Barking and whining can be a nuisance for those around a dog. It can also be unpleasant for the dog as well. Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collars are an excellent training tool. However, there are many things to consider before introducing them to a dog, especially if your pooch is on the younger side.
When is the Best Age to Introduce a Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar?Barking and whining can be a nuisance for those around a dog. It can also be unpleasant for the dog as well. Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collars are an excellent training tool. However, there are many things to consider before introducing them to a dog, especially if your pooch is on the younger side.
When is the Best Age to Introduce a Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar?A very common question from dog owners contemplating using a Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar in their dog training routine is, “What age can I start to use it?” This question is the sign of a good owner as it shows an awareness of the need, as with a lot of training, to start early to make it easier on the trainer and the dog. However, like most things in dog training, when you start is unique and specific to the individual dog. Like people, some dogs will respond differently at different ages. The Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar is exactly the same. Some dogs may be able to start earlier while others have to wait a little longer. As a very rough guide, most dogs are ready to begin around the 6-month mark. It can sometimes be helpful to try a collar on the dog at around five months without implementing any correction. This is a good way to help prevent the dog from associating wearing the collar with getting the correction or becoming ‘collar aware’.
When is My Dog Ready for a Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar?A key element to using dog training collars is their mental development. We not talking about getting your dog to solve algebra equations, but they should understand what the correction is being given for. You should check that they understand the cause and effect logic of what behaviour is causing the correction from the Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar. A simple way of explaining things would be, if your dog could talk would they be able to work out, “if I bark then the collar reacts, I don’t like that, so maybe I will stop barking”. Some unwanted behaviour is part of being a puppy. Responsible owners shouldn’t be too quick to pathologize the behaviour of a playful pup as a problem. Having a mischievous puppy who tends to yap a little should not be the sole reason for using a Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar. When assessing a young dog’s suitability to start using the Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar it can be helpful to look at their reaction to different situations. Have you have ever noticed your dog starts looking worried as you round the corner to the vets? Maybe it develops caution when you try and move them towards the bathtub because they hate getting washed (see our article – here <turn into a hyperlink to grooming products/article> and products on grooming with Dogeez Brusheez to help with this is the case). When your dog develops these aversions, it is an indication that the dog is beginning to understand its environment. It has learned that when something isn’t desirable, it will try to avoid it in the future. These are the building blocks for the dog to learn how to use the Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar. When you start seeing these types of behaviours, it’s a good time to start. It is very important to not over-correct any dog, young or old. A stressed-out dog will hinder the learning process and work against you in the long run. Modern dog training collars (like the Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar) have adjustable training levels, ensuring a level that is appropriate to your dog’s temperament and age.
How do I Stop My Dog Barking When It’s Left Alone?Do you have a loveable dog who behaves like a little furry angel when you are giving close supervision, but maybe starts barking more when left alone? This is a very common problem we hear about at Dogeez HQ. Dog trainers can be helpful at times. Unfortunately, employing dog trainers or animal behaviourists can be an expensive way to get barking under control. We have also found that for successful bark control training like this, the dog needs to be in presence of the trainer, and the owner as well. If the problem is barking when left alone, then introducing the trainer or owner immediately means the dog is no longer alone and will stop barking anyway. This defeats the aim! What is riskier is the danger of positive reinforcement. The dog barks when left alone and soon learns that if it barks people come to it and give it attention to stop it barking. This has the opposite effect of what we are trying to achieve and will simply encourage the dog to bark more.
Why Do People Prefer the Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar?In response to the problem of barking (when alone and more generally) many people have turned to the Dogeez Barkeez Bark Collar. Bark collars have a bark detection mechanism, and when activated they give a correction. All our collars use a frequency and vibration technique to stop this behaviour. We love dogs, so unlike some other collars, we don’t use electric shocks to modify the dog’s behaviour. It’s not fair on the dog, and we consider it cruel. As no one needs to be near the dog for the collar to work, we have now created the perfect solution to the ‘barking when alone’ problem. There are some simple solutions to try and mediate your dog’s behaviour. In our experience, they tend to be short-lived, and the collar offers a much longer-term solution. However, you could try:
- Removing visual cues that make your dog bark by screening yards
- Leaving food toys to stimulate your dog
- Exercising your dog before leaving them alone
- Changing the patterns in which you leave the house in an attempt to fool your dog. Be aware, your dog is smart and will eventually figure this out. Also no one wants to leave their house via the drainpipe just to trick a dog.