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Citronella Bark Collar Reviews

Electric Bark Collars Citronella Bark Collars Ultrasonic Bark Collars Recommendations

 

Citronella bark collars squirt a cloud of citronella at the dog's face when they detect barking. The unpleasant sensation and the lingering smell is intended to deter future barking. The benefit of these collars is the mild intervention, which makes them most suitable to timid and light barkers. However the mildness of the correction also makes this collar less effective on more assertive barkers. Stronger willed dogs get used to the smell and learn that they can empty the collar by a succession of quick barks. The collars are also more prone to breaking and expensive to maintain than traditional shock based collars.

 

 

PetSafe Big Dog
Citronella

PetSafe Big Dog Citronella

PetSafe Little Dog
Citronella

PetSafe Little Dog Citronella

PetSafe Deluxe
Citronella

PetSafe Deluxe Citronella

Premier
GentleSpray

Premier GentleSpray

Innotek
Citronella

Innotek Citronella

Rating
Rechargeable No No No No No
Battery 6V Alkaline PetSafe RFA-188 3V CR2 Lithium 6V Alkaline 6V Alkaline
Bark Sensor Vibration Probe Sound Sensor Sound Sensor Sound Sensor Sound Sensor
Capacity 40 Sprays 30-40 Sprays 20 Sprays 20 Sprays 30 Sprays
Learning No No No No No
Dog Size 40+ lbs 6+ lbs 12+ lbs 15+ lbs 12+ lbs
Other Notes
  • Best of class
  • Hard to position
  • Small spray collar
  • Proprietary battery
  • Reservoir indicator
  • 2 Spray levels
  • Failure prone
  • Citronella
  • Failure prone
  • Same as Premier
Price $94.95 $74.95 $69.95 $49.95 $54.95
  PetSafe Big Dog
Citronella
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Citronella
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Citronella
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GentleSpray
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Citronella
Full Review

 

Electric Bark Collars Citronella Bark Collars Ultrasonic Bark Collars Recommendations

 

Spray collars spray a cloud of citronella at the dog’s face when they bark. Dogs dislike both being sprayed in the face and the odor of the citronella, and so stop barking.

Spray collars are most useful for very compliant dogs with a submissive personality. They are an attractive choice because they cause minimal distress to the animal and are a relatively gentle intervention.

Spray collars are less useful with stubborn barkers because they become less effective over time, and because they have reliability issues:

  • Declining Effectiveness - dogs gradually get used to the smell of the citronella and begin to find it less-and-less unpleasant. So while it can be effective for the first few days, over time a dog can get used to the spray collar and start to disregard it.
  • Limited Reservoir - persistent barkers learn that the spray reservoir exhausts itself after 20-30 barks. So they learn to let off a series of barks to empty the collar, and then they can bark all they want for without correction. Refilling the collars is also a pain and is messy.
  • Reliability - spray collars are less reliable than shock collars and ultrasonic collars. The spraying mechanisms are notoriously fragile and have a tendency to break. Even when covered by warranty, having to waiting a week to get your new spray collar undoes much of the effect.
  • Consumables Cost - the spray is refilled with canisters of pressurized citronella. These canisters cost about $10 and are good for about 50 barks. With a persistent barker this can quickly add up. You also need to be sure to have a few extra canisters on hand otherwise the collars cannot be used and the dog unlearns the lesson.

Generally we prefer shock collars to spray collars. While the spray collar may appear kinder, because it is milder correction – this mildness also makes it less effective, and it will often not solve the problem. We find it kinder to use the stronger shock correction a few times, rather than subjecting the dog to endless rounds of ineffective spraying. Spray collars do have a place, but we think you should limit their use to timid dogs and young pups where only a gentle correction is needed.



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