This GoodBoy bark collar review is designed to help you decide if an anti-bark collar is right for your dog.
Bark collars are not for all dogs, and that is OK. We are lucky to have so many training options. That Mutt is a blog for honest, respectful discussion.
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Nuisance barking is probably the #1 complaint people have about dogs!
Barking is a real problem for some families, causing stress between spouses or roommates, problems with neighbors, issues with landlords or even police.
In our case, I was considering a bark control collar for my weimaraner for a specific issue: protest barking in his kennel. Nothing serious, but the barking causes my husband and I some stress.
I say “protest barking” because my dog is kennel trained but there are specific instances where he will bark in his kennel:
- When we have a guest staying with us. He’ll often bark if we try to kennel him while someone “exciting” is visiting. He doesn’t want to miss out!
- If I kennel him while we are eating a meal sometimes he will bark.
- On occasion he will still bark in his kennel early in the morning to get up and eat. For the most part we’ve trained our dog to sleep in but it can still be a problem.
While I used our bark collar to stop my dog from barking in his kennel, I would generally not recommend a bark collar for:
- a dog that is afraid of being in his kennel/crate
- a dog that is still learning to be in a crate
- dogs with separation anxiety
GoodBoy bark collar review
I tried GoodBoy’s mini bark collar for my weimaraner Remy. This collar is designed for “small and medium” dogs and will fit up to about a 19” neck.
Keep in mind you want a collar like this to be tight and high on the neck so it can be a little smaller than your dog’s regular collar.
My dog Remy is about 60 pounds with an 18” neck so the collar fits him. It’s a little small for my Lab mix Ace, but he was still able to wear this bark collar for “modeling” purposes.
The collar comes in black, blue or pink.
GoodBoy’s mini bark collar uses tones and vibration only. No static “pings” like other brands I’ve used.
I can’t stress enough how humane this collar is. You do not need to worry at all about it hurting your dog. The vibration from this collar is very gentle, similar to my phone vibrating.
If your dog needs a stronger correction, GoodBoy also makes collars that give a static “ping” correction.
My overall impression of the mini bark collar is that it’s an affordable option ($28.99) for smaller and medium dogs. It won’t be as accurate or durable as a more expensive collar, but it will work just fine for a lot of dogs.
The re-chargeable battery on this collar lasts a long time (weeks, generally). It also comes with a USB cable, so all you have to do is plug it in to re-charge the battery.
How the GoodBoy bark collar works
The collar is designed to be triggered by your dog’s vocal chords when he barks. Ideally, the collar will not trigger to other noises or other dogs barking.
The mini bark collar starts with a warning tone when the dog barks. This is a beep sound that gets the dog’s attention and is meant to interrupt the barking.
If the dog barks again, the collar gives a second, longer tone. If the dog barks after that, the collar gives a vibration.
In total, the collar can potentially give up to 7 corrections before going into a sleep mode, but my dog has always stopped barking after the first tone!
The company’s tutorial videos are helpful and explain all of this well.
I try to pair the beep tone with “no” and then reward my dog for being quiet. GoodBoy recommends this so the dog learns to associate the tone with “no” even if you are not there.
The tone/beep has always been enough to interrupt Remy’s barking, which is great!
I tested the vibration of the collar on my own wrist and it is gentle. I wear a Garmin GPS watch that vibrates my wrist to tell me to “move!” if I’ve been sitting too long. The vibration of this bark collar is similar to that. It does not give any static “ping” corrections.
GoodBoy coupon code and ordering info
The mini bark collar is very affordable. Just $28.99. It’s available on the company’s website.
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More info on using the GoodBoy bark collar
I recommend you test the bark collar before you put it on your dog. Do this without your dog in the room, especially if he is nervous of beeps.
You should also test the beep/tone with your dog in the room to make sure he’s not overly sensitive to the sound. You want it to startle him and interrupt his barking but not scare him.
Next, follow the directions and set the collar to the right sensitivity level for your dog.
I have the collar set at the default level 4, and you can adjust it up or down so it triggers properly to your dog’s bark. I am impressed the collar does not trigger to Remy’s whining but only to his barking.
One issue we had is the collar triggered when Remy shook his head and ears around. He is loud and obnoxious when he does this!
The best solution was to remove Remy’s everyday collar. That way, the sound of the two collars bumping together can’t trigger the beep. Since I only plan to use the bark collar while Remy is in his kennel, this has worked well.
Another option would be to lower the collar’s sensitivity level from a 4 to a 3 so it’s less likely to be triggered by these types of sounds.
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Pros of the GoodBoy mini bark collar
- Affordable at just $28.99
- Humane and won’t hurt your dog
- Simple to use & comes with instruction guide
- Should fit most dogs with neck size 5″ to 19″
- Uses tones and vibrations (no static correction)
- Adjustable sensitivity levels
- No “prongs”
- Rechargeable battery and USB cable (just plug it in)
- Waterproof, according to GoodBoy
- “No questions asked” return policy for 30 days
This collar is a good option for you if you have a small or medium dog with a barking problem and you want to try an affordable bark control collar. Order here.
Cons of the collar
- Not extremely durable (I recommend removing it during play or sports)
- The collar might be triggered by other noises if the sensitivity level is not set correctly
- This collar works well for the price but I wouldn’t expect it to last years
GoodBoy’s mini bark collar might not be the best choice for you if you’re dealing with multiple barking dogs or if your dog makes a ton of other noises that could trigger the collar. If you need to make certain the collar corrects at the right time, I recommend GoodBoy’s collar that comes with a remote.
Is a bark collar right for your dog?
I would consider a bark collar for your dog if your dog’s barking is causing you stress or if you need to get control of the problem for any reason.
Of course, you should only use a bark collar if you are comfortable correcting your dog with a tone or vibration. I can’t stress enough how humane this particular collar is. The vibration mode is the equivalent of my phone or GPS watch vibrating.
On the other hand, if your dog is barking due to fear, separation anxiety or extreme stress, I wouldn’t recommend a GoodBoy bark collar. There are exceptions to everything though, so don’t hesitate to leave any questions in the comments or consult with a trainer in your area.
We’re lucky we have so many training options and resources on how to properly use them. I have hunting breeds so I’ve always been around e-collars and get to see how they improve the lives and freedom for so many dogs.
Browse GoodBoy’s bark collars HERE.
Giveaway! Win a free bark collar for your dog from GoodBoy
GoodBoy is giving away a FREE bark collar to two winners!
To enter, just leave a comment below so I know your dog wants IN on the drawing. Let me know about your dog’s barking issue.
I’ll choose two winners at random on Tuesday Jan. 23 and notify the winners by email and post them here. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.
The two winners will each get to choose any collar from GoodBoy’s website.
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