Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Bark Collar

"Sleeping in the Doghouse" has been starting to become a bit too literal lately. We have dealt with baying hounds for a long time, but now that we live in a paper-walled townhouse with lots of people and dogs around we have received a couple complaints about them. The last option available to us was a bark collar. John found one online that senses both noise and vibration, has multiple settings and strengths of shock, and the ability to increase in voltage as the barking continues. The dog basically has control over how much he is shocked.

Here is Tony, the model.
And Daisy, just after her turn wearing it.
It's just the first day, but Daisy is already taking to it quite "well". Only a few times has she been shocked and it stopped her barking pretty much immediately. I have been reluctant to get one for them (John has been pushing it for years) because it seems so cruel, but now it seems we don't have a choice. I am looking forward to not having to yell at them to stop all the time and being able to leave without worrying how much they're howling. Hopefully this will do the trick and they won't have to wear it for very long.


  1. I had to put one on my dog once. It only took a week or so and she stopped barking and didn't need it anymore.

  2. It sure beats a bullet!!