The neighbours had been complaining that my dog had been barking non-stop.
I hate the electric zapping bark collars so I purchased a humane citronella collar, that way when the dog barked, it shot out a blast of citronella under the nose and they don't like it. This particular morning I was getting the collars ready and filled them with their stuff. And that's where my morning should have ended. But no, it's me, and I begin to become curious as to how said collars work.
Now I'm standing on my back porch "barking" at my dog's collar. Nothing happens. I make sure it's turned on, check the fill level, and go through the "getting started" check list one more time. Again, I bark. Nothing happens. Now I'm not quite sure, why I had this next thought, but I did; I put on the collar. I seriously extended the band and fit the growl box against my throat and barked. Apparently, the collar only works if it feels vibrations, because I immediately received a blast of citronella to the face.
I began coughing, which only caused the collar to continue to squirt bug spray over and over into my nasal cavity. I'm now on my hands and knees in my back yard, trying to breathe, and to make matters worse, the dog is now barking. So between coughing and yelling at the dog to shut up, I've emptied over a dozen blasts of citronella to my face. During this entire ruckus, I'm trying to undo the clasp of the collar, which has somehow managed to weld shut during this whole fiasco.
I finally get the collar off and threw, yes I threw that crazy (inhumane) thing across the yard, and lay in the grass sucking in the cool morning air. In the middle of thinking this probably the dumbest thing I've done in a while, I hear laughter. MY NEIGHBOR SAW THE WHOLE THING! He was laughing so hard he couldn't breathe. Between gasps, he tells me, "I was gonna come help, but every time I started to climb over the wall, you'd set it off again and then I would started laughing and couldn't make it" So now, not only are my eyes red, but my face and ears are too. After checking to make sure I was ok,we parted ways and I went in to shower so I wouldn't be smelling like ode de' Tiki Torch.
So lesson learned:
next time (yes, there will always be a next time with me) make sure that
1. Don't fill the collar before trying to set it off and
2. Remember your neighbour is not a good source of help in a comedy crisis situation. On the plus side, I didn't have a mosquito problem for a few days!...
Note about these No Bark Collars:
We published this humorous story which we found, written by an unknown author, but the reality of the situation is that this is very real and is exactly what can happen to your dog if you had to leave them alone, putting them through tremendous strain and probably torture.
Whilst we fully understand the trauma any family has to endure with a dog that does not stop barking, we wish to please ask you to keep the following in mind when you do need to take more drastic steps to solve the problem.
- A well trained obedient dog takes many hours of hard work, and if you are not prepared to put in the hours, it is best not to get a dog.
- No Bark Collars are inhumane and cruel, but if you wish to use them to stop your dog from barking, make sure they are used during full supervision and as a TRAINING mechanism only, and not a tool for when you want to leave the dog alone.
- No Bark Spray collars sometimes don't react to high-pitched barks, making them ineffective. Tip: Don't use a spray collar when your dog is with other dogs. Another dog's bark may trigger your dog's collar.
- The SPCA condones the use of No Bark Shock Collars.
TRAINING TOOL TO STOP YOUR DOG FROM BARKING