Aside from a dog that bites, a dog that barks incessantly is the worst kind of dog. They annoy neighbors, wake up sleeping babies, and all but make you want to pull your hair out. Beagles might be among the worst offenders, but really any dog will bark if given the right opportunity.
Garmin, who has long been known for their GPS devices, today introduced a set of dog collars designed to reduce, if not eliminate barking. The BarkLimiter Series works right out of the box and comes in two models; one with a rechargeable battery and one without. That said, the battery should last up to 10 months on a single charge, though that’s most likely in ideal settings, so you’re probably better off spending the extra $20 and getting the BarkLimiter Deluxe for $100. Using accelerometers, Garmin’s antibark dog collars can discern between external noise and the dog’s actual “woof”. This reduces false positives and further ensures conditioning. Garmin doesn’t explicitly state the method for reducing the dog’s bark, but it’s safe to assume it sends a small electric shock – 3 levels of intensity depending on how often the dog barks – to the canine’s neck. Garmin says its collars are humane if used correctly, though no third-party certification seems to be available on their website.
For those looking to reduce more than Fido’s yap, then they need not look any further than the Delta Series of collars. The Delta Series includes a remote control that allows pet owners to deliver tones and vibration feedback to the dog while training – similar to the click method. A “virtual leash” feature is also available, allowing you to limit your dog’s play area to a size no bigger than 3/4 of a mile away. Presumably if he travels beyond the preset area, a tone will sound and feedback will be sent to the dog, though Garmin hasn’t made this feature clear.
All versions of Garmin’s dog collars are designed to withstand wet and cold thanks to an IPX7 rating. Pricing for the BarkLimiter Starts at $80 and the Delta Series at $200. Expect them to be available starting sometime before April.