A Bark Collar Will Not Work For Your Dog if it Suffers from this Serious Condition
There is nothing worse than a dog that won’t stop barking. It drives you nuts. It drives your neighbors nuts. It begins to affect every aspect of your family’s life. When did you last get a good night’s sleep? Can you remember?
When you are at your wits end with a puppy or dog that won’t stop barking, you will try anything to get some peace and quiet. One popular option is the use of a Bark Collar.
Dog Bark Collars come in a range of types and configurations. They are based on negative reinforcement psychology, whereby your dog will be subjected to an unpleasant or uncomfortable sensation automatically when they bark. The idea is that your dog will learn that when it barks, it will be subjected to an experience it doesn’t like.
Sounds simple enough, and even quite effective right? Well, the answer is yes and no.
To begin with, some of these collars apply an electric shock to your dog each time it barks. Although it is not a lethal dose, there is no way I would subject my pet to that sort of torture.
More importantly, while a Bark Collar can appear to be quite effective in the short term, it is really only a band-aid fix for this problem. The deeper issues causing your dog to behave in this way are left untreated – and you are left with a lifeless and unhappy dog. Also, the cost of these items can be very high – most costing $100 or more!
There is a little known and serious medical condition that causes some dogs to bark all the time – and it CAN NOT be treated with a Bark Collar.
Let me ask you the following questions about your dog:
1. Does your dog whine or bark incessantly?
2. Does your dog pace, chew furniture, destroy window coverings, rip up carpeting, eat through drywall, mutilate plants or scratch at windows and doors?
3. Does your dog injure itself through its destructive behavior?
4. Does your dog jump on you and your guests? This often leads to ruined and dirty clothes and can even result in scratched skin!
5. Does your dog get jealous and growl or attack people near you… this can include small children… who love to pet “any” dog?
Come on, be honest here. If you answered yes to any of these questions then your dog may be suffering from a serious condition called Dog Separation Anxiety.
Dogs with severe separation anxiety may also urinate and defecate all over your home. There are documented cases of these poor animals even causing themselves great harm by jumping through plate glass windows to try and escape your house to find you! (This is true! Some dogs have actually died due to untreated separation anxiety).
The sad truth is that many dogs suffer from this condition, and after a bark collar, obedience training and owners tearing their own hair out with no progress, these poor dogs become known as ‘bad’ or ‘destructive’ dogs.
The good news is, that dog separation anxiety is completely treatable. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information available on the condition, let alone effective treatments for it.
Luckily there has been a great course put together on the identification and treatment of this serious condition. Before you run out and spend hundreds on a bark collar to try and stop your dog from barking, you owe it to yourself to check out this site – [INSERT LINK TO YOUR SITE HERE]