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Old 04-30-2010, 07:32 PM   #1
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Ultrasonic bark controllers?

This might be better in the technology forum - but I suspect far better exposure and response here.

We have a neighbor with 3 obnoxious and LOUD dogs - one is a hound with a 200 decibel baying - far worse than a simple bark!

Can't seem to motivate the neighbor to apply any training, control, or discipline to his fleabag choir - even though he does own a training collar. When it is suggested that he actually USE that collar, he replies he "just hates to do that to his dogs" - but has NO similar concerns as to what he does to his neighbors!

Anytime the dogs are left outside and alone, they bark full volume, literally for HOURS non-stop - and if yelled at, just get LOUDER!

The neighbors both work, and often are gone weekends - leaving their darlings outside to serenade us neighbors endlessly at full volume. Their uncontrolled racket makes it virtually impossible to use our own yard/garden area, or patio - at least without earplugs!

I've been looking at some of the ultrasonic bark stoppers, gadgets that *I* can apply on MY side of the fence - but don't want to waste $$$ on something that is ineffective - so, anyone have FIRST-hand experience with them? And, I'm not speaking of a cheapie, limp-wristed version, but one of the top of the line industrial strength units.

Anyone have info to offer?
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We got one from PetsMart that is shaped like a Doghouse and can be mounted to a wall or post or hung from a tree. It has a four position switch and runs on batteries. We got it and keep it by our back door because every time we put our two ankle nippers out they like to just sit and bark (actually yap) at the back door. It works well for one but the other is either too dumb or deaf because she barks and the other one runs out of range of the ultrasonic noise! The switch positions are for distance/sensitivity so I would assume you could hang it from a tree facing your neighbor's yard and if the dogs happen to be sensitive to the sound, it might work. But as in our case, no guaranty, because it only works on half our pack!
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A call to animal control every time they put them outside and leave should solve the problem after a few trips!
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A call to animal control every time they put them outside and leave should solve the problem after a few trips!
You are obviously uninformed as to agencies available in Canyon City, eastern Oregon, population 700 - there IS no "Animal control" to call...

Besides, not to be a jerk, but my question is related to ultrasonic bark controllers and their effectiveness, such as provided by gotta_P, NOT alternative local agencies or tactics...
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Call the police (not 911, use the non-emergency number). Use every legal means to go after these neighbors. They have no right to do this to their neighbors.

Call them in the middle of the night, and when they answer, just start barking into the phone.
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love your suggestion roadrunner!!

I've used one and it did stop the barking... only we got complaints the noise it made could be heard by the one who wore the pants over there... so away it went and back came the barking
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(SIGH!)

You guys just don't get it!

There IS NO local animal control. there IS NO local police department - this is a SMALL, rural 700 population community that is doing good to have a SMALL volunteer fire department/city hall.

PLEASE try to keep "helpful suggestions" on target - and THAT "target", is ultrasonic bark controllers, and their real-world effectiveness!

IF you are determined to hi-jack this thread with other (most likely inapplicable!) alternative suggestions, at least wait until I *do* manage to obtain at least a FEW suggestions that ARE on the thread subject...

Thank you!
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I for one am extremely sorry that I posted before I knew your situation.

I will not post to any of your threads until I throughly investigate your problem and make absolutely certain that you only want a single specific answer to your specific question and not your specific problem.

I would also like to thank you for being rude to people that were trying to help you, it's always encouraging!

Sorry to have to post my apology as I know that it is off target again, so for that I apologize in advance!
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I've used one and it did stop the barking... only we got complaints the noise it made could be heard by the one who wore the pants over there... so away it went and back came the barking
I wonder what ultrasonic noise it made that could be heard by humans? some seem to also provide an audible tone that CAN be heard by humans, so the unit's sensitivity threshold to actual barking can be properly adjusted, then it's switched back to ultrasonic mode. Do you remember the brand name and model you had - a relatively low cost one, or upper price range - there are lots of the low to middle priced ones under $50 - and top rated ones such as I'm interested in run up closer to $100 - which at this point I'm willing to pay, IF they actually work!
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I for one am extremely sorry that I posted before I knew your situation.

I will not post to any of your threads until I throughly investigate your problem and make absolutely certain that you only want a single specific answer to your specific question and not your specific problem.

I would also like to thank you for being rude to people that were trying to help you, it's always encouraging!

Sorry to have to post my apology as I know that it is off target again, so for that I apologize in advance!
No need for that Jim - your posts and participation on a WIDE variety of subjects here is greatly appreciated and usually well on-target - and I intended NO insult - only attempting to keep posts on target (usually the moderators job!) rather than wandering all over the map before any actually useful info was submitted - as was obviously starting to happen.

Sorry that *I* offended *you*!
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I know I can't hear our ultrasonic bark controller, I wish my hearing was that good! We have the PetSafe OBC1000. Here's the one we got: Bark Control
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I know I can't hear our ultrasonic bark controller, I wish my hearing was that good! We have the PetSafe OBC1000. Here's the one we got: Bark Control
Thanks Paul - that info is very helpful - that seems to be one of the more popular models I have seen advertised - the ability to view the actual owners manual was quite helpful!

Some of the top-end models - about double the cost - seem pretty powerful in terms of operation range coverage - pretty interested in those - lots nicer to have to turn a unit DOWN when needed, vs wishing for more power - lots here in my neighborhood are about 3/4 acre - still small enough the noisy dogs are a problem, but large enough that some of the lower powered devices won't reach effectively.

A very attractive fringe benefit for these units, is that their portability makes it easy to take and use on CG's too, for similar dog issues frequently encountered there as well...
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A very attractive fringe benefit for these units, is that their portability makes it easy to take and use on CG's too, for similar dog issues frequently encountered there as well...
Hmmm... Hadn't thought of that! We were parked next to an RV at LazyDays this past January and anytime the owners were out of the coach the dogs barked constantly! I could have stuck it on the dash with the window open pointing right toward their front door!

We were at the GQ WIT Rally at the Fair Grounds in Perry GA this past weekend, and it was Prom Weekend! Both Friday and Saturday nights we felt the boom boom from the music reverberate up through the coach! Now if I could find something that would repel loud teenagers I'd be really happy!
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Now if I could find something that would repel loud teenagers I'd be really happy!
I understand that playing Lawrence Welk music makes teenagers disappear rather quickly...

NOW, back to the issue at hand...
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