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So, I have this neighbor that has a few inside/outside dogs. He has a little Westie, a German Shepherd, and a Black Lab. He uses invisible fencing to keep them in his yard, so their physical presence isn't the problem.
The problem is that recently the Lab has begun barking incessantly. I'm guessing this has become a problem for the owner as well because the Lab seems to stay outside most of the time now while the other two spend most of their time inside. This really isn't a problem during a day, but at night it has become such a problem that its causing loss of sleep for me and my wife.
After an entire weekend of the dog barking all night, we finally have had it and filed a complaint with the local police today.
I'm not sure how effective the police will be in getting anything done as it seems the only training the owner has done to these dogs has been to strap on a shock collar and let the invisible fence keep them outside and out of his hair.
I'm looking into a couple options to implement myself and wanted to see if anyone here had experience with them.
1) Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent - I see devices for sale for $50-$100 that mount up outside the house and will emit an ultrasonic sound whenever it detects "barking" (aka a loud noise).
My concern here is that the ones that have the range I need are on the expensive end, and I'm not really keen on something that's going to emit ultrasonic blasts at every loud noise. (This is really no better than the barking as something as simple as a car starting may set it off and in turn set off the dogs.) Also, I have my own house dog who I also don't want to subject to being annoyed by the sound.
Something handheld, with a trigger would be ideal. I could sit outside in the garage and do my own bark training for a few days, but I need a range of about 100ft which is more than the handheld units I've found.
2) Soundproofing the bedroom windows - Basically every sound from outside comes into our bedroom from the windows. If there was some sort of acoustic deadening material I could cover the windows with that wouldn't look funny from the outside (even if it makes the room dark inside, that's fine) and would stop the sound, I'd jump all over it.
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