As stated on our daycare information page, we use citronella collars on dogs who bark excessively and who do not respond to a verbal correction. We find these collars to be one of the most effective tools on the market for this problem. They are recommended by the SPCA and veterinarians. Below is some information that we have collected for those who may be interested in using these collars themselves.
A citronella collar is equipped with an electronic sensor that releases a spray of citronella in front of the dog's nose when it barks. In any type of training, timing is crucial. An anti-bark collar is much more accurate in the timing of the correction (the spray) than a person would be. Because the timing is so accurate, the dog learns very quickly that the spray is a direct result of the barking. Furthermore, the dog does not associate the spray with a person.
The collar works by startling the dog with a quick spray, rather than correcting them with an angry or negative tone.
The citronella collar has proven to be the most effective, quickest and most viable solution for the problem of excess barking.
This collar is known as a "gentle spray collar" because it is very easy on the dog. It is extremely effective on fearful or sensitive dogs, who may not be receptive to a verbal correction or other training techniques.
Citronella is an essential oil distilled from plants. It is harmless, and veterinarian approved. Most people find it pleasant smelling, yet dogs tend to find it distracting, which is what makes it a very effective training tool.
The citronella collar has been proven to reduce nuisance barking by up to 88%.
The citronella collar is also available in a remote operated form, and is used by many to stop other unwanted behaviours, such as digging or chewing. When used correctly, the dog believes that the spray is a result of his or her actions, and does not associate it with a collar or with the owner. It is a leading alternative for many pet lovers around the world.
Feel free to speak with one of our staff if you have further questions about this collar.