It’s only natural for dogs to bark but what about if your furry friend just doesn’t know when to stop? This is exactly why anti-bark collars were designed and there’s no need to suffer from incessant and needless barking when you can train your dog with relative ease.
With the best bark collar, you’ll also remain confident your dog will continue to avoid barking unnecessarily when you’re not at home. If you’ve got neighbors in close proximity and you don’t want to spoil your friendship, you can take action and invest in one of these collars so your furball won’t play up while you’re at work.
Anti-bark collars come in a variety of styles. Some induce small and safe static shocks while others rely on a combination of audible beeps and vibration. Today, our core focus is on collars to fit small and medium dogs. This is a reasonably broad band with weights from 8 pounds through 55 pounds and neck sizes as small as 6 inches up to a maximum of 22 inches qualifying a dog as small to medium. If your dog is at the smaller end of those guidelines, we’d strongly suggest a collar weighing less than 5oz so he doesn’t feel burdened. With medium dogs, you can step the weight up to 15oz without a problem. We’ve listed out the weights of all these collars so you can see at a glance which would be most suitable.
How long should a small dog be exposed to a bark collar for? There are no fixed rules but in our experience, 1 to 2 hours perhaps 2 or 3 times a day is more than enough.
We’ll jump right in now with our reviews and the 7 most effective collars of the wide array we tested out. We’ll then round out with some handy hints as usual.
Table of Contents
I. Top 7 Best Bark Collar for Small Dogs
1. Our Pick: PetSafe Elite – The Best Bark Collar for Small Dogs (5 oz)
Our standout winner overall is the PetSafe Elite. This variant of the collar is labelled Little Dog and it’s designed for puppies as small as 8 pounds right through to mid-sized dogs of 55 pounds. This gives you plenty of leeway if you have a smaller dog likely to grow and you don’t fancy investing in a second collar after a year or two.
Progressive static correction gives your dog increasingly sharper shocks – all at a perfectly safe level – if he doesn’t respond and keeps barking excessively. If this doesn’t prove enough, the collar shuts off after 80 seconds so you can intervene manually and soothe your beloved pet.
Don’t worry, there’s no complex programming involved, the static steps up automatically. There’s no danger of the collar being triggered by the barking of other dogs either.
Submersible to 5 meters, you’ll be perfectly fine taking your dog for his walk along the beach without fearing him taking a sudden dip and ruining your new investment.
Pretty much the perfect bark collar for small dogs, you can expect to see swift results and better behavior in just a few days so why not treat yourself and your neighbors and keep that annoying barking to an absolute minimum?
- Easily tweak this collars through 10 gradations of static correction
- Fully waterproofed collar ideal for all activities
- Works well for small or medium sized dogs up to 55 pounds
- Doesn’t make such a good fit with longer-haired dogs
See Also: Top 20 Best Dog Training Collars
2. DogRook Dog Bark Collar (1.6 oz)
The DogRook bark collar is non-static shock model so if you’re not confident this will work with your dog, check out one of the more direct collars.
If you prefer to persuade your beloved pet more gently, you’ll benefit from 7 progressive stages of sound and vibration to coax him toward barking more appropriately.
This updated version of the collar comes with a tweaked chip to minimize interference from other dogs barking and also to allow you to use the collar with any breed or size of dog. Weighing just 1.6oz, it make a smart choice for smaller dogs.
You won’t need to worry yourself about static shocks potentially hurting your dog either since the DogRook is another model harnessing sound and vibration for a shock-free training experience.
Weatherproofed, fully adjustable and boasting reflective stripes to ramp up safety if you’re outside at night, this is an inexpensive and effective training collar well worth popping on your shortlist.
- Multiple progressive beeps and vibration
- Comes with reflective stripes perfect for nighttime walks
- Generous 1-year warranty and complete satisfaction guarantee
- Some issues with fitment so think closely about how resistant your dog is to wearing collars
See Also: Top 7 Best Citronella Bark Collars
3. POP VIEW Small Bark Collar (about 4.8 oz)
POP VIEW offer a pocket-friendly entry-point if you’re looking for a no-bark collar and you’re operating on a tighter budget.
The key selling point of this collar is that it sidesteps static shocks using instead a combination of sounds and vibrations to gently and humanely educate your dog when they should stop barking. How does it work, though?
The collar picks up on your dog’s vocal chords moving then delivers a series of beeps followed up by vibrations to show your dog he should ease back.
A lightweight collar with universal sizing making it a great fit for small dogs of any breed, this weatherproofed and inexpensive humane collar is a refreshing find.
If you’re still questioning whether this collar will actually work to inhibit your dog from barking too much, you’ll benefit from a 30-day money back guarantee removing any niggles from purchase. What have you got to lose?
- Universal size makes this one of the most versatile bark collars on the market
- Less than 5oz and suitable for small dogs of all breeds
- Made from robust nylon webbing, this collar can withstand wind, rain and extremely high temperatures
- Battery life and overall lifespan could be improved
See Also: Top 6 Best Bark Collars With Remote
4. POP VIEW No-Shock Dog Bark Collar (2.4 oz)
Another model from POP VIEW up next for all your bargain-hunting pet owners out there.
When it comes to anti-bark dog collars, the main choice you face is between static shock and a combination of sounds/vibration. While rated perfectly safe for use, maybe you just don’t like the idea of giving your furball any kind of shock. If that’s the case, this humane training collar is tailor-made.
Many owners find the vibration more effective than the audible warnings. In some instances, users have complained of the sounds actually provoking their dog to bark more. As with any customizable training device, the beauty is finding the way that works best for you. The collar delivers progressive warnings ramping up through 7 levels of intensity so small dogs and even larger breeds should be educated when they should cut back on the howling.
If you’re looking to bring your dog into line without hiring a trainer or spending a fortune, give POP VIEW a chance and you might be pleasantly surprised at the results.
- Train your dog with 7 progressive stimulation levels harnessing audible beeps and vibration in place of static shocks
- Comes in a choice of eye-catching colorways so your dog will look great
- Perfect for small dogs from 11 pounds upward
- Unimpressive battery life
5. ELECANE Small Dog Bark Collar (0.64 oz)
Next up we’ve got a minute dog collar expressly designed for small dogs with this model weighing barely more than a half-ounce.
You’ll get blue, black, green, red and pink faceplates thrown in so you won’t get bored with your dog always flaunting the same collar. Mix things up and give him a treat!
You can also avoid the static shock used in many of the leading anti-bark collars since the ELECANE makes use of a humane vibration system to deliver a lesson to your dog without causing undue discomfort.
Many people remain unconvinced that a vibration-only collar will work so ELECANE mitigate this fear by offering a no-quibbles refund. If you find this collar to be ineffective, get your money back with nothing lost.
The rechargeable battery gives you a reasonable lifespan while sparing you the expense of constantly buying costly disposable batteries.
For smaller dogs as light as 6 pounds, why not give this anti-bark collar a shot? With no prongs and no static shock, you’ll face no risk either with that money-back warranty.
- Multiple faceplates included so you can match your dog’s collar to your outfit
- Perfect for small dogs with necks as tiny as 6 inches weighing as little as 6 pounds
- Featherlight collar won’t burden even teacup dogs or lapdogs
- Not the best solution for a particularly stubborn dog
6. SportDOG No-Bark Collar 10R (9 oz, for Medium Dogs)
SportDOG has a stranglehold on the training collar vertical and the enduringly popular 10R might be expensive but it gets the job done in fine style.
If you’re not completely comfortable with the concept of static shock collars, we’re not here to persuade you otherwise. Indeed, we’d strongly recommend you choose a sound and vibration collar unless you have no issue with these safe and low-level shocks.
For dogs prone to barking uncontrollably, there’s little substitute for progressive static shocks and it won’t take many days for your canine to learn when he should quit barking.
This is a substantially heavier collar at 9oz and it’s ideally suited for medium dogs rather than really tiny breeds.
From build quality and consistency of delivery through brand heritage and gentle but effective static shocks, this is a class-leading collar that won’t disappoint and won’t fail to deliver.
- 3 modes and 10 static shock levels to train even stubborn dogs when to bark and when to refrain from barking
- Submersible to fully 25 feet so perfect if you live near the beach
- 3 minute auto shut-off so your dog won’t be continuously barraged with static shocks
- Certainly not a cheap anti-bark collar but among the very best
7. Dogtra No-Bark Collar (12 oz, for Medium Dogs)
Tailing off our quest for the best no bark collar for small dogs, we’ve thrown in another option for breeds verging toward medium-sized just to make sure we cover all bases.
Make no mistake, this collar is substantial so if you’ve got a tiny lapdog, you’re better off giving it a swerve. For medium dogs, though, this anti-bark collar makes a great fit.
One of the key selling points is a precursive vibration which gives your dog the chance to mend his behavior and stop barking before the ensuing shock kicks in. You’ll get 6 intensity levels for static shocks so you can easily manipulate the collar to suit the temperament of your furry friend.
If you don’t mind spending a little to get a rugged, durable collar and you need a little more direct training than sound/vibration collars offer, we can’t recommend the Dogtra highly enough.
- Early warning of vibration before shock to give your dog the opportunity to learn without being exposed to harsher treatment if he complies
- Works with dogs as small as 10 pounds and fits neck sizes from 9 inches through 20 inches
- Sensor is sensitive enough to differentiate between barking and ambient noise
- Better suited to dogs at the upper end of the medium size bracket
You should now have a solid overview of the best no bark collar for small dogs so your buying journey should already be off to a flying start.
We’ll look now at how these collars actually work…
II. How Does A Bark Collar Work?
The way in which bark collars work depends on the type of collar in question.
There are 4 main categories of no-bark collars:
- Electric Static Shock Collar
- Ultrasonic Collar
- Vibration Collar
- Spray Collar
For small dogs, we’ve focused purely on static shock collars and combination collars offering sound and vibration so we’ll break down those after looking at how they work regardless of type…
When your dog starts barking, the collar picks up on this and sends a warning so your dog gets the message he needs to stop before getting progressively stronger inducements to quit.
Electric Static Shock Collar
Think about the type of shock you get when you walk over a carpet then touch fingers with someone or when you reach for a door knob and get that burst of static.
This is the first thing to clear up about this type of collar since many people get the wrong idea and imagine the level of shock is much harsher than it really is.
That said, you might not feel comfy using this kind of treatment on your dog in which case you should consider one of the sound/vibration collars we looked at today instead.
With static shock collars, functionality varies from model to model but the principle remains the same…
When the collar detects your dogs vocal chords moving, a small shock is delivered. This type of collar normally has a number of progressive levels stepping up in intensity. Again, this doesn’t mean your dog will suddenly be jolted with a brutal burst, just that the shock becomes gradually bolder until your pet hopefully gets the message and stops barking.
With this type of collar, you’ll usually get auto shut-off so all shocks cease after perhaps 2 or 3 minutes. This is invaluable if you use the collar when you’re not at home to intervene.
A sound and vibration collar harnesses exactly the same core concept but with a twist…
In place of a static shock, your dog’s excessive barking will be corrected with a combination of ultrasonic sound audible only to them along with accompanying vibration to reinforce the message.
This kind of collar is also commonly known as a humane no-bark collar.
III. Guide to Choosing the Right Bark Control Collar for your Small Dogs
A collar might seem on the surface a remarkably simple product but when it come to training a smaller dog to stop barking incessantly, it’s worth making certain you get the right collar for the job.
Take these simple pointers into account and you’ll maximize your chances of getting the most appropriate training collar for your requirements.
Type of Collar
First thing’s first, consider which type of no-bark collar would best gel with your preferences and the needs of your dog.
A static shock collar gives the most defined correction but you need to be comfortable with the idea of your beloved pet receiving a small shock. We’re not here to push you toward that type of training device if you’re not convinced and there are several other options.
We looked at collars combining ultrasonic sound and vibration for a gentler approach. You can also buy no-bark collars with only sound or only vibration.
The other option is a citronella spray collar. These are less common but still pretty effective.
Once you’ve got the type of collar clear, it’s time to think about dimensions…
Comfort and Weight
For small dogs, try to limit the weight of the collar to 5oz. Any bulkier than this and your tiny pooch is likely to feel overburdened.
With medium dogs you can step up the weight to around 15oz before you furball starts to feel the collar is an encumbrance.
Check that the material and fit of the collar doesn’t generate bad press from users with regard to comfort. Even if your dog will only be wearing the collar for limited periods, it’s essential he doesn’t feel irritated.
As well as the weight of the collar, you should check that the models on your shortlist are suitable for dogs weighing the same as yours. Think, too, about whether you’ve got a puppy or smaller dog likely to grow and factor this into the equation.
The neck sizes of dogs vary dramatically.
Smaller dogs with necks as little as 6 inches can wear these no-bark collars without any risk of them slipping off.
At the upper range with brawnier medium-sized hounds, most collars cater for neck sizes as chunky as 20 inches.
Think About The Temperament of Your Dog
Linked to the type of collars we mentioned above, you should think about how your dog behaves in general when you’re looking into any training device.
A compliant lap dog and a willful and stubborn medium-sized dog resistant to instruction need to be treated differently. What works for a meeker, more obedient dog is likely to fail dismally with a more forceful canine.
If you find your dog needs a firmer hand, there’s little substitute for a static shock collar with progressive settings. You’ll find it won’t be long and he learns the benefit of holding off on the needless barking and your job is done.
Sidestep Single Setting Collars
We mentioned progressive settings and one thing you should avoid is single setting collars. This type of all-or-nothing method doesn’t work as well as a collar offering a range of customizable settings that ramp up the intensity if required.
Pay Attention To Batteries
Last but not least, check if the batteries are rechargeable or if you need to keep buying disposable batteries. The cost of these can soon mount.
You should also think twice about manufacturers who attempt to lock you into buying their own proprietary batteries. If you’re committed to buying from a single source, you won’t be able to shop around and get the best deal and might end up spending more than you bargained for.
We’ll round out with 5 of the most frequently asked questions by pet owners looking to invest in a dog collar for their smaller dog.
1) Is a static shock dog collar safe for my small dog?
While the Humane Society rates the shock collar as the “least humane” of the options on the market, these collars do not deliver undue pain and they’re certainly safe. You should nevertheless ease your dog in gently. You should also avoid leaving the collar on your dog for extended periods. 1 to 2 hours a day for no more than 2 or 3 sessions is the general guidelines for safe use.
2) What is the primary purpose of a training collar?
The underlying point of these collars is to educate your dog to behave properly with regard to barking excessively. Barking is perfectly natural and a part of any dog’s innate behavior. What needs arresting is unnecessary barking and these collars can address that issue head-on.
3) What do I need to bear in mind when buying a collar for a small dog?
You should think first and foremost about the weight of the collar. No training device will be effective in the long-term if it’s uncomfortable. The dog will be resistant and might even attempt to get the collar off. It could also work its way loose if it’s not a proper fit. Beyond this, you should also make sure you don’t get an overly intense collar designed, for example, to train large and stubborn dogs. Small dogs need to be treated gently and training them is no different.
4) Is it safe to leave my small dog unattended with a no-bark collar?
It is but you should avoid leaving the dog day and night with the collar on. They should not be worn around the clock so while it’s OK to leave it on for a few hours when you pop out, you’re better off avoiding it when you’re likely to be out for the entire day.
5) What neck sizes are no-bark collars for small dogs suitable for?
Since small dogs vary in neck size from breed to breed, these collars fit a very broad range of sizings. Most start off catering for necks as small as 6 inches extending to 20 inches or more at the upper end.
We hope by now you’re fully equipped with all the facts you need to get the right no-bark collar for your smaller dog.
You should also have a sound overview of which type of collar would best suit you and also what to look out for when you’re buying one.
Remember, as we pointed out earlier, that you should use a collar weighing 5oz or less if you’ve got a much smaller breed while you can step up to no-bark collars as weighty as 15 pounds if you’ve got a more robust medium-sized dog.
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