Friday, July 9, 2010
BARK BARK BARK BARK!
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.