When The Barking Begins


labWhen Jet was a younger dog we lived in an apartment. While he got a lot of exercise he was what you would call a talkative dog. Try as I might nothing I could do would stop him barking and so, to my dismay, we had to invest in a barking collar. I hated the very idea but even more than that I hated the idea of being thrown out of our apartment because of Mr. Talkative. The collar worked with great success, he is a fast learner and a few weeks after working with the bark collar we no longer needed it. Well fast forward eight years and my mum has a Mr. Annoyingly Talkative of her own. This four year old Labrador could bring armies to their knees with his high pitched piercing bark. Nothing, not even treats in hand or a muzzle could tame that not so lovely singing voice of his…so the other day we trekked to the Petstore to invest in another bark collar for Sam. The problem with Sam, however, is that he is a little slow on the uptake. This collar that taught Jet so well adjusts itself, sending a static shock at minimal level to deter barking and with each bark the shock increases. Sam keeps barking, through four levels Sam barks and then he breaks your heart and he yelps and you can’t help but take the darn thing off him. It sounds cruel and people would argue that it is…hell, I would argue that it is only I have tried on said collar. I would never put something on my dog that I had not tried myself when it comes to corrective devices. Sure it hurts but not to the point of really hurting, it hurts like a TENS machine hurts. Still Sam keeps barking. I hope he learns soon because Mum and Dad are going to get kicked out of this townhouse pretty soon if he doesn’t!

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