The situation is our Siberian Husky who otherwise well behaved, likes to wrestle with some dogs when visiting the dog park. Usually it is good natured but I'd like to minimize this activity. The most annoying thing my Husky does when he wrestles is that he likes to growl. Is a bark collar effective for growling or are certain brand or models? Or, would I be better off using a mild shock collar that I can trigger when I see he is instigating a duel?
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The situation is our Siberian Husky who otherwise well behaved, likes to wrestle with some dogs when visiting the dog ... be better off using a mild shock collar that I can trigger when I see he is instigating a duel?

Hi,
Not a good idea using it for this problem.
If the dog is in this play with another dog .
If he growls and gets a shock he could well think it is the other dog causing the shock.
Then you would very possibly end up with a fight on your hands. Your dog just might attack because of it.
Pat.
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annoying thing my Husky does when he wrestles is that he likes to growl. Is a bark collar effective for growling or are certain brand or models?

If he's /playing/ and making growly noises, he's probably just having fun. Sounds like the dog isn't really doing anything wrong. Think of it like this: how would you like to get a little shock for laughing? If being talky when playing is your biggest worry with him, you've got it made. I say let him be.
Now, if he's getting overly stimulated and working himself up to being aggressive with the other dog, that's a different story. I'd recommend working on his recall and simply pulling him out of play before it gets to that point.

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Is a bark collar effective for growling or are certain brand
or models? Or, would I be better off using a mild shock collar that I can trigger when I see he is instigating a duel?

You should NOT do either thing!! Using a bark collar OR a shock collar in that situation is HIGHLY likely to dramatically increase aggression.
The situation is our Siberian Husky who otherwise well behaved, likes to wrestle with some dogs when visiting the dog ... be better off using a mild shock collar that I can trigger when I see he is instigating a duel?

oh, thats a terrible idea. he is likely to think the other dog hurt him. if he gets overly stimulated wrestling, just quiety extricate him from the melee until he calms down. once calm he can go play again. Dogs learn quickly that if they get too nuts, the fun stops.
If he's /playing/ and making growly noises, he's probably just having fun. Sounds like the dog isn't really doing anything ... If being talky when playing is your biggest worry with him, you've got it made. I say let him be.

That is what it is, playing. Much of my concern is the other dog's reaction. Some love to see their dog do some good natured rough housing but some don't. Some that do like it are concerned about the growling. My dog is a very vocal Husky. Not much barking but lots of the Husky Woo Wooing. I think his growling comes from my playing with him with the usual rope toys. He loves the tug o war playing. I'll be minding my own business and he'll gently place a toy in my lap and sit back, hoping I'll take time to play tug o war.
Now, if he's getting overly stimulated and working himself up to being aggressive with the other dog, that's a different story. I'd recommend working on his recall and simply pulling him out of play before it gets to that point.

That's what I do.
Is a bark collar effective for growling or are certain brand

or models? Or, would I be better off using a mild shock collar that I can trigger when I see he is instigating a duel?

You should NOT do either thing!! Using a bark collar OR a shock collar in that situation is HIGHLY likely to dramatically increase aggression.

I was recommended a shock collar by a couple with a well behaved pointer that was at the dog park yesterday. He highly recommended it. I also have a life long doctor friend that swears by them. However, your opinion is well taken. I would indeed rather find another way.
That is what it is, playing. Much of my concern is the other dog's reaction. Some love to see their ... about the growling. My dog is a very vocal Husky. Not much barking but lots of the Husky Woo Wooing.

I'd explain to those people that the dog is just talking. If the other og - or person - is really bothered by it I'd just keep doing what you're doing. As others have said, the shock collar idea will probably just make matters worse if anything because there is so much going on, and he probably won't realize what he's being corrected for. Likely, he'll think the other dog did it.
Basenjis (my breed) can actually be pretty vocal and rough when they play and it freaks some people out. IME, it's usually a human issue because the dogs seem know it's just talk in most cases. Most people are cool with it once I explain. Those that aren't... Well, there are other dogs in the park, you know?
I think his growling comes from my playing with
him with the usual rope toys. He loves the tug o war playing. I'll be minding my own business and he'll gently place a toy in my lap and sit back, hoping I'll take time to play tug o war.

Oh, it probably comes from his being a Husky. I love dog chatter. He sounds like a cutie.

-Andrea Stone
Saorsa Basenjis
http://home1.gte.net/res0s12z/
The Trolls Nest - greenmen, goblins & gargoyle wall art www.trollsnest.com
Basenjis (my breed) can actually be pretty vocal and rough when they play and it freaks some people out. IME, ... are cool with it once I explain. Those that aren't... Well, there are other dogs in the park, you know?

Siberians can be very vocal when they're playing and they can play very rough. Not all dogs like being body-slammed or being dragged around by their hocks, so while I don't go to the dog park often, when I do I'm ready to call my dogs off if either another dog is unhappy or its owner is unhappy.

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