March 18th - Don’t you wish your dog was this calm?
SOMETIMES ITS HARD to retrain our beloved dogs in order to eliminate bad behavior. As pet owners, we love our furry friends so much that we let them get away with a lot, only to find out that some unwanted behaviors stick around for a long time and begin to cause trouble.
Barking is one of those behaviors that can turn bad if left unchecked. A dog’s bark is his warning sign, and many dogs only bark when they sense danger or feel that they need to gain your attention for something. On the other end of the spectrum, some dogs bark needlessly to get attention and become nuisances. Other times, your typically non barking dog will suddenly become a barker when the doorbell rings, or when a trusted worker enters the back yard.
Enter Sam Small, Police Dog Trainer extraordinaire and life long dog lover.
“It’s critical to train your dog so that when he barks, he does so for a good reason” begins Small, “You want to make sure that when he is barking, he knows it’s to get your attention. You always want to preserve that!“
The problem, according to Small, is that many dogs will train themselves to bark at all the wrong times, as well as to continue barking even after you, the owner, have determined that the bark is unwarranted. To understand what Small is saying, he likes to recount the story of Roxy, the pit mix his neighbor had, and the force that drove him to invent Bark Begone.
Roxy is a beautiful pit mix that my next door neighbor bought early this year. They bought her as a pup at the same time that my neighbor’s had their first child, and as a professional dog trainer I always recommend introducing puppies to babies so they can grow up together and bond really strong.
I never heard a peep from Roxy next door for the first eight months, but then my neighbor’s wife went back to work and put their child in daycare. I work the night shift, so I am normally asleep in the day. It was right after the kid got put in daycare that I started hearing Roxy barking her head off during the days.
A car would pass, and Roxy would bark. She was kept in the back yard, and the gate looked out onto the street. Whenever someone walked by, she would bark.
One day, they had gardeners there and Roxy literally barked for 8 hours straight. She would not quit barking, I’m not even sure how she was physically able to bark that long, but she did!
After that day, I started keeping an eye on Roxy because I can see her through my back yard window. I noticed a change with Roxy’s barking, which was becoming worse by the day. Previously, she would bark when she saw someone walking by, then the barking would stop.
After a while, she would not only bark when she saw someone walking by, she would keep barking for up to half an hour after they had left, for no apparent reason.
Before, she would only bark in the day when my neighbors were gone at work. After a while, she would bark even when they were home. Many times, I could hear her barking inside the house, when her owners were right there!
“As a dog trainer, what I was seeing was a gradual escalation of what was becoming a problem, and it drove me to act. I knew I needed to do something to help my neighbors, and also, to help poor Roxy.”
Keep in mind I am a pro dog trainer, so I am pretty familiar with training a dog to do the things I ask of him. The only problem is, in the police department, I am around my trainee dog 24⁄7. I take the dog home with me, and I constantly train him throughout the day.
I knew right away this tactic wasn’t going to work with Roxy, because for starters, she wasn’t my dog, and second, I didn’t have the time to train her for hours and hours every day.
What I needed to do was to devise a training method for poor Roxy that anyone could use, even someone who had zero experience training a dog. Especially for someone who had zero experience training a dog!
Also I am a die-hard dog lover so the training needed to be 100% humane, so shock collars and muzzles were out of the question.
Then it dawned on me. In fact, the answer was hanging right around my neck….my police dog whistle. We use these whistles to get a dog’s attention when by nature it doesn’t want to pay attention, like when the dog is attacking a suspect. The dog whistle is an ultra high frequency sound which is painless and harmless to a dog, but will instantly get it’s attention and make it stop whatever it’s doing.
At first, I thought I would just give my neighbor my dog whistle, until it dawned on me that they didn’t have the training to use it. You see, using a dog whistle takes practice. You have to blow on it a certain way and with a certain level of force for it to generate the right frequency. If you do it wrong, nothing comes out except air.
No, I needed to invent something that a 5 year old child could use, over and over again with repeatable results and minimal training.
And that’s exactly what I did - and I named it Bark Begone.
I created a device that pumps out the same frequency as my dog whistle, but consistently, and over and over again. I also put a small LED light in the front of Bark Begone, to make it easier to get the dog’s attention. It took me a few months to get everything right, and when I had a working prototype I went over to my neighbor’s house and rang the doorbell.
Of course Roxy went off, barking so loudly behind the door that my neighbor couldn’t even hear me saying “It’s me, Sam, your neighbor!”. My neighbor was completely frazzled as she opened the door, and Roxy would not stop barking even when she saw it was me, who she knows very well. Roxy kept on barking despite my neighbor saying “Roxy Stop! Roxy, it’s Sam!”
Then, the baby started crying, awoken by the racket Roxy was making. It looked like my neighbor was close to tears, while I stood there smiling. The situation was perfect for my test….I had Roxy right where I wanted her. I pulled out Bark Begone, pointed it at Roxy, who was by now foaming with excitement and barking like a maniac.
I pushed the button.
Roxy immediately stopped barking.
She sat down, and looked at me, peacefully calm. “What the heck is that!!!!” Said my neighbor, her jaw on the floor looking at the remote control like Bark Begone device.
“It’s my gift to you” I said, “And if you give me a couple hours with Roxy, I’ll show you how it works and how to train her with it”.
My neighbor was overwhelmed with emotion, because even though they loved Roxy, her barking was getting to be too much. “Please help her” was all she could say.
So I took my neighbor aside and gave her the Bark Begone, and showed her what to do. It wasn’t but five minutes later that the UPS guy rang the doorbell with a delivery, and let me tell you, Roxy did not disappoint. She barked so loud she almost coughed herself to death. And I let her go for a minute just to let her get all worked up. Then, I told my neighbor what to do.
“Stand in front of her, point Bark Begone at her, and press the button”
Instantly, Roxy was silent. She sat down calmly.
As the door opened, the UPS guy asks me “What command did you use to silence that dog like that!”
“I used this” I said, showing him the Bark Begone. Of course, as soon as I tried to hand him the Bark Begone, Roxy went into another fit of barking. Over the noise, I told the UPS guy to point it at her and press the button.
He pressed the button, and then, total silence. Roxy sat back down, calmly.
“WOW, I need to get one of these for my routes! I’m constantly dealing with barking and aggressive dogs!” He said, excited.
And that’s how Bark Begone came to be. Bark Begone was invented to be a safe, easy training aid. It had to be able to get the dog’s attention without harming the dog in any way. It had to be able to make the dog stop barking without making it feel like the dog was being punished. Lastly, it needed to be able to be used by anyone, especially people who know nothing at all about dog training.
A week later (a week of blessed silence I may add) I checked in with my neighbor. What they told me was shocking….
Not only did Roxy’s barking completely stop by using the Bark Begone, now even just waving the Bark Begone at Roxy without pressing the button made her stop barking! As the week went on, Roxy Barked less and less and then finally, only when she needed to.
My neighbors were overwhelmed with relief. It turns out their neighbor beside them was constantly calling the city to complain about Roxy’s barking and they were about to be fined $500 for a nuisance dog complaint!
Until I gave them Bark Begone, they were to the point where they were discussing getting rid of poor Roxy. I am so glad I was able to save her.
Fast forward to today, and Roxy still lives next door and is a beautiful, well behaved dog that only barks when she absolutely needs to warn her owners about something.
Bark Begone is quite literally the fastest, easiest way to train the bad behavior out of your dog.
How Bark Begone Works
Bark Begone works on the simple yet safe principle of ultrasonic sound - simply put, this is an extremely high pitched sound that can’t be heard by humans, but can be heard by dogs, cats and other animals.
It’s safe because the sound, while high pitched, is played at a low volume - just enough to get your dog’s attention.
Bark Begone isn’t just for correcting barking - it can be used to correct any bad behavior that you want to train out of your dog, including:
- ✅ Chewing shoes, furniture, or anything the dog isn’t supposed to chew
- ✅ Barking
- ✅ Begging and whining
- ✅ Urination or defecation
Basically, Bark Begone is an effective training aid that can be used to change any behavior you don’t like, all while being perfectly safe for your dog.
The way you use it is simple. When your dog is doing a behavior you don’t like, get close to him and preferably, in between your dog and the behavior you want to stop. Let’s use barking at a ringing doorbell for example: point the Bark Begone at him, push the button, and watch as he stops barking.
When the barking stops, be sure to give your dog a treat or praise him, so that he associates the high pitched noise with a good thing - meaning whenever he hears the noise, he will stop his bad behavior and expect praise.
This is what makes Bark Begone so effective….dogs are trained best when they have a cue or stimulus to go off of, and the high pitched noise ensures they hear it immediately and thus get trained extremely fast.
Also remember Bark Begone works on any dog - not just yours! Out for a late night stroll? Confronted by an aggressive animal? Bark Begone can be used to make other dogs and cats stop their behaviors, and it comes equipped with a bright LED so you can use it walking at night.
We Tested Bark Begone On Dozens Of Other Dogs!
Wanting to make sure that the tests on Roxy weren’t just an anomaly, we purchased fifteen Bark Begone units and gave them to everyone we knew who had a dog. What we found, with only a couple of exceptions (more on that later) was that Bark Begone worked amazing on the following breeds of dog:
Akita • American Staffordshire Terrier (Amstaff) • Bichon Frise • Bulldog • Chihuahua • Cocker Spaniel • Corgi • Dachshund and Mini Dachshund • German Shepherd • Golden Retriever • Greyhound • Labrador Retriever • Pit Bull Terrier • Poodle • Presa Canario • Rottweiler • Shiba Inu • Siberian Husky • Welsh Terrier • Yorkshire Terrier
Overwhelmingly, Bark Begone worked on every dog we tested it on except for two, and we tested it on almost thirty dogs!
So how about the two that it didn’t work on? Well, after not seeing good results with two of them, we called in our favorite Veterinarian, and it turns out the two dogs that Bark Begone didn’t work on were deaf! Understandable result since the dogs were both quite old!
Where Can You Get Bark Begone?
Right now it’s only available from Bark Begone's official website.
With the full market release of their product scheduled for later this year, Bark Begone is bound to be a big hit among dog owners. As a special introductry sale, the company is offering limited quantities of this product at a deep discount for the next few weeks. Select your state below to see if they’re still available in your region.
Bark Begone is also protected by a full 30 day, no questions asked money back guarantee. Doesn’t work for you? Send it back for a full refund!
Update: Friday, April 3rd - Ever since Bark Begone was featured in the media, it has skyrocketed in popularity and been selling out like crazy. To say thanks the company is now offering 50% off to all new customers.