Beagles are great dogs. They’re incredibly curious, dependably loyal, and they love to be around people — so what’s not to like?
The only reason anyone would ask that question is because they’ve never heard a beagle bark. These dogs are capable of woofs that belie their small stature, and they can easily wake the entire neighborhood (and possibly the dead) if given the opportunity.
If you’re trying to curb your beagle’s speech-making attempts, a bark collar might be in order. These training aids are activated every time your dog barks, and they respond by providing negative stimulation — typically in the form of a shock or a buzz.
Whenever you’re dealing with something that’s designed to provide negative reinforcement, you want to do your due diligence — and there are certainly some poorly-made bark collars out there. In the following reviews, we’ll show you which ones we’d trust to train our beagle.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||TBI BARK PRO||
|Premium Choice||SportDOG Brand NoBark||
The 7 Best Bark Collar for Beagles – Reviews 2020
1. TBI BARK PRO V3 – Best Overall
The TBI BARK PRO V3 has a special chip inside it designed to prevent false triggering. This is extremely helpful, as false alarms will send mixed signals to your dog, which could dramatically extend the length of time you need to spend training.
You can set it up to either beep, shock, or vibrate, and each mode has adjustable sensitivity levels, so you can slowly wean your dog off the thing once he’s learned to behave.
The battery is long-lasting, and can work for up to two weeks on a single charge. It’s also waterproof, which means your beagle can feel free to splash through any creeks or puddles he can find.
Setting it up is a bit of a pain, and it may take longer than you’d like, especially if you’re not tech-savvy. However, once you get it up and running, the TBI BARK PRO V3 is likely your best bet for curbing troublesome vocalizations.
2. PATPET A11 Dog Bark Collar – Best Value
The PATPET A11 can be configured to only recognize your dog’s bark, so you don’t have to worry about him getting zapped just because the neighbor’s mutt is misbehaving.
It automatically adjusts the intensity of the shock to match the volume of your pup’s bark, so each woof will get a proportionate response from the collar. It will automatically shut off after seven consecutive barks or if the voltage gets too high.
The collar itself is easy to adjust, and can be made to fit just about any breed. Beagles tend to have fat necks, so it’s nice to find a collar that will stay put without cutting off circulation. It’s also reflective, which comes in handy during night walks.
Despite all this, the PATPET A11 is one of the least expensive collars we found, and we think it’s the best bark collar for beagles for the money.
The biggest problem we found with it is that you have to stay on top of keeping it charged. Once the battery gets low, the shocks barely register, so while you can technically go up to eight days on a single charge, we’d recommend juicing it up every couple days.
That’s a small price to pay for an effective and inexpensive collar, though, which is why the PATPET A11 finds itself in the #2 spot here.
If your dog doesn’t seem to get the hint, the SportDOG Brand NoBark 10 can help him see the light.
It has a progressive correction setting, which means it will start at the lowest setting and increase every time your dog barks within a 30-second window. After the window passes, it resets back to one. If you don’t want that, though, you can just manually set it to whichever level you prefer.
The collar works for up to 200 hours per charge, and it can be juiced back up in as little as two hours, so you should have no problem keeping it up and running at all times. It’s waterproof to a depth of 25 feet, making it a good choice for dogs that love to swim or hunting dogs that have to fetch waterfowl.
It’s attached via the nylon strap, which should be durable enough to withstand anything active pups can throw at it. This also makes it less likely to trap odors.
It’s not perfect, though. It’s one of the pricier models out there, and it’s probably not a good choice for really serious barkers, at least on progressive correction mode. If your dog doesn’t respond immediately, the thing can keep shocking him, which could lead to injury over time. Always, always supervise your dog while he has it on.
The fact is, the SportDog Brand NoBark 10 is probably your best bet in terms of effectiveness, but due to the price and our safety concerns, we can’t justifiably rank it higher than this.
4. DOG CARE AB01 Dog Bark Collar
Surprisingly enough, the futuristic-looking DOG CARE AB01 is one of the simpler models to operate. You can switch between shock and vibration modes by pressing a button, and the LED indicator on the front keeps you abreast of the machine’s current status.
It’s specially-calibrated to reduce false alarms, as it’s only supposed to go off when the sound is within an inch of the collar and the volume exceeds 113 dB. This prevents other dogs or ambient noise from setting it off, but it won’t do anything to reduce whining or chuffing.
The battery lasts about a week, and you can always see how much juice is left by looking at the lights on the front of the collar.
You can’t adjust the length of the shock, though, and so your dog might only get zapped once even after barking multiple times. As a result, it’s relatively easy for determined dogs to ignore.
The DOG CARE AB01 is a good collar, but it’s not quite a great one, so 4th place seems about right for it.
5. NinjaDog Anti Bark Collar
The NinjaDog Anti Bark may look rough and tumble, but that’s largely a bluff, as this device tends to malfunction after a while, especially when attached to active dogs.
The nylon collar is remarkably durable, though, so it should stay attached even after it stops working. It’s also gentle on your dog’s neck, and shouldn’t chafe or cause irritation. It’s easy to adjust, too, and can fit dogs from 10 to 120 pounds.
You can pick one of five settings for both shock and vibration, and they range from barely-there to attention-getter. Unfortunately, after a few weeks the thing tends to go off randomly, which totally defeats the purpose and can undo all your training.
The device itself is fairly fragile, so if your dog likes to traipse through the woods, you’ll likely have a paperweight on your hands sooner rather than later.
Also, for some reason it seems like it responds better to more muted barks than deep bellows — and, if you’ve had your beagle for long, you can see why that would be a problem.
Ultimately, the NinjaDog is a good collar with a mediocre shocker attached to it.
6. DogRook Bark Collar
The DogRook Bark Collar is the only device on this list that doesn’t have a shock setting, relying instead on beeps or vibrations to get your pup’s attention. While that’s certainly humane, it doesn’t leave you anywhere to go if those techniques don’t work.
This is also one of the more adorable training devices you’ll find anywhere, and it has a face plate that you can swap out if you get tired of looking at the same color all the time. It’s small and lightweight, and won’t weigh your dog down.
As far as effectiveness goes, the fact is that some dogs respond very well to shocks and vibrations, and others don’t — and since beagles are notoriously stubborn, they often fall into the latter category.
If your dog doesn’t care about being jostled or beeped at, there’s not much you can do with this collar except take it off. It also tends to miss a lot of barks and has a short battery life, so its training value is questionable.
As proponents of humane training methods, we’d love to say that the DogRook Bark Collar is the best option available. For most beagle owners, though, it will do little more than dress up their dog’s collar a bit.
7. Dogtra Rechargeable No Bark Collar
The Dogtra YS600 certainly looks intimidating, and its feature list includes impressive-sounding characteristics like “accelerometer bark sensor” and “persistent bark indicator.”
As far as we can tell, though, those are just fancy ways of saying this thing will shock your dog whenever it feels like it, not when he actually earned it.
It goes off all the time — when your dog is barking, when the dog next door is barking, when the wind blows, when interest rates fluctuate. What’s worse, this is not a gentle collar, so your poor pup will just sit there getting painfully zapped again and again for no reason. Eventually, sores will likely form.
It’s extremely expensive, too, so you’ll be dropping quite a bit of cash on a glorified torture device rather than a training aid.
About the only nice thing we can say is that it’s small and unobtrusive, so your dog should forget he has it on — until it hits him with a few volts just because a leaf fell off a tree outside, that is.
If you truly hate your dog, then the Dogtra YS600 is perfect for you. But if that’s the case, we’d recommend that you try it on yourself for a few days first.
The TBI BARK PRO V3 has a special chip in it designed to reduce the number of false alarms, so your beagle should never get reprimanded unnecessarily. It also has a long battery life and a wide range of settings, giving you ample opportunity to train your pup.
The PATPET A11 is almost as good, despite its lower price. It adjusts the intensity of its shock to match the volume of your dog’s bark, so your pup will only get severely scolded when he’s being especially bad.
Buying a bad training aid can do a lot more harm than just wasting your money, and bark collars are no exception. These reviews should help you avoid the devices that are more likely to hurt and confuse your dog, so that you can settle on one that will actually help your pup learn to behave better.
After all, putting a bark collar on your beagle is much better than waking up to noise complaints from the entire neighborhood.
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