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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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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.


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 We quite a few other options available as well. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

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?

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!

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.  Thank you so much for contacting PetSafe.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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/?

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!

My 8 yr old mutt has a lot of terrier, the vet says.  We live on a corner in the city.  She barks EVERY time a dog and their owner walk by or just a single person walking.  It is ok that she “tells” us someone is out there, but when we say enough, we want her to stop.  Same goes in our yard.  She is not a mean or dominant dog but I can hardly stand it any longer.  thanks

my dog barks when she hears neighbors going up their driveway, people coming to visit on our property (stops when she recognizes,and when she approaches our visitors. it is not a constant bark. she’ll also bark at the occupants of veihicles next to us at a stop light. I will be camping with her in a motor home and hope this collar will help if she becomes a nuisance to our neibors .  thanks my dog is a mini pincher,weighing l6 lbs.

Just wanted to say that this is one one the worst products I ever purchased. I been through 3 Big Dog remote trainers,  all 3 malfuntioned within a month of buying them, first one was just defective right out of box, exchanged for new one, 2nd one would not shock when button is first pressed, after about 5 presses then would shock by that time the dog has already stopped what your trying to train him not to do… ended up exchanging that one and got the 3rd, we thought the issues was fixed with that one but within the month that unit quit all together, we bought new batteries for all 3 when we had problems with no resolution… PetCo where I purchased these was very helpful and cooperative with the exchanges, I would not recommend these products or PetSafe to anybody looking to buy a dog training unit… Robert

Hi Robert,

It sounds like you have a remote trainer, not the Ultrasonic Bark Collar. I’m sorry to hear about your problems with your remote trainers! If you’re still looking for a training tool, Customer Care would be happy to help you find the right one:

Will the dog eventually quit barking without the collar or do they have to wear it forever?

Hi Cathy,

Most dogs only need to wear the collar when they’re in situations when they bark and you don’t want them to. Many dogs learn so well from the collar that you only need to put on the collar occasionally as a reminder. Every dog’s experience is different, and we’d be happy to help you find the right barking option for you. Give us a call at 1-866-738-4379.

Thanks for reading!

For what period of time does my dog have to wear the ultrasonic collar to stop her from barking?  Does she have to wear it full-time to start with?  Or only when I am out, which is when she barks the most and annoys the neighbours?


Hi T. Spies,

It depends on your dog. The 1st 2 weeks are the most important for consistent training. Make sure your dog wears the collar every time you expect her to be quiet.

You want your dog to learn that EVERY TIME you’re gone, she shouldn’t bark. If her training is inconsistent, she may start testing the collar to see when she can bark and when she can’t.

Most dogs don’t need to wear the collar all the time after training is complete. You might need to put the collar back on every once in a while as a reminder.

Give us a call at 1-866-738-4379 and we’d be happy to answer any more questions you have.

I put the collar on my fur baby and it worked for a few minutes it’s and then stopped working, my Charlie is still barking a lot and the collar doesn’t seem to be working. I have replaced the batteries as well but still no result.  If you could please let me know any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!

Hi Jessica,

I’m sorry to hear that! We’ll do everything we can to help you find the right option for your dog’s barking.

Make sure the collar fits snugly against your dog’s throat, with only enough room for you to slide one finger under the strap at back of your dog’s neck.

Our Customer Care team would be happy to help you with additional troubleshooting. Give us a call at 1-866-738-4379. We’re open Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 8 pm and Sat. 9 am - 5 pm ET.

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