What Is The History Of The Bark Collar?

Collars have been instrumental in the evolution of our furry friends.  Not only do they give rise to unique personalisation, but they also enable us to adequately train, control and bond with our dogs.  Dog collars have become such a staple in a training regime that they have also evolved to include anti-barking collars, more commonly known as dog shock collars, and other specific dog training collars. These variations are incredibly helpful and have come a long way from the dog shock collar model that’s since been outdated.  Before there was the old dog shock collar, there were just normal ones.  Let’s explore the history and evolution of the bark collar.

Who Invented Dog Collars?

So, just where exactly did the notorious dog collar come from?  Well over 5,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians utilised newly domesticated dogs as a form of protection, security and a hunting aid. From this, dog collars arose to display the status of the dog’s family and the dog themselves.  Greeks expanded on this assistive device and gave it more purpose by adding spikes to ward off predators when hunting and for protection when fighting.  It was during the industrial revolution that people began the personalisation of dog collars with unique materials such as brass, silver and gold.  By the end of this era, the dog collar had evolved to become a personalised assistive device that served many different purposes.

How Have Dog Collars Evolved?

The fun yet typical dog collars used historically have evolved to include even more helpful features.  Beyond fundamental functions of the dog collar, such as being the base for leash connection and providing identification, dog collars have evolved to include mechanical functions. 

The shock collar was introduced in the early 1960s as a painful way to correct dogs’ behaviour and hopefully improve hunting outcomes.  Electrical stimulation was only able to be delivered at one dangerous level and was administered upon barking. However, these were extremely harmful.  Shock collars are illegal now in most places and are rarely used due to being such a harsh training method.

Stepping away from dog shock collars, technology has improved to create collars with specific functions and with absolutely no harm.  While the incorrect name of dog shock collars still sticks to new and improved variations, there should be no confusion between the outdated model and new inventions. Dog collars have evolved to include training collars.  These are battery-powered devices that tune into dogs’ personal behavioural problems and correct them via gentle but direct stimulation.  Dog training collars have been made to include anti-barking collars, walking collars, and even remote-controlled collars.

What is the History of Newer Dog Training Collars?

Bark Collar

The latest dog training collars have become collars that are able to correct walking, barking and even make wireless connections to keep your dog from running away.  DogWatch is the manufacturer of Hidden Fences BT7 dog bark collar as pictured above. They are committed to only pet-friendly training products.

New training collars such as the bark collar, use state-of-the-art technology to pick up on impulses from the dog’s body in an effort to train barking behaviour. Previously, dog shock collars would pick up on surrounding noise and deliver unnecessary shocks.  DogWatch has incorporated the science to pinpoint problem noise only.  They take it a step further with their form of stimulation used to correct behaviour.  There is the option to use e-stimulation, which is of lower power, or vibrations.  The barking collar also provides dog-specific training in that it utilises 15 levels of stimulation within 5 settings to accurately correct breed and size-focused behaviour, instead of the notorious one shock fits all model.

Dog training collars have become the most assistive device in the training of our beloved pets.  Over time, science and technology have evolved to create a barking collar that is efficient, dog specific, and overall: safe.  The outdated dog shock collars that were used in attempts to train without any interest in comfort or safety have been replaced by a model proven to correct problem behaviour over time.

If you have any interest in the dog bark collar or other forms of dog training collars, visit HiddenFence to view our inventory of tried-and-true containment and assistive training devices.  We have many makes and models to fit your dog’s needs!  Thanks to the evolution of the dog collar over time, we’ve been able to create an innovative anti-barking collar that puts safety at the top of its features list.  Reach out to us today.

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