dog collar may not work for all dogs. Since every dog is unique, it’s important you consider all training collar types and alternatives.

Are There Alternatives to Ultrasonic Dog Training Collars?

As with most things in life, you have choices with your dog’s training collar. Alternatives to the ultrasonic collar include vibrating collars, shock or static ones, and spray collars. Each has its own pros and cons and provides a unique method of deterring your dog’s unwanted behavior.  We are partial to our own BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool, which shares the same technology as ultrasonic collars but our device does not come in contact with your dog. The BarxBuddy training device never comes in contact with your pet, so there’s no irritation to the skin. In addition to being collarless, the BarxBuddy ultrasonic tool allows you to remain in control of your dog’s training. It avoids any accidental triggering of the stimulus, as can be the case with most bark collars. The BarxBuddy is an easy to use, lightweight, and handheld training tool that emits an ultrasonic sound. The sound will immediately get your dog’s attention and stop the unwanted behavior. This moment is an opportunity for you to provide verbal correction and positive reinforcement. To learn more about how BarxBuddy can help you and your dog visit BarxBuddy.com.

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