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    Anyone leave bark collars on past the 12 he recommended interval?

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    May be the dog or the collar, or how it's put on, but some dogs develop sores where the contacts touch their skin. You should be aware of and check for that. Otherwise I don't know what the limit would be for.
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    Depends on how long you want to suppress barking

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    To me, more than when YOU can't physically be there, is too long. 12hrs plus???? why? I'd only use mine for training situations if I had to (haven't had to buy one yet).

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    Dog barks in his kennel not during training I just read sport dog didn't recomend leaving them on I was wondering if anyone had actually had any skin irritations as a result of leaving it on

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    Don't leave them on your dog for long periods of time. I did and it was not pretty. Actual holes worn in the skin on the dogs necks - avoided infection but sure scared me. Lot going on in my life back then. I moved to a new home and they were barking a lot in the outside kennel so I picked up three bark collars and left them on some times two or three days at a time. After a month or so I discovered the the damage - my Golden's long mane and hair on their necks hid the wounds pretty well. Seems to me my memory says it took about 10 to 14 days heal. I even read the "destructions" and watched but obviously not closely enough. Been there, done that, don't do it! The collars did their job back then, but as new dogs have been added over the years the new dogs learn from the old ones as well as from me that "QUIET" is good!

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    Dogtra has one that has no points,that works great,and can be left on . http://www.amazon.com/Dogtra-IQ-Bark.../dp/B008SDPOIE
    Last edited by Jay Dufour; 02-03-2014 at 05:04 PM.

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    How do these work compared to Collar Conditioning to obedience and other commands? What if you have a continuous barker at 6 months old and the dog hasn't been CC'ed yet? Will putting a bark collar on the dog interfere with the CC process later on in training or does the dog associate it as a different type of pressure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL82 View Post
    Dog barks in his kennel not during training I just read sport dog didn't recomend leaving them on I was wondering if anyone had actually had any skin irritations as a result of leaving it on
    Yes, if you leave them on too long, they do cause sores on the dog's neck.

    Our chessie had sores on his neck from his regular e-collar (it's a sportdog one.) We had been just leaving the collar on him, and it didn't take very long at all. We weren't leaving it on for 12 hours...much less than that.

    What happens, is that the contact points cut off circulation to those areas and the tissue dies. It's basically a "bed sore". They can get infected, and the dog loses hair around the area. They take a long time to heal up too, and you can't use the collar in the meantime. We had to even remove his flat buckle collar, and he was reduced to wearing a harness since we live in town and he has to have tags and be leashed.

    My suggestion, would be to crate your dog in the house while you're away so you won't have to use the bark collar at all during the day. You could then use the collar only overnight and put it on right before bedtime and take it off ASAP in the morning if you preferred to have him outside at night.

    If the bark collar does cause issues with just overnight use, you could always crate him inside at night too. It's usually not that hard to stop crate barking if you're consistent with a spray bottle of 50/50 vinegar/water. Our chessie was an annoying crate barker at night until we tried that, and he stopped that nonsense quick, though he did smell like a salad for a little while

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    On my last dog I used the bark collar when she was in the outside kennel and it did make sores on her neck if left on too long. I found out that after a few days I could take it off and she would go a couple of weeks before starting to bark again.
    I now have a six month old male lab that I am keeping in the house and started using the vinegar and water spray. He would just lick it up and bark some more for a long time, but now he is getting the idea that it is not that good.

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