Which Barking Deterrent Solution Is Right for You & Your Dog?
A noisy dog can often be the sign of a happy, busy family home. It can also be a sign of a chaotic environment that is trying to raise a noisy puppy or teenage dog.
Regardless of which scenario you currently find yourself in, dog barks can be a nuisance. If you are trying to sleep, or are trying to relax after a hard working day, a noisy dog is probably the last thing you want to deal with. However, you find yourself at a loss, since you don’t want to restrain the enthusiastic pup by shouting at him or scolding him.
Luckily, there are quite a few solutions that can help make your home a quite one once more.
There are two options you can look at if you want to keep your dog’s barks at bay: ultrasonic bark control and anti-bark collars.
Ultrasonic Bark Control
This kind of barking deterrent is ideal for homes and backyards. If your dog is noisy both inside and outside of the home, getting an ultrasonic bark control would be ideal. These devices work by emitting a high-pitched sound that is unpleasant enough for the dog so that they will stop their barking at once.
Every time the dog will let out a bark, if they are in the working foot-range of the device, they will hear the noise. This will ensure that every time they bark, they will get a small reminder that they shouldn’t. This method of deterring dog barks usually works best if you find yourself in a small apartment. That way, the device can encompass the whole area of the room and deter the barks as they come. The device usually isn’t effective through walls, bushes or windows.
These devices are also ideal for big outdoor yard areas, however, it’s important to make sure that it encompasses all the range of the yard in feet. This is usually state in the description of the product, and it can vary from 15-50 feet.
If you have a very active dog that likes to run around and is usually outside the reach of an ultrasonic bark control device, then purchasing an anti-bark collar might be the best solution. These collars are similar to the ultrasonic bark control devices in the aspect that they also emit an unpleasant high-pitched sound when your dog barks.
There also vibrate-collar alternatives that give your dog a slight electric shock when they bark. Another alternative is spray collars, which will let out an unpleasantly smelling substance aimed at the dog’s snout when they start barking.
How They Work
Ultrasonic Bark Controls are relatively simple pieces of technology. They can come in various designs, ranging from modern, geometrically shaped accessories to discrete, bird-shaped houses. Whichever you choose, you can be sure that it will flawlessly incorporate itself into the environment. The modern-home bark controls are usually made to look like decorations, i.e. like stones, or air fresheners, while outside bark control is usually shaped like bird feeders.
They work by emitting a high-pitched unpleasant sound that, most of the time, can only be heard by dogs alone. This sound is supposed to deter the dog from barking since it’s relatively unpleasant. Every time your dog will bark while they are in the range of the device, they will get the unpleasant noise reminder that they should halt their barking.
In time, the pup should learn to associate the negative sound with barking. This will, in turn, lead to the dog eventually stopping to bark altogether, since they will want to avoid the high-pitched noise. This process may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but it’s a very effective process that works with most dog types and dog breeds.
If you want a quick solution to your dog’s nuisance barking, then an ultrasonic bark control is, in our opinion, the best option.
Will Ultrasonic Work for My Dog?
The general answer would be: Yes. However, it’s important to note that every dog is different and that some dogs may not react to the ultrasonic dog bark control at all. These are usually relatively rare cases, but it’s important to take a mental note that the device may not work on your dog. Some dogs just don’t find the sound unpleasant enough, and some just don’t find it frustrating enough.
Luckily, most of the ultrasonic dog devices come with different levels of the unpleasant sound. Ranging in intensity from 1-3, you can choose and see which level works best for your dog if any. It’s vital to first start with the lowest level since it will not be as much of a shock to your dog. It will help to introduce the device in a calm, simple way, without causing the animal any distress.
Peace & Quiet at Home
Having a noisy home can a problem. If you also have kids, toddlers or teens, the noise can become unbearable. Adding a barking dog to the equation can make this scenario seem like a scene from a nightmare. The problem is that you can tell your children to be quieter while telling your dog to be quiet usually doesn’t yield any results.
This can make you angry, and the dog can become anxious over time as they feel your frustration. The best way to avoid these kinds of scenarios is to incorporate the ultrasonic dog bark control into your home. It will help keep the house quiet, and the barking will be kept at bay in a humane, simple way. You will be able to enjoy your evening with your pup without any additional frustrations!
Peace & Quiet in the Neighborhood
Every neighborhood has dogs, and every neighborhood has those dogs that bark uncontrollably both day and night. No matter if it’s because of a squirrel that scurried down the road or the local postman. Most of the time, when you delicately bring up this topic to your neighbors, they will acknowledge your frustration but won’t do anything about it. This can be enraging since there is nothing you can do directly. However, luckily, there is one thing you can do discretely, and that is buying an ultrasonic dog bark deterrent.
No matter if the annoying dog or dogs are in the yard next to you or two or three houses down, you can deter their barking with the ultrasonic device. After purchasing, all you need to do is turn it on, set it up and hang it within the range of the dog in the nearby yard. If the dog resides one or two houses down, you can hang the device on a nearby tree or fence. You can also gently suggest to the neighbor of the problematic dog that they could put up the ultrasonic device that you bought in their yard.
No Shock Technology
One thing you may worry about is the fact that maybe scolding your dog is actually better than buying a seemingly intrusive device that will interfere with its habits. That, however, is not true for the common ultrasonic devices. The dog will learn to associate the frustrating sound with the device, and not your voice. That way, your relationship with your dog will remain in good spirits.
The best thing about ultrasonic devices, however, is that fact that they are not shock collars. They won’t directly make your dog feel any pain, they will just give them a small audible reminder that they should lay down the barking.
This practice is very similar to saying ‘shh’ to a baby; with time the child will learn to associate the sound with being silent. The ultrasonic device will help keep your dog in place in the most sensible way possible. That’s why many people choose to use bark deterrents: they don’t directly have to interfere with your dog’s collar, or with their body. It’s merely an irritating frequency that is well worth avoiding for a dog that wants some peace!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use the KarmaPets dog silencer with a puppy?
Of course! The earlier you begin training your puppy, the quicker they will learn.
The KarmaPets device can be used with any puppy that is over 1 year old, no younger. Trying to teach your dog to stop barking as they get older may be problematic since would have already developed a new habit. If you start the training when the pup is still young, you will be able to quickly teach them to deter barking.
It’s important to pay attention to the minimal age though. Introducing puppies that are younger than 1 year to the device is highly inadvisable since they can develop anxiety and it can affect their hearing. In short, they can become feeble to other loud or high-pitched sounds.
The device has also been proven to not interfere with the dog’s protective barking. In short, the device is meant to stop the attention-seeking and boredom-induced barking.
Will this work through fences, walls, windows, or bushes?
Unfortunately, the device is not meant to work through walls or windows or bushes. It has a range of about 50 feet, however, it needs to be an open space. It will work great if you hang it somewhere high in the house, on the porch, or on a single tree in a lightly wooded area.
However, it definitely won’t have the same, or any, effect on the dogs in your house if it’s not in the same room as they are since the sound waves won’t be able to reach them.
If you are looking for an anti-bark device that will accompany your dog everywhere they are, then we can highly recommend purchasing an ultrasonic or spray collar instead. That way the training device will be able to follow them wherever they go.
How does this actually work?
All that the device is does is emit a mildly annoying sound when your dog barks. This teaches your pup to stay quiet since they will probably not want to hear the unpleasant frequency every time they bark. As long as your dog is within the range of the working device, they should learn to be deterred from any sort of barking.
Will it hurt or harm the dog in any way?
Not at all! The only caution you should take is when using the device with puppies. It’s highly advised to not use the device with puppies under 1 year of age. However, it’s important to also consult your veterinarian, so that they can determine if the device is a good fit for your dog at all. After all, there are hundreds of option out on the market today, and it can be hard to choose one single product!
Choosing the Right Bark Control
Choosing the right bark control can be difficult, especially if you have never purchased one before. There are plenty of devices out there, and it all depends on the type of dog you have. We cannot guarantee that the bark deterrent will work 100% since all dogs are different, however, it’s definitely worth a shot. At least 90% of the owners of this ultrasonic bark control report that it works like a charm, and helped them regain peace and quiet in their home!