What is ultrasonic bark control?
What is ultrasonic bark control?
So, what exactly is an ultrasonic bark control system, and is it safe?
I figured these gadgets were complicated shock collars when I first heard the term “ultrasonic.” This method of bark control, on the other hand, is quite simple and differs drastically from using a shock collar.
The way ultrasonic bark gadgets operate is that when your dog barks, the device detects it and immediately generates a high-pitched tone to distract your dog and stop them from barking.
The pitch of the tone is only heard by your dog because his hearing is significantly better than human hearing. It’s also quite inconvenient for them.
They cease barking, and the device stops producing noise. Your dog will eventually learn that barking is associated with an unpleasant high-pitched tone, and will only bark when absolutely necessary.
Is it safe to use ultrasonic bark control?
Whether or not these products are safe for pets is a matter of debate. Reputable pet businesses, such as PetSafe, have conducted safety testing on a range of dogs to ensure that their products are suitable for all canines.
There is a range of ultrasonic gadgets on the market, and you’ll want to choose the ideal one for your dog; after all, you’re the one who knows him best!
Ultrasonic device types
Indoor gadgets are small to medium-sized teardrops or rectangular-shaped devices designed to prevent your indoor dog from barking.
They come in a number of sizes, shapes, and colors, so you should be able to conceal the device with ease if you have a nosy dog or want to blend it in with your décor.
Each gadget has its own range, which specifies how far the dog can be from the device before it is triggered.
These devices are usually programmed to activate automatically when a dog comes within range, but some include a manual feature that gives you additional control.
Indoor ultrasonic devices are similarly powered by batteries, and how long they last depend on how frequently your dog barks.
You should also switch the device off when not in use to save battery and prevent your dog from becoming acclimated to the tone.
Keep in mind that if your excessive barker has free rein of the house, you may need more than one gadget because ultrasonic sound cannot travel through walls.
You should also read the setup instructions to ensure that the gadget functions properly.
Some indoor devices that are small enough to fit in your hand will also be called “handheld” devices. But there are also ultrasonic devices that can stop a dog from barking that fit in the palm of your hand.
The goal of these smaller devices is to stop your dog from barking anytime, anywhere. Handheld devices usually come with a lanyard or strap that you can tie around your arm to keep the device in place. This makes it easy to take them on walks or to the park.
Unlike ultrasonic devices used indoors, handheld devices are controlled by hand and can be turned on with the click of a button.
Like indoor devices, these devices have different ranges, so you’ll need to think about what you’ll be doing or where you’ll be using it to make sure it works for your dog.
Ultrasonic bark collars are like both citronella and shock collars in that they can be worn and are activated when your dog barks.
But bark collars don’t shock or spray the dog. Instead, they make a high-pitched noise like other ultrasonic devices. A small ultrasonic box that runs on batteries can be attached to your dog’s collar, or you can buy a collar that is already put together and sized for your dog.
Ultrasonic collars can be used for both positive and negative reinforcement, which is interesting.
So, if you want to encourage good behaviors like “sit,” you can give your dog a positive tone, like a clicker, to let them know they’re doing the right thing.
Ultrasonic collars are much less obvious than other collars on the market because only your dog can hear the noise.
But if you are close to other dogs, they will be able to hear the high-pitched tone, too.
This is something you should think about if you take your dog to the park or train it with other dogs.
Even though you may be telling your dog to stop doing something bad, you may be waking up another dog nearby.
During the time when my dog had separation anxiety, my neighbors would have bought an ultrasonic outdoor device if they had known about them.
At first glance, outdoor ultrasonic devices look like cute little yard decorations or birdhouses, so your dog won’t know that they actually make an ultrasonic sound.
These devices work the same way as their indoor counterparts, but they usually have a longer range and are built to last in the weather.
These happen more often when neighbors can’t stop their neighbors’ dogs from barking or when dogs are left outside for a long time.
Similar to ultrasonic collars, your dog or your neighbor’s dog might not be the only pet that hears the high-pitched tone, so it’s important to be careful if you choose this option.
How well do ultrasonic devices work?
The answer to this question is hard to give because it depends on the dog.
However, most dogs will stop barking or bark less when an ultrasonic device is used.
This study by Petsafe.net showed that all of the dogs in their test group, whose weights ranged from 8 to 110 pounds, stopped barking when they wore an ultrasonic collar.
Ultrasonic Bark Control and Electric Fences Don’t Mix
Dogs need to be trained over and over again if they are to learn new behaviors, tricks, or rules. ultrasonic bark control products use a simple but effective ultrasonic sound frequency to teach dogs not to bark and stop other bad habits.
But what happens when similar tones are used for other types of training, like invisible fences? Good question. We don’t think it’s a good idea to use ultrasonic bark control products with invisible fences (especially not shock fences).
If you do this, the dog will be confused, and you and your dog will both be very upset.
This is why
There are many kinds of electric or invisible fences, but the idea behind them is the same. When the dog is getting close to the fence line, they usually use an ultrasonic or audible tone to warn the dog. If they reach this limit or go past it, they will be shocked until they turn around and go back. They learn from the warning tone that if they don’t want to get shocked, they need to stay in the right area.
Since both of these products use the same style of training, using them in combination would not be suitable. This will go for any kind of bark control product – shock or no-shock.