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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Product Review: Ultrasonic Bark Control

Stop Barking Dogs

All dogs are irritating when they bark, but small dogs are notoriously annoying. Because we were looking for ultrasonic pet trainer to suit all breeds, small and large, we decided to try a hand held, inexpensive, bark control device. We ordered the PetZoom Sonic Pet Trainer that costs $20 plus shipping and handling. You get a bonus nail groomer with your order (which they claim is valued at $19.95). Your other option is to buy PetZoom from Amazon for $16.98 a small saving that does not include the nail groomer, but if you're a Prime member you also don't pay shipping. 

The PetZoom Sonic Pet Trainer claims to be safe, harmless, and effective, a 20 ft. range, and to work on all dogs and cats. 

We tested it on the dogs. The word miracle comes to mind. As with all sonic pet trainers, this one is inaudible by the human ear, so it's really shocking to push a button and have all your dogs instantly stop barking, especially because you don't hear a thing. Our dalmatian-shorthaired pointer mix, stops barking, bows her head slightly, and then resumes what she was doing. The little chiweenie only stops barking showing no other signs of acknowledgment, and the tiny teacup chihuahua instantly stops barking and stares quizzically at the person handling the pet training device. 

This ultrasonic bark control device is a bit bulky, yet still small enough to fit in a pocket. We're trying to come up with a smart contraption to keep it on us at all times (perhaps some super glue and sting so that it can be worn over the neck at all times). 

In brief, ultrasonic bark control devices are intended to halt trying barking by emitting an annoying tone that only your dog can hear. The tone is the deterrent. The effectiveness, based on the reviews we read, debatable for some. 

We checked around and discovered one more ultrasonic bark control device similar to the PetZoom and that is the As Seen on TV BarkOff training aid. The BarkOff costs only $10 plus shipping and handling, half the price of the PetZoom. I should also mention, that you can get BarkOff from Amazon for $9.99 plus shipping. Similarly with the PetZoom, the BarkOff gets both raving reviews and disappointment. We lucked out, all our barking dogs instantly seized, but apparently it does not work on all dogs. For the price, I recommend you give it a shot. It's better than losing your mind or upsetting your neighborhood with your barking dogs when there are dog bark control devices such as these in the market.

We love the fact that this type of sonic pet trainers work on all breeds and were terribly relieved to eliminate the high pitched bark small dogs make, as were our neighbors. We will continue our research and we will test our PetZoom on the cats too. Meanwhile, I suggest you don't wait. You don't have much to lose but you have potentially a lot to gain, as it was in our case. Stop barking dogs. 



Lola and also Franklin, too said...

Of course, everyone could just get a Shar Pei. We don't bark much, except for Bolo who has to be different. Maybe we could set an example. Nah, probably not. Seriously, maybe Puddles' Mom could try this. It seems Puddles is on the verge of being in trouble with the authorities for barking.

Deborah said...

I'm wondering if it works on husbands....only kidding :)!! LOL
Hope all is well!!!

Two French Bulldogs said...

There are a few humans we would love to zap..
Benny & Lily

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Sooooooo much better than those SHOCKING collars!! I wonder if they will come up with a FECNCE that works like that. Thanks Twinkie.

3 doxies said...

Awwwwwwee...Twinkletoes-Tiny-Dog-With-Da-Big-Heart...I knew I could count on you. I just knew would nevers let me down. So you thinks this might work fur my problem? Hey, I wonders if I could use this fur da doggies next know, when they starts barking I could zap it in theirs direction...oh, wouldn't that be cooler than cool? Hehehehehe!
We gonna go back nd reread this a few million times.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Puddles beat us to it, we thought of her as soon as we saw your post. Mom wonders if she can get one of these to stop the neighbors' dogs from barking:)

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Duke said...

No way are we telling mom about this! Everything we have to say is VERY important!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We aren't normally barkers, except to warn mommy of someone/something on our property. BUT when we are in the car and see another dog...AnY other dog, we start barking like crazy and Mommy can't get us to be quite until the other dog is out of our sight. It's very fun for us but MaDdenIng for her. This is such a great endorsement of this product so we're gonna get one. She can keep it in the car.

Nowwww, we need to try to figure out what else we can do to annoy her!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

JacksDad said...

We are very lucky in that the dogs in our neighborhood don't bark too much, except when we get to go on a walk and they are stuck in their yards!

Lorenza said...

Great review!
I don't bark a lot but my doggie neighbors... OMD! And their favorite time to do it is at midnight.... hmmm...
Kisses and hugs

Martine said...

Thanks for testing out this product and reviewing it. I saw a similar thing on HSN the other day and laughed... I thought it was a joke or something and paid no real attention.

I think we need to order one of these... Mr Caps has a seriously high pitched squeal!

xo martine & the kiddlets

Draco and his Mom said...

I hardly ever bark, but the neighbors have a wawa that does and the other neighbors have a heinz 57 that just goes bonkers all the time. I think he hates squirrels and birds. My dad bought a sonic thing that is mounted in our back yard and when the neighbor boys get really long and loud, he pushes the remote. It really works for us. Especially at night, dad will push that button after only 2 or 3 barks. He is not patient at night.

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Oh my dog what an annoying contraption.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Pee Ess: I think this is an item we shall buy.

-the Momma

Sonic said...

I think we need to get Knuckles one of those before he gets evicted!


Ina in Alaska said...

I believe I WILL get the Pet Trainer. My pack are extreme barkers and it is getting out of control. Sounds like a good solution!! Thanks so much!!! xoxo

Clive said...

I bark very little but we know a neighbour who badly needs that device! Their little Scottie drives Mom mad here barking non-stop all day!

take care

mayziegal said...

Like some others have said, we haves a little dog that lives in our neighborhood that bark, bark, barks all day long. I wonders if this could gets all the way down to his yard? Prolly not but it's a nice thought.

Thank you for the most informative review!

Wiggles & Wags,

ocmist said...

Thanks so much for doing this review. I've seen those things on the TV lately and been rather tempted to get one to try it around here. Do the dogs have to wear a part of it or is it the thing you are holding that makes the noise. If that is the case, would it work if the dogs are outside barking at the neighbor dogs or at the horses? Even if it didn't work outside, it would still be worth it if it made OC shut up when Sadie walks into the room!!! Sometimes I wonder, though if older dogs are losing their hearing and that's why they bark so much more and if that's the case, that might be why it doesn't work on all dogs? Grammy from Corgi Country

Bark Collar said...

Very interesting topic here in your site. Keep on posting this kind of topics. Very useful indeed.

Tooki said...

Thanks for sharing this. My dog will probably get me evicted from my apartment with her oh so annoying barking.

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