Dog Barking Control

If you have ever had anyone complain about your dog’s barking then this is for you. Dog Barking Control is important to many dog owners and neighbors of dog owners. Imagine, you have had a busy day, you finally get to bed, late, and then at 3.00am you are finally fast asleep. Then you hear something, a dog barking.

At first you just dream of the dog barking, then you realize a dog is actually barking. You wake up, the sound is so loud it becomes obvious that you can’t go back to sleep while the barking noise continues. You are getting angry, it is the third time this week you have lost sleep because of the dog barking in the middle of the night.

Barking Control – What To Do?

If it is your dog then you can get up and see what’s going on and tell your dog to quiet down. If it’s your neighbors dog, there’s not much you can do, or is there?

There are a number of ways that you can manage the noise of a dog barking. You could get some good ear plugs and try to sleep, you could yell at the dog, which is fine if it’s your dog but if it is your neighbors dog you risk waking the whole street and alienating your neighbors.

Let’s be honest, most people just want something that will stop the noise, bring back the peace and allow a good night’s sleep. So what are the alternatives?

There are plenty of products available to control dog’s barking and here are the most popular.

  1. Sonic Bark Control Collars.
  2. Ultrasonic Home Devices. (stop barking up to 300 feet away)
  3. Citronella Spray Collars.
  4. Dog Shock Collars.

Sonic Bark Control Collars.

Sonic dog collars is a humane way to let your dog know that repeated barking is annoying by annoying them when they bark. The device works by emitting sonic sound frequencies and vibration in direct response to your dog’s barking. The sound that the device makes is just annoying to the dog it doesn’t hurt your dog at all. It is lightweight and can be adjusted to fit any dog.

It is a completely safe way to reduce your dog’s barking and you can take it off when you want to give your dog a breather. The sonic sound and vibration activates while your dog barks and turns off when dog stops barking. Your dog learns to associate the annoying and unpleasant sound frequencies and vibration with their barking and the result is that your dog will stop barking unnecessarily and will greatly reduce their barking habits.Bark Wise Collar

It doesn’t stop your dog barking in a threatening situation, so you can relax that your dog will still protect you and the home if an intruder comes.

This is a great product that does not cause your dog any pain and thousands of people are preferring to get this type of collar instead of a shock collar.


    • 3 Operating Modes: Audible Sound, Vibration or Both!
    • Vibration Only mode is safe for use with Electronic Fence Systems
    • Vibration mode is also perfect for Deaf or hearing-impaired dogs
    • Adjustable Bark Sensitivity
    • Easy-to-adjust Nylon Collar
    • Lightweight (2 oz)
    • Water Resistant
    • Money Back Guarantee & 1 Year Warranty

With the Bark Wise – Bark Control Collar, you can safely stop nuisance barking without having an effect on instinctual or protective barking.

Ultrasonic Home Devices.

Ultrasonic home devices are becoming a really popular way not only to manage your own dogs barking but also your neighbors dogs. Imagine, a humane way to stop your neighbors dogs from keeping you awake at night.

It works in a similar way to the ultrasonic dog collar, it emits a high pitch ultrasonic sound when it is triggered by the sound of a dog barking.

It annoys the dog enough to stop them from barking, it doesn’t hurt them and can not be heard by humans.

Dog Silencer

The best part is you can get weather proof devices that are battery powered and can be discretely placed in a tree or on the exterior of a building aiming at the neighbors noisy dog.

The best quality Ultrasonic Home Devices such as the Dog Silencer can be effective to reduce any dog’s barking noise for up to 75 meters (about 245 feet). Click on the image above to learn more.

Your neighbors will think that their dog has magically become more quiet and there is no need to let them know that you installed the device that achieved this miraculous change.

It is a passive way to manage a noisy neighbors dog without the need for face to face confrontation.

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Spray Collars.

Spray collars have been around for a while. The citronella spray collar seems to be the most popular on the market because the smell it emits is not offensive to people.

The feedback on these spray type of barking training collars is  mostly positive as it works in two ways. First the sound of the unit spraying is noticed by the dog and secondly because the lemon citrus smell is quite powerful to a dog’s sensitive sense of smell.

The dog doesn’t like the smell and each time they bark a small amount is sprayed from the unit. The cons of using this type of product is that it can sometimes make some dogs sneeze which may set the spray unit off again and cause more sneezing.

You should always consult with your veterinarian before using a spray collar to ensure that your dog does not have an respiratory condition. The good news is that there are no reported side effects for normally health dogs using this type of collar.

The most popular brand online is the Multivet Citronella Anti-Barking Collar Kit.

Dog Shock Collars.

This is a well known as a popular but controversial method of dog barking control. Personally, I think using shock therapy to stop a dog barking is not humane method as it uses pain and fright to deter a dog’s barking.

If your dog is already showing symptoms of dog separation anxiety, the use a dog shock collar to shock your dog every time it barks, it will most likely affect your dog negatively. The use of a shock collar to control barking is likely to worsen your dogs anxiety and escalate their anxious behavior.

Conversely, some dog owners swear by shock collars and have given some glowing report but it’s not something I would choose to do to my dog. I would not consider using shock methods with my dog but if you are considering this option, then it should only be used in a last resort when all other methods have failed.

Watch this short video about the effect of a dog shock collar on a young lady and you will see why I personally wouldn’t ever want to use a shock collar on my dogs.

Excessive barking can be caused by dog separation anxiety issues. To find out if your dog is suffering from dog anxiety visit our FREE Gift page to download your free copy of the Dog Anxiety Checklist.

We hope that this article was helpful to help you identify the different methods and products for Dog Barking Control.

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  1. Great info with different ideas for stopping Dog Barking Control. Barking is a concern for me and I crossed my fingers when I chose my dog that it wouldn’t be a barker – good news he isn’t. I didn’t know there were so many options for those who do have this problem. I love the idea to stop the neighbors dog barking! I didn’t know that existed. Thanks for the great information.
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    • Thanks for your feedback Melanie,

      I’ve got to agree that stopping the neighbors dog from barking was what initially made me start researching this topic.

      We have neighbors who live accross the road and their puppy used to bark all day long while it’s owners were at work. The poor little thing is obviously showing symptoms of dog separation anxiety, but it was driving me crazy. The constant barking sets off our dog and many others in the area. I don’t really talk to the neighbors, they seem to want to keep to themselves and I didn’t want a big confrontation with them. Their puppy is so cute and is only barking because it misses it’s owners, I didn’t want them to punish the puppy for being noisy.

      I tried an anti barking ultrasonic unit that I borrowed from a friend which has worked really well. The puppy doesn’t bark much at all now and our dog seems happy, uneffected and is much less noisy!

      I’m just waiting for my own ultasonic unit to come in the mail to make it a more permanent solution.

  2. Hi there,
    I have a maltese that likes to bark a lot. It’s not quite so bad at the moment, as I live on acres with the nearest neighbor being about 500 meters away. However, I’m planning on moving soon and am likely to have neighbors near by.
    So your article has come at an appropriate time, and I certainly will be keeping my eye on your site for more great tips.
    Thanks for all the great info!
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    • Hi Bronwyn,

      Keep me posted on how you go when you move.

      Perhaps you could let me know in detail about when your gorgeous Maltese is most likely to bark and maybe I can help.

      Little tip – take note of the times when your Maltese is most verbal, most excitable and making the most noise. Is it when you are home, about to leave home or when you get home?

      Gook luck with moving house, it’s not only stresful for the humans but also our beloved pets.

  3. Definitely an interesting read, I quite like the idea of the ultrasonic dog collar because it just affects your dog, and you have the option whether you want to have it on them or not, I think it would definitely be wise to not let your neighbour know that you have installed a device in your house to stop their dog barking by causing discomfort, perhaps we should keep that one to ourselves.

    • Hi Sean,

      From what I have experienced you can set the ultrasonic device so that it can be heard by humans and dogs at the same time and when I did this it just made a high pitch beeping sound. This feature is available on some units so the people in the house can test the unit.

      The sound of the ultrasonic unit didn’t seem to cause any discomfort or pain – to me or the dog – it was just annoying. And let me tell you – it is annoying – similar to a battery powered smoke alarm, but not as loud.

      My dog stopped barking and was looking around to see where the noise was coming from. With my dog, and I can only speak from my experience, I think it was more of a curiosity thing – he barked – heard a noise (from the ultrasonic device) and stopped barking to try and see where the noise was coming from. He didn’t show any signs of discomfort or pain.

      Thanks for you comment and I hope that explains things a bit better.

  4. Incessant barking from your dog or your neighbours dog is enough to drive you insane and having a dog barking control device would definately help to repress a lot of neighbourly arguments. I actually put a collar on my dog which let out an ultrasonic beep as she has an annoying habit of running off (we are on 90 acres) barking at absolutely nothing and won’t come back when called. It definately works at annoying her and causes her absolutely no pain or discomfort.
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    • Hi Jackie,

      Glad to hear you have had some big success.
      This is what we all long to hear – real stories from real people who have found something that works!

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.

  5. Hi Bev,

    Dog barking is a concern to the neighborhood. Nobody wants their dog or a neighbors dog barking especially into the night. Your site has some great aids to influence the dogs decision weather to bark or not. p.s. Loved About Page.
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    • Thanks for your comment John,

      I appreciate any and all feedback as a way of improving for everyone who visits. I have tried to incorporate effective tools, that are also humane, for Barking Dog Control options.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit my about page. I’m impressed that you were interested enough to take a closer look.

      Thanks again!

  6. Hi Bev

    Great solutions for anyone with a barking dog. A couple of years ago we bought a chocolate labrador and had problems with her barking and we bought a citronella collar and it worked. Then friends of ours were looking for a home for their beagle. The beagle was also a barker and we used the collar on her as well. Without the citronella collar I am sure we would have upset our lovely neighbours. I highly recommend the citronella collar.

    • Thanks for your feedback Kerry Lea.

      I have not ever used the citronella collar for dog barking control but have heard some great recommendations.

      Success stories like yours are common and this is why I included this product in my article. Citronella spray collars has been very popular method for reducing dog barking problems for a number of years.

      Lets face facts, if it didn’t work as promised, citronella spray collars would no longer be on the market.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  7. Oh yeah, stop the barking. Let me get to sleep or focus on the task at hand. Good to hear some dog barking control options. I had heard of scented collars before and shock collars (not much of a fan of the latter). I think a combination of obedience training and the above aids would work a treat.
    David Moloney recently posted..Phone Answering Service- Do You Need OneMy Profile

    • Thanks for your comment David.

      There are plenty of options to control dog barking – we all need a good nights sleep to cope with the demands of every day living.

      I hope this information has helped a few people take a closer look at the various options available.

  8. We have an enthusiastic Min Fox Terrier who is intent upon guaranteeing our safety by alerting our attention to the slightest disturbance on or outside the yard. As a pup, she was quite amusing but now we have just learnt to put up with her eccentric activity, especially since she is small. We’ve just assumed that it is typical of the breed and not thought to modify her behaviour. We’ll give this further consideration.
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    • Thanks Terry for your comment,

      It sounds to me like you are making some uneccessary compensations about your very much adorded Mini Fox Terrier. As a rule they are considered a very intelligent breed who is eager to please their masters.

      Intelligent breeds are always easiest to train, however consistency for the dog owner is crucial because they are so intelligent that they will know when you are less bothered, or less consistent and they may try to take advantage.

      I’m sure you know what I mean, if you growl or scold, they give the big puppy dog eyes in an attempt to make you feel sorry for them!?

      Stick to the training that gives the desired result and remember dogs mainly act from instinct – protection is high on the list for fox terriors – it’s about retraining, giving your dog a better option rather than mearly acting on instinctual behavior.

  9. Thankyou for outlining the dog barking control options. I live next door to a young dog that frequently barks. Had a chat to the neighbours which has helped a bit, but it is good to know that something like the Dog Silencer Pro exists if things get bad.
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    • Thanks for your comment Tom,

      The Dog Silencer Pro is a nifty device and it has worked for me remarkably well. It helped with noisy neighbors dog and now we are not woken in the middle of the night. Worth it weight in gold!!

  10. Some very interesting information here, thanks.
    I have looked into many dog barking controls and like you David I am not a big fan of Shock collars.
    Why would you inflict pain on your beloved pets?

    • Hi Greg,

      As far as I understand there are basically two types of dog training. Reward training when you reward your dog when they do what you want them to, and punishment training when you reprimand and punish a dog for behaving badly.

      Reward training builds trust and fosters a good relationship with your dog, punishment training leads to your dog fearing you. A frightened dog is only a step away from aggression.

      I would much rather have a dog that behaves well because they want to please you. There are some who still train the punishment method, but thankfully they are reducing in number.

      Thanks for your comment.