Is Citronella Collar Safe For Dogs


Using citronella collars to decrease nuisance barking has been promoted as a safe and compassionate alternative to traditional methods. However, other from the basic safety warning, there is nothing further mentioned (citronella collars use a harmless spray of citronella).

This article will present you with all important facts on citronella collar safety, including comments from the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Veterinary Medical Association, so that you can determine if a citronella collar is appropriate for your dog or not.

What Is Citronella?

Citronella oil is extracted from the leaves (and stems) of many species of Cymbopogon, which are grown in the wild. This plant is used to produce fragrance compounds like as citronellal, citronellol, and geraniol, among others.

The compounds listed above are widely used in a variety of sectors, including the soap, perfumery, cosmetics, and flavouring industries.

What Is Citronella Collar?

The Citronella Collar is an electrical gadget that is particularly developed to reduce nuisance barking in a safe and humane manner. With the inclusion of a tiny container, it resembles a standard dog collar in terms of appearance.

This container is fitted with a bark sensor device that, if it detects barking, will trigger the dispensing unit to dispense the medication.

How Does Citronella Collar Work?

Citronella Collar is operated entirely by computer. Barking will be detected by the bark sensor device, which will then trigger the dispensing unit. This collar is highly constant, and the dog rapidly learns that it is his barking that has earned him this obnoxious spray in exchange for his bad behaviour.

Is Citronella Collar Safe?

Yes, Citronella Collar is safe for dogs.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, citronella oil is low in toxicity or non-toxic. But since certain citronella oil products are applied to human skin, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates suitable precautionary labelling to assist ensure their safety.

If citronella oil is used in accordance with the label directions, it is not believed to cause any health hazards to anyone (including children and other sensitive populations). Finally, it should be noted that citronella oil has been widely used since 1948 without any reports of ill effects that are cause for alarm.

While EPA finds citronella oil safe ASPCA warns that citronella is also used for citronella candles.
On their website ASPCA warns:

“ Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. If ingested, they can produce stomach irritation in pets, and possibly even central nervous system depression.”

Is Citronella Collar Considered A Punishment?

It depends on how you define a punishment. Since it will reduce or eliminate (negative) behavior it is considered a punishment.

But let’s keep in mind that this is rather a scientific definition of punishment and not what most people consider a punishment.

Most people associate punishment with something painful and inhumane. If this is the case citronella collar is not an aversive punishment but rather a disruptive stimulus.

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Is Citronella Collar Effective?

Yes, Citronella Collar is one of the most effective bark collars. A scientific study conducted at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, NY and published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, May/June 1996, found that citronella collar was effective as high as 88.9 %.

How Long Does It Take For Citronella Collar To Give Results?

A: It depends. Many dog owners report very quick results. Sometimes it only takes a few sprays for the dog to associate the spray with his barking and he stops barking.

Can I Use Citronella Collar On Small Dogs?

Yes, there are citronella collar models specifically designed for small dogs. 

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Can I Use Citronella Collar On Large And Stubborn Dogs?

Yes, there are citronella models specifically designed for large and stubborn dogs.

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