Thursday, September 28, 2006

House training

A few weeks ago, I ordered an anti-barking device. The dogs have been driving me crazy - barking incessantly at everything, so I thought I would give this a try. It arrived today, so I excitedly set it up and waited.

It didn't take long until one of the dogs saw a squirrel. They all went mental - barking like mad. The little black box emitted a loud shriek and scared the crap out of them. They barked again, it shrieked. They realized they weren't allowed to bark. (However, Vicki is now scared of the shelves along the wall as she thinks they are screaming at her.)

I spent a pleasant afternoon napping while the dogs growled occasionally, but never barked. I was thrilled with my new purchase. It wasn't until Lyn got home that I realized we may have problems.

As I was in the kitchen making supper, Lyn was looking at the pictures from the new Harry Potter movie. Upon seeing Harry's horrendously new short haircut, Lyn screeched.

The anti-bark machine did too.

Just so you don't think it was just Lyn. Later that evening while watching TV in the livingroom, I drank a Coke and let out a burp. The anti-bark machine went off.

I had to turn it off the rest of the night.

Apparently, we're loud.


  1. That, my friend, is one of the funniest things I have ever heard in my life.

  2. maybe it trains people too? no burping in the house!!

    and you'd think that you could re-set the sensitivity on it? either that, or they could invent something that emitted noises only dogs can hear.

  3. But then the dogs would be punished everytime Lyn or Bron burped.

  4. That is just too funny - a device that not only warns dogs not to bark, but also trains humans to be polite.

    Coulda used one of those when my son was little. Or when I was married to my ex. LOL

  5. If no one can burp in your house there are going to be serious problems. Is there a sensitivity thing you can change?

  6. We decided to turn it off when we're in the house unless we're asleep.


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