Each time I look at my dog Chance, my love for him grows (except when he’s being naughty). There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to protect his safety and teach him right from wrong.
Bad behavior is inappropriate, the safety of your dog and mine is essential. I will be discussing a few topics in this post that will lend a hand in the reinforcement of good behavior as well as protecting and ensuring the safety of your dog.
There are several devices on the market today that you can utilize to control unwanted behavior, such as excessive bark and others that are designed for the protection and safety of your dog.
I call these doggy devices and basically, they are either digital, ultrasonic or electric products. I will be discussing them in the next few paragraphs. You must ask yourself, what are the advantages of using them or the disadvantages of not using them.
Ultransonic Barking Devices
My dog Chance is part Chihuahua and they are known for being excessive barkers. Chance barks at every little noise and it can get very frustrating, especially when he reacts to my son’s dogs that are also barking.
It’s a little crazy around here at times. Sometimes, when they are all barking at the same time, you can’t hear yourself talk or think. There is a time and place for barking, but when it becomes a nuisance, training needs to be reinforced.
Aside from voice commands, I looked for devices to help reinforce Chance’s barking. The first thing I tried was a bark collar that beeped and vibrated each time he would bark. I didn’t want anything that would shock him but just gently remind him his behavior was not acceptable. Still I needed to give voice commands along with it. This product stated your dog should wear it for so many hours a day until the behavior ceased.
Well, I’m here to tell you that it didn’t work. Chance was wearing it all day, every day and the only reaction I could see, was that he got immune to the vibrations and beeps. The device became useless. So, off I went searching for another device that would be more successful than the first one.
I just happened to be on Instagram one day and came across and ad for a handheld barking control device called BarxBuddy and it is made by a company called Euronte. After reading the ad completely, I decided to purchase it. I figured, let’s give this a shot. Again, I was looking for something that was more humane for my dog than a shock collar.
In my opinion, shock collars are cruel and inhumane and there are more appropriate ways to handle training you dog. If it would come down to it, I would pay a professional trainer before I would think about putting a shock collar on Chance.
I hope the people I am reaching with this post feel the same way I do.
What Is Barxbuddy?
Okay, so maybe many of you are asking what a BarxBuddy is. Maybe you have seen any advertisements on the TV or internet for it. Well, BarxBuddy is a handheld device that helps correct your dog’s bad behaviors. It’s lite weigh design and compactness makes it easy to take anywhere you go with your dog.
When using BarxBuddy, it emits a very high-pitched sound like whistles. This is only evident to dog. Human can’t hear it. It is used as a training tool for dog owners; since the high pitch whistle warns the dog and makes him/her aware of the behavior. When your dog hears the sound, their attention is shifted and eventually they will stop misbehaving.
BarxBuddy is completely harmless to use and works perfectly for dogs. Any unpleasant sound is only heard by the dog. You dog isn’t affected physically or mentally by the sound in any way, it just deters them from their unwanted habits.
The BarxBuddy device is designed to train your dog and to break their unwanted barking habit. The device is completely animal friendly.
There are tons of bark training devices on the market right now. I chose BarxBuddy because it is simple and easy to use, and it also seems to be working for my Chance and the other dogs in my household.
How Does Barxbuddy Work?
In the next few paragraph, I will describe exactly how BarxBuddy works.
First, I already mention how easy it is to use the BarxBuddy. Let’s just say it is a point and shoot device. That is literally and figuratively a play on words but that’s all it takes to use this device. You just point BarxBuddy at your dog when he/she is displaying the bad behavior and press the button. The ultrasonic sound will get your dog’s attention and allow you to train away the behavior.
The device has a bright flashlight which is a high-power Light Emitting Diode-LED
light. That sound redundant, doesn’t it? However, it makes a fabulous flashlight for walks at night or early mornings before the sun comes up. It also can be used to add a visual motivation for dogs who are very stubborn barkers.
I already discussed that BarxBuddy uses high pitched tones that target your dog’s hearing. The use of the ultrasonic sound stops your dog in the middle of unwanted behavior, like barking or chewing things.
This device is 100% Harmless to Dogs, Humans, and All Animals
When your dog starts barking, get near them. Don’t yell, it only gets the dog more agitated. Get where your dog can see you. Point BarxBuddy at your dog and press the button to send out the Ultrasonic sound.
You can take a step closer to your dog, which may force them to take a step back or sit down. This reinforces your instructions and training. If you have a more stubborn dog, the LED light can be used to add visual incentive to the audio output.
When you see that BarxBuddy is helping to calm your dog down, release the sound and/or light buttons and allow your dog a few minutes to remain calm. If the behavior continues, use it again. Basically, this is all it takes to use the device.
Good behavior should always be reinforced with giving attention, praise or even your dog’s favorite treats. This will let your dog know you are happy with their behavior. It helps them understand what you expect from them.
Keep the BarxBuddy handy so it is ready for any training opportunity or to avoid a stressful and embarrassing situation.
Electronic Fencing Keeps Dogs In
The topic of electric fences raises issues with me. I understand all the reasons why it is useful in keeping your dog safe within your own property, but I do not like the fact that other animals and people can still get to your dog.
This is, however, an alternative for a dog owner who has community restrictions for installing a fence around their property or cannot afford the expense.
Yes, there are many pros involved, like teaching your dog boundaries and keeping he or she off someone else’s property or being a nuisance to the neighborhood. These would be the only reasons I would use the electric fence. The other reason is because I am living in a community that has restrictions on installing fences.
However, I still don’t like the disadvantages of electric fences. They really do not keep your dog protected in the long run.
For instance, training is required. It may prevent your dog from leaving your yard, but it can’t protect your dog from unwanted intruders.
Many dogs are frustrated by the fact that other dogs in the neighborhood run around freely without any restrictions. Friendly, sociable dogs also become frustrated when they see another dog or human approach but can’t greet them.
Most electric fences include an audible warning prior to the electric impulse. Your dog will need to learn quickly to obey the “beep” to avoid the shock. Here again is the use of shock, which I am totally against.
If the power supply is interrupted by for some reason the fence is rendered useless. Also, a dead battery in the dog’s collar can cause the same situation and your dog can escape.
One last note about electric fences. There are two types, underground wireless (which I referred to above) and Physical electric fences that are based on the same principal as wireless, except that the keep unwanted intruder out and your dog inside.
The choice is up to you. For me, if I could, I would build a regular fence around my property to allow my dog the freedom and room to run, to exhaust his energies, while being safe and protected.
Micro Chipping Your Dog For Many Good Reasons
Is your dog micro chipped? If not, they should be. Did you know that one in every three pets get lost at some point? Your dog could be one of them. Most people don’t know about this statistic, what micro chipping is or the importance of it. I know, that is the first thing I look to do when I get a new dog.
My Chance was micro chipped when I adopted him from the shelter. It only takes a few moments to ensure that your dog is protected. This is the best way to ensure that your pet is recover if lost or stolen.
A microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder that carries a unique identification number and is roughly the size of a grain of rice. When the microchip is scanned by a vet or shelter, it transmits the ID number. There’s no battery, no power required, and no moving parts. The microchip is injected under the loose skin between your dog’s shoulder blades and can be done in your vet’s office. It’s no more invasive than a vaccination.
Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your dog can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.
You must register the chip to do any good. Registry information is given to you at the time your dog is micro chipped. It is most important that you give relevant contact information, otherwise it will be useless. Keep your contact information up to date.
A microchip is not a tracking device. It does not talk to a satellite. Microchips are devices that allows dogs and their owners to be identified in case a dog is lost.
GPS Tracking Devices Aviod Lost Dog Syndrome
Now, if you really want to go high tech and want to know what your dog is always doing, a GPS tracker is the thing for you.
The Fi Smart Collar Dog Tracker works as a tracker for your dog. Keep your dog in the backyard without worrying. You can tracker their whereabouts 24/7. No worries if your dog should wander off outside your yard or neighborhood. The Fi uses GPS technology to locate your dog and the collar is durable and waterproof tested. Your dog can swim in the river and in the ocean and the device will still work.
A tracker communicates with satellites through a Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate your dog, no matter where in the world he is. The tracker attaches to your dog’s collar or come as part of the collar. You can pretty much attach the tracker anywhere on the day that won’t bother him/her.
A GPS tracking system for your dog will give you peace of mind for dog. In situations where your dog is off wondering somewhere and doesn’t know their way home, or if he/or she is hurt, a GPS tracker is very useful. Most trackers use smart phones and/or have apps or websites for you to check.
FitBark is a company that makes an amazing GPS device that can even tract your dog’s health. It comes in two types. One is made for use in the United States only and one can be used Worldwide.
The device is tiny, rugged, comfortable for your dog and has weeks of battery life. It’s tracks the activities of your dog as well as monitors his/her health. The worldwide model works in over 140 countries. There are smartphone apps associated with these devices.
In my opinion, this would be the device I would choose for my dog, when it comes to safety and protection.
If you would consider buying a Ring doorbell to protect your home, why not consider the FitBark GPS system for your dog? I truly believe it’s worth the money if you are a dog owners like me who loves and wants to protect their dog at any cost.
A Well Behaved, Safe Dog
If you really think about it, doesn’t everything I talked about in this article make sense when it comes to teaching your dog good behavior, protecting them and keeping them safe? I know I can’t stress it enough that a dog should not be a nuisance to you, your family and friends or the neighborhood.
There is no worse feeling than to know that your best furry friend is lost and has no way to be identified. They anxiety is felt by both you and your dog. The same thing is true if your dog is a nuisance barker. Think about all the places you cannot bring your dog if he/she is not well-behaved. Wouldn’t you want to change that situation? I know I would.
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