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Old 09-03-2013, 09:07 PM
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Default Sportdog Bark collar reviews? (This is his last resort)

Have any of you had experience with the sportdog bark collar? Trust me.. this is a last resort for a member of my family that has tried everything else.

Here is the one they are looking to get:

he gets plenty of exercise, has plenty of toys/kongs/chews, has seen trainers/behaviorists, have tried drugs, and this family is simply on their last leg before they will be forced to rehome him or the neighbors throw a fit and have them thrown out.

The dog is an energetic lab mix and the family is very active with the dog (they go hiking, running every morning etc...)
but the dog seems to have separation anxiety and barks when in the crate when left alone. They have worked with him over 5 years and it has gotten better but at this point.. they are out of things to try.

His separation anxiety isn't that severe (in that he doesn't hurt himself or freak out or shake or really seem insanely stressed) but the urge to bark and get his family back with him is really really strong..

The dog has negative reactions to surgery/various kinds of anestesia so the vet does not recommend having him de-barked (which was also discussed) and he doesn't care about citronella.

please, no bark collar horror stories or words of caution.. we have tried everything and I really feel for them, they love this dog and have gone 100% and tried EVERYTHING I've asked them too but at this point.. it's their home, their child sleeping... or the dog.

They spoke to a behaviorist who is going to start with them working with the collar so the dog is ok wearing the collar crated when they are home..and then work towards him wearing it while the family is out in the day time.

Disclaimer: I work for Trupanion and love it/our policy! But I do not speak for the company or as the company.
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