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Old 07-14-2010, 03:34 AM
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Without getting into a debate, has anyone tried a citronella collar or a whistle collar?

I'm trying to wean Kody off his automatic bark collar. I need to switch it up while I am training him, and he's become, as most beagles will, immune to this method.

If he has the collar on, he usually will not bark if he hears something, but I cant have him in the living room without him barking out the window whenever he seens a dog or a person.

So my dad offered to pay for a new collar to try out.

Citronella or whistle?
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:37 PM
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I'm not familiar with a whistle collar, don't know what it is or how to use it.

Citronella collars can work, but they're relatively easy for dogs to ignore, IME. If your dog is ignoring the dog he's already wearing, a citronella collar is not likely to work either.

What kind of collar does he have now?
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:05 PM
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I've used a citronella back when Sierra was learning the rules of being an apartment dog. It worked well for us.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:39 AM
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I'm not familiar with a whistle collar, don't know what it is or how to use it.

Citronella collars can work, but they're relatively easy for dogs to ignore, IME. If your dog is ignoring the dog he's already wearing, a citronella collar is not likely to work either.

What kind of collar does he have now?
Right now its, sadly, the shock one. No remote, but if he barks, it beeps as a warning and thats all it usually takes to get him out of his barking fits.

So my thought process was that if I get one that all it does is beep, if he does end up having a barking fit, at least hes not shocking himself and I can correct it on my own.

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I've used a citronella back when Sierra was learning the rules of being an apartment dog. It worked well for us.
Im not sure which one I will try. I hate having the shock one on. But I'm getting a 3rd roommate and really wanna crack down on his barking. I've gotten him under pretty good command where if hes having a fit in the backyard I can just open the door and he runs in and stays inside.

I want to reiterate this isnt to mask the problem, training is going to accompany whatever collar I get.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:44 AM
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If he responds to the beep now, I'd get one that beeps.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:17 AM
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The problem with most shock bark collars is that it starts out on a very low shock setting (or a beep). Most dogs aren't sensitive enough to care about such low settings, so they continue to bark.... then the collar gradually goes up in setting strength as long as the dog keeps barking. One of the rules of punishment training is that the punishment has to be strong enough in the beginning to extinguish the behavior.... gradually increasing the punishment only desensetizes the animal to the punishment.

If you can be really consistent with a remote shock collar - like, EXTREMELY consistent - that would be a better option.... but then the dog will probably learn not to bark when you're not home.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:14 PM
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If you're talking about the tone collars, they probably won't work for him. The tone is only mildly annoying, and really only serves to distract the dog. Usually not appropriate for bad barkers... The citronella one would be your next best bet.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:55 PM
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Personally I like my static collar, honestly why not just try a dummy collar for a normal e collar and see if it works. I know my dogs are very collar smart and usually the dummy is just as effective as the normal collar.
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