Citronella Bark Collars vs Electronic Anti-Bark Collars

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The team at Hidden Fence has extensively researched the most effective anti-bark collars on the market. After extensive research, we firmly believe that electronic bark collars are the most effective in reducing nuisance barking. However, we often get asked about citronella collars and their effectiveness. Let’s look at citronella collars in more detail and compare how they stack up to electronic anti-bark collars.

What is a Citronella Bark Collar?

A citronella bark collar is a type of anti-bark collar designed to reduce or eliminate excessive barking. It works by emitting a spray of citronella, a plant-based oil with a distinctive, citrus-like smell when the collar detects barking. The unpleasant scent is intended to startle the dog and discourage further barking. Citronella bark collars are often seen as a kinder alternative to electronic bark collars by dog owners who do not fully understand how adjustable electronic barking collars work.

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What is an Electronic Anti-Bark Collar?

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Anti-Bark Collar BT7 DogWatch 

On the other hand, an electronic anti-bark collar uses static correction to deter barking. When the collar detects barking it first emits a warning sound and a vibration to divert the dog’s attention and remind them to stop barking. If barking persists it delivers a mild, harmless static signal to the dog. The intensity of the signal can be adjusted to match the dog’s size and temperament. Electronic anti-bark collars are designed to provide a consistent response to barking, which can help dogs learn to control their barking more effectively. The best models of electronic barking collars are adjustable and programmable, providing options for auditory warnings, vibration warnings, adjustable intensity of static correction or a combination of all approaches.

What are the Disadvantages of a Citronella Bark Collar?

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That citronella is so irritating!

While citronella bark collars are popular among some pet owners, they have several disadvantages:

Effectiveness: Citronella collars may not be effective for all dogs. The spray may not deter some dogs, especially if they have a strong prey drive or are very determined barkers.

Refill Requirements: Citronella collars require regular refills of the citronella spray, which can be inconvenient and add to the overall cost. The refill feature may give your dog more opportunities to bark before you realise a refill is needed.

Sensitivity: These collars can sometimes be triggered by other loud noises, causing unnecessary sprays and confusion for the dog. Some dogs are also sensitive to the citronella itself, especially if it gets on their skin or in their eyes. Citronella may cause skin irritation, respiratory irritation and is toxic if ingested by dogs.

Mess: The citronella spray can create a mess, especially if the dog shakes its head or moves around a lot.

What are the Benefits of an Electronic Anti-Bark Collar?

Electronic anti-bark collars offer several benefits that make them a preferred choice for dog owners:

Effectiveness: Electronic collars are generally more effective at reducing or eliminating nuisance barking. The consistent and adjustable static correction ensures that the dog receives a clear and immediate response to barking.

Durability: Electronic collars are typically more durable and require less maintenance than citronella collars, which need frequent refills. Electronic collar batteries tend to last around 6 months – 2years.

Customisation: The best electronic collars allow for adjustable levels of static correction, making them suitable for dogs of various sizes and temperaments.

Reliability: Electronic collars are less likely to be triggered by other noises, ensuring that the dog receives correction only for its own barking.

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Is it Easy to Train Your Dog to Stop Barking with an Anti-Bark Collar?

Training your dog to stop barking with an anti-bark collar is straightforward, especially with an electronic collar. Here are some tips to ensure success:

Choose the Right Collar: Select an electronic anti-bark collar appropriate for your dog’s size and temperament.

Start Slowly: Introduce the bark collar gradually, allowing your dog to get used to wearing it before gradually activating the warnings and corrections.

Monitor Your Dog: Observe your dog closely during the initial training period to ensure the bark collar functions correctly and your dog responds well.Consistency is Key: To achieve the best results, use the bark collar consistently and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. It is important to understand that anti-barking collars do not need to be worn 24/7. Rather, they should only be worn during high-risk times of the day, such as when the owner is away from home or during training sessions.

Spotlight on the BT7 No Bark Trainer

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One of the standout electronic anti-bark collars on the market is the BT7 No Bark Trainer. This bark collar offers several features that make it highly effective and user-friendly:

Adjustable Static Correction: The BT7 bark collar allows you to customise the level of static correction to suit your dog’s needs. It also has inbuilt audible warnings and vibration warnings.

Durable Design: Built to withstand everyday use, the BT7 bark collar is waterproof and robust.

Advanced Detection Technology: The anti-bark collar uses advanced bark detection technology to ensure accurate and consistent correction and minimise false triggers.

Where Can You Buy an Electronic Bark Collar in Australia?

If you’re looking to purchase an electronic bark collar in Australia, Hidden Fence is your go-to source. We offer high-quality electronic anti-bark collars, specifically the BT7 No Bark Trainer. While citronella bark collars can be effective for some dogs, electronic anti-bark collars are generally safer, more reliable and effective in reducing nuisance barking. At Hidden Fence, we are committed to helping you find the best anti-bark collar for your dog.

Browse our website or contact our team to find the perfect solution for your dog’s barking needs.