We all know that dogs like to bark. But sometimes, their barks become a nuisance, especially from a big dog like a German Shepherd.
If you’ve tried other training methods and haven’t had success, then a bark collar can be a great way to give consistent results.
There are many options out there for bark collars, so it’s hard to know which is the best for your German Shepherd.
We’ve done the research and made a list of reviews of the best bark collars for German Shepherds. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide of important features. Read on for our recommendations.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Model||Price||Strap Length||Editor Rating|
|8.8 to 20.8 inches||4.90/5|
|7 to 22 inches||4.80/5|
|PetYeah ||8 to 24 inches||4.50/5|
|Flittor ||8 to 24 inches||4.40/5|
|K9KONNECTION||3.4 to 22 inches||4.20/5|
The 5 Best Bark Collars for German Shepherds — Reviews 2020
1. DOG CARE AB01 Dog Bark Collar — Best Overall
The DOG CARE Dog Bark Collar is our best overall choice because it has two different training modes and five sensitivity levels. This allows you to use the gentlest mode — vibration — to correct your dog before moving to a shock. The five sensitivity levels allow you to give your dog a milder shock as well. You can easily transfer between vibration and shock modes with the press of one button. This collar prevents accidentally shocking your dog by releasing a correction only when the barking is within .8 inches of the collar. This safety feature prevents the collar from correcting your dog when another dog is barking. Another safety feature is that the collar stops correcting your dog if they don’t respond after 30 seconds. The collar has a long battery life with a clear battery-life indicator. The collar strap is also adjustable.
The batteries can be difficult to change on this collar.
2. PETKING Anti Bark Dog Collar — Best Value
The PETKING Anti Bark Dog Collar is the best bark collar for German Shepherds for the money because it has seven adjustable sensitivity levels that are based on sound and vibration technology. This is a shock-free collar. It also has rounded comfort nodes on the inside of the collar to prevent chafing. The nylon strap on the collar is reflective so you can see it easily at night. This collar fits dogs with neck circumferences of 7 inches to 22 inches.
This collar isn’t rechargeable, but the set includes extra batteries.
3. PetYeah Dog Anti Bark Collar
The PetYeah Dog Anti Bark Collar has two training modes: vibration and shock. This allows you to choose the best correction method for your dog. The collar has five adjustable sensitivity levels, so you can pick the best correction level for your dog. The collar is rechargeable, and it includes a low-battery display. It’s also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about your dog wearing it in the rain.
The collar can be too sensitive and respond to other dogs barking. The collar can also stop working after a short time.
4. Flittor Q9 Bark Collar
The Flittor Bark Collar has two training modes with five adjustable sensitivity levels for each mode, so you can choose the best one for your dog. This is a lightweight collar that’s comfortable for your dog to wear. It’s rechargeable and charges quickly in only two to three hours. One charge lasts up to two weeks. The collar is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about your dog wearing it in the rain.
This bark collar stops working after a relatively short amount of time. The charge also isn’t as long-lasting as the collar description states, especially if you have a dog who barks a lot. This collar doesn’t include a remote.
5. K9KONNECTION SMART Bark Collar
The K9KONNECTION SMART Bark Collar is a rechargeable collar for small, medium, and large dogs, so you can choose the best size for your pup. It has two training modes with five sensitivity levels that allow you to adjust to your dog’s level. The collar is waterproof to prevent damage from the elements. A single charge can last up to 14 days, depending on how much your dog barks.
This is an expensive collar, however. The collar is also heavy, which can be uncomfortable for some dogs. The shock intensity is too high for many dogs. The collar also doesn’t hold a charge for that long.
When it comes to bark collars for German Shepherds, there are several important things to consider. We’ve created a handy buyer’s guide so you know what to look for when you research bark collars.
You’ll find that each collar has specifications that include the suggested weight limits for the collar. With a German Shepherd, you’ll want to look for a collar that’s rated for dogs who weigh up to 90 pounds or so. This will also depend on your dog and whether you have one that’s above or below the weight standards for German Shepherds.
Most manufacturers will list specific dog breeds as a guideline for how the collar fits. However, you still need to measure your dog’s neck to be sure you’re getting the best fit. You want a bark collar to fit snugly but not dig into your dog’s neck. If the collar is too loose, it won’t be effective.
False Trigger Feature
One potential problem with a bark collar is if it goes off when it detects another dog’s bark. This might be another dog in your house or one that lives in the neighborhood, but either way, it isn’t fair for your dog to be punished for another dog’s bark! This feature prevents that from happening by only responding to the vibrations from your dog’s bark.
You want to be able to adjust the sensitivity of the bark collar to match your dog. Some dogs only need a small vibration to remind them not to bark, while others need a bigger nudge from the collar. Either way, you want to be able to adjust it to suit your dog.
These collars aren’t meant to take the place of your training entirely, so safety features are important. If you have a dog who hasn’t responded to the maximum vibration or shock from the collar, you don’t want it to continue to issue the negative stimulation to your dog. It’s best to look for collars that have a feature that causes the collar to stop after the barking continues for a certain period.
Collars with rechargeable batteries are best because they’ll last the longest. You also should look for collars that use little battery power and only turn on to deliver a vibration or shock to your dog for barking.
Our best overall choice is the DOG CARE AB01 because it has numerous safety features, two training modes, and five sensitivity levels. It also has a long-lasting battery with a battery-life indicator so you don’t have to recharge it as often. The collar has an adjustable strap to fit your dog’s neck snugly.
Our best value choice is the PETKING Anti Bark Dog Collar because it has seven adjustable sensitivity levels that use sound and vibration only. The collar has rounded comfort nodes to prevent chafing on your dog’s neck.
We hope our list of reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you find the best bark collar for your German Shepherd.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 5 Best Bark Collars for German Shepherds — Reviews 2020
- Buyer’s Guide