Friday, July 9, 2010


A 50-lb Airedale’s bark has the depth and volume you’d associate with a 150-lb dog. Once they get going, they’re really into it: LOOK LOOK SOMEBODY HERE SOMEBODY HERE SOMEBODY WALKING BY just in case you missed the fleeting glimpse of a passer-by while standing beside your dog looking out the window. A few people on my Airedale list recommended a device that responds to barking with a high-pitched sound that irritates dogs’ ears so much that they stop barking.

My friend Nelda Moore of Kentucky writes: "I bought one hoping to curb Hannah's enthusiastic barking. The noise [of the device] was ear splitting and we all cringed when it went off. I set it to go off at 3 barks. Hannah quickly learned to bark twice, pause, bark twice, pause, bark twice.... How can they be so smart about what works for them and so dumb to 'learn' what works for us?"

Maybe I won’t buy that Bark Breaker I was considering.


  1. LOL Clever Hannah!
    Finni barks a lot. He LOVES barking.
    Mummy says 'enough!' and Daddy says 'No barking!' ... and sometimes he listens...
    Nelly x

  2. We have an inexpensive no-bark device and it's called "Shhhh" but sometimes it's called "Hey" and at other times it's called "Daisssssyy"!
    I completely understand what you mean by L.O.U.D barking....our coonhound taught us all about it!

  3. Bentley is the loud mouth around here. Unfortunately I encouraged him when he was a just a young puppyboy and imitated his bark back at him because I thought it was so cute for him to talk. Rut-row!

  4. HAHAHA! You are one smart girlie, Hannah! We applaud you!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. Just think of all the money you save on an alarm system! We bark at everything that comes to our gate. That's how the peeps know somebody is out there. Just like Mastercard says....Priceless!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  6. Hannah is one clever girl hehe.

    Lucy would probably figure it out too. She's our barker.

    Noah x

  7. Yes we dales can make a lot of noise can't we. Especially when there are 6 of us. LOL

    When we bark our hoomans say "thankyou". Initially with our thank you we were given a treat.

    Now it's just a simple" thank you". Heyho

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx