A barking dog is an irritant. While the intent of a barking dog is for safety and security of the home, many dogs will go to the opposite extreme, barking at anything and everything that occurs within the home. Equally irritating are dogs that bark incessantly and threateningly when you are merely passing by their yard. These dogs can frighten children, annoy joggers, and be a burden on an otherwise peaceful household. They can be troublesome for neighbors. So how can we control these barking dogs in a quick and simple way? The answer is the barking dog whistle.
The whistle operates on a similar concept as training whistles used for dogs. It is meant to make a noise at a frequency outside of the range of human hearing, but at a pitch such that dogs are able to hear the sound and respond to it.
Unlike training whistles, this whistle is meant to either frighten a dog or soothe it, so that it ceases to bark. They often do not work universally. Some dogs will only bark that much harder if frightened, or will totally disregard the whistle, depending on their training. If a dog is trained specifically to guard a home or property, and to bark at anyone it does not recognize, then it will usually ignore the whistle altogether. This is because it is attempting to do its job and is conditioned to ignore stimuli that would prevent it from acting in accordance with its training.
The barking dog whistle is intended to silence aggressive dogs. Police officers as well as military operatives that need to operate with the utmost stealth to accomplish their mission sometimes use it. Many criminals and terrorists use guard dogs as an early warning sign of incoming police or military personnel and these animals can compromise an investigation or a mission as well as the lives and overall safety of the men and women that are involved.
Using a whistle to silence the dogs can save lives. If you are using the whistle to train your own dogs not to bark, often you should use an ordinary training whistle. You can then teach the dog to understand that the sound of the whistle means that they are supposed to stop barking. This ensures that you have total control over your dogs barking habits, so that when you need silence, they will be quiet.
They will still be alert to intruders and other anomalies in which their heightened senses need to be alert and their barking could help to save you and your family. There are many more expensive ways of dealing with a barking dog, but they cannot be transported easily, and are usually very expensive. There are still many refinements being made in the area of the barking dog whistle. Animal science is trying to find a universal whistle that will allow anyone being disturbed by the barking of a dog to quiet it without inuring the animal.