I received a First Alert Bark Genie and Handheld Bark control to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.

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I have dogs and they’re not angels. They bark to let me know someone’s at the door. I’ve tried training them but their need to alert is greater than my desire to stop them. Dogs will be dogs, but where I draw the line is when they annoy others.

My girls spend all of their time indoors with the exception of being escorted out to do their business. Sadly, that’s not the case with my neighbor’s dogs. Their two large dogs are outside 24/7 and they bark continuously. Even with my bedroom window closed, their barking pierces my sleep most nights.

 First Alert  Bark Genie™ Automatic Bark Control

Since my neighbors refuse to curb their dog’s barking, I took it upon myself to do it for them. I installed a First Alert  Bark Genie™ Automatic Bark Control (RV $39.99) on the tree next to the fence. It’s a battery operated device that detects barking which triggers an ultrasonic sound that’s so high, only dogs can hear it. It’s hanging facing their yard, about 3 ft from the fence and works with the dogs up to 50 feet away.

There are three sensitivity levels (I have it set at the most sensitive) and it’s waterproof. It hangs there waiting for the dogs to rush the fence and stops them in their tracks.  The first two weeks it was in place they reacted but continued to rush the fence. By the 3rd week they stopped the fence assault and I rarely hear any barking from them at all even though they’re still out there day and night through freezing cold. I’ll never understand why people have dogs if they’re going to just put them outside and never interact with them and I do feel bad about making the dogs’ life even more miserable when the alarm is activated, but it truly works.

My girls - Gracie and Jewel

My girls – Gracie and Jewel

 Bark Genie™ Handheld Bark Control

For my dogs, I’ve used the Bark Genie™ Handheld Bark Control (Model: FABCU2 – ARV $19.99). It’s a portable version that tucks into my pocket so I can take it on a walk or when we travel. It hangs on my closet door handle so when I get my coat, I grab it too.  I’ve used it from my pocket to stop dogs from charging at us and I use it on my girls when we’re travelling and staying in a hotel room.

My little girl, Gracie, a 7 lb Maltese is not affected by it at all. He big sister, Jewel, a Pomeranian, shakes and shows obvious signs of understanding she’s in trouble. Unfortunately, we used a different handheld model when she was a pup and we missed the instructions of not letter her see what was creating the sound. Now everything that’s a small, black handheld item makes her quiver, which includes the remote control for the TV. We’re much more careful this time keeping the thing out of sight.

What I love about the Handheld Bark Control model is it’s very directional and has a reach of only 15′. I point it at the offending dog and others in the area don’t seem to be bothered by it. That helps when you’re trying to correct only one dog.

I love both of the Bark Genie products and am grateful they’ve taken care of our backyard problems. It’s nice to be able to walk on  my deck without being rushed by the dogs next door.

Do you have a dog in need of a Bark Genie? These fabulous barking aids are available at Target and other retailers.