I receive a ton of Bark Off emails all hinting at the same thing. Does Bark Off Work? Until now, it has been difficult to make heads or tails of this debate because most of the reviews we've been able to see were testimonials on the Bark Off commercial. The product is so new that it would take time before consumers could actually use the product long enough to know how effective it is, or is not.
Recently, we got our first glimpse of what a real person, with a real dog barking problem had to say about the product, and it should come as a relief to all of our ears. I suspected all along that this ultrasonic dog barking control device had some merit, but like a lot of other people, I wondered if it was humane or would hurt my dog. The answers come below.
The product tester was Connie from Buffalo New York who had written a TV station asking their local news product review department about the Bark Off Ultrasonic Bark Control Device. They decided to check it out and asked Connie to be the guinea pig.
Her issue was three small dogs who loved to bark and pretty much drove her crazy. It was difficult for her to talk on the phone when the dogs were barking and if someone came to the door, forget about it. I'm sure there were other times the barking was unwelcomed but this is what Connie touched on.
Connie was given a sample of the Bark Off and once she flipped on the battery operated device, an ultrasonic wave was emitted when the dogs barked, and then they were quiet. Hmmmm, sounds good to me already.
The Bark Off device remained behind with Connie for further testing and she eventually gave it a "two thumbs up" review. She was diligent and even tried it on her neighbor's dog with success. Connie did have some reservations, and I'm glad this was brought up. Sometimes we want our dogs to park. A dog instinctively is protective, and there's nothing better than a dog's bark to alert us to danger. Whether it's a middle of the night alert to danger, or a signal to us that our toddler is getting into mischief, we all appreciate our dog's barking at these times.
We've probably all heard stories about a dog saving the day with some type of heroic action, so turning off our dog's ability to alert us to danger is not something which sounds beneficial. So Connie, and I'm sure many others came up with a simple solution. She just turns it off during those times it's ok to hear some noise.
I would like to point this out though. The bark off device works only after the dog barks at least once. It is the sound of the bark which triggers the ultrasonic pulse, which cannot be heard by humans, to be released ultimately quieting the dog. So even when the device is engaged your dog will have the opportunity to "speak his mind" at least once. In my case, this would be enough to alert me to some danger. But, if you are in the kitchen and the dogs are out in the yard with the kids, I would keep it off just in case.
So I'm thrilled with Connie's Bark Off Review because here is a real person who went on the news the her results. We have a product that works well and if you saw the three little yappers driving her nuts, you would be just as impressed as I was.