After reviewing 15 different indoor bark control devices, I choose Zelers Mini Bark Control as the best indoor bark control device to stop excessive dog barking. It’s easy to use and works well for almost all dogs. With this device, you can put a stop to your dog’s barking problems once and for all. You can find a more detailed review of Zelers Mini Bark Control below. But first, let’s find out what you should look for before buying.
- Table Comparison
- What is an Indoor Bark Control unit and why do you need it?
- What to Look For When Buying an Indoor Bark Control
- The Best Indoor Bark Control of Feb, 2020 – Top Picks and Reviews
- 1. Zelers Mini Bark Control Device
- 2. YC Bark Control Ultrasonic Anti Barking Device
- 3. Motorola Indoor Bark Control Device
- 4. Good Life Bark Control Pro
- 5. Petsafe Ultrasonic Indoor Bark Control
- Final Thought
What is an Indoor Bark Control unit and why do you need it?
Curbing a dog with an excessive barking problem would take time, training, and a lot of patience. You need to find the cause of the barking, decipher the best training method depending on the cause, and train your dog for weeks or months before finally, he puts a stop to his unwanted barking behavior. While at the moment, you might be about to get erupted from his countless days of incessant howling and barking. This is when indoor bark control units can come to your rescue.
When I first heard about indoor bark control, I thought this device was just another shock collar that can physically hurt your dog. And I didn’t want to use something like shock collar no matter how troublesome his incessant barking would be. However, upon further inspection, I realized this indoor bark control unit was completely different from a shock collar.
An indoor bark control device is a type of bark control placed indoor that emits a high-pitched ultrasonic sound to deter dogs from barking. These ultrasonic sound waves are quite effective to catch dogs’ immediate attention and immediately stop them from barking.
This device is safe both for you and your dogs. You won’t be able to hear this sound and can continue your sleeping without getting interrupted. As for your dog, this high-pitched sound only acts as an instant disruption to his barking behavior and will stop immediately once he is silent.
What to Look For When Buying an Indoor Bark Control
First and foremost, you need to determine how safe is the indoor bark control device that you are about to buy for your dog. Generally, indoor bark control units made by reputable brands have been tested and re-tested again by professionals, and vets to ensure the safety of the device. If you’re in doubt, you can read reviews from customer reviews at Amazon or from independent sources such as a pet forum or Quora.
2. Maximum Range
Most indoor bark control units have a range of about 10-25 feet, these units are usually designed to be used in one room. In theory, the units should be placed to facing the center of the room, so it can effectively detect where the bark is coming from. However, if your dog has free reign around the house, you may need to place more than one device since ultrasonic sound can’t travel through the walls. Most indoor bark control units usually have 3 sensory levels to choose from to increase the sensory range by feet.
3. Sound Levels
Most indoor bark control units today have adjustable sound levels feature to regulate the intensity of the ultrasonic sound levels. You can adjust the sound levels according to your dog’s reaction. If he doesn’t seem to respond to low sound volumes, you can increase them gradually and see which ones affect your dog the most.
Most indoor bark control devices are operated by 9V batteries that will last about 3-6 months, depending on usage. Most devices also come with an LED indicator that can show the operation of the battery. Most trainers recommend to turn off the device when it’s not being used to converse some power.
However, in the early stage, I will recommend to keep it on all the time since some dogs might bark again when they see you turned off the device. After 10 to 12 days, it’s okay to turn off the device when it’s not being used to keep your dog from being desensitized to the ultrasonic sound.
Personally, I don’t care too much about the design since it’s a matter of personal preference. Some devices may be more eye-catching to you than other devices.
6. Ease of Use
Regardless of which brand you will eventually buy it should be fairly easy to use.
The Best Indoor Bark Control of Feb, 2020 – Top Picks and Reviews
1. Zelers Mini Bark Control Device
The Zelers Mini Bark Control Device is my top pick for the best indoor bark control. This awfully designed bark control unit that looks like a black box has many functionalities that well worth the price. This device can be used indoor or outdoor. It has four operational levels (range levels) to choose from that can detect a dog barking up to 50 feet.
It can be used for dogs of any size, however, the manufacturer states that it should be used for dogs 6 months and older. It’s operated by a 9-volt battery (not included) that will last about 6 months old. Keep in mind, the battery life depends on how you use it there is a light indicator that shows how low the battery is so you know beforehand when you need to replace the battery.
Even though it can be used outdoors, I would recommend it for indoor use only since the device can rust when left outside. If you’re looking for outdoor bark control, it’s better to go with birdhouse bark control units that are designed to be waterproof.
The good thing about this device is it comes with a “No Bark guarantee”. Zelers understand that this device might not work for all dogs, so if your dog is not responding, you can contact them to return the product anytime. There are not many sellers that are willing to give this guarantee.
2. YC Bark Control Ultrasonic Anti Barking Device
The YC Bark Control Ultrasonic can be a great alternative if you can’t find the Zelers Mini Bark Control model. It has a simple yet aesthetic design in the form of a water droplet shape. It is easy to install and can detect dog barking up to 50 feet through the sensitive microphone located inside the device.
There’re four levels of operation available to reduce or increase range depending on your needs — test, low, medium, and high. It’s recommended you use the test feature first when the device arrives to make sure the microphone and speaker are fully functional.
Usually, for indoor use, the low or medium setting is enough. The low range works up to 15 feet, while the medium range is up to 30 feet. Be careful when using the high range setting (up to 50 feet) since it might accidentally impact dogs in neighboring yards.
The device is operated with a standard 9-volt battery (not included), and there is an LED battery power level indicator that shows a sign when the device’s battery is low. It’s important to note that this device might not work for all dogs; some dogs don’t seem to be affected by the ultrasonic sound. If your dog doesn’t seem to respond to the ultrasonic sound, you can ask their customer service for help.
3. Motorola Indoor Bark Control Device
Out of other indoor bark control devices that I’ve reviewed, the Motorola Bark500U Indoor Ultrasonic No-Bark Deterrent Device is the only model that is built with dual sonic speaker design to produce optimal results. It has a sensory range of 30 feet and 3 levels of ultrasonic sound to choose from – low, medium, and high. You should adjust these settings cautiously because the high setting is strong enough to frighten my small dog and my neighbor’s cat.
As far as I know, this is the first bark control unit in the market that introduces a 5-seconds feature. The device will give 5 seconds free bark time every time the sensor detects a bark before emitting a high-pitched ultrasonic sound.
The idea behind this feature is to keep your dog from being desensitized or come up with a workaround; some dogs are smart enough to go off quickly every time they bark once or twice. Now, I don’t know how effective the 5 seconds feature is, this is something that you might want to test yourself, but the idea is logically sound for me.
It’s very easy to mount on the wall with a magnetic base that will allow you to slide and point it in any direction to disrupt the barking dog; the magnetic base will also make it easy to pull out and replace the batteries. Speaking about batteries, this device is powered by 4 AAA batteries that you can easily get at Amazon.
4. Good Life Bark Control Pro
- The Original Groundbreaking Humane Bark Control System - Backed By Over 10 Years of Success
I don’t know why this Good Life Bark Control Pro is quite popular among many veterinarians, dog trainers, and law enforcement, you can get the same features with Zellers mini bark control device or YC bark control device at a better price but let’s take a deeper look at the device.
With bark detection range up to 50 feet and sound distance up to 150 feet, this device is one of the most powerful bark control devices available in the market today. It has three adjustable bark sensors to choose from; you can adjust the sensitivity of the sensor from low to medium to high.
If you want to increase the range, you can use the remote control that is provided with the device to increase the sensory range to 150 feet away. Keep in mind, however, that this is the maximum range when there are no obstacles such as walls or floors because ultrasonic sound can’t travel through or around solid objects.
It has a dimension of 6.5″ x 5″ x 1.5″ and operated with a 9V battery (not included) and AC adapter. It does come with 45 days money-back guarantee and a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
5. Petsafe Ultrasonic Indoor Bark Control
- FOR DOGS OF ANY SIZE – uses high-frequency sound that works to reduce excessive bark of dogs within hearing range; for dogs 6 months and older
Unlike some other devices which are designed for both outdoor and indoor use, this Petsafe Ultrasonic Indoor Bark Control device is designed for indoor use only. It features an internal microphone that has a detection range up to a 25-foot range, which is suitable for indoor use. You can place it freestanding on a cupboard, table, or counter, or you can use it handheld.
For maximum results, you should place in the area where there are no large obstacles. Also, make sure the speaker is mounted less than 10 feet high. This way, the ultrasonic sound can reach your dog without getting interrupted.
This device can be set to automatically detect barking and activates itself or manually as a training tool. It is operated by a 9-V battery which you can expect to last 5 to 6 months depending on how often the dog barks or how often you use it manually. This is the downside of the device, this device can’t be turned off, once you put the battery, it will keep running until the battery dies.
This device is backed up by the manufacturer’s warranty. Since not all dogs respond to ultrasonic sound, you can always contact their customer support if the device doesn’t work for your dog.
This indoor bark control devices work best when combined with proper training methods. Since these devices don’t address the real cause of your dog’s excessive barking behavior, you shouldn’t rely solely on this device alone to stop your dog barking behavior.
Instead, use this device as a training tool to help you train your dog. You may want to read more this article: How to stop my German Shepherd barking other dogs or How to stop a puppy from crying and barking at night, to learn a simple training method that you can use to curb your dog’s excessive barking.
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