Dog Product Review: PetSafe’s Ultrasonic Bark Busting Bird House

Birdhouse BarkWe have all heard the expression “fences make good neighbors”, but can the same be said for PetSafe’s new ultrasonic faux bird house that emits an ultrasonic sound when dogs bark?

Here is what PetSafe has to say about their new product:

When the Outdoor Bark Control Birdhouse unit is placed within range of a constant barking dog, an internal microphone detects the barking sounds and the unit is activated. The PetSafe Outdoor Bark Control Birdhouse unit emits an ultrasonic sound to stop dogs barking. The ultrasonic sound can only be heard by the dog. When the dog is startled by the high-pitched sound, it should stop barking as it will associate its bark with this unpleasant noise. The PetSafe Outdoor Bark Control unit has 4 settings which includes 3 Sensitivity Levels and a Test Mode. This unit is effective for bark control up to 50 feet.

The PetSafe Outdoor Bark Control unit should be placed facing the barking dog and within fifty feet of the dog. This unit is designed with provisions for hanging or wall mounting and it should not be positioned any higher than 5 feet. For optimum bark control results, the area between where the Outdoor Bark Control unit is placed and where the dog is should be free of any large objects or obstacles.

On the surface it may seem like a relatively non invasive pet product. But is it, and more importantly, does it work?

Last week I was called to the house of a seven-year-old Labrador who is slowly losing his hearing. The hearing loss had led to an increase of outdoor barking, most likely brought on by a new sense of insecurity. The owners who called me to help get the barking under control were incensed that their neighbors had bought PetSafe’s new Ultrasonic Bird House and placed it facing the area where her 8-year-old dog and new puppy go to the bathroom in the far corner of her yard.

When my client’s dog barked, a red light flashed, indicating that a sound was being emitted. In the short time I was there, the product flashed for horns, kids playing, other people’s barking dogs, airplanes, and worst of all the light came on when it detected the roar of the crowd of the local high school football game that was nearly one mile away. There is a sensitivity setting, but the following question came up: “How does the neighbor with the barking dog approach the neighbor who prefers to go high tech rather than a good old fashion face to face confrontation?”

The puppy’s sensitive ears were clearly affected and the product sent out an audio sound nearly constantly while I was there. After much observation, I concluded that the PetSafe Bird House did absolutely nothing for the old dog who couldn’t even hear it, and the puppy actually barked at it several times. The puppy now avoids that corner of the yard and poops in the middle of the lawn. In my brief experience with the product that afternoon, it was nothing more than an annoying experience, both for the puppy and the home owner.

Later the same week, I came home to find a PetSafe Bird House facing my own yard. My neighbors did not heed the instructions to place the product at five feet off the ground, and instead they put it up in a tree about ten feet off the ground.

In the past three weeks, I have observed both the bird house and many different dogs’ reactions to the bird house at length. Not once did I see a dog stop barking from the tones, and I can honestly say it had absolutely no effect on a variety of barking dogs that we brought into the yard to experiment with the product.

What we did witness time and time again was the bird house picking up stray noises, and emitting sounds when the dogs were quiet. This in turn led to avoidance of that part of the yard for the most part.

The manufacturer claims that the product is good for up to 50 feet. Thankfully, my yard is quite a bit larger than 50 feet, but I can’t help but feel it may be downright cruel for numerous dogs in small yards or kennel runs who cannot escape the annoying tones. A dog’s hearing is so much more sensitive than ours.

So what is the solution to the problem of your neighbor’s barking dogs?

The answer is simple. It involves good old fashion communication, training and management. None of which is for sale on the Internet.

Don’t waste your money on outdoor barking devices for someone else’s dogs. In the case of my barking Collie, I suppose the bird house has accomplished the goal of controlling barking in my yard only because now that I am aware that my neighbors have an issue, I have worked diligently to keep my Collie from barking at squirrels. The decrease in barking has absolutely nothing to do with the effectiveness, or should I say ineffectiveness of PetSafe’s new product.

Have you ever used an ultrasonic device to control barking?

105 Responses to “Dog Product Review: PetSafe’s Ultrasonic Bark Busting Bird House”

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  1. Mikken says:

    Why does my dog need bark control? My dog barks when there is a reason to bark - and I listen to him. I know the difference between “the kid is home!” excited bark and “there’s a strange truck coming up the driveway!” warning bark.

    Blasting my dog with sound waves (just because I can’t hear them doesn’t mean they don’t cause the dog discomfort) for doing his job seems foolish.

  2. Stefani says:

    Some dogs do need bark control. My mom lives in a condo and just got a noise complaint filed against her because her elderly Yorkie, who is nearly entirely deaf, blind, and appears to have some dementia (but is otherwise still as adorable as can be and eating fine with no major disease) has taken to barking incessantly in the middle of the night and nothing she does calms him. We don’t know why he is doing this.

    If anyone has a safe and kind remedly (like a supplement that is totally safe that will make him tired enough to sleep all night) please tell me. He’s a little guy, about 6 pounds.

  3. Don Earl says:

    I’ll probably lose friends on this one, but anyone who doesn’t know that barking bothers their neighbors is a full blown jerk. Demanding special consideration and common courtesy of others when not doing the same for them just makes that person an even bigger jerk. If a person isn’t responsible enough to keep a pet from bothering others, they aren’t responsible enough to own a pet.

    Enough said.

  4. Ashley says:

    I agree with Don Earl. I bought a different unit from this company for my own yard. I have five dog “kids” in an area where I am only allowed to have two, so it is very important to me NOT to bother my neighbors. The unit I have has two settings (audible with or without ultrasonic) with two levels (low and high). The company says that the ultrasonic sound works best on large dogs and the audible works best on small dogs. The ultrasonic works great on my collie (who DOES bark for absolutely no reason), but the audible does not work on one of my shelties. I have one aussie who is terrified of the noise, so I don’t turn the unit on unless he is with me at work or is sleeping inside upstairs. When he is out, we listen for the dogs and if they are barking excessively, we call them into the house (we have a dog door). The unit does NOT go off with other noises and, in fact, does not go off if my dogs are barking in the side yard around the corner of my house (the unit is hung right on my back porch). I have been very satisfied with it and wish that some of my neighbors with their own excessively barking dogs would buy one.

  5. Mikken says:

    Don, I suppose there are people out there who leave their dogs in the yard all the time without supervision and the dog, being bored or lonely, does bark excessively. But the answer there is to teach people to take better care of their dogs…

    My dogs (and my neighbor’s dogs) bark for reasons. When I heard my neighbor’s Golden barking in an alarmed way, I went to investigate. A deer had been hit by a car and was lying injured near the dog’s yard and the dog didn’t know what to do about the “intruder”.

    I see barking as a useful communication.

    Stefani, this is something to talk to a vet about. Some deaf animals vocalize a lot because they cannot hear themselves. The dementia may add another level to it, though. I don’t know if something like melatonin would be safe for a small, elderly dog, but I’m sure that there’s something out there that would help (even if it’s a kong of frozen peanut butter!). Best of luck to your mom.

  6. Deb says:

    Some dogs do need bark control.
    When my own need it I use training and if need be the tri tronics bark collar.
    If one of these birdhouse contraptions ever showed up near my fence I’d use a 22 caliber on it.
    I live in the country and my acreage is all fenced in and the gate is locked.
    Yes I would shoot the birdhouse. With no remorse.
    After the review I just read on this so called product it should be pulled from the shelves and ditched.
    But the people who would buy this to start with wouldnt be the same people that would see this review.

  7. Don Earl says:

    Mikken,

    I’ve lived next to some great dog owners and some of the world’s worst.

    The worst ones left a lasting impression. My sympathy is with the desperate neighbor shelling out money trying to deal with a problem they by no rights should have to deal with in the first place.

    Dogs are fairly high maintenance. They need training, lots of attention, plenty of room, regular exercise, etc.

    If a person doesn’t have the time or energy to put in on that sort of thing, they’d be better off with a guinea pig, or perhaps a nice house plant. Maybe start with the house plant and move up to the g-pig when they get the hang of taking care of something.

  8. Ailene says:

    We bought the same type of product from another company. The issue was a rescue dog that had extreme seperation anxiety and would bark til he was hoarse if we left him alone. When we discovered a heart problem we needed to curb as much stress from him as possible. I tried everything the training books tell you and it didn’t work. We bought this similar product and it has helped tremendously. Does it go off when it’s not suppose to? Yes, but not alot. It has helped and it’s not used all that often as I am home most days. I have three doxies and it works on all three to varing degrees. I still say it was worth the money spent.

  9. Another Deb says:

    This concept upsets me. I am not at issue with the use of this device to help a dog owner control their dog’s barking. If used intelligently, I suppose it could be helpful. However I feel my privacy rights would be violsted if a neighbor installed one of these aimed at my dog yard. I try very hard to be a conscientious and responsible dog owner. I have six dogs. I have a large 5′ chain link dog yard, set well back from the roads as we are on a corner 1 1/2 acre lot. This was done to minimize the ‘fencing running’ behavior and give the person(s) using the roads a significant safety zone. I have planted rose bushes and such to screen the yard, but it’s going to take a few more years before they become effective summertime blockades, when foot traffic is at it’s highest. I never let my dogs out in the yard and leave them unattended. I am always close by so I can hear them when a barkfest gets going, and the best methods I have found to stop them is to either engage them in a game, or call them in the house for a group sit/cookie fest until the walker/jogger/bicyclist has gotten out of sight.
    I do want my dogs to bark at a perceived threat. I don’t want to discourage them completely. I want to know when there is something Out There. As their owner, it’s my judgement call, not my neighbors. I don’t leave my dogs out after dark, I crate them when I leave if I am not planning to take them with me. In short, I try to do all the things a sensible, responsible dog owner should do. However, if a dog hating person buys the house for sale across the street, I would be helpless if they chose to install such a device, and I see it as a violation of my rights as a property owner. Dogs are considered property so i feel I would be violated on multiple counts.

  10. Nancy Freedman-Smith says:

    Hi Don Earl-
    I thought about just letting your insulting comment slide, but alas I could not. I have two dogs, and one is a Collie and yup he barks. He barks at squirrels (we have tons!) and he barks at strangers in the neighborhood. He is never alone in the yard and never allowed to bark and never left out unattended. He is never out unless I am right there. He is the first dog that I have ever owned who “barks” He barks because he comes genetically equipped to bark. Collies have been bred to bark. Barking is how Collies herd sheep.
    Surrounding my yard in nearly every direction are barking dogs. I assume my neighbor thinks all barking comes from my yard. We have an 8 foot stockade fence between us. We live next door to beagles who bay on an invisible fence most of the day, and a lab who barks, “throw the ball” whenever she is out. I take in occasional foster dogs and some of them bark, but again, it is never for long and never allowed.
    I am sorry that you lived near uncaring neighbors, but I am not one of them. Closer to my “alleged barking dogs” lives a family with a baby and a 3 year old child. They have told me time and time again when I asked if my dogs bother them, that they never hear my dogs. Their kid’s bedroom window is much closer than the neighbor who erected the birdhouse. I would like to ask, why is it not ok for a dog to bark now and again, but the noise polution of leaf blowers and obsessive lawn mowers is acceptable?
    By the way, we have already have 3 guinea pigs.

  11. Sarah says:

    I like dogs, but a barking dog is almost as annoying as a screaming baby. ANY loud, repetitive, non-stop noise that you have no control over is annoying. Moreover, if your dog is barking so much that your neighbor has to go BUY something to fix the problem, you aren’t paying enough attention.

  12. Marie says:

    I think buying a product to aim at a neighbor is rude and akin to an assault. What about speaking to the neighbor who’s dogs are a problem? If that doesn’t resolve the issue there is always animal control. Not working? Video the actual offenders and let them know you have proof that they aren’t addressing the issue. But be NICE about it. Maybe they need to see the video before they really understand why it is so bothersome. If they are gone during the day they might have no idea. I used to have a barker across the street from me. The poor dog was tied out almost all the time. My solution was to take some nyla-bones for the dog to chew on over to her. Worked like a charm. There are many other ways to deal with “jerky” neighbors. None of them are this product. Imagine if it were something to stop YOUR kids behavior? Would you be as ok about it then?

  13. Susanne says:

    I had a neighbor complain about my dogs barking. Yes, they bark when there is a reason to. The neighbor behind me has many visitors all day that walk right along our fenceline to get to his house so yes, the girls bark. I have been more diligent in correcting them when they do it but I work during the day. They are in my bedroom at night so there isn’t anything to worry about at night. I am considering an ultrasonic device but I don’t want to hurt my girls if the thing goes off for every other sound (the teenagers riding by on their dirtbikes). Does anyone have experience with specific products? Which ones seem less likely to go off for sounds the dogs are not creating?? Thank you!

  14. Orange says:

    Wow, there are a lot of inconsiderate dog owners - all who people who are “sure” your dogs don’t bother anyone, think again! I am a dog owner myself, and I have carefully trained my dog not to bark. Sorry, but when you live in a city around other people, it’s your responsibility to train your animal to behave courteously. It *is* up to your neighbors to decide when they don’t like the barking!

    I’m surrounded by jerky neighbors who let their dogs start up at 6am about 5 feet from my bedroom. I’ve asked nicely, I’ve asked not nicely, I’ve called animal control - at this point, all I can figure is that there are a lot of people out there with a real lack of consideration for others. I don’t make noise, I don’t play loud music, run leafblowers, lawn mowers, or have screaming children. We all deserve a little peace and quiet. It is not reasonable to assume that just because you don’t mind your barking dog, no one else does.

  15. Matt says:

    Is there a difference between the noise from a barking dog that upsets neighbors and a noise from the neighbors aimed to curb the barking? In terms of rights and privacy violation, of course not. Can you really train a healthy happy dog to never bark? Not anymore than you can train a healthy happy person never to talk. If your dog is driving your neighbors crazy then it’s your responsibility to deal with it. Granted I would expect a neighbor to talk to me prior to setting one of these up. However, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that my neighbor doesn’t need to come talk to me. I live in a fairly close quartered neighborhood, and just adopted my second dog who, unfortunately has the world’s most obnoxious bark. There isn’t a chance I would keep a dog in a crate all day while I’m at work, so my two dogs are outside running around and playing while I’m gone. It is my neighbor’s right to be annoyed at barking and it is my right to let my dog run around outside. Therefore, I bought a bark collar to attempt to control unreasonable repetitive barking at the population of 342 squirrels that live in my back yard. Time will tell if that actually works…

  16. Annoyed says:

    All you great dog owners out there.. KUDOS to you! Because I think those of us anti-barkers who are reading these reviews are FED UP with your other-half (aka LOUSY dog owners). I personally have two large barking dogs next door that wake my toddler at obscene hours and are left outside 24/7. They, of course, don’t bark while the owners are home. But once the owners are away they let loose. Many people DO the right thing, as we have, to approach the owners politely and request their cooperation. Met with hostility and denial, our options are then severely limited. A fine from animal control and these “FREAKS” might just unleash on our children or home! Why should we be made to suffer the wrath of their nuissance animals or their poor manners and consideration for their fellow neighbors? If my own animals or children were responsible for such outrageous annoyances, I would certainly be man enough to claim my own responsibility. Is it so unheard of to request that others have the same sense of human decency?

  17. Thogek says:

    Like Susanne, I would love to hear about any specific products with which anyone has experience that do curb out-of-hand dog barking. We have two large dogs, very friendly and playful, but who do tend to bark — both quite deeply and loudly — at almost any noises or appearances of neighbors, passers-by, or the occasional squirrel or rabbit. We’re working on various different methods of curbing the barking, and we know that at least two of our neighbors are less than happy with the noise, but we’re not making a whole lot of progress so far. If one of these electronic/sonic devices can effectively help the process along (such as perhaps the unnamed model Ashley describes above), I’d very much love to hear about it, preferably before a neighbor attaches the wrong one to his tree.

  18. Lakyn says:

    We own a big dog and we have trained her not to bark. If she does start barking, we bring her back into the house. Our neighbors have a dog that barks constantly. We walk out into our yard, it barks. It barks early in the morning. It’s barks at 10 o’clock at night. It just barks. We can’t enjoy walking around our trees because it stands there and barks. The neighbors are outside, and they let their dog stand there and bark. We have every right to put one of these out if it makes their dog keep quiet, so we can enjoy being outside too. We should not have to suffer because of irresponsible owners.

  19. Frustrated Neighbor says:

    I am the neighbor that is up all night because the owners do not want the dog to be in the house with their cats. We have tried the “old fashioned” confrontation. Has it worked, no. We have called the sheriff’s department in the middle of the night. However, I do not believe they come out to check on the situation.

    We have a dog as well. When the dog starts barking, usually because of our neighbor’s dog, we bring him in right away. My school age son does not get enough sleep nor do I.

    So any suggestions on how we can cope with this situation without purchasing the product you write about not getting?

    We have lived in our house for 17 years with no problems with our neighbors until the new neighbors with the barking dog moved in 6 months ago.

  20. linsey says:

    dear mikken
    i agree what you are trying to say about dogs communicating, but i don’t agree you calling us a bad dog owner for buying this product whe we are trying control the situation. If i had the money, to go somewhere where i don’t have to worry about the dogs barking, i would. Training isn’t as easy as you make it out to be, because how you contradicted yourself a dog has to bark for a reason.
    ,but you are suggesting that i get kicked out of where i live, send my dog to the pound because it has no where to go because i’m a bad owner for buying this. not to mention
    not many people will take dogs these day.
    and i respect the ones who do their best to take care of their dog and giving them the best of attention.
    and for people wanting to buy this product being the most humane product out there with out shocking your dog to death.
    if you have a problem with how people are taking care of my dog then you need to settle this with me.
    because i don’t appreciate you commenting to other people judging them as bad pet owners because you have the money to take care of dogs.
    i’m only 21 and have 4 dogs going to school work 40 hours a week.
    my room mate and i do out best to watch the dogs.
    most of the dogs we took were unwanted and needed to be rescued.
    so do us a favor and give us a break and stop posting your pathetic comments on here.

  21. Dawn says:

    Until you’ve lived with the noise of various neighbours’ dogs barking all day long (and sometimes at night too) you can have no idea how hellish this is. In my neighbourhood practically everyone has at least one dog and practically no one bothers to try to put a stop to the barking.

    It’s all very well people saying THEIR dog only barks when it has a reason to - they seem to be unaware that every dog owner says the same but that they all bark at different things and at different times, thus leading to almost non-stop barking when there are numerous dogs in the neighbourhood. And of course when one dog starts barking the others often join in.

    There is no excuse for this. Any dog owner who allows his/her dog to bark unchecked is ducking out of his/her responsibilities. The worst owners are those who leave their dogs outside, then head off and leave the dogs to bark as much as they like, while the poor neighbours who just want peace and quiet are forced to listen to a cacophany of barking. Why do dog owners assume they have a right to disturb my life like this? I wouldn’t dream of invading their privacy and right to a quiet life with loud music or revving up a motorbike or any othe antisocial activity, yet dog owners think it’s ok to ruin my peace with their animals’ noise. This is a very cruel thing to do to anyone, yet when someone is driven to taking their own measures to stop the continuous din they are deemed cruel - how one-sided and ridiculous is that?

    My mother, who is in her 80’s, was often in tears because of her neighbour’s two dogs which barked loudly all day in the garden. She asked her neighbour if he could try to keep them quiet, but he just laughed and said they only barked when disturbed by other noise (yes, honestly, that’s what he said). So I bought an ultrasonic bark stopper and trained it on my mother’s neighbour’s garden - the result was wonderful! Both dogs stopped barking within a few days, indeed one stopped after one day. My mother could hardly believe it was that simple, but it was! So finally, after years of misery, an old lady can read a magazine or watch tv or listen to music without the background din of barking dogs. Who was cruel - me or the neighbour?

    So, let me ask ALL dog owners to train their dogs not to bark. It is easy to do and it is necessary to do it, both from a moral and legal point of view. Also, until you know your dog won’t bark, don’t go away and leave it outside to annoy the whole neighbourhood with its barking - that really is a contemptible thing to do, especially if there are elderly or sick people in the area, or maybe shift workers or young babies who need sleep in the daytime. Yes, dogs are wonderful and they are precious, but they are not as important as human beings. The rights our dogs have are subordinate to the rights of people, but there is no reason we can’t all live in harmony.

  22. jdiddley says:

    INCONSIDERATE SELFISH PEOPLE. Dogs are innocent just like children. It is the responsibility of the pet owners to train their dogs properly. A dog that is properly trained, cared for and has considerate owners will not be allowed to bark excessively. I shouldn’t have to hear your dog bark. I shouldn’t have to ask you to quiet your dogs. While I’m at it, I shouldn’t have to smell your dog’s hot steamy poo in August because you don’t pick up your lawn It’s common courtesy. What would you think if I sent my kids out at 3:oo AM every morning to scream at your fence? No big deal, just for 30-45 minutes per day. Is that alright? You are the same people that fart in the cabin of an air plane mid flight and then pretend you don’t smell anything. Really, you disgust me.

  23. John says:

    For all you anti-barkers. Why don’t you start a no dog neighborhood? I have had a neighbor move into the neighborhood and suddenly decide they didn’t like my dog’s barking. I asked all of the neighbors and all but that one said that they never even heard the dogs. That same neighbor has their lawn done at 7 in the morning on Saturday when I am sleeping, but I can’t call animal control on the leaf blowers.

    What is really annoying about dog rules is that many municipalities leave out a time frame on purpose for the sake of people that work at night. I am diligent about making sure my dogs are inside when “normal people” are trying to sleep. It is ridiculous that I should suffer because someone finds dogs barking more annoying than the various noises that annoy me. Construction and life happen during the hours most people are at work so why does someone who stays at home those hours have the right to dictate my neighborhood and my life.

    If you move into a neighborhood with barking dogs that were already there, I think you didn’t do your homework when you selected where to live.

    Dogs bark and leaf blowers go off at 7 in the morning and Construction happens when it is most inconvenient, neighbors rev their motorcycles for 30 minutes straight, kids play loudly in the neighborhood, chainsaws and lawnmowers are noisy. So why do barking dogs qualify as a situation that is worse than noisy birthday parties? I think if it happens between 7am and 9 pm, you are a bad neighbor for making it an issue and need to find some other way to grow as a person and vent your frustrations in a positive way.

    Why don’t you try calling the police on a high school foot ball game down the street that causes just as much noise? Apparently dog owners are second class citizens when it comes to the law. A neighbor that calls animal control without trying to contact the dog owner first is a much worse problem for the neighborhood than a few barking sessions throughout the day.

    It would be ironic if those people that complain about normal dog barking got robbed in the middle of the day and the neighbor’s dog was inside because of the noise complaints made by them.

  24. RM says:

    I found this interesting as I’ve been looking for better ways to control my dogs barking. I typically walk out with him, but sometimes I can’t. The big problem has been when it’s late, if he sees someone in the street, he will bark before I can stop him, and the neighbors bedroom windows are only about 10 feet away. I’ve tried a spray collar, but this only works part of the time, and if there’s something he’s really mad at, he just ignores the spray.

    The neighbor was nice when he came over, which was good as I was about to say something about his kids that are louder than the dogs often, but I understand the issue with barking during sleeping hours. Anway, I’m out of ideas. Any other thoughts on ways to stop him more effectively?

  25. LA says:

    I agree with those owners who want to be responsible owners but don’t know what to do. One of these msgs said teaching them not to bark “is easy to do.” What a crock! I have asked every dog owner I know if they have had this problem and what they do about it. I have asked several trainers. Nothing has worked. I came to this site while trying to find other ways to curb the barking. I live in a condo and it is difficult. I am usually home but since I am slightly hearing impaired, I don’t always hear her right away. I do bring her in and/or chastize her when I hear her. It is interesting that for the first year and a half there was no problem. She didn’t bark. Now she barks whenever anybody goes up the stairs next to our little yard. I find it interesting that when one of the neighbors that live up there come near her, she starts hiding behind me and shaking. She is little and when I was holding her the other day, she hid her face against my chest and started shaking. His first response was, “I have never done anything to her - honest.” Interesting, huh. I believe he is the cause of the initial barking. The problem is, what do I do now? I don’t want her barking unnecessarily but I don’t want her mistreated either. Any suggestions? Please?

  26. jdiddley says:

    So, we purchased this bird house and aimed it at the neighbors yard. I was amazed! It has decreased his barking by about 75%. If there is something he is seriously alarmed about, he barks anyway but the leisurely barking has stopped! He no longer stands in the yard with his goofy little snout up in the air howling just to hear his own beautiful voice. In conclusion, I have not inhibited the dog’s ability to alert and alarm but I have decreased his annoying 100 barks per hour. At first I feared that he would get used to it and ignore it but it’s been about 2 weeks and it still works. Over all, this is a great outcome because now I know if he is barking, I need to check to see whats going on whereas before he was just a pain in the butt. I do not think this device will work for all dogs and you do have to adjust it properly to get results. Good luck to all of the other frustrated people on here!
    PS: SOME of you dog owners are inconsiderate and self centered. The world does not revolve around you. You are the kind of people that throw trash out the window of your car and then claim it’s a free country. You suck. My neighbors NEVER hear my dog bark!

  27. firesheep67 says:

    As for reasoning with the owners of the dogs? When they slam the door in your face, that’s the end of “negotiating.” Our neighbors are a$$holes who care about no one but themselves. The dogs lead a miserable life in a concrete backyard, but they’re fed and “have a place to live,” so animal control collects our “noise logs” and sends letters to the owners about how to better control the barking. I’d rather pay $50, hang the device and be done with it. God bless the inventor(s)! I’m placing my order now. Can’t wait to restore peace and quiet in the ‘hood!

  28. just a point of view says:

    This device is not intended for those who live on acreage, nor the decent dog owners that actually do try various methods to assist with this problem. Rather this device is for the ones that have been asked nicely by several neighbors, been asked rudely once the first asking was ignored, been visited by the cops b/c no other means seems to get the point across. You live in close neighborhoods or condos, you chose to live their the same as we did. I love playing with my neighbor’s dogs.
    This is intended for the owner’s that choose not to train their dog in any form what so ever. My neighbor has had her tiny white dog for 2+ years now … the shrill of this dog is very disruptive. I have watched this go on for many months … the dog goes outside, rears it’s head back and shrills. There are no squirrels, no dogs next door, no people walking by. Even when there are these “reasons” the dog makes the same shrill. There is no protection ever granted by this due to the fact that it barks the same all the time.
    I’m ready to sell my condo and move far away, as 2 other neighbors have done. I guess in the end she wins … at the cost of many others right to peace.
    So if you have a situation that is as bad as this … and you decide to use a device such as this… just do your research and find the best one that you can. Good luck.

  29. Steve Powers says:

    It is a fact that some people leave their dog alone most of the time.
    We had a quiet area until a neighbor re-married and his new wife brought along a shepherd mix. This poor animal is alone nearly all of the time. When he first showed up and was outside barking directly toward our house I went over to talk to the neighbor. He became angry and ordered me off his property. We have tried many ways to have these people treat their dog properly they refuse. We finally called animal control. It ended up in court where the judge said keep the dog quiet or face the consequences. Well it turns out there are none. I’m buying a silent bark alarm and praying it works!

  30. Bob says:

    I’ve tried to talk to my neighbors multiple times about thier incessantly barking dogs. Sometimes talking doesn’t work. The last conversation ended with the husband swinging a baseball bat at me and experiencing OC (pepper) foam as well as one of the dogs being sprayed. At this point I can’t say that I care if the dogs suffer. I bought 2 of the most powerful anti barks I could find and have them camoflaged and aimed at thier yard. It’s been several months and I don’t know if the dogs are barking less in the house but they ARE terrified of the back yard and aren’t out there nearly as much. Generally they are very quiet when they are outside. Myself and many neighbors have started a petition to enact and enforce a nuisance barking ordinance in our township. Once that happens and my ignorant neighbors (not the dogs) can be punished I’ll remove the anti barks.

  31. Reality says:

    Those who say that it is possible to train a dog not to bark are really just idealistic. dogs bark as a form of communication, some dogs just do it less, and if you train your dog not to, well its like forcing a baby not to cry, which is also annoying. its just something you have to accept, sure owners can reduce their dog’s barking, but i’ve got 3 neighbors in close proximity, who have no problem with my dog. there is one neighbor who has complained about us abusing the dog several times, and time after time, the investigators come up with the same conclusion. the complaintive neighbor even wrote letters to the police saying that we let our dog “drink ice”. and a product like this is letting telling people its o-k to train other people’s dogs. why not their children

  32. NG says:

    I absolutely agree with John!!! We have an older woman living acroos the yard from us (since we don’t have an alley) who will conmpaint happy. I have two mini dogs out of which one barks at all. My boy wouldn’t bark if you pleaded. My girl, on the other hand - is more protective. And I would expect her to bark at wierd noises. After all, I don’t only love them for love and affection but for protection as well. I think people who can’t stand normal noises should just go to a retirement home where it’s nice and quiet. But if you want to live around normal people, learn to deal with normal noises. Don’t get me wrong, we have many dogs in our neighborhood and I just started noticing the barking since that b@?ch complained. Ou dogs are never left outside for more than 5 hours and that’s is always during the day until I come home from school and my husband comes home from work.
    One more thing, I do think inhumane to eletricute your dogs or bombard them with noises all day. We have a neighbor acroos the street who literally has a drum set up in his garage and plays a couple of times a week, but as long as it’s during the day - I couldn’t care less.

  33. PB says:

    What happened to respecting your neighbor and respecting their space? Dogs should never be left outside unless someone is home to oversee their activities. A dog that barks incessantly invades my rights and, if it’s my dog, invades my neighbors’ rights. Responsible dog owners do not allow their dogs to have behaviors that are constant irritants to others. I’ve seen this barking doghouse correct “silly” barking quickly and seemingly not hurt the dogs. I have one barker now that I have to immediately verbally correct or she will go on a tirade, but, if I were not at home, she would never shut up-she loves to bark,period. If you live next door to me and your dog barks on and on, I thoroughly dislike you as a neighbor and I think you care very little about your dog.

  34. tbone says:

    I have heard it all! For all you people who think it is “ok” to let your dogs bark “constantly” is unbeleivable!
    I think they should come up with something to stop “YOU” from barking ! I have a very large dog and when he starts barking because of ( squirrel,someone in alley, etc )he has made his point. If he dosen’t stop after a few seconds he’s made to come in the house. A dog that barks constantly is “VERY ANNOYING”.I have one of them right next door and I will buy the device to try to stop him. He barks every 30 sec.and I do have people in my home that work 3rd shift and connot sleep because of him.They get their sleep at night, she deserves her sleep as well.
    You can’t talk to them they don’t care. I have called police,it worked for about 2 day’s,right back at it. So if you don’t care, I don’t care. I will do whatever it takes to stop it. So for all you people that think it’s not a problem “IT IS” get over it and do something about it ! Be thankful it’s only a sounding device and not a 38 caliber!

  35. anti barking ideas says:

    i’ve heard a good way is to connect a dog whistle up to a compressed air source, such as a piston aquarium air pump (powered by a wall outlet but won’t quit on you), or a compressed ‘air bubble’ air tank you can refill at the gas station and use anywhere (portable but very obvious as it is the size of a large watermelon), or just get a little spray paint size can of pure compressed air used for dusting off things (very inconspicuous and useful for away from home). dog whistles come in different sizes and pitches, little dog, large dog, and so on, so you can experiment with different ones for effect.

    another way that is proven to work, is to carry a zip-lock sandwich baggie filled with small dog biscuits. if the dog is within easy tossing range, just throw it a dog biscuit every time you see it. i’ve permanently shut up some incredible nuisance barkers by doing this. i even made friends out of a huge lunger on a chain. once i walked up to the fence of another loudly barking dog and emptied out a large can of dog food complete with sauce over the fence (risky, but the neighbor did not see me). the barking dog shut up like turning off a switch and was cured from that day on. unless the dog is completely insane (there are those), it is almost impossible for it to continue barking at an obvious food source, especially after you do this a few times on separate days and it finally figures out the connection between the food and you.

  36. Lorina says:

    When I bought this bark control birhouse for my dog and did as the direcions said wow it really did worked.
    I could not leave my dog out for more than 5 mins becaused of constaint barking. This is a great product.
    My dog is a sherpard, 8 years old, whine and barked all the time. Also started to pee everywhere in the house.
    I bought this product and the barking, whining and peeing has stopped we used it for 3 weeks and he has stopped all of these things. I agree a dog that barks constantly is “VERY ANNOYING”.I was almost ready to give up my dog. But now I do not have to and I am sure the neighbors think that we did. Now if they had a product to get your husband to stop barking I would buy 2 of them. ha ha only joking.

  37. M says:

    I have a dog that does not bark. I have spent a lot of effort training him to not need to bark. I am the alfa-male and I protect the house, not him. Training aside I have a neighbor with two dog and bark continiously at my dog through the fence (My dog does not even bark back). They are left out for long periods of time and bark constantly. I will buy one of these to shut these dogs up. I really don’t want my dog to bear the sound but it’s definetly worth it if it’ll stop them from barking. Once the barking stops I will remove or turn off the device until it starts up again.

  38. Charlene says:

    I need a dog whistle motion sensor activated. I WANT the dog to avoid my yard. There is nothing good about a neighbor who encourages her dog to shit in my ivy thinking no one can see it and she doesn’t have to pick it up.

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  40. Dianne says:

    >>>>>But the people who would buy this to start with wouldnt be the same people that would see this review.>>>>>

    That’s not true. I’m a pet owner myself. My neighbor’s dog barks non-stop everytime they let it out. I’ve asked my neighbors kindly if “we can all try something to help him calm down.” In other words: “How can I be part of the solution?” I love dogs! I just can’t stand the incessant barking and find it ridiculous that people simply can’t take responsibility to train their pets. I’m in a suburban area where everyone’s houses are within 10 feet. I know dogs bark but come on……. So here I am researching this product before I would ever consider buying and after reading several reviews and comments from other pet owners, have decided against going this route to alleviate the situation. Oh BTW, these same neighbors allow their dog to crap where it pleases and do not clean it up. This is NOT being a good neighbor. I don’t want to fued, but perhaps a call to the police might sway them in a responsible direction.

  41. Angela M Ruiz says:

    I have a neighbor that bought one of these things and it has not resolved any issues. This thing goes off whenever it wants. My dogs do not even have to bark and it goes off. We have talked to our neighbors about trying to keep this under control. We bought our dogs bark collars for when their outside and at night they come in. But guess what? They still have that nusiance beeping sound going off and even in the middle of the night. We have done our part, now I think they are just doing it to anoy us.

  42. Jake says:

    “. . . now that I am aware that my neighbors have an issue, I have worked diligently to keep my Collie from barking at squirrels.”

    Yeah, because previously it hadn’t occurred to you that your neighbors would have an issue with your dog barking its head off with no good reason. Give me a break. People like you are the reason products like this exist.

  43. Mary A says:

    Question for those of you with first-hand experience: Is there any electronic bark control device available which can be adjusted to only respond to a dog’s bark, rather than the sound of playing children?
    If this doesn’t work, I’m calling the Dog Whisperer to see if he can train my neighbors’ dog owners.

  44. Edna says:

    Is there really any way to talk to a neighbor about their barking dog without pissing them off? I’ve never seen it. No matter how you approach them they want to deny the problem or act as if you are overreacting or tell you to your face that it’s not their dog.

    Our neighbor’s beagle barks and bays all day long while the husband and kids (who apparently wanted the dog) are at work. The wife/mother of the family is home while this is happening and will occasionally open an upstairs window to scream at the dog to shut-up - but otherwise just lets him bark and bark. When they first got him I was shocked at how she left him during the day as a small puppy in the yard all day as he whined, cried and barked to come in. (Wouldn’t normal people try to bond with the new puppy in order to have some connection with him that would allow you to train him?) I’m now working at home part-time and this has all made it very difficult for me to do business like talk to clients on the phone. We’ve been considering one of these PetSafe Bird houses now because although several neighbors including us have tried to talk to these people about the dog, only to be told that we’re wrong. We have three indoor cats and I’m worried that a device like this might affect their hearing. Cats have 4X better hearing than people and most certainly would hear this thing transmitting. I know that those sound emitting devices that are supposed to get rid of rodents are known to make your cat and dog deaf.

    Is there any evidence that this device really does affect the hearing of animals?

  45. Lindsey says:

    No one has any idea what a barking dog can do to your mental well being as much as I do. I recently bought a home in a small rural community in PA. The neighbors have 4 German sheperds. I love the dogs, don’t get me wrong. I buy treats and toys for them as if they are my own. But when my neighbors go to work at 4 am they put them in their outdoor kennel and I wake up everyday around 5am to a barking dog times 4! I have to close my windows in the dead of summer and turn a huge box fan and the ceiling fan on to drown out the noise. Then, dare my cat step out onto my own back deck….
    I like everyones idea of having a conversation about it with your neighbor. Ha. We had a borough council meeting over the situation and one lady even handed out flyers for people to come voice their opinions. I did that, siting shoulder to shoulder with my neighbor and there has been no resolution. They say that only one barks. And that just isnt true. They say we should mind our own business, I say, I would love to but can’t hear myself think as I work from my home office….This thing better work! Or I am going to have to get on some serious medication so I don’t go insane!

  46. Guido says:

    It sounds like there are some considerate dog owners here. I wish I was your neighbor.

    I work from home. My neighbor lets his dog out at 7 AM and leaves for work. And the dog barks off and on all day until 10 PM. I’ve talked to him, left notes, no changes.

    I’m just back in the house from testing an ultrasonic bark stopper. It worked! The poor untrained lonely dog is now cowering on the other side of the house.

    I feel sorry for the dog. But better a dog be miserable than me.

    I’ve been more than patient.

  47. Mary C. says:

    >>

    I have to agree with you on this one. When all efforts to rationally discuss the matter with an inconsiderate neighbor have failed, you have to take matters into your own hands.

  48. Denyce says:

    Its all well and good to state that the barking dog problem should be worked out with the neighbors, but what happens when this approach fails? We have talked to our very inconsiderate neighbors repeatedly, and they refuse to do anything about their constantly barking boxer that they have penned into a tiny, filthy yard right next to our fence and, incidentally, our bedroom windows. This dog barks continuously, day and night. We can’t sleep, we can’t sit outside and enjoy our beautiful back yard, and our puppies are terrified to go outdoors. He is also tearing apart OUR fence, and the neighbors refuse to do anything to stop him. We have contacted the police - no help - we have reported the neighbors to animal control - no help. We have offered to PAY for a bark control collar for the dog - no deal So what are we supposed to do?! We’re purchasing one of these units in the fervent hope that we can restore some quiet to our neighborhood. This seems a lot more humane than theactions of the neighbors of a friend of mine who poisoned her dogs when she refused to do anything about their barking. (Then she cried big tears about losing her dogs when all she had to do was to be a little more considerate and understanding of her neighbors, and be a much better doggie mom.) If someone out there has a better suggestion than these bird houses I would sure like to hear about it!

  49. Amber says:

    To Nancy Freedman-Smith:
    In response to “I would like to ask, why is it not ok for a dog to bark now and again, but the noise polution of leaf blowers and obsessive lawn mowers is acceptable?”

    I don’t have a scientific explanation involving the physics of sound waves and the physiology for the reason barking sparks such extreme annoyance in the human brain, but it does. I don’t think it is reasonable to put the noise of a lawnmower and the noise of a high pitched dog bark (sometimes for hours and hours on end) into the same category. I’ve worked in veterinary hospitals for many years and it’s no mystery why almost every one of them have the kennel areas well inclosed or removed far from the ears of the employees and clients. Humans are great at adapting but even those of us that have worked around barking dogs for hours a day are just not able to adapt to the noise.I’ve never found myself frustrated to tears over my neighbor’s lawn mower, but have found myself in tears while trying to study for finals through the noise of a barking bloodhound. So for a lack of a better explaination, I think we can all just agree and accept that barking dogs are an annoyance unlike lawnmovers or leaf blowers. Good try though.

  50. Brian says:

    I think this is a great idea. I live in a townhouse community, and my neighbors have this dog who barks continuosly when their owners are away. They are away very often, for hours several times a day. I don’t like to hear other noise in my community such as leaf blowers, etc, but that can’t be helped. When my neighbors don’t do a thing after having been approached about the issue (and other issues), then I take it that they can care less about the problem they are causing. So if their dog barks, so can a birdhouse in my yard.

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