When owners try to buy collars for their dog for training, they are usually stumped by the different terminology that is presented to them. In particular, owners might be confused between the differences that exist between the bark collar as well as the training collar. Each of the mentioned collars does have a different target audience as well as purpose, and it will be vital for you to know the difference between them before you decide on the type of collar to get.
A bark collar is essentially a device that is specifically designed to distract a dog from barking. In particular, there are three different ways to distract the dog. It is either to send out a static stimulation, spray a citronella solution, or to emit ultrasonic wave. Most of the time, the bark will be detected before any of the stimulus mentioned above is being administered. For a shock bark collar, there are typically different intensities of shock level.
The bark collars are used only for correcting the dog’s behavior, which includes unwarranted barks. They are sometimes used in the military as well as the various K9 units too. However, there is a mixed reaction to the effectiveness of the bark collar. Also, note that there isn’t any remote for you to control the different levels of intensity; hence you are in no control over this.
They are also known as e-collars, shock collars or remote collars. The difference with bark collar is that you can trigger the stimulation from a distance via a remote, and choose the stimulus like shock, vibration or sound. This allows for more flexibility in terms of training the dog as well as getting the dog to perform various commands that you taught them.
Remote training collars are very much preferred by most owners since there is more control over the training process. It can be employed to correct various types of unwanted behaviors. The owner or the trainer can control the collar from a distance, and with the different buttons present on the remote, there is a wide variety of training tools to use!
From controlling the intensity of the stimulation to the type of stimulus, it is well equipped to train dogs of all temperament.
As you can see, the above two different types of collars do serve the same purpose, which is to train or correct an unwanted behavioral trait in the dog. The main difference lies in the fact that the remote training collar allows you to teach the dog from a distance and correct all types of behavior, whereas for the bark collar, it can only reduce the excessive barking and you will need to continually change the settings manually, hence losing its overall effectiveness. The remote training collar promotes flexibility while the bark collar is rigid in its operation.