Ninety-Seven. No Woof.

June 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

Murphy barks. He doesn’t bark all the time, but when he gets riled up, his sound is piercing and loud. He barks at dogs and people walking by the house, squirrels running through the backyard, and most annoyingly at us when our hands reach higher than our heads. You can’t raise your arms or stretch and you definitely cannot cheer for a sporting event on TV without him going on the attack. It’s the strangest thing, and I have no idea where this came from. We were tired of having to silently cheer when the Falcons scored a touchdown or Brian McCann hit a homerun to win the game. So I did something about it. On Day Ninety-Six, I tried out the Spray Sense Anti Dog Barking Collar on Murphy.

Before you get all up in arms about it, know that our vet recommended the product and it is a humane method to retrain your dog not to bark in certain situations. The box on the collar sits against the pup’s neck and when the vibrations of a bark are sensed through the device, a burst of citronella emits from it, interrupting pooch. They can see, smell, and hear the spray and they stop barking. With Murph, it really did work right away. He barked and then stopped immediately, then looked confusingly around to find the source of his agitator. By the end of the evening, he was so quiet that I felt bad for him. But the silence was quiet nice.

We take the collar off when he goes outside, in his crate, or to sleep at night. Mostly we just use it to train him not to bark at us, inside. And after a couple weeks, he should be good to go. Smart dog, that one.

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