Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar: What did the research tell us?


By Jessica Medlin, PetSafe Marketing Research Specialist

ultrasonic bark control collar

When your dog barks, the PetSafe Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar emits a tone to interrupt your dog’s barking – but you can’t hear it.

It’s inevitable, dogs are going to bark. We hear from our consumers regularly that controlling barking is a MAJOR issue for them and often a barrier to enjoying their time with their dogs. We also understand how challenging barking can be to control. My furry little girl, Lilly, talks a lot  – at her own reflection in the window, if she thinks she see’s something outside when there’s actually nothing there, and if someone walks by she just feels the need to yell “HEY!” as loud as possible.  We encourage pet owners to work to understand why their dogs are barking when choosing the right bark solution. But we were also interested to understand our consumer’s issue with barking too.

We are continually working with our consumers to develop effective bark control products.  We are especially excited about one of our most recent bark products, the Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar. Prior to this products release, we conducted an In-Home Use Test (IHUT) to put our new PetSafe Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar to the test with some talkative pups

“The unit is a good size.   Once we got it on, it seemed to work right away.”

We all want our homes to peaceful and we don’t want our dog’s behavior to reflect poorly on us as owners. We were not surprised that most of our IHUT participants wanted to control barking when they are home and/or when they have visiting guests. We were excited to see how the Ultrasonic Bark Control collar works for them in these specific circumstances. And it performed great!

The Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar works by using an ultrasonic tone to deter barking.  When the collar’s microphone detects the sound of your dog’s bark, it immediately emits an ultrasonic tone.  The ultrasonic tone can be heard by dog’s, however, it is unheard by most humans.  This is great news, because the last thing we need when our dogs are barking is even more noise.  The ultrasonic tone is a safe yet annoying  sound for our dogs. The collar starts with a low tone when your pet starts barking and elevates if they continue. It continues to vary the tone every time your pet barks, so he doesn’t know what to expect or grow accustom to the tone.

“When we put the collar on and our dog started barking she quickly stopped and looked around the as if there was something that was bothering her.  She did not bark again when the collar was on her.”

Our research participants represented a very diverse group of dogs breeds and sizes, ranging from 8 lbs to 110 lbs. All of our tester dogs were also very enthusiastic barkers!  Regardless of breed or size, our talkative testers responded well to the Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar within just a few days of wearing the product.  Our participants saw a clear change in the amount of their dogs barking when they wanted to control it.

“The collar seems to be great so far…and it seems that it will last awhile.”

The type of bark collar you should choose is most dependent on your dog and your goals for bark control .  We are excited to offer our consumers the Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar for those dog that area little more timid or less stubborn but for owners still want to control excessive barking.

There’s always a time and place to be talkative and loud – your house is not one of those places and during your evening television show is not the time!  If your dog is a loud mouth the Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar could offer sanity for you and deter nuisance barking for your dog.

Do you want to control barking at the same times that our test group did? When does your dog bark most?


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19 Responses to Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar: What did the research tell us?

  1. Dale Bennett says:

    My Chihuahua mix only weighs 5 pounds. I would like to use either vibration or static correction.

    I notice most of the collars say for dogs 8 pounds or greater. Is using a vibration or static collar dangerous for my little Bernie.


    • Sarah Folmar says:

      Hi Dale. Thanks so much for your question. When it comes to size, the recommended weight is more for the collar itself and its weight than it is for a small dog being able to handle the stimulation or ultrasonic tone. One of our smaller collars available is the Ultrasonic Bark Control collar, and it can be found on our website for easy shipping http://store.petsafe.net/ultrasonic-bark-control-collar. We have quite a few other options available as well. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

  2. Crystal Williams says:

    Hello I have a 6 month old border collie/lab mix. She only barks when we leave the house. She’s crated and she really goes crazy when we leave. Me and my husband work diffrent hours and want to get extra sleep so when our daughter leaves for school she must sense someone is still home. We hate that our neighbors have to hear her going off in the mornings. Are there any age recommendations on this product?

    • PetSafe Guest says:

      Hi Crystal. We usually recommend 6 months and up so that the dog is able to understand the system that you choose. Please let us know if there is anything else we can answer!

  3. Lorraine Lorette says:

    Will these collars harm a dog’s heart. This is what I have read on one site. Please answer ASAP. Thank you

    • Sarah Folmar says:

      Hi Lorraine. Thank you for your question. Our Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar emits a high-pitched, ultrasonic noise that is audible to dogs. If you have any health concerns about your pet using a certain product, it may be best to contact your dog’s veterinary professional. Please let us know if you have any additional questions!

  4. Sara says:

    What would happen if my dog has the collar on & is in the same yard w/another dog who is barking? Will she get the correction because the collar detects the other dog barking? She has responded well to ultrasonic training w/a handheld device and I
    I’d like to try the collar, but don’t want it to give her a correction when it’s not her that’s doing the barking.

    • Sarah Folmar says:

      Hi Sara. Great question! With the Ultrasonic Bark there would not be a correction, but there would be an ultrasonic tone emitted. If your dog is wearing the collar it will detect her barking, but if it is an outdoor or indoor unit it could detect any dog’s bark within range. Thank you so much for your comment.

  5. Sylvia Smith says:

    Hello…I have a cocker spaniel aged roughly 8/9ish who sadly has diabetis and has lost his sight…when we both leave the house it has been bought to our attention that he barks(which we think maybe panic not being able to sense us etc)! We would of course like to be able to stop this to clam him of course…hopefully stop the complaint…and of course for our peace of mind leaving him! Can u advise if this collar would be suitable…how we can purchase,with you online hopefully,and of course how much? My grateful thanks!Ps…we also have a yorkshire terrier who will join in the barking (not always..but sometimes) would this effect him and your advice please!

    • Sarah Folmar says:

      Hi Sylvia. We are so sorry to hear that your dog has lost his sight. This collar would emit an ultrasonic tone when your pet barks, so at first it could be a little confusing. We would recommend being with him during the first few uses. You are able to find this on our website, and the current price is $39.95. http://store.petsafe.net/ultrasonic-bark-control-collar Thank you so much for contacting PetSafe.

  6. Stepohanie says:

    Hi, we have a Labrador who tend to howl when we are not there. Would the collar help ?
    Thank you.

  7. Maurice Cheong says:

    We have a couple of 20 month old Maltese Poodle mix. They are really good and don’t display separation anxiety when we leave them at 9 in the morning. My neighbours says they are pretty quiet in the day. They might occasionally bark when someone is at the front of the house but generally quiet. They will sit by the gate and start barking by 5 pm and we return from work around 6-7 pm. We have tried ultrsonic sounds on our iphone apps but they didn’t work. We’re hoping this might be the game changer. Any suggestions or comments will be deeply appreciated. Thanks.

  8. Kirstie says:

    I have a 3 month old Lab/Neffie mix. She doesn’t back expected for when we crate her at night. Its keeping one or both of us at night. I’m sure she does it when in the crate during the day.
    She is already at 25 lbs. We just need something for at night so we can get some sleep.

    • Kirstie says:

      Almost forgot too. We have 2 other dogs. They don’t bark at night. Will the collar bother then too?
      They stay out in the front room while the puppy is crated in the kitchen. House is a little over 1000 sq., feet. And the oldest is deaf, not sure about ultrasonic sound.

      • Sarah Folmar says:

        Hi Kirstie. Thank you for your comment. The collar is designed to send an ultrasonic tone to the dog that is barking, but if other dogs are close enough there is a potential of them hearing this ultrasonic tone as well. If you have any other product questions, one of our experts is available at 1-800-732-2677 M-F 8a-8p and Sat 9-5, ET.

  9. Gabrielle says:

    Hi I have a question will the collar go off if another dogs barks by the one that is wearing the collar. Our dog is a out side dog but at night she barks constantly at other dogs that bark

    • Sarah Folmar says:

      Hi Gabrielle. Great question! This collar can detect barks if they occur right next to the sensor. Another option you could look into would be our static correction collars that detect the bark through the vibration and sound coming from the individual dog wearing the collar. All of our bark control solutions can be found here: http://store.petsafe.net/training-behavior/bark-control

  10. Gayle says:

    Hi Could you please tell me if these products are safe to put on my 7year old collie cross, he has epilepsy and recieves tablets for this frm the vet, no fits for 3years whilst on medicine, dont want to try these if this could set him back/?

    • Jessica Medlin says:

      Hi Gayle. Thanks for submitting your question! With your dog having Epilepsy, we really would suggest checking with your veterinarian about this. Best of luck!

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