September 15, 2013

First Alert Bark Collar Review

I love my dogs very, very much. I love cuddling with them, walking them and playing with them. I take tons of pictures of them. What you don't know is that these two ten pound and under dachshunds are huge barkers. When they want food, they bark. When they want water, they bark. When they want to come inside, they bark. When ANYONE walks by our house, they bark.

As much as I love them, I do not love their barking.  When I had the chance to review this FirstAlert Bark Collar, I jumped at the chance to try to fix my dogs bad behavior. I have used bark collars in the past with my parent's big dogs and they work pretty well.

This collar automatically gives the dog a shock when the dog barks. To test it out, I put the collar on Jaxen first and within a few minutes of being outside, of course he found someone to bark at. The collar gave him a small shock and he was quiet the rest of the time!

I could not let Jaxen be the only one to try the collar. I put the collar on Queen Bee Ava. When she barked, she got a shock and was so scared. I felt bad but at the same time, if the dog learns not to bark by getting a few shocks, it is worth it to me.

First Alert Bark Collar
The collar comes very large and can be cut down to size. This same collar could be used for a large dog or a small dog. I fit the collar to both of my dogs and cut off the excess. You can choose how big of a zap you want the dog to get. I put it on the easiest setting so that they could get just a small zap. For larger dogs, you may want to put the setting on higher so that they actually feel it.

First Alert Bark Control

This collar gives a safe, human and effective static pulse to correct unwanted behaviors in dogs. It fits up to a 28 inch size neck. The collar retails for $49.99 which is similar in price to other bark collars I have seen. It is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.

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  1. I definitely agree with you; I LOVE my dog very much but I do not love his barking. And he barks at EVERYTHING-even stuff that's not even there o.O

    I say if this works to get them to not bark, then it's worth it!

  2. Why not train them without shocking and hurting them?

  3. Okay you LOVE your dog but you shock them because the barking annoys you. Why not just hit or kick it? Pain is pain. IMO dogs are wayyyy to smart to be shocking them into good behavior. Yes, other methods of training take more time but that's why most of us have pets. To spend time with them. My dog was a big barker. She now both barks and stops on command. I could not afford school nor a trainer. So I worked with her everyday, for months. I love her wayyy to much to shock her to get her to not bark. If that's a punishment for barking, Id hate to know what happens if he has an accident in the house!

    1. I understand what you are saying. I partially agree with you. I do feel bad doing that to them but after 3 years of trying to get the one dog to stop and 4 years of trying to get the other to stop, I do not think that anything else is going to work. I spend all of my time with them but nothing helps. I do keep the bark collar at the lowest setting.

      What happens when my dogs have an accident in the house on a daily basis is absolutely nothing for the most part. Sometimes, I just pick it up, sometimes they get a spanking if I catch them in the act.

      I still love my dogs a ton but this is my method of dog "parenting". Thanks for your opinion.


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