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Is Using Bark Off A Punitive Or Distraction Device?

By Jason Rones

Bark Off is a relatively new product to the pet industry. It relies on high frequency pitches to deter excessive barking which can occur when you’re home, when visitors come to the door, or when you leave your dog home alone. If you have yet to read any of the Bark Off Reviews, you might know that you need to work with your dog a little before relying on the device to curtail barking while you’re away from home.

A Bark Off review that has claimed that the device is punitive has caused a stir among satisfied users. Before one can call this method of noise control punitive, you have to understand what the device does, why it works, and how to help it reach its potential as a deterrent.

When your dog starts to bark, you basically have three methods of dealing with the situation. You can accept it. You can punish the dog. You can use distraction to help him learn to stop the ruckus he’s causing. Bark Off reviews have basically determined that the distraction method works well. Dog owners that follow the basic instructions are able to help create a new way of dealing with the noise and behavior.

The sensor in the device will trigger a high pitch sound when it detects barking. You won’t be able to hear it but it isn’t high enough or loud enough to hurt your dog’s ears. It’s simply meant to distract him. When the sound catches his attention, he will listen to try to figure out where the noise is coming from. When he stops, even if it is just briefly, you’re going to need to get involved so that he understands that he is in control of making the noise stop and that you actually want him to be quiet.

During this pause, you want to reinforce his good behavior and encourage him to continue the good behavior. It won’t take long for him to associate your reinforcement with the high pitched noise and understand that he can make the sound stop by simply not barking. He also receives positive attention from you and is rewarded for his good behavior. This encourages him to refrain from barking or stop on command in the future.

Distraction methods, like the one in a Bark Off review, are preferable to punitive methods. It’s important to allow your dog the ability to understand what you want from him without punishment. Communication between you and the dog is imperative for good behavior.

Distraction with noise is a popular method for pet friendly training. So why can’t you just make the noise? Other than the fact that your noise making ability doesn’t stay at home when you leave, you also can help your dog develop more fears by clapping your hands loudly or banging around some pots and pans. If you help your dog control his bark without creating fear you’re not nearly as likely to find he develops chewing and urination problems to deal with heightened anxiety.

Using Bark Off and working with your dog during the distraction period is a way to provide you with a higher degree of control over the home even when you’re not there. Once your dog understands the intention and the expectation, he is much more likely to comply with your wishes. Make sure that the device is compatible with the extensive hearing capabilities of all of your household pets. Most will be fine but some with sensitive hearing can end up with issues as well.

In the mean time read more about bark off or watch the completely annoying bark Off Commercial.

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