All of my life I have owned rather quiet dogs and not had to deal much with excessive dog barking. But now that I own a small dog, I just wish I could turn his bark off.
If you have never had a barking dog problem, then you will probably not be able to relate to my story. But if you have or if you do right now, then I am sure you will understand how being able to control dog barking throughout the day is a godsend.
Let me tell you about my little dog Sprite. He is a great dog in almost every way. He never messes in the house, does not chew up anything, and is not a licker. But he barks all of the time. I mean if someone is coming up the walk he barks,if anyone walks past the house he will bark, if he hears something a half a mile away again he will start barking. And it does not matter what time of day or night it is. Sometimes the sun has barely peaked over the horizon and he hears or sees something and start on a barking tirade. Usually this ends with him waking up the kids and me yelling like an idiot at him. Which, by the way, does not seem to curb his excessive dog barking behavior.
So, I have been trying to figure out a way to turn his bark off without acting like a lunatic.And I have tried a few methods, some of which I think I hate more than he does.
For example, I tried spraying him with water with a spray bottle whenever he barked for no reason. Of course, usually I did not have the bottle on me when he started to bark and by the time I found it he was usually done barking. But this did sort of work when I was armed with the bottle, but after a while I think he kind of liked it. Sure mom, give me that refreshing spritz.
So next I figured I would get out the big guns and use a air horn. I mean there is no way that a loud blast from a horn wouldn’t turn anyone’s bark off. And I have to say that this did work. And still works…but I hate it. After all, that loud blast is not good for anyone’s hearing. Plus it sure is not good to do at 7:00 in the morning when the kids are asleep, as they will be certain to wake up and yell at you.
So when I heard about the new product on the market called Barkoff, I could not wait to try it. After all, it was just a few measly bucks and if it could solve Sprite’s excessive dog barking problem then I would be happy.
This product is an ultrasonic device that emits a high-pitched sound, which people cannot hear, but dogs can. So when the dog barks, the sound is emitted and redirects the dog, thus stopping the annoying barking.
And let me tell you, it has worked wonders for Sprite. Of course he still barks, which is good when someone is coming up the walk, but when I am on the phone, I can just turn it on and not have to worry about sounding as if there is a dog fight in my living room.
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