Bark Off is definitely one of the As Seen On TV pet products which makes you want to whip out your credit card and buy it on the spot, but what exactly is it and is whatever it is worth it? Sometimes It's tough to figure out if these As Seen On TV products we see actually work or if they are simply just junk. This one however, is getting very popular so it is really worth a look.
Bark Off is essentially a handy little device which when activated will silence your dog, or your neighbors dog and allow you to live a peaceful and easy existence in quiet. Well that's supposed to be what happens. But does it?
The Bark Off dog barking control unit is very new so it is difficult to find out at this point if it really works. But if it does, I imagine there will be a few of these little devices stationed around every house in the world. Don't get me wrong, barking dogs are natural and in a lot of cases warn us of danger but let's face it. Dog Barking can grate on your nerves and a solution to the problem would be great.
So how does Bark Off work?
Bark Off is actually quite genius. The bark off unit is battery operated and when activated by the sound of a nearby dog barking, it emits and ultrasonic wave which cannot be heard by humans, but catches the attention of the dog. Now first, all indications and claims by the company assure us that the ultrasonic wave created by bark off is not harmful, and in fact, very humane to the dog.
The purpose of the ultrasonic wave from the Bark Off unit is to simply interrupt the dog's barking pattern. The theory is that when a dog is barking, he or she has all their attention focused on whatever it is that's making them bark. If something can interrupt their attention, they will quickly forget about what they were barking about and stop. The Bark Off intends to interrupt the dog's barking pattern by forcing them to focus on the sound created by the ultrasonic wave. It's really that simple.
Now you may be thinking about what happens when you want your dog to bark? Well, the unit is only activated when when the power switch is turned on. There is plenty of time to train the dog through normal training techniques to develop the desired behavior you want to your dog to have. Dog training can be difficult and I was never really able to get my yapper to speak on command or quiet down on command, but it is possible. What I'm working on is turning on the unit and saying "Quiet" when he barks. The act of barking will illicit the ultrasonic wave but if I say a command at the same time, perhaps my dog will learn to associate my command with the irritating pulse he receives when I give the command. It's pretty much the same type of behavioral training we all try to use but the Bark Off is the ultimate aid.
But for the most part, the bark off is there to give me some peace and quiet and so far so good. I have tested the limits of it's range but it works inside my small home just fine. My only complaint is that if the unit is left on, the batteries drain rather quickly but the price of the product itself is unbeatable.
If you are not ready to take the plunge and buy Bark Off while it is still new and basically untested, I completely understand. It is always prudent to wait for more information to come out about products and let the bugs be fixed.