The Citronella dog collar - A natural way for controlling a dog's barking
So when it comes to calming that "nuisance barking dog" then a spritz of fragrance under the chin has often been found to be more effective than an electronic shock. This is was found after various tests were carried out by the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine.
In fact in a report carried in the American Animal Hospital Association Journal of May-June 1996 they found owners who tried the two types of anti-barking collar available preferred the citronella version to the electric shock version.
The citronella dog collar contains a reservoir of citronella solution and will spray a small amount at the dog's face when they commence barking. It is not only considered a humane way of dealing with nuisance barking but in studies carried out it is reported to be 88% effective.
However, there is one drawback to be had from using this type of collar and that is the sensitivity of the microphone contained within it. So the microphone is there to trigger the spray at the sound of the dog's bark, but unfortunately it has been found that other noises can set off the collar, which will result in a dog being sprayed even when it hasn't barked. Also there have been cases when a dog has realized that the reservoir containing the citronella solution is empty and so commenced barking again.
So if you happen to be looking for a more effective way of controlling your dog's nuisance barking then a citronella dog collar may be the right choice for you. Especially if you are looking for a more humane way of dealing with the problem.