We all want our German Shepherds to be well-behaved without being overly harsh and suppressing their personality.
However, every time something falls, the doorbell rings, or you get a phone call while your phone isn’t on vibrate, your dog starts what seems to be a never-ending soliloquy of barks.
After many attempts of trying to correct this behavior, nothing seems to work. You may have been told that bark collars tend to a be fast and easy ways to train your dog. But that leaves the question, what’s the safest and most practical way to use this collar?
Bark collar can reduce barking by 60% or more. However, it is essential that training is done well and appropriately.
The last thing you’d want is a silent dog whose personality has been ruined due to overly harsh training. The key to this training method is patience when correcting the behavior.
If you haven’t tried other methods, make sure to give them a chance before using a training collar.
However, if nothing has seems to work for your German Shepherd then a bark collar can be a good solution. One option for a bark collar that we like is by Pet Resolve.
How Can a Bark Collar Be Used to Train Your Dog?
Carefully read the following tips that way, you can reduce barking in a relatively short amount of time with little to no impression on your dog’s personality.
To start the training, make sure to choose your dog’s “worst barking” situation. In other words, the time they bark the most, whether it be when the doorbell rings, you go into another room, or when others come to visit.
It’s crucial to pinpoint the situation so that your dog doesn’t think they’re never allowed to bark.
It’s recommended that you have your German Shepherd on a leash while training with the collar since it will shock them, and you want to keep them close so you can quickly help them calm down.
All the tips that will be given are applicable for any situation that triggers your dog’s bad behavior or barking.
For this article’s sake, we will use “ringing the doorbell” as an example situation since this is when most dogs tend to bark. (Let’s admit it, we all get a little excited when the doorbell rings).
Step One. Make sure that before putting the collar on, you have adjusted the setting. Most collars allow you to set the level.
This is ideal because you don’t want to start at a meeting thats too high and risks harming your dog.
Training them at a very high-level will cause you to over-correct and potentially damage your dog’s personality.
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Step Two. You also want to make sure that the dog doesn’t recognize it’s the collar causing them discomfort.
Dog’s are smart. If they realize it’s the collar that is causing them discomfort and not their behavior then you’re doomed.
Dog’s that become aware of the collar will continue to bark when the collar is taken off, or when you’re not present.
This means that they won’t understand that you don’t want them barking in certain situations.
To avoid this from happening, have your dog wear the collar for a couple of hours while it’s turned off so that he can get used to the collar.
Step Three. Create the situation. If doorbell ringing triggers your dog’s extreme barking, recreate that situation. After leaving the collar on for a little while (and making sure your dog is on a leash), ring the doorbell.
Since ringing the doorbell is the trigger, your dog will react as usual. However, keep in mind that this is their first time with the collar so expect them to experience quite a fright.
Even if the collar is on the lowest level, be prepared for your dog to be extremely frightened and jumpy.
Their reaction is more out of fear rather than pain. This is why having them on a leash is recommended because you can quickly calm them down and keep them close.
Step Four. After the first introduction to the collar, move the collar so that there are no vibrations around the neck.
Make sure you calm your dog down and reassure them. You can walk around for about 30 seconds, then repeat step three, keeping the collar on the lowest level. The second time around, your dog will hesitate.
They may not even bark this means they understand that the behavior is causing the discomfort.
Your dog’s strongest impression of this training with the collar will be at the beginning, so you must take your time and follow these steps well.
You can repeat steps two through four a few times, but usually, after having done this no more than three times, your dog will most likely understand.
The next day you can monitor the dog without the collar to see how they react. However, after the first day, you may already have a lot of success.
As long as you have made it clear that particular behavior warrants a shock and not the collar, you can be sure the good behavior will remain.
Make sure to reward your dog. Once your dog has stopped barking at the doorbell but is running up to it quietly, reward them. This will enforce the training.
After 5-6 weeks of constant training, you will probably have no need for the bark collar anymore. Yay! However, if the barking comes back after a few weeks, don’t worry. You can put the collar back on and retrain.
Think of this training as a simple reminder for your dog that that behavior is not acceptable.
With time you can get your dog to stop barking at things you don’t want or behaving in ways you don’t want them to without destroying their personality.
Use the collar wisely. Remember, dogs are our partners, so when training, don’t be overly harsh or mean. Patience is key.