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Citronella Bark Collars for Dogs

Updated on March 1, 2012

Citronella Bark Collars - An Alternative to Dog Shock Collars

If you're looking for a humane way to stop dog barking, try a citronella bark collar. These devices work without inflicting a painful shock. Instead, when your dog barks, they emit a harmless spray of citronella, a scent which most dogs don't like. So they quickly learn the way to avoid this awful smell is to not bark. It worked for my dogs.

Do Citronella Bark Collars Work?

A study says yes. And it worked for my dogs!

According to a study conducted by the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, dog owners who tried both shock collars and citronella bark collars on their pets said the non-shock collars were more effective.

Citronella collars work by emitting a burst of citronella spray when the dog barks. They won't cause pain like a shock collar, but the spray is unpleasant enough for most dogs to deter barking. It's most effective when used with behavior modification.

It worked for my dogs. When we moved to a new house on a busy street, my dogs (who had never been barkers) started barking at every person and animal that walked past our fence, as well as the construction workers who would sometimes come to dump dirt in the empty lot behind our house. Suddenly it was "bark, bark bark" all the time. We read the Humane Society suggestions on barking as a result of territorial behavior, but we weren't always able to get outside to the dogs to practice a "quiet" command and then give a treat. We then considered a shock collar, but I really didn't want to do that. So we tried the citronella bark collar instead. In just a few short days, the barking stopped. They still bark occasionally, but not at every passerby on the street. Now I'm a proponent.

The same type of collar also worked for a neighbor who live a block from the elementary school and had two incredibly cute Corgis. Every day when the kids got out of school, the dogs would bark and bark. With citronella collars, they soon learned they could race up and down the chain link fence and greet the kids, but they didn't need to bark at them.

If your dog is a barker, try this before you resort to a shock collar!

Better Than a Shock Collar

A Cornell University study showed citronella collars were more effective at stopping barking than shock collars.

Buy Citronella Bark Collars Online - Save money when you buy a bark collar at Amazon

This is the collar that made my neighbors happy (and my dogs hated!)

PetSafe Gentle Spray Bark Collar for Dogs, Citronella, Anti-Bark Device, Water Resistant
PetSafe Gentle Spray Bark Collar for Dogs, Citronella, Anti-Bark Device, Water Resistant

This citronella bark collar stops barking without shocking your dog. And it works! When a microphone on the collar picks up the sound of barking, the collar releases a small spray of citronella. For best results, be sure the collar is adjusted properly, the batteries are shut off when not in use and the citronella is refilled as necessary.

The anti-bark dog collar system includes a 24-inch adjustable nylon collar with a quick-snap buckle; an attachable spray device with an "on/off" switch; a 3-ounce can of stain-free, hypoallergenic citronella spray; a 6-volt alkaline battery, and detailed instructions. The system carries a limited lifetime warranty.


Ultrasonic Dog Bark Trainer

If citronella bark collars don't work for your dog, ultrasonic dog trainers are another option

Another humane alternative to shock collars is an ultrasonic dog barking device such as Bark Smart. These systems work by emitting an ultrasonic tone triggered by your dog's barking (or even the neighbor's dog, if it's within range!!). You simply place the device outside, adjust the sensitivity level, and turn it on. When your dog barks, the unit will emit an ultrasonic noise that humans can't hear and dogs don't like. Dogs quickly learn that their barking causes this irritating sound and stop barking to stop the noise.

Yea or Nay on Anti-Bark Collars?

Do you think people should use citronella collars or shock collars on their dogs to stop barking?

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Dog Training Books - If you're unsure about a bark collar, try these guides first.

Understanding your dog's behavior is helpful when you want to change that behavior.

Dog Shock Collar Videos - What's it feel like to get shocked by a bark collar?

Videos like this made me decide to try a citronella bark collar first.

What Do You Think of Citronella Bark Collars? - Have they stopped your dog from barking?

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    • Cal-gal profile image

      Meredith Davies 

      7 years ago

      I had never heard of it before now. I'm glad it works for you. I have a citronella plant in my garden and one of my dogs loves it. Go figure.

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      9 years ago

      [in reply to The_Book_Garden]

      Me too - going to be an expensive business though, there are so many around here who could do with one lol

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      9 years ago

      [in reply to The_Book_Garden]

      Me too - going to be an expensive business though, there are so many around here who could do with one lol

    • scribibler profile image


      9 years ago

      Good lens, great to see there are alternatives to shock collars.

    • unsinkablewoman profile image


      10 years ago

      This Sounds Great For People That Have A Dog That Just Wont Stop Barking, However If You Want A Dog To Protect You This May Not Be A Good Idea

      I Have A Small Indoor Dog That Warns Me When Someone Is Outside Near My Home,And Since I live Alone I Want Him To Do Just That,Ty For The Infor Give You 5*

    • TheBookGarden1 profile image


      10 years ago

      lol! I'm gonna buy one for the neighbors dog!

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      10 years ago

      I would like to give this one a try. I would actually like to put it on the neighbors dog but I guess I can't do that. Just kidding. 5*


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