Stop neighbours dog barking - How?

Can someone give me instructions how to build a device for stopping dogs from barking. The sort that has sensors that detect barking and give of an annoying to dogs, innaudible to humans noise, so that the dog will learn that barking triggers an unpleasant sound and hopefully stop. Our neighbours dog is driving us nuts and we dont want to have to complain about them.

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GilbertM51 year ago

Re: How I Got My Neighbor’s Dog To Stop Barking!

I recently had a really bad situation involving my neighbor’s dogs and their barking. I work at night and sleep during the day when people usually don’t pay attention to their barking dogs.

I asked my neighbors to quiet their dogs down and they agreed. The dogs are still barking at about the same rate so I am sure that they did not take me seriously.

After weeks of not being able to sleep, I decided to check the internet and found a lot of people that recommended “The Barking Dog CD” or you can buy the downloadable mp3.

To make a long story short, I popped the CD into my CD player and the dogs stopped barking almost immediately. As on person stated “I almost fell out of my chair when the dogs stopped barking”. I totally agree with them. It worked like a charm.

The website is at if you are interested.

This method should also work on your own dog if you are having problems with your dog. I certainly hope that I was helpful to you.

TristineB2 years ago

ryanmad....I read about your invention called U-CONTROL-IT and have had a hard time finding your creation. Are you still selling it? If you are could you please let me know where I can purchase this, or where it is on Ebay.

I have some barking dogs that I would love to silence (smile)

TristineB2 years ago

ryanmad....I read about your invention called U-CONTROL-IT and have had a hard time finding your creation. Are you still selling it? If you are could you please let me know where I can purchase this, or where it is on Ebay.

I have some barking dogs that I would love to silence (smile)

marthajennn4 years ago
excessive barking problem is a big problem for our neighbors. I can also recommend an article about solving barking problem of our dogs. This article says that there are 3 important reason of excessive barking problem. And this give you the solution of these 3 reason.You can read article here "Why Do Dogs Bark? How Can We Solve Dog Barking Problem" 
Of course, the only way to solve this problem is to ask the neighbors to train their dog, which they will brefly consider before deciding you are just a nosey neighbor and slamming the door in your face. Believe me, I had a barking dog next to my house for SIX years. Even though we lived there for so long, it never stopped it's barking. People that don't train their dogs at an early age to not bark will not be able to stop the dog later on. I suggest politely making the neighbor cookies and talking to them about their dog. The ultrasonic coise will cause the dog to bark even more.
I agree completely about trying to talk to people who don't care about their neighbors. I have 3 acres and have 13 dogs adjacent to my property. Many times dogs are left out all day and day and, worse yet, left out while the rude neighbors aren't even home. UGH!!!! SOOOO frustrating and unfair. It is a bad idea to talk to them about it - they will be embarrassed or angry and think you are crazy. I have tried every dog bark controller on the market (not kidding!) short of strapping zapper collars to the offending animals. I have gotten so fed up that I have finally built my own sonic blaster that is powerful and works from a distance - I added a remote so I can use it from inside my house. It is bulletproof and waterproof and it works. I am not a company, just a frustrated home owner, but it is so good I am selling them on EBay under the cute name of U-Control-It because it finally puts you in control of the problem and lets you do something about it rather than beat your head against the wall.
Hi Ryanmad

I have tried to look for your anti bark system on e-bay. are you still selling them?
Nice idea, however what happens if the neighbors are unsociable with everyone on the block and allow the dog(s) to bark at night anyways, despite 3 attempts asking them politely, to take the dog(s) in at night?

They'll comply only the night of request and then go right back to letting that noisy dog out late and leaving it barking under our bedroom windows?

I don't know, if those so called dog barking silencers really work? Some cost up to $89.00 each and the reviews are 50/50.. Can't really afford those devices etc..

 What now to do??

mzimm5 years ago
I had some fun with a Barking Dog CD that I purchased from Its a very loud cd of a annoying barking dog and made me feel better to play this for my neighbors through a very large pair of speakers at 4 AM. For some reason I haven't heard their dog since!
gems31250 mzimm5 years ago
Very Interesting, I like this idea... :)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea.
sa1234 mzimm5 years ago
I had a good laugh reading your comment!!

Very good idea, actually smart.

Currently, my neighbours' dog is barking like a mad devil and its so annoying.

I think I will give your a idea a go!

Thanks :)

durba21935 years ago
Hey i have a 2 Year old Pomeranian who suffers from dog separation anxiety. It started with excessive barking and weeping, pacing back and forth up the yard scratching on windows and doors. destructive behavior, chewing of furniture and plants. i tried everything and then i came across a good website that helped me a lot and saved alot of time. i recommend having a look
NachoMahma8 years ago
. If the dog lives inside, you have a decent chance of getting frollard's suggestions to work.
. If the dog lives outside, there's probably not much the neighbor can do. Unsocialized, untrained dogs that are kept cooped up just bark a lot.
. If the dog lives outside there's probably not much the neighbor will do. If (s)he doesn't care about the animal any more than that (dogs are social creatures), he's probably not going to care about you at all. In my experience, you'll end up having to report it to the authorities. You have the right to a modicum of peace and quiet - if your neighbor doesn't understand that, it's his/her problem. Report it to the authorities if (s)he will not respect your rights.
. I have two dogs, but they are brought back into the house (I frequently leave the back door open so they can come and go as they please) if they start barking at night. My neighbors bring me a home-cooked meal every few weeks and I want to keep them happy. :)
+if you like dogs, off to walk it. Well exercise dogs do not bark as much. Or send your kid offer his services for cheap...

+I like Frollard passive / Agressive ways in that case. Personally, I am just agressive. My neighbor's two large spaniels teamed up against my Pug one day while my visiting dad was walking it. My dag kicked the dogs to protect my pup. They came home apologizing (and hoping we would do so to kick their dogs). I told them my dog and father were ok, but the next time their dogs were outside the limit of their property it without a leash, I would bring the dogs myself to animal control. It worked. They got tethers.

+Depending of where you live weather wise, and what breed is the dog, if as NachoMahma says the dog is kept outside, all you got to do is notify PETA or a ASPCA. They will put the presure on the authorities to legally remove the dog...
I have been having a problem with my neighbors lately and it seems like they are letting their dogs bark on purpose. I thought that there was nothing that I could do since they were not my dogs but apparently I was wrong. There were a few products that I tried but none seemed to work until I bought The Barking Dog CD. It really works and it is so easy to use. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. You can check it out for yourself at if you want to try it. For under $20 it is a STEAL!!!!!!!
I just bought the MP3 for my neighbors dog. Tested it on my dog...
He laid on the floor for 30 seconds until I put the speakers 1 foot from each ear. He sat up for a second, sniffed the speaker then walked about 5 feet to his other favorite spot in the room where he lay while the volume was up to 10...
$17 I wont get back.
normgr007 years ago
For me the commercial bark sensor/ultrasonic dog thing didn't work either. Then I got some Piezo tweeters connected them to a old stereo amp and used a MP3 sound file of a high frequency tone. This made the barking dog run into it's garage. I turn it on only long enough to send him running which is only about a second. I think this is probably many times louder than the automatic thing you can buy that has poor results.

I got the stereo amp at Goodwill for $10.00. The I connected 4 speaker in parallel to both the Right and Left speaker connections. The speakers were only $2.50 each on I mounted them on sticks just over the edge of the fence and wrapped them in thin plastic for rain protection and so no one knows what they are. The MP3 sound file I made from the free ware program Audacity which is a audio file editor which can output in MP3 format. It has a function that you can insert a tone. You can make any tone or condemnations of tones you want (Alternating or pulsing...). I made several files to see which worked best. I'm now using a 17KHz square wave. I read that the physics of Peizo responses better to the square wave.

This dog is about 30 to 40 feet from the speakers and keep in mind distance matters.

I also found that if the speaker wire is to long an oscillation sets up between the speaker and the amp and a harmonic sound is produced that you and anyone (your neighbor) can hear. If the wires are not to long it i perfectly quiet.

Keep in mind that even though you can't hear it, it can hurt your ears and damage you hearing if exposed to it for to long. Don't use it if children will be exposed, their ears are particularly sensitive. If you don't heed this warning you will get the feeling like you have been to a rock concert, both a pain in the ears and that typical ringing that becomes very apparent when you lay down to sleep.
benthekahn8 years ago
 If the dogs are always barking near one spot, such as a fence, you could install a sprinkler there. If you have the electronics skills, you could make it sound or motion activated.
tkcook738 years ago
I wasted my money on an ultrasonic "dog repeller" that did nothing. I did find a way to stop the barking though. This may sound cruel but it is based on neuro-associative conditioning and IT WORKED for me. 2 words: BB gun. I used a very low power BB gun ( one of those soft air guns should work as well and u can get one for 10 bucks at Walmart). Every time the dogs started in I opened my window and raised my screen and fired the BB gun at them. I usually hit the fence. I think I only actually hit the dog twice but the shots on the fence scared it. It doesn't bark all the time now and when it does bark at squirrels or whatever all I have to do is raise my window blind and instant silence.
vcote tkcook736 years ago
So I will not say how mean I think this is, even if you think that the pellets do not make it into the skin (which they most likely do); they probably bruise seriously.

I do want to say though that it is illegal on many account, including animal cruelty, vandalism and littering (and maybe some city rules). You cannot throw anything on your neighbor's yard, that even includes if you have an apple tree and apples fall in their yard, so imagine if they caught you shooting a bb gun at their dog. If the fence is theirs, they also got you for damaging their property. Finally, if they find pellets on their yard, they can complain about littering and some cheap pellets contain some heavy metals, which makes them dangerous waste... If you happen to live in a small town where police people have not much crime to fight, their will cite you for all of those. Now if you live in Philadelphia, they might just speak to you very condescendently.

And it's cruel.
Well, it worked, didn't it? I'm sure it did hurt the dog. What would be the point if it didn't? And he said all he has to do is raise the blind and the dog shuts up. It takes VERY LITTLE to train a dog. People are just too lazy to do it. Not like he's shooting the dog just for the fun of it. And if the fence is on the property line, that side of the fence belongs to him.

So - you won't say how mean you think it is? But then you did.
No, I actually did not say how mean I really think it is. I was rather mild in my voicing. Here how mean I think it is: my brother shot me once with a bb gun when I was a kid. He was pretty far and thought it wouldn't hurt me too much. The fact is, it not only got stuck in my skin, I also had to pull it out, and it bruised about 6inch circular on my thigh and was very painful for a very long time. I was wearing jeans. Imagine the dog.

Anyone who is able to consciously hurt an animal, leave a mark on it, and do it repetitively is a serious and unstable a-hole. Not to mention that cruelty and lack of empathy towards animal is one of the symptoms used to diagnose many mental illness... it doesn't say much for the sanity of the people who think it is a good way to train an animal.

If you ask any of today's dog trainers, they will tell you that negative reinforcement, in particular corporal punishment is a bad way to teach anything to an animal and will solely contribute to make that dog aggressive and fearful of him and humans in general. It takes VERY LITTLE to make a dog aggressive because of fear.

My main point though is that, beyond my personal opinion of the person who would consider such a method, it is illegal, thus not a very good solution to the problem compared to many others (just in case some other unstable people might consider it after reading).

I am definitely not too lazy to train my dog, in fact I have 3 all puppy mill rescues who required quite a lot of work to be half normal pets, even more so good dogs. But after seeing what violence do the an animal, even after the physical pain is gone, I have a very small opinion of people who condone or use it. I truly wish the neighbors find out and pursue legal action against such a person in the hope that he would get as much of a punishment as possible.

How does he "train" his kids not to cry? putting them in a dark closet or having them eat a bar of soap?
frollard8 years ago
Such a device could be built - but its the wrong way to go about it. There are a few life lessons in this question: 1. Ascertiveness - you can get most anything in this life by convincing other people to do as you wish, without telling them they're wrong. Turn it on yourself - never start a sentence with 'you' or 'your' - "My quality of life is really suffering because of your puppy's singing. I need you to deal with the dog's problem, or it's going to cause problems with our neighborly relationship" If you're uncomfortable with talking to them, write a letter - again, never accuse - start with a reason with why you feel the way you do. If they do not respond actively to your request for action - call the local bylaw office (not 911) and make a formal complaint about the noise. It IS the law - they have to deal with it. You're not tattling, but you are taking an interest in your own peace and quiet. 2. Dogs will respond to that ultrasonic noise with more barking
11230168 years ago
This one is easy!!!!! 1. get a gun 2. load the gun 3. shoot the gun 4. hide the body