What’s the best anti bark device for dogs?

best anti bark device for dogs barkingWe’ve all been there, something spooks your dog and it starts barking uncontrollably.  You worry about what all the neighbours think and you try all you can to distract the dog from whatever it is that’s causing the noise.  If that happens just every so often you’ll probably cope fine with it.  If it happens numerous times a day then it’s likely you’ve thought about ways in which to stop your dog barking.  In this article I’m looking at the best anti bark device for dogs – there’s a few ideas to look at and I hope you find it all helpful.

Are anti bark devices harmful to dogs?

There are items on the market that aren’t very humane – make sure that when you’re choosing which one to go for that you look to how the item stops the dog barking.  Some use vibrations, smells, sounds or sometimes a combination.  I’d stay away from anything that gives an electric shock to the dog when it barks.

Does my dog need an anti bark device?

As you probably know already, dogs bark as a way of communicating so barking is definitely not something to be worried about.  If it’s excessive and causing distress to either yourself or your neighbours then something to try and train your dog to calm down and be less noisy is definitely worth a go.

Be aware that if your dog suffers from anxiety or stress related barking then these methods might not work so well for them and could be harmful – I’d suggest talking to your vet for ideas on how to combat that.

What to look for in an anti bark device?

Personally, I always look for good reviews with items like this.  It’s important to see that it has worked in the past for others!

There are many different types of anti bark products so what you look for will depend on your circumstances and how you want to control your dog.  Do you want to just control it while in the garden?  Do you want the bark to be controlled when you’re not around, perhaps when at work?  Or do you want something that can correct the dogs behaviour when you’re around.

Best anti bark devices – our reviews

Pets Finest Anti bark collar

This is my top pick for the best anti bark collar – there are some others that are worth looking at below, but this one has a much better success rate I think.  The collars use different ways of stopping the barking so have a think about which you’ll think will be more effective for you.

This one utilises both sound and vibration to cease the barking.  It starts with a sound and if barking continues to happen the vibration kicks in.  It’s safe to use both indoors and out.

It also comes in two different sizes – the large size being good for dogs up to about 150lbs (about 68kg).

check this item out on Amazon here.

 

PetSafe Anti-Bark spray collar

Another well reviewed product but one that works very differently is this one from PetSafe.  This one uses smell to suppress the barking.

It works quite simply – there’s a microphone in the collar and when it picks up the barking it shoots a small amount of citronella out of the collar.  Dogs find the smell of this unpleasant and so the hope is that it will stop them barking.  I think as well that the sound of the spray also has an effect too.

It does require refilling after some time and refills are available easily but it’s an added expense to a collar that is already one of the more expensive ones.  However, if you’ve tried the other kind with  no success it’s got to be worth a go!

You can see more info about this product on Amazon here.

 

PetSol Anti Barking Dog Collar

This collar from Petsol works very similarly to the Pets Finest one I looked at earlier and it has similar results – it’s a very popular product.

The Petsol collar uses both sound and vibration to suppress the need to bark in your dog and it has 7 levels of correction.  The first and second level just uses sound as a warning and once you get to the 3rd through to the seventh, it uses vibration alongside.  The collar will move to the next level if you dog barks within 30 seconds of the previous correction.

One thing I liked is that if it gets to level 7 and is still barking for 1 minute after that the collar will stop to prevent distress and to protect your dog.  I think this is a really important feature.

There’s also a sixty day guarantee with this item so a good one to try out even if you have no hope that it will work – but judging by the reviews, lot of people have been pleasantly surprised!

See the latest price of this item here

 

Pet Corrector

This is something slightly different and is used manually by yourself to help correct a behaves that is unwanted.  So that means it’s great for dogs that bark a lot and also for dogs that jump or are just generally doing something you want them to learn to stop.

It does require you being there, so this is great for someone who is home with the dogs most of the time or really just as a tool to help train a new dog in the house.

It is a compressed can or air and when pressed it emits a loud hiss that will take your dogs attention away from what it’s doing.  They can be then used as a training aid that means that when it’s used the dog should stop what it’s doing.  It should never be sprayed on to a dog.

It’s a cheap option and if you have the time and patience is a really great product.

You can see more about this item here.

 

Signstek portable ultrasonic dog repeller and bark stopper

This product and the next one again use a completely different way of stopping barking.  They use ultrasonic sound waves.  This can be inaudible for humans (very important!) but can be heard by dogs and will help them to curb their nuisance behaviour.

This one by Signstek is a portable device so it’s a good one to try out if collars aren’t working for you and you want to be able to take it out and about with you, perhaps to a park or even on holiday.  It can be used for more than just barking but also for digging, scratching and jumping.  Whenever your dog starts the behaviour you don’t like, just press the button and it will emit the ultrasonic sound.

There’s also an LED flashlight on the device which is good for night time walks but it also serves as a way to find out if the battery is running low – useful on a product that you can’t hear!

See more about this item on Amazon here.

 

Ultrasonic Outdoor Dog Bark controller – bird house shape

Finally we have a similar device but one that stays static.  It can be used both indoors and out, but with this design it’s definitely one that would look better in a garden!

It can pick up barking up to 50ft away and when it does it emits the ultrasonic sound.  It’s suitable for all sizes and breeds of dogs and is completely humane.  It has 4 different levels to set it at – test, low, medium and high.

It’s suitable for outdoors but does state to avoid extreme temperatures – if we’re due a cold snap outside it might be better to bring it in or avoid using it in the winter.

This one has many positive reviews from people who have bought this due to a neighbours dog rather than their own – if you’re struggling with getting a dog to be quiet and nothing seems to change it then it might be worth trying.

See more about this product on Amazon here.

How to look after your dogs teeth

Your dog can’t tell you when they are having problems with their teeth so it’s up to you to keep an eye on them and make sure that looking after them is a top priority.

Tooth problems in dogs can be indicative of some underlying issues so if there are any concerns at all then do contact your vet and have a word with them about.

Our top tips for looking after your dogs teeth:

  • get your dog used to you being around their mouth so that you can make it a regular check.  If your dog hates it then start small and reward your dog for letting you near them.  Eventually, with some time and patience you should be able to see more inside.
  • Make it a regular check up – every week is good.  If you have a grooming schedule then stick to that and just add in a mouth check up.
  • Dog chews that are specifically for teeth are a good addition for your dogs health – they are especially good if your dog is nervous when you’re around his mouth. These are a good option.
  • Choose dog toys that are good for your dog’s teeth – there are many different options of chewing toys available, some with nodules that help get rid of plaque.  Rope toys can be good and encourage chewing.
  • Dry food is good to be added to your dogs diet as the rough nature of the food helps to clean the teeth.
  • Finally – if your dog will allow it, a good dog toothpaste is a good addition to your grooming routine.  There are many different kinds on the market right now and in addition to a good toothbrush it will help to reduce the build up of plaque and in turn reduce tooth decay in your dog.  Less bad breath is a nice side effect!

What is the best flea treatment for dogs in the UK?

It doesn’t matter how clean your home is or how often you bathe your dog, fleas can become a problem and once they arrive you’ll know about it!  Not only are they irritating for your dog but you can often find that you’ll suffer from bites yourself.  It’s important to be on top of any flea situation as they can easily infect carpets and soft furnishings in your house.

Check further down the page for my thoughts on the best flea treatment for dogs in the UK right now.

How to tell if your dog has fleas?

The tell tale signs which might point to your dog having fleas are the following:

  • your dog is scratching a lot more than usual
  • you can see small dark specks in your dogs fur
  • using a flea comb can pick up the dark specks or even adult fleas.

 

what’s better – drops, a collar or powder?

So which dog, flea and tick control is the best?

There are a few different ways that you can deal with fleas, the most common being the drops that you apply to a dogs skin.  Some people find that the drops are the most effective way but it’s a ‘your mileage may vary’ type of thing.  Some will swear by the collars, some by powders – only you know how your dog and lifestyle is so choose what looks like will be the best option for you and give it a try.

As with lots of pest control, the pests eventually become immune to the flea medicine, so if one way seems to not work don’t be afraid to try another brand or type of dog flea treatment.  Remember as well that prevention is definitely easier than curing an infestation!

 

Best flea treatment for dogs – my reviews

Frontline Spot On for dogs

One of the most popular brands for flea control in the UK is this one from Frontline.  You basically squeeze the pipette of medication on to the dogs skin, normally at the base of their neck so they can’t lick it, and allow it to soak in.  It’s waterproof so you don’t need to worry about bathing your dog and it coming off, or even taking them for a walk and them going for an impromptu swim!  Each treatment lasts about 4 weeks.

Frontline also has the advantage of killing ticks and lice which might be something to consider.

There are different packs for different sized dogs so make sure you get the right dosage.  It’s also a good flea treatment for puppies as it can be used from 8 weeks.

See Amazon for the latest price

 

Beaphar FIPROtec

Another good option is this spot on treatment from Beaphar – the active ingredient in it is Fipronil.

It kills fleas and ticks for up to 5 weeks and is easy to apply with a pipette.  You get 6 pipettes in a pack so that will last 30 weeks – over 6 months!  Again, check the size of your dog and be sure to get the right dosage for him.

See reviews and latest price here

 

Beaphar Dog Flea and Tick Collar

Flea and Tick collars are another good option and this one, again from Beaphar, is a particularly good one.  Because they last for much longer than the drops – 4 months instead of one month for each drop treatment, this can be good if, like me you’re not great at remembering when to treat your dogs!  (I always try and add it to my calendar now).  It’s impregnated with the chemical, is waterproof and is suitable for dogs from the age of 3 months old.

It’s also a slightly cheaper way of doing it, so if budget is a consideration then I’d be inclined to give these a go.

If your dog hates collars and is likely to pull it off this isn’t the thing for you!

See more about this item on Amazon here

 

Amber Flea Lice and Tick collar

This is a slightly different idea and one that is completely natural – an amber dog collar.  I’ve not used this myself but I’m striving to cut down on chemicals in our house so I’ll be giving this one a go shortly.

It works by the natural chemicals in the amber being a deterrent to ticks.  It also creates a small electro charge through the dogs fur – like a static charge – that stops small insects deciding that it’s a nice place to live.  Intriguing huh?  Definitely a unique kind of flea repellent.

The reviews of this one are really good – you can see more of them here.

 

 

Nature’s Healing Powder

Another option for people looking for a natural flea treatment for dogs is this one called Nature’s Healing Powder.  It’s 100% natural and contains no man made chemicals so is safe to use in the home whether you have kids, babies or just want to be free from harsh chemicals.

The flea powder can be used in two ways, first of as a topical powder application, applied to the dogs coat and bedding.  You apply once a week for a minimum of 4 weeks until the fleas are gone.

Secondly you can use it as a feed supplement to help with internal parasites.

Again the reviews for this item are really favourable and it’s something I really recommend if keeping your house chemical free and looking for natural dog health supplements.

See the latest price and reviews here

 

How to help dogs with sensitive stomachs

If you have a dog with a sensitive stomach then you’ll know that it can be a pain to manage and to get right.  It’s hard to watch your dog react badly to food, especially if it was expensive or that you’ve just bought a big bag of!  However if, like me, you want your dog to thrive and to get them well and eating it’s worth trying lots of things to see if it will help them.  Here’s some ideas on how to help dogs with sensitive stomachs.  Of course, if you’re worried it might be something more serious and your dog has been vomiting or has had diarrhoea for a couple of days, take your dog to the vet and get him checked over!

 

Monitor their eating

The first thing that I’d suggest before doing anything drastic is to monitor your dogs eating habits.  Are they eating too quickly and then being sick afterwards?  Are the only eating dog food or are they snaffling left overs from your plate?  Maybe they have a habit of rifling through the bin and eating whatever they get their hands on.

It’s a good idea to just take a look at their current habits because that might show you straight away what the problem is.  If someone is feeding them scraps from their toast then perhaps it’s that which is upsetting them and cutting out the treats might help.

 

Try a different dog food – good quality

Dogs will sometimes get an upset tummy if you change them from what they are used to, so if you’ve recently changed their food then it might be worth going back to your previous brand and seeing if that helps.

If your dog is not doing good with what they are eating and it;s not because of a recent change then perhaps a better quality dog food will be good for them.

Most current dog foods, especially those in supermarkets, contain a lot of fillers to make them cheap and unfortunately they aren’t the best for their stomachs.  You may find that you’ll need to get better quality food and treats but ultimately it’s worth it for your dog in the long run

When you find something that works – stick with it as much as you can.  Again changing it might bring back an upset tummy.

 

Try going grain free

Finally – if you’re still not getting anywhere with dog food you could try to go down the grain free dog food route.  Some dogs simply can’t digest grain which is the cause of the stomach upset.  After all, grain is not a really natural substance for them to have in great quantities so it makes sense to try to eliminate it.  Going grain free can really help with sensitive stomachs and is definitely something that is worth trying.  You might even find that going grain free stops all the dog farts from smelling so bad – got to be worth a go huh?

I’ve reviewed some of the best grain free dog foods in the UK to give you a head start on which brands might be worth trying out.

What are the best joint supplements for dogs

It happens to us all, whether human or doggy – we get stiff joints as we get older and moving becomes that little bit more tricky.  It can be down to arthritis or just general wear and tear in our joints.  So what are the best joint supplements for dogs so that they can stay active longer, with less pain?  Let’s have a look at some of the options available in the UK at the moment.

 

Best joint supplements for dogs

The following items are all available from Amazon and don’t require a prescription – if you’re worried about anything with your dog, please get professional veterinary help.

Lintbells YuMOVE Dog Joint Supplement

This YuMOVE supplement for stiff and older dogs comes highly recommended through the reviews on Amazon, they are the best seller and you can see why!   They help promote mobility in dogs, soothe joint pain and support joint structure.  They say that it is proven to work in six weeks!

What I like about these are the all natural ingredients which are:

  • glucosamine
  • green lipped mussels
  • Natural Chondroitin
  • Manganese
  • Vitamins C and E

You can buy it in smaller packets if you want to give it a try without investing a lot of money.  They are available in 60, 120 and 300 tablet sizes.

Check out the reviews on Amazon here.

 

Seraquin Joint Supplement for dogs

Seraquin is made by the manufacturers of the arthritis medication Metacam and are a respected brand that are recommended by vets.  These chewable tablets come in packs of 60 (2g tablets) and can be taken alongside other prescribed medication.  If you have a small dog there are also a smaller tablet variety of 800mg.

The active ingredients in this one are:

  • Glucosamine
  • Turmeric
  • Chondroitin
Buy this item on Amazon here.

 

Joint Assist Liquid Glucosamine for dogs

Liquid glucosamine is thought to be absorbed better by dogs and if you have a dog that is very resistant to taking tablets this might be a good alternative for them.  The ingredients in this item will help with all joint health including cartilage, bones, tendons and ligaments.

The active ingredients of this product are:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • MSM
  • Cod Liver Oil
Check this out on Amazon here.

 

Bob Martin Vetzyme High Strength Flexible Joint

Another highly recommended variety are these tablets by Bob Martin, a respected brand in the UK.  This is a 3 month package of tablets to help soothe joint pain in older dogs.  They are a good price for what you get and you can save more by buying the bigger 270 tablet pack too.

The active ingredients are:

  • fish oil
  • glucosamine
  • chondroitin
  • methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM)
  • b-complex vitamin

 

Buy on Amazon here.

 

GWF Joint Aid for Dogs

This is a high spec supplement for dogs that will help maintain healthy joints and soothe pain.  There are a host of active ingredients in this one and it’s proven very effective for many people.

Active ingredients are

  • chondroitin
  • collagen
  • curcumin
  • glucosamine
  • glutamine
  • hemp oil
  • msm
  • anti oxidants
  • polar lipids
  • beta glucons
  • galactolipids
  • vitamin c

It comes in a 250g or 500g pouch or if you have lots of dogs or like to buy in bulk you can get a 2kg tub.  It’s also available as a subscribe and save item on Amazon which makes it slightly cheaper if you buy regularly.

See this item on Amazon here.