Can I Use a Bark Collar on a 3 Month Old Puppy? (Solved & Explained!)

If you do, it should be a vibrating collar, but we don’t recommend using bark collars on puppies at all. When they are young, puppies are easily stressed or frightened, and a bark collar is designed to create distress in your dog when they bark.

This is done by means of spraying cents the dog hates, ultrasonic sounds that are distressing to dogs, or simply vibrating to get their attention. It is better to simply teach them with positive reinforcement at this age. It strengthens your bond and won’t add any discomfort or stress into their lives.

For the remainder of this article, we’re going to talk about various e collars and options such as dog whistles for training your dog not to bark.

We’ve collected questions that are trending the most this week from dog owners just like you, so stay with us and get the important answers that you need before purchasing an electronic collar or other conditioning option!

Are bark collars ok for puppies?

No, bark collars are not a good fit for puppies. Bark collars are designed to cause distress whenever your dog barks, by means of tones that annoy them, citrus and other chemical sprays that they dislike, or simple vibration.

While vibration bark collars are the kindest of the bunch, at this age it is better to take the time to teach your pup what you want, rather than to ‘electronically’ enforce it, as your puppy is easily stressed at this age already.

Do vets recommend bark collars?

Vets recommend that you stop a dog from barking with positive reinforcement, with tactics such as bark collars being the kind of option that would only be used as a last resort. A simple method to stop your dog barking is to simply fill a coke can halfway with pennies, and then to shake it when your dog barks.

This will get their attention and you can say ‘hush’ or ‘quiet down’ and tell your dog to ‘sit’ as well. When they do, reward them with a treat, and repeat this until they learn the new command to stop barking.

How long does a bark collar take to work?

That depends on the dog, really. The bark collar will typically engage whenever your dog barks, either making a tone the dog doesn’t like, spraying a scent that they dislike, or simply vibrating, and your dog eventually will associate this with barking.

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It could have an effect in as little as a few days, it could take weeks, or your dog might never adjust to – it all depends on your particular dog and their individual personality.

What is the best dog bark collar?

We don’t recommend spray or ultrasonic collars, but as far as vibration bark collars one of the best options is the DogRook Bark-control collar.

This is designed to vibrate your dog’s neck when they bark so that they are not harmed, but will definitely associate barking with an odd feeling and should become less inclined to be overly vocal. That said, barking collars should only be used as a last resort if your dog is resistant to learning the ‘quiet’ command.

Are bark collars cruel?

With the exception of vibration collars, most bark collars are considered to be a bit on the cruel side. They spray chemicals or emit ultrasonic sounds to make your dog uncomfortable or stressed in response to barking, and there are a number of other methods which you can employ that might take longer, but are much more humane.

Ultimately it is, of course, your decision, but positive reinforcement techniques only take treats and patience and will be much less stressful on your dog!

Are vibration collars safe for puppies?

While they are safe, vibration collars should only be used on adult dogs. With puppies, it’s better to simply teach them with positive reinforcement.

A puppy is stressed simply being in a new home and away from their mother and littermates, so you will be doing both of you a favor by instead building-up a strong bond with your puppy and taking the time to teach them the rules of the house personally – not electronically.

Do anti bark vibration collars work?

Vibration collars can be effective, but you still need to do a little work yourself to learn what is triggering barking from your dog.

While some dogs will learn to bark less on their own simply by the collar, other dogs are responding to a specific stimulus that frightens them and you’ll have to identify that to deal with the problem. If you don’t, the collar may simply annoy them but they will bark anyway because they are more frightened than annoyed!

Do vibration collars hurt dogs?

No, vibration collars won’t your dog. Think about the vibration from your phone when you turn off the ringer and this gives you a pretty good idea of what the collar is doing.

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While it might tickle or feel weird for your dog, a vibration collar is designed to get their attention and to help them associate barking with strange sensations from their collar in the hopes that they will bark less to avoid this.

Do vets recommend shock collars?

No. Vet absolutely do NOT recommend shock collars, as even a mild electric charge can be painful for your dog. If your dog isn’t responding to training and you wish to try an e collar, go with a vibrating collar.

They are still ‘automatic’ when your dog barks or when you wish to trigger it, but they won’t actually harm your furry friend.

Are shock collars bad for puppies?

Yes, shock collars are bad for puppies and for adult dogs as well. They attempt to condition your dog to certain behaviors by means of pain, and this is not something that you want to do.

Aside from it being considered cruel, your dog might simply become more aggressive as a result of a shock collar and that’s definitely not the outcome you want.

Does a dog whistle stop barking?

A dog whistle emits a tone that you and I cannot hear, but which distresses or simply annoys dogs. There are easier ways to get their attention, such as shaking a rattle or a coffee can full of coins, without resulting to sound frequencies that might be painful for your dog.

Try one of these methods instead and say ‘quiet’ or ‘hush’ after shaking the can, giving your dog a treat when they stop barking. It takes a little patience, but you can teach your dog to be quiet if you repeat these methods consistently until they learn the command.