Bark collars/training not to bark
Looking for suggestions/experiences with citronella vs electric bark collars/other methods to teach not to bark.
Friday, I moved into a town home with neighbors sharing a wall on each side. There is an elementary school across the street from us. Lots of walkers, bikers, etc.
I have two big dogs who are used to having a substantial yard and not much traffic past the house. In the past, if someone was in our yard or driveway, they'd bark. Totally fine by me. Prefer it actually. But here, anyone who passes by is quite literally 12 feet tops from our front door.
Right now, I'm home with them most of the day and can correct them if they begin to bark. They're really not doing too badly. I'd say maybe 3 times per day one or the other of them will see something that catches their eye and give a few bark but they stop when I ask them to come and sit. I've been putting them in our bedroom with a TV on when I leave. The bedroom window faces woods so no traffic back there.
The one next door neighbor complained to my husband on day one that the dogs were "barking all day long when you weren't home." I happen to know this is BS because I was home all day--she didn't know I was here. Never left. LOL The landlord warned us that she's crabby and nit picky. Other neighbors love dogs, met them last night. They said they haven't noticed anything at all. Regardless, I don't need to be causing trouble for anyone so I'd like to find something that will reduce the barking even further.
In an ideal world, I would like them to feel okay with giving a warning bark. ONE. If someone is at the door or something. Other than that, no barking.
I've looked at citronella collars and electric ones. Both dogs have been trained to the electric fence so they get the beep/shock thing. I don't know about the citronella since it's all happening indoors.
I'm looking for experiences, recommendations, etc...