Archive for January, 2013

Dog Driving you crazy? I found the cure!
January 3, 2013

Do you have a neighbor’s dog that barks? I’m not talking about an occasional yip or yap, I mean the constant drone of barking.

It is a big problem for many people. The neighbor must hear it! It is very, very annoying, but hey, maybe you should tell the dogs owner about the problem

Maybe they didn’t hear me?

Hmmm, well that didn’t work. Fido barks as much as he every did. Maybe you should call the county sheriff or animal control office. That will surely get the dog owners attention and turn your neighbor into an enemy very quickly.

I had this very dilemma. My neighbors knew of the problem but would only temporarily address the nuisance barking. Sometimes they would correct it for a day or two and then the dog went back to the barking… and barking.. and barking! I actually was very close to selling my home and moving until I found the solution!

Just what I needed!

As many have done, I started researching the ultrasonic bark deterrents that are on the market. Most units have a very limited bark detecting distance. Usually only about 25 feet.

One unit, however, listed its detection range to 75 feet. This was still way too short for my needs, the neighbors dog is a large breed and it is 40 yards away. I needed a unit that could reach about 120 feet but it appears that none existed.

That is when the solution hit me. In the old days before electronic hearing aids, people would use an apparatus called an ear trumpet. It was a cone shaped device that would concentrate sound to the users ear. If I used a cone of some kind, maybe I could reach the offending dog! I ordered the ultrasonic unit with the longest range and waited.

The unit that I used can be found HERE!

This unit could detect barking at 75 feet and could blast out the ultrasonic sound to 300 feet.

 

 

Working my game plan…

While waiting for the arrival of the unit, I looked for an appropriate cone to use. I found what I needed in an old office wastebasket. The waste basket I decided to try is about 2 feet tall, 12 inches in diameter at the bottom and 18 inches diameter at the top.

My bark deterring unit arrived via UPS and I was very hopeful this would work. When researching these ultrasonic deterrents, I read mixed reviews. Some people said they work very well, while some said they are a waste of money.

The unit I purchased had a 45 day guarantee, so I thought I would give it a try. After reading the instructions thoroughly, I pointed the cone (waste basket) at the canine offender, then I put the ultrasonic unit in the bottom and plugged it in. Presto! The barking stopped! I was amazed… this ultrasonic unit not only worked, but with my cone, it was reaching out to 125 feet!

 

Worked for me!

Let me say, I realize all dogs are different and this may not work for you… but it worked for me! At first the dog would bark occasionally, but as the days passed the barking became less and less.

So, if you have a nuisance barker, and he is outside of the range that the unit claims, there is hope. Give my bark deterrent extender a try.

This bark deterrent has been a sanity saver!