The decision to use a bark collar on your small dog is controversial, but one thing is for sure: if you choose to use a bark collar, you want to make sure it’s good quality.
Bark collars can be useful to address problem barking in your small dog, and there are many types to suit your own dog and your training philosophy. In order to help you sort through the options, we’ve rounded up reviews for the top 10 best affordable dog training collars under $100 that are available on the market right now.
With the use of the traditional shock collar being out of practice for being inhumane, several alternatives have entered the market. These alternatives still effectively deliver “punishment” or “correction” to a dog for barking, but without any pain.
The first alternative we recommend is the vibration collar, which works by delivering a quick vibration to the dog’s neck when a bark is sensed by the collar. This is unpleasant for the dog, but not painful.
Instead of delivering a vibration, scent collars deliver a small burst of aversive smell to the dog upon barking. This option is great for users who are uncomfortable with any physical aversive techniques, even vibration.
Ultrasonic Bark Collars
The final option we will present for bark training collars is ultrasonic bark collars. These collars emit a high-pitched sound that is unpleasant to dogs but imperceptible to humans. The least research exists about this option.
Without further ado, here are our top picks for bark collars and control devices on the market right now:
While this collar does have a mild static shock option, we recommend it for its humane vibration setting. The collar custom adjusts to your dog’s barking style to ensure there are no errors in producing a vibration at the wrong time, in order to avoid confusing your dog.
It is battery-powered with a long battery life. This collar is a great, simple, and effective choice for first-time users.
This collar boasts various intensities of light, noise, and vibration to correct your dog’s unwanted behaviors, all pain-free. It even has a warning when it reaches 8 levels of stimulation to remind you when you might be overwhelming your dog.
It has a 600-meter transmission, and both the transmitter and collar are waterproof. This is the perfect tool for experimenting with different settings to find what’s best for your dog.
The PetSafe Remote Spray Trainer presents a minimally aversive option for training your dog. This collar works for pets 8lbs and above, and comes with two cartridge options, citronella and unscented. The cartridges boast over 40 hours of run time, so you won’t have to change too frequently either.
It also has audible tone and vibration options if the spray doesn’t work for your dog. This is a great option for a small sensitive pup!
Our fourth option is another very humane option. The DogRook Bark Collar has no shock function, only audible beep and vibration functions. It is adjustable for small breeds and water-resistant. This is an excellent all-around training collar at a very fair price.
Our first ultrasonic collar on the list, this device emits an unpleasant tone to your dog when it senses barking through its microphone. It’s entirely hands-free for the owner and painless for the dog. The microphone can be adjusted to sense your dog’s specific bark to avoid false positives.
This option is a great choice for owners who want to sit back and relax while also controlling their dog’s barking without any pain involved.
Another hands-free collar, this simple device activates upon sensing your dog’s bark and uses a combination of sound and vibration to correct them without any shock. This option works well for a hands-off owner of a small dog, who wants to let the collar do the work.
It has an adjustable strap for best fit and is showerproof. This collar is a great simple and economical choice.
Though it’s titled a shock collar, Trainmate only recommends the use of this collar’s shock function for emergencies. It is remote operated so you can fully customize your dog’s corrections, and has a long-range and long-lasting rechargeable battery, lasting up to 12 days of training.
This collar is 100 percent waterproof and has a sleek black design for those who keep aesthetics in mind. At under $20 on amazon, this collar truly is a steal.
These collars come at a slightly higher price point, with a pack of 2 costing just under $50 on amazon. However, the difference in price is more than justified by the quality; these collars are fitted with an advanced bark recognition chip to ensure they don’t turn on mistakenly.
The design is especially comfortable and adjustable to fit small dogs. If you own a couple of dogs or want to have an extra on hand for when they’re charging, this two-pack is a great choice.
This option is not actually a collar that stays attached to the dog, but a device with a range of 16.4 ft. You hold the device and press a button to administer a correction for barking. The device is suitable for dogs 6 months to 8 years old and has great reviews on Amazon.com
While it won’t work for the hearing impaired, there is good anecdotal evidence about its positive training effects on most dogs.
This collar comes at the highest price point on our list. If you’re willing to shell out a bit more in return for exceptional quality and build, this should be your choice.
It features a tone function, 16 levels of vibration, and a light function for you to choose from. The transmitter can simultaneously control two collars, so it’s great if you’re a multi-dog family, and with a range of 5 yards, you really can’t do much better.
We hope you enjoyed this review of the 10 best affordable dog training collars under $100. Hopefully, you’ll find a good fit in this list and be able to fix Fluffy’s problem behaviors without breaking the bank.
If you’ve got any more questions, feel free to let us know in the comments below. Happy shopping!