Annoying Kennel Barking
. . . . . . a solution
I don’t think there is anything worse than a dog or dogs barking in the kennels. Maybe you are one of the few that isn’t irritated by it, but I can assure you if neighbors live within ear shot, it bothers them. Also, you may not be aware that a Huntaway can permanently ruin its noise with uncontrolled barking.
A few years ago I discovered a fabulous product & I am more than happy to recommend it.
My dogs knew better than to bark if I was around, but the devils knew when I was out. Also, some of the young Heading dogs that I acquired were nervous and I had to redevelop trust before I could even begin to train them, which meant I didn’t want to resort to beating the tops of their kennels or worse still, the dogs. It may have shut them up, but it wouldn’t have helped in establishing a bond with me.
I was in a bit of a quandary, how was I going to stop their barking without making them terrified of me?
I might mention here, that several years prior I had bought an electric collar designed especially to stop dogs barking. It worked to a degree, but, if it swiveled out of position it didn’t work, and sometimes it would give the dog a shock when it wasn’t even barking. Needless to say I haven’t bothered with it since. Also you could only have it on one dog at a time and if there were a couple of culprits it really was, quite frankly, rather a waste of time.
With one phone call and a small inexpensive parcel in the mail, my problem was solved – no more barking. It works 24 hours a day (providing the batteries are ok), it doesn’t involve me terrifying the dogs, it is very humane and it works on several dogs at once.
At the time I rang my neighbor to tell him I was trying something to stop my dogs barking (although he hadn’t complained) and asked him to note any changes as he lived closer to some of my dogs, and I often didn’t hear them. It wasn’t long before he purposely came over to see what the amazing ‘thing’ was. He said he hadn’t heard a peep out of them for the two days.
It is made of plastic and small, fits in the palm of your hand, and it is powered by the usual 9 volt battery. Because it is noise activated it needs to be positioned above the dogs and facing towards them. When a dog barks a couple of times the device lets off a shrill sound for a few seconds and as it is a very uncomfortable sound, the dog stops barking.
It is as simple as that, and it works. Also, the beauty of it is, it is immediate and consistent – the dog is reprimanded at the time of barking. And just think, no more pulling your boots on in the middle of the night and stomping off to the dog kennels with a piece of alkathene in hand.
It is not full proof, out of all my dogs it doesn’t have the desired effect on one, but I would say he is probably an exception, and for less than $100 it is well worth trying. I personally think it is the best thing since sliced bread, and I’m not getting paid to say that.
Incidentally, if you have one bad barker & the others are good, I would recommend moving it away from the others for a while & training it, alone, with the Barker Breaker. The sound really is unpleasant & I think it is unfair that all your dogs suffer because of the one noisy team member.
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