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. Marie says:

    I’m in the same boat as many of you where trying to be reasonable with my neighbor owner of an incessantly barking dog does nothing. I read all of these comments here and see so many chastising remarks about “just talk to your neighbor.” Well how about you tell me what to do when “just talking” doesn’t work? When the neighbor slams the door in your face? When several calls to the sheriff, local police, animal control, and city hall do nothing? I want some of those people who feel that I should “just talk to my neighbor” to come back here and tell me what to do when there is nothing else to do.

    I’d like to add that frankly, the lawnmower/leaf blower comparison is ridiculous. It’s one thing to hear a motorized tool for 30 minutes at the most once or twice a week. It’s a totally different story when a neighbor’s barking dog wakes you up every morning at 6am, barks every morning at the kids waiting for the schoolbus, barks when you go outside everyday to do yard work, barks when other neighbors take their daily walks, barks at birds all day, barks for 20 minutes when the mailman is putting the mail in the big neighborhood locked mailbox, barks constantly when the kids get home from school and play outside, barks when people start to get home from work, barks for dinner, barks when neighbors go on their after dinner walks, and on and on.

    Here’s a link describing the deleterious effects of the sound of barking on humans:

    And I really would like suggestions on how to curb my neighbor’s dog’s incessant barking from some of you who think this product is a bad idea. There are always so many people to say, “No, this is a bad idea,” but then have no other alternative to offer.

  2. Marie says:

    I got so revved up after reading comments that I forgot why I was going to reply here in the first place.

    This review is a bit biased, don’t you think? It’s obviously written by some sort of trainer. If I were a dog trainer, I wouldn’t want anyone to buy this product, either.

    It was this phrase in the review that really bugged me, “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?”

    Well, if the neighbor with the barking dog can’t figure out how to approach their high-tech neighbor, don’t you think the same feelings might apply the other way around? The high-tech neighbor didn’t know what else to do! This is a product you would buy when you are at the end of your rope! This isn’t the sort of product you see kicking around in your local pet store. This is something you search for on google when you are desperate to get some peace and quiet in your own home - in your own neighborhood!

  3. Michelle says:

    I agree with Marie. I believe this article is written by a dog trainer. On the box, It states not to use with deaf or hard-hearing dogs. I’m having the same problem with my neighbor that has 3 dogs. I have asked them and they just swear at me and slam the door. This dog barks continously during the day and night for hours. The neighbors know about it, but won’t bring the dog outside or won’t interact with the dog.

    Has anyone tried to use the product? Does it work?

  4. MIchelle says:

    Forgot to ask something else. If I decide to get the outside barking control, does anyone know if it will affect my cat inside the house? Will I hear it?

  5. Beverly says:

    I would like to know if this product works. I have two Cairn Terriers and one of them is an alert dog I guess. I don’t want her to bother my new neighbors. I have asked them to let me know if she is barking during the day to much. I don’t know if she barks more when I’m home or not. The neighbors have not come to me yet. I do not want to use a shock collar if possible. I have a call into my vet to see what they suggest.

  6. Michelle says:

    I bought the product, it worked great on the boxer. However, the dog that we have trouble with, it appears not to be working. I think the dog is just plain stupid, because you can see that it goes off, but the dog ignores it. Has anyone used other products?

  7. Lori says:

    I found this sight because I was trying to figure out if the sound would harm my child, who is three and has very sensitive hearing and has actually been complaining of ear problems over the past several days (turned out to be a coincidence, we think).

    Our neighbors put one up recently which sits about 1 foot back from and 1 foot over a 7 foot privacy fence. Honestly, we thought it might be a video camera and were suspicious a camera trained on our kitchen door. I live with my mom who is almost 70, our home is not high traffic, and honestly, we don’t even spend a lot of time on that side of the house when we are out, so I wasn’t happy about what I thought was an invasion of privacy. Now that I know what the product is, it’s rather humorous because our dog stays in after dark and only goes out for short times during the day (while they are at work).

    Our dog is well trained, and doesn’t yip all the time - I personally would get rid of him if he did, as constant barking annoys me and upsets my 3 year old daughter. Our dog does bark when other dogs in the neighborhood come near our yard, but it’s always on on the opposite property line from theirs and is only occassional.

    I have yet to see the red light come on when our dog is even outside, but it flashes constantly when my daughter is playing and when we are getting in our cars to leave home.

    The neighbors complained once about 6 months ago saying that out dog had gotten out of the fence and dug in their yard, but there are about 20 dogs that are not leashed or fenced in within our neighborhood (no leash law here) and we keep him leashed now, so that ended. The have not approached us about the dog barking - something we haven’t noticed, so unfortunately they wasted their money on a product that is obviously ineffective.

    A concern I would have is that it could cause some potentially serious situations if the dog owner were an agressive sort and they thought it was a camera like we did. People have been known to kill because someone cut them off in traffic - it could be just as bad if they feel their privacy is being invaded.

  8. Dave says:

    I purchased this device at Petsmart when it was on sale for $40 to combat my oblivious neighbor’s yapping mutt. It’s been in use for a couple of weeks and has seemed to cut down, but not eliminate his incessant barking when we’re outside. I know it annoys the dog, because when I went outside, he started yapping so I placed it directly in front of a hole in the lower part of the fence and went about my business… he’d bark, it’d beep, he’d stop and the cycle repeated. Eventually he went away and shut up. Our own dog has been trained effectively not to bark through use of a bark shock collar, (citronella was useless) and I’ve been tempted to give one to my neighbors anonymously if their mutt doesn’t get a clue soon.

  9. Donna says:

    I purchased a similar product for our own dog three years ago. The ultra-sonic sound stopped him from barking, but he has never been the same. Every time he heard the sound, he ran for the house in terror. We now have to force him out of the house to relieve himself. We used the product for less than a week. I will never try another product like this one for any animal.

    If this product effects my barking dog in such a negative way, how does it to effect the quiet dog within listening range? How does it effect wildlife?

  10. Anonymous says:

    The author of this article is right. If someone tried to use that on my dog I’d sue him. These devices could be doing permanant damage to the dog’s hearing and if they go off when the dog isn’t barking they can cause the dog to have a mental breakdown. They certainly should not be used by people who don’t know what they are doing. Anyone willing to use this on a dog shouldn’t own one. Besides, I live alone and I like that my dog barks when someone walks past my house or a car goes by, her barking gives me a sense of security.

  11. Last Resort says:

    I can’t wait to buy one of these things. I’ve tried the “talking to my neighbor”. Then I complained to the city
    who sent him a bylaw warning. That didn’t work either. Other neighbors complained to the city. Then I complained
    to the city again. They sent another bylaw warning and told me to keep a log, which I did. The next step is court.

    The city is testing these things so good luck to the idiot above that said he would sue. He’s probably never been in this situation. It’s too bad that some dog owners are so ignorant or lack the mental capacity to understand the
    problem (i.e. stupid). To give you an idea just how ignorant this neighbor is, he also throws his dog feces and cigarette butts over the fence too.

    Nice eh!

  12. Last Resort says:

    His cat also craps in my back yard, and his yappie Border Collie farm dog urinates on my front lawn. He also uses the park behind the house where small children play as a bathroom for his dog. Disgusting!! Regardless, I think the dog is actually smarter than the owner. Let’s hope his hearing is in good shape so that the ultrasonic blaster will have full effect.

    Thank god for technology.

  13. Scott says:

    There is another product called Dog Silencer Pro™ which claims to have better “Bark recognition technology”. I wonder if anyone has tested this? It is more expensive, but if it does a better job of recognizing barks verses other noises, that would be a big deal.

  14. Kat says:

    I have a springer spaniel who does bark more than I would like, but it is the miniture poodle 2 doors down in my apartment complex that is a bigger problem. I use a shock collar rated for a 10-15 lb dog on my dog which is 45 lbs. That way he gets a buzz but not a strong jolt. I fact it needs a battery and he doesn’t realize it won’t do anything to him. He just knows what it can do so just wearing the collar works for him. If we can solve the yipping poodle problem it would be so peaceful.

  15. jake says:

    A Flamethrower should do the trick.

  16. lynn says:

    There’s always the old drano in the meatball trick

  17. laura says:

    My husband and I recently discovered our neighbor has placed such a device on her fence in an attempt to deter our dog’s barking. The irony is her baby sitter plays very loud music when swimming and she herself has extremely loud conversation that can be heard down the block.

    We have only had our Jackrussel / Boxer for just over 6 months and received her as a 6 month old rescue who needed major redirection. She has made great progress and is a very gentle, loving and playful dog. However recently since the neighbor moved in her barking has increased. We were working on prevention and making progress. Then our dog turned to aggressively barking at the neighbor’s fence.

    In short we’ve noticed the sonic device has had the negative affect of inciting aggressive barking from our dog. The barking has dramatically increased and has rolled over to aggressive barking inside to go outside. The dog is charging and jumping to catch and see the red light going off on the device. This has set our training back weeks.

    The device does not train the dog because there is no direct interaction to reinforce the proper behavior. I’m very concerned about any thing that negatively affects any animal or possibly people. Even though we might not hear the sounds such device could induce migraines, seizures etc.

    We do not want to disturb any of our neighbors, nor do we wish to have to listen to the barking. Please talk to your neighbors and avoid such device solutions. If you are not comfortable talking to them go through the city. Or speak to a certified dog trainer for specific actions.

  18. Joy says:

    Ok, here’s the deal. Totally inconsiderate and rude neighbors! If I could legally cause the owner of 3 ripping dogs pain, I would. No it is not the dogs falt, but when the owners think they are above the law, and have relatives on the force, guess what? All hours of the day and night the minute the dogs are let out of the house they bark…non stop. Summer, winter, spring and fall….24-7. Try sitting out in your back yard on your swing enjoying a warm summer evening with your family, when suddenly the barking begins…and continues for no less than 30 minutes. You ask the owners nicely to please stop their dogs from barking, but you get obsenities yelled at you for daring to speak against their wonderful dogs whos barking is caused by the neighbors dogs…..who are no where to be seen or heard. So you call the authorities and for maybe two days you hear a bit less, but then it all comes back again. There are no reasons for these dogs to bark and there are no other dogs within 100 feet of these dogs. So guess what, if the owners choose not to stop the barking, I will. If they stop barking, they will not feel any pain and after a short time, they won’t need the device and I will turn it off. Stop your bleeding heart whinning and shut your dogs up. I am sick of excuses. Their barking hurts me way more than a little high pitched sound hurts them. It is NOT painful, it is just EXTREMELY anoying! I love dogs and have one of my own, and guess what, she doesn’t bark when the neighbor dogs bark, she only barks when she needs to alert us, and we have never used the methods we must resort to. If I thought it would hurt her, I would never do it. So, get over it!

  19. Jen says:

    honestly i think the writer is right.i have a dog he barks but not all the time. a couple of days ago my neighbors put up one of these bird houses and it beeped every seconed of the day even if my dog wasnt out. the first day he was just out there non stop barking at nothing untill i notice this the bird house. it was not helping it was annoying. now i have to literaly grab my dog and push him out. like the the writer said my dog does not go to the bathroom in that spot any more now he goes in the middle. i think that the bird house is causing a hearing problem for my dog.

  20. Larry says:

    A neighbor who rents a house moved in 6 months ago with 9 hunting dogs penned in a 10 ft by 20 foot metal fence. These dogs can all bark for 6 hours at a time since that’s their purpose in life. They howl about 8 times a days for usually about 30 minutes or so. The other morning it was 3 am to 6 am. The neighbor wants them to bark since they are hunting dogs. All neighbors have talked to the rental owner and he just says they aren’t his dogs. Any ideas?

  21. CC says:

    Well, we are at our wits end - since we have lived in our house our “neighbor” has had 3 dogs - all of them yappers….. here is the bite (haha).
    My 2 dogs go out in the yard and from puppyhood on I have always been right there to train them not to bark — I used a citron collar for basic training on the older one and the other one was trained right from puppyhood. My two dogs will be out in the yard and the neighbor behind us lets her little yapper out because she can’t stand the yapping inside at the glass door when her dog sees mine. I always praise them when they do not respond - it must make them nuts that my big Labs do not even look at her little yapper any more nor pay him any attention. I have taken obedience classes and socialized them at great cost to make sure they are good canine citizens.
    BUT the yapping is really awful - he is out there and barks at the dog 3 yards away and now he is smart enough to go up on their deck to get a better view of the other dogs in the neighborhood…..yap, yap, yap…….. HELP!

  22. Darlene says:

    We just moved into a brand new home and our neighbor bought two dogs that growl and bark whenever I go outside. I no longer can enjoy my backyard. I find myself trying to be as quiet as I can when I go outside, which is silly, but that is what I am doing! The dogs are upset as the owners never walk them or interact with them. I actually feel sorry for them as all three of us have become prisoners in our backyard.

  23. Bonnie says:

    I have two Great Pyrenees, from the time they were babies. I am a stay at home mother. I have also socialized both dogs and trained them. Currently they are 18 months and 13 months. One of them barks ALL the time. Every time I hear it (and believe me, I am very consistent) I go out there and make her stop. She barks at our back neighbors, our side neighbors. She barks at squirrels and birds and whatever else she can. They are not bored, I do walk them daily for several miles and they have toys and a boy who plays with them when he gets home from school. The other will bark once or twice but she stops. This I like as it serves as a warning to unwanted people, we have a big dog!! I bought the birdhouse just today. I have noticed a BIG difference already with the amount of barking. I placed it about 5 ft in an apple tree near to the area where they bark mostly at our back neighbors (who have small children playing out there a lot). I do want to find out if it goes off all the time (we live under an airline path). I love my dogs and don’t hit them. I just don’t know what to do anymore with the barker. I am being a responsible owner and a good neighbor. I will post here in a week or so to let you know how I feel about this product and if it really works, harms, etc.

  24. Les says:

    The prolonged and incessant barking of the neighbor dog caused tremendous anxiety and excessive stress, ultimately causing a serious stroke. I witnessed Sheila collapse next to the fence, just on the otherside (barking of course) was the neighbor dog. She now walks with a limp, has limited use of her right arm and has slurred speech, she’s had minimal recovery over the past year. Thanks to an irresponsible dog owner she’ll never be the same. Cute family pet? or… the dog from hell? This can become a serious issue, get responsible dog owners, before someone else gets hurt.

  25. Cindy says:

    We are going crazy with the neighbor’s agricultural guard dogs. According to the state of Maine, these dogs can bark all the times and the neighborhood can’t do a thing. These dogs have to be in the process of guarding the herd or warning the owner of a threat, but if you want to file a complaint you have to prove it. Try getting the dog officer at your house in time to see the dog barking at nothing and at all hours of the night. They also have roosters that wake us up at the crack of dawn. The town is of no help. I’m going to buy one of these ultrasonic barking devices. My blood pressure has gone up in the last year and a half since I don’t get much sleep. I guess that doesn’t matter. Human welfare is less important the animal welfare.
    It always amazes me that the barking doesn’t bother the owners. How can they not hear the barking at night?
    I’m so frustrated and angry.

  26. Ann says:

    Our neighbor just put this up. Our dogs are only outside with us, otherwise in the house, they are never left outside alone. If all the neighbors are outside, our dogs will go to the fence and bark, we go over tell them no, if they do not stop, we pick them up(bigger one will stop when you tell her no)and take them to another part of the yard, if they go over and bark again we put them inside. The dogs are usually let out in the morning to do their business and because no one is about, rarely do they bark. I have never, in a year and half, heard our dogs bark for more than a minute maybe two if I were running the tiller or mower.

    Our neighbor has holly trees and some other bushes that were overgrown over our side drive by 3-4 feet, we asked if they could be trimmed back, so we could pull in our vehichles without them being scratched, he told us we could do it, but better not destroy the bushes as they were valuable, ok, we did it, they all seem fine. A wind storm came through and a big branch from his magnolia came down on our side drive, it did no damage, my mom started trimming the small bits from it, but we did not have a chainsaw, I told mom not to mess with it as it was their branch and let the woman next door know that the branch was down.

    Nothing, then I notice the brach is now all the way next to our house, I put it back on the property line, I then hear the branch being thrown, I go over and the guy is there, Hey what’s going on, (he) someone keeps putting this on our property. (me) That’s because it is your branch. (he) It is not, you’re trying to make it my problem, it was dragged here. (me,getting mad, he is implying my mother and I are liars and irresponsible) You have got to be kidding,look, (pulled a bud from the tree and the downed limb)they match. (he) Well, so, your dogs bark at 6 in the morning, and that is my bedroom. (me) You are a jerk. End of conversation.

    Now are my dogs really a problem. This mans’ wife works 2 jobs because he had to take early retirement(2 other wives get part of his retirement), and he goes and buys this for dogs that have never barked for more than a minute or two??

  27. F C says:

    I have recently bought the dog silencer pro.. i bought two actually because the website states that it does not go through walls and our garden has many constructions/objects blocking the sound waves. so i have placed one in the main middle section of the yard and one in a corner where my neighbours claim that my dog barks there all day and night. i used this for two days and nearly decided to return it back to the company, but i have decided to switch them both off and just have them there to shut my neighbours up.

    the product was way too strong and has caused one of my dogs to have mild seizures. (i own two labradors, one aged 7 and one aged 5) and the young one, his jaw was shaking uncontrollably. he was just so traumatised. the older one is consistantly shaking his head so its obvious that it has affected his ears/hearing.

    the product came with remote controls which i thought would be a good idea at the time to give one of them to our neighbours so that they would feel that they have some sort of control over the barking while we were out, but now i can’t help but think that they would be pressing it as soon as my dogs makes any sort of noise. which is ultimately unfair for my dogs.

    i do not think this is a humane way to train your dogs, it just makes me feel so helpless, because i know my dog barks while we are at work, because he is bored, the reason is so obvious, he doesnt bark for nothing, but we do have to work long hours everyday, and we are away from home around 10 hours a day. i stay at home all day whenever i can, and this would be about 2 days each week, where i would take them to the park and let them run. it makes me think that i shouldn’t have ever had a pet if our family weren’t at home long enough, but whats done is done and i could never give away my beloved pets, i mean who knows if their life would be better or worse out there, who knows? no one would love an adopted pet, as much as the owners who raised them from a puppy.

    bottom line, i just dont reccommend this product. it sure works, but if it brings all these negative effects, i dont think its humane to keep on using it.

  28. John says:

    For four years I’ve lived next door to a little dog that yaps continuously whenever it is outdoors. I had to give up gardening because of this dog. I bought the owner a bark collar, but she refused to use it. A friend of mine who is a dog breeder told me about this product. I bought one recently and found that it had an immediate effect on controlling the dog’s barking. Now the dog and I can both be outdoors at the same time, and for the first time, the dog behaves like a normal dog, without the yapping. I find that the red light goes on only when the dog barks. The device does not seem to bother my own dog at all, who is now happier to go into the backyard than before. In the past, he would beg to come back in because of the constant yapping from next door. Note that this device does not completely prevent barking, but it does effectively prevent the continuous barking that is so annoying. The device permits occasional normal barking, which is not annoying. So, thanks to this birdhouse-shaped product, the little dog next door is no longer a nuisance.

  29. Bill says:

    I bought one of these to shut up a 75 pound pitbull that barks 25 feet from my bedroom window. I hope it works. The dog barks aggressively at anything that passes by including me if I am in my own yard, children passing by on the way to school, joggers, cars, old ladies, anything. It is a shame because if it were not for stupid inconsiderate owners of dogs, devices like this would not be needed. Dogs need their own space and need to be properly trained, if the owner cannot do that they should not own a dog. If it does not work, I will just send it back. Next step would be to get law enforcement involved as necessary.

  30. Anonymous says:

    so the bottom line question is: does this product work. I am a neighbor with the dog that will not stop barking. My neighbors are fed up with the dog and we have tried everything from training ($$$$$$) to shock collars. Nothing seems to work. The biggest issue is that we work and the dog has to be outside.

  31. Jen says:

    My neighbour just bought 3 to help stop a neighbour’s dog down the street from barking. She hasn’t even told my nieghbour to quiet her dog, just thought she’d try this thing out. I am concerned for my dog’s hearing. I have a neighbour with 3 noisy kids in a pool everyday. Do I get a birdfeeder to shut them up? No, ofcourse not. That’s part of living with neighbours. People talk to people, get the neighbourhood invovled before trying one of these out. If this thing adversly affects my dog, I will be having a long discussion with my neighbour. I also like she barks at people walking along my fence, it makes me feel safe knowing that if someone entered my yard, my dog would alert me. this birdfeeder thing negates that.

  32. Anonymous says:

    For the poste who said they would sue, good for you! (I am usually opposed o such a thing). Has anyone read the actual product warnings? It states do not use around puppies. My neighbors did at my 2 month old. He now has problems hearing. Coincidence? The oldest (who never barked) now barks because he can hear this! The worst part is that my neighbor aimed it at my house and my dogs, not at his who is outside all day barking. Mine only go outside with me when i am home from work. I did talk to an attny, he wanted the case. He not only would go after the people next door but also the maker of the product. It is sad , dogs are dogs. They are going to bark. You do not see me putting one up that only childen can hear.

  33. A Ghatta Is A Big Kitty says:

    I ran across this article while looking for some form of ‘ultrasonic’ training aid that would help my mother shut her yappy little dog up.

    We ‘animal-companion’ owners are like parents… A few teach good behavior so their ‘kid’ is truly well liked, while far more don’t care how others feel and only want us to act adoring. We all know which of our neighbors fall into each group, and know our own ability to communicate with them. Thing is, we *don’t* know what the situation is for others posting here — we have no real place smugly telling them how to solve their problems based on a short comment any more than they can advise us on ours.

    Those of us with good dog-owning/child-raising neighbors should give them a thank-you card, so they know others *do* notice and appreciate their efforts. Better to reward the good behavior than just getting upset if they give up and their dog/child drives us batty!

  34. Annoyed says:

    If I aimed a loudspeaker at my neighbor’s house and randomly blasted annoying sounds into her bedroom late at night, I could be taken to jail. Why is it any different if that same neighbor leaves her dog out all night and the dog barks several times, waking me up?

    We need to have laws protecting us from nasty/ignorant dog owners!

  35. sick of neighbors dog barking says:

    This product worked for us we got it installed it and the neighbors dog barked and he has not barked since, so I say it worked great and if it keeps a dog from barking all the time its worth it

  36. JT says:

    First off, I own three dogs. They bark. All dogs bark. The difference here is, our dogs bark a couple of times to announce their presence, and they’re done. They absolutely WILL NOT bark if we are outside with them. I spent alot of time training them to do so. I have neighbors who will not do anything about the incessant barking of their mutt. Face to face confrontation did nothing. The moron said “This dog was barking before you moved in…” I was astonished that this idiot said that out loud. It is clear that the owner does not care. I WILL try one or more of these products. If it annoys or hurts their mutt to the point of it being afraid to go out, SO BE IT. They need a taste of their own medicine.

  37. Carolyn Liberty says:

    Help. I don’t know where else to go If someone reads this and can help me. I had three dogs. A Westhighland white terrior, and two Shihtzu’s. A vicious Pitbull jumped the fence from accross the street and came after me. My dogs were on the pourch of my house on their chains. I tryed to get them into the house before the pit got to us but before I knew it the pit took my little Shihtzu right out of my arms and killed him. I called the police. A report was made but nothing happened. The dog is still here in our neighborhood. And still in left in the yard unattended. The owner of the Pit acts as though he is not responsible for what his dog did. And animal controll of Detroit Mi is not helping me. The man did not even get a ticket. Help my baby is dead and nobody cares. There must be something I can do. My email is

  38. concerned says:

    My next door neighbors have recently put one of theses birdhouses in their rose bush very close to our house. We have two dogs who bark back to all the other neighborhood dogs (especially the neighbor’s dog next door). Their dogs has alot of issues including attacking my friends dogs in my yard who visit, barking all hours of the day and night, and pooping in my yard. I have not compained to them when this type of behavior is none stop, and I think it is rude of them to inflict this pain on my dogs when their dog is often the root of the problem. So now I will be the more evolved person and confort my neighbors for their barbaric behavior.

  39. Richard says:

    I think it’s clear the person writing this articel is an inconsiderate hypocrite. Coming home the writer found a PetSafe Bark Control facing his/her own yard. Maybe that should be an indication that his/her dog is a problem for the neighbors and he/she needs to do something about it. Instead of complaining about the neighbor maybe he/she should be training his/her own dog, especially if he/she is a trainer. Then the neighbor can take the birdhouse down. I bought one of these bark controls for my own dogs one of which used to barks too much and out of concern for my neighbors I installed one in my own yard. It works great. My dog stopped barking immediately. After one day we put it away and still the dog didn’t bark. Admittedly he forgot after a few days, so out it came and again he stopped barking. Over time we had to bring it out less and less. Now it’s in its original box on top of the refringerator in case we need again. Prior to this we tried the electric collar, the spray collar, stress pills; nothing but this birdhouse worked.

  40. Animal Control Officer Pipes Up says:

    I would like to put in my 2 cents. I have been working in animal control for 4 years and as a certified veterianary technician for almost 10. Barking dog complaints are my number one complaint (outside of running loose). I agree - dogs bark but barking for absolutely no reason is not ok. For those of you dealing with barking dogs in your neighborhood continue to annoy the hell out of your local police/sheriff until they do something about it. As for my jurisdiction, I try hard to educate owners that just let their dog bark because “that is what they do”. I was actually looking at this for an option for the complainants on my calls but I am not sure that I would recommend them at this point - too many issues. But the bottom line is - dogs do bark but they shouldn’t bark just because they can……

  41. MAD AS HELL says:


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  43. Get a clue says:

    To “Get a grip”: what sort of jail time do you suppose a firearm discharged in a residential area carries? Other than the ridiculous assumption that you can shoot at your neighbors (shooting in their direction anyway) because they may have caused harm to your dogs, I’m in total agreement with your comments.

  44. blue river says:

    a) We have been in our home 19 years. My husband is a police officer on a grave yard shift. We have a 6 yr old golden who has been trained to be quiet on command. We have always had dogs as pets, for 31+ years of marriage and child-rearing. We now have two (2) neighbors with barking dogs.
    b) First family moved in almost 18 mos ago, with 2 dogs and added a third! We politely went over and explained the situation, his days off, etc. They already owned bark collars. Don’t really seem to know how to use them. On day three my husband shouted over the fence after the dogs woke him up again. He suggested he would call the police. She called the cops, who came to our house and guess what….woke my husband up again, just after he’d gone back to sleep. they have received 2 warnings (12 mos apart) and we are the “evil” ones for calling Animal Control.(?)
    c) Muni Code is that they give a warning (only once every 12 mos) then you need two adults not in the same household to swear out a complaint and you go to court. Other neighbors are retired or at work during the day, so no help there.
    d) new family next door, a shepard and a husky–they bark, generally when provoked by the other neighbors dogs trying to get thru their shared fence. He is a cop on graveyard shift too. I introduced myself and explained all of our concerns about 3 days after they moved in. They have 4 young kids as well. Had to go over & ring the bell around noon today for….barking dogs. At least he was conscientious enough to take them in and….CRATE them.

    Crating–what a concept. Dogs are happy to have their “cave” to go to. Those who “must” leave them out all day are–lazy and inconsiderate dog owners. Why should dogs & neighbors suffer from lazy dog owners?

    My understanding is these devices use the same ultrasonic sound as a dog whistle. We are desparate for an answer for this situation and so that people can sleep.

  45. Ashamed of You says:

    Everyone should go back and reread what Get a Grip wrote on June 18

    I couldn’t have said it better!

    And for the person that said “poison in a meatball” I can’t wait for karma to catch up with you.

  46. Elaine says:

    I was initially interested in this product as I own a rental surrounded by bad neighbors who we call the “Bumpuses”. One neighbor has five dogs and the other has four. They are fed regularly, but otherwise left to fend for themselves and are left out in the elements. We have concerns about the health and safety of the dogs left outside in all kinds of weather. That being said, we need to rent our units and it is very difficult when there is constant barking. I was concerned that the unit would bother the otherwise good dogs in surrounding homes as they houses are very close. I don’t want to stress them out or hurt them. Short of calling the authorities and having these dogs removed because they are left out in bad weather, I doubt there is anything we can do that will stop the barking. The owners aren’t the type you can easily talk to, and we have tried. I appreciate the comments because they have answered some of my questions.

  47. Works says:

    This product does work! My neigbor has four dogs that bark all the time…After I was woke up at 3:30, then at 5, then again at 5:30 on three consecutive nights I purchased this product. This was also two years in the making, They originally had two dogs and about a year ago got the other two. I had no idea this technology was even out there. Another neighbor about two years ago started a petition and the neighbor with the dog threatened to beat him up. So I knew a confrontation was out of the question. Anyway I put it up about two weeks ago and everything has been great…the dogs only bark when they should bark, like if someone is walking right up to the fence…not the constant two hour straight barking at 5am. Today the oldest child (maybe 12) snuck into my back yard and turned it off? I saw him do it and told him that my wife is pregnant (It is our first!) and she needs to be able to sleep through the night. I think they may have thought it was a camera or something…I really do not know. But hopefully they will research it and learn that what it is and maybe they can also get a good night sleep. I really did not want any friction with my nieghbors, but I and my family also need to be able to sleep through the night.

  48. Once Quiet Neighborhood says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments. There are many responsible dog owners who diligently work with their dogs and keep them inside to socialize them. Then there are our new neighbors, renting a house across the street from us. Seven aggressive unneutered dogs are left outside for 5 or more hour stretches. They bark and fight every five minutes, charging the fence in what was once a peaceful family, walk friendly block. We have tried talking to the neighbors but they are as aggressive as their dogs. Until animal control picks them up, the ultra sonic birdhouse may be a solution.

    Dogs that bark repeatedly and are left out for long stretches are products of irresponsible owners. The owners don’t care to have the dogs inside with them and instead turn them outside with disregard to their neighbors who are trying to enjoy their yards and walks. You would think if one dog was pesky enough to live with you wouldn’t allow six more to join him. Some folks have little sense and animal control is a God send in this case. The poor dogs who are recipients of the other dogs abuse in this wild pen of dogs. A sad comment on their owners humanity.

    A woman near us had over one hundred dogs removed by animal control. She stacked the dogs in tiny cages, the ammonia so bad on the lower level animals that the dogs were blinded. Some folks deceive themselves with a false “savior” complex. They collect dogs thinking they are preventing their death in a pound. In doing so they harm the very animals they think they are saving. The dogs she owned were never socialized, rarely taken out of their cages. They have had many hurdles to overcome in order to function in a regular household.

  49. stacy says:

    My husband and I just purchased a new home and we love the home and the neighborhood, but not even a week in the new home I was ready to put it on the market b/c of the dogs next door! After talking to a few other people on the street the dogs next door have been a problem for all of them. The other people on the street along with the previous owners tried talking to the owners of the barking dogs, but the communication got no where. I knew trying to talk to my neighbors about the problem was out of the question and I didn’t want confritation being the new kids on the block. We bought the ultra sonic birdhouse out of desperation yesterday evening and last night was the first night we had a quiet night and much needed good nights rest! It was almost scary how quiet the neighborhood got.

  50. Linda says:

    We love our neighbors and want them to be happy in our neighborhood. And, we know that noise is the leading complaint in neighborhoods, the issue that leads to distress most often. Knowing this, we always let new neighbors know what they can expect from us; we are quiet and we are kind to them. We clear snow from all of the neighborhood sidewalks and driveways each winter because we have a huge snow blower. We let new neighbors (and respectfully keep our word with long-term neighbors) know that if our hedge next to their drive or along the back fence gets too large to let us know and we will immediately trim it; while we are there we offer to trim one of their bushes and offer some perennial plants. We also let new neighbors know that we also have an expectation of quiet from them as well. When our children were teenagers, the house rule was that they could play their music as loud as they desired in their rooms, but the sound could not be heard outside their doors. The same rule applied outdoors. In the last two years, two neighbors in rental properties have arrived and then obtained dogs – loud dogs that barked for hours. They barked from 6 AM to 11 PM, basically any time they were outdoors. The noise disturbed the neighborhood tranquility, and was (is) extremely stressful for me. We spoke with the neighbors four times although there was no change; other neighbors sent notes to them. The police came to warn them of a barking dog ordinance six times with no change. Finally we made contact with the property owners, who did request that the dogs either stop barking or be removed from the property. In one case, the family did move. Recently a new family arrived with again – a barking dog. Sad to say and completely out of my character, but I have just purchased the PetSafe® Outdoor Bark Control “birdhouse” as yet another avenue to stop the distressing barking. There have been mixed results in the use of this training tool, and it is my sincere hope that it will be in our yard for only one week as one person reported. I mean no harm to any animal, but will no longer allow barking dogs to interfere with the quality of our lives. Perhaps I can provide a happy report in near-term days.

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