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"I want something to stop my dog from barking"

Nothing that will hurt him, but will teach him not to bark at the mailman, passing car, or every innocent kid who walks by the house!

wanted by: mieyun (72) in Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 +
updated on: June 2, 2011, 3:06 p.m. (8 years, 10 months ago)
posted on: Nov. 4, 2010, 8:28 a.m. (9 years, 4 months ago)
tags: barking dog pets training
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Stop Excessive Dog Barking: Advice and Product Recommendations

Personally, I'd try the plug-in, always on, audible base station approach over the spray, zap or buzz collars that you have to put on. Reviews on Amazon are mixed for almost every product, with almost no product highly rated, but it seems like many of the negative-review buyers are trying to stop neighbor dogs from barking, not their own.

I'm likely to get this for my own yappy dog. Reviews are mixed, but most of the "most helpful" reviews are positive and it has a lot of customer reviews (129 as of today):

Lentek Bark Free Dog Training Device - Price $50

I may get this hand-held trainer as well, so I can have it indoors, outdoors and other areas of the house. It's actually one of the higher rated devices (with 126 customer reviews) and it only costs $24:

Pet Agree Ultrasonic Trainer - Price $24
comment I'm definitely more into *training* him than *punishing* him for barking. I'll try one of these and see how it works. Thanks! - mieyun 9 years, 4 months ago
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My own barking dog story and training solution

I'm on my second Lentek dog training device, the first one was defective and would go off every 5 seconds regardless of barking, so I returned it. Amazon certainly makes that easy, which is one reason I love shopping there.

After the first failed attempt with the Lentek bark prevention, I didn't think I'd try them again, however my dog's barking was driving me absolutely bonkers and turning man's best friend into man's biggest annoyance. Since I work at home, having him bark at walkers-by every 10 minutes (who were a good 100 yards away from the house, I might add) was very disruptive to my concentration.

Wile E. Coyote says 'HELP!'
In a fit of desperation I ordered a second device and placed it near the picture window where he likes to sit and survey the world. I really do like having him sit there, I think he enjoys the perch, but the barking is too much!

So, within the first 10 minutes of setting up the Lentek my dog started barking at nothing ... phantom noises he thought he heard, no walkers in sight. The device went off the split-second he barked; it seemed to be squealing before he even got to the apex of his yelp. Where normally he'd work himself into a tither and bark 10 to 15 times in a row, he barked twice and stopped.

Five minutes later, another phantom noise that he felt he just had to respond to. Same thing, a couple barks and he stopped ... another bark ... and stop. My hope is that I will only need to keep this device connected for a week or so to train him to stop barking at everything, with maybe a refresher course every now and then if he slips into his old ways.

The Lentek has a few settings that, in my opinion, make it a good and safe training device. First is a "bark sensitivity" slider. Choices are "high sensitivity" and "low sensitivity". I have mine on low, I don't want any false positives from his normal rambunctious playful growls, only the clearly offending loud barks. I'm guessing the "high sensitivity" setting may be useful for people looking to stop a next door neighbor's dog from barking.

Second is a setting for either "audible tone" (which I can hear) or "ultrasonic" which only my dog can hear. Even though it is annoying to me, I have decided the safe thing is for me to keep it set to "audible". I want to know when the tone is sounding to make sure that, once again, there are no false positives.

So far, in just one hour of using it, I am encouraged. My dog appears to notice and not like the sound. What I like is that I don't have to be the one yelling at him to stop barking, which disassociates me with that particular angry correction and which wasn't effective in stopping the behavior anyhow. There are plenty of other opportunities for me to prove my alpha-dog status to him. In this case, I feel my perpetual yelling at his nonstop barking was harming our relationship and I'm glad that I don't have to be the heavy anymore.

ACME delivery for Wile E. Coyote
I'll update this reply in a few weeks to report back on how he is doing. My dog is napping peacefully again, probably dreaming of a Wile E. Coyote way of getting up onto the counter to disable that infernal alarm.

At least he won't bark when the Acme delivery truck pulls up the driveway :)
comment UPDATE: Well, I took a big step today: I threw away the packaging for the Lentek Bark Free device, which means ... I'm keeping it! It hasn't completely stopped my dog from his protective barking, but it has slowed it down considerably, which is good. Mainly, it prevents his extended bark-a-thons and cuts them down to one or two doggie proclamations of disapproval. - mitch 8 years, 12 months ago
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