Comparison of two antibarking collars for treatment of nuisance barking

J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 1996 May-Jun;32(3):231-5. doi: 10.5326/15473317-32-3-231.


Two commercially available antibarking collars (i.e., a citronella spray collar and an electronic shock collar) were evaluated for efficacy and user satisfaction as reported by owners after a two-week trial period for each collar. While both collars were effective in decreasing barking (88.9% for the citronella spray collar and 44.4% for the electronic shock collar), most owners expressed a preference for the citronella spray collar. Owners perceived it as being more humane and indicated that they willingly would use it on a long-term basis to decrease their dogs' nuisance barking. While the citronella spray collar has some drawbacks, it is another tool for managing excessive barking.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior Therapy / instrumentation*
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Compulsive Behavior / prevention & control*
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Dogs / physiology*