If you haven’t read about my car-and-hound escapades, please review before proceeding:
I’ve found peace. Car rides are no longer head-pounding, ear-splitting, poop-filled fiascoes for me anymore! About a month ago, I bit the bullet and invested in a bark collar for the boys. It was quite expensive and something that I was reluctant to try but Tetsuma’s muzzle was no longer keeping his barking within reasonable decibels.
The SpraySense Anti-Bark Collar is an ingenious little invention that administers a spray of harmless citronella under the nose of a dog. Sound is picked up by a microphone (which is way too sensitive, btw. I found out quickly that any noise would set off the spray. A couple pieces of tape fixed that problem inexpensively) that rests over the vocal cords.
The boys got their own private practice car rides until they figured out that barking was an unwanted behavior while in the car. It only took Paco 3 sprays. Tetsy, 4. Now Paco is cured! Tetsy still has to wear the collar while we’re driving because he knows that if it’s not on, he can shatter ear drums to his hound-heart’s content. He’s also figured out just the right amount of bark to keep from getting sprayed in the face. Tet emits a hoarse-sounding whisper of a bark at every passing car now. But hey, that’s nothing that can’t be drowned out by the radio 🙂
Bark Collar: $40.00
A silent car ride: Priceless