Introduction: Dog Anti Bark Screen......

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.... not a concept you come across every day :)

The background to this is that Maisie came to us as a rescue dog with a lot of baggage. She has been bred over generations to be a livestock guard dog whose mission is to warn the herder of any danger to the herd by barking, here lies one of the problems, her favourite occupation when in the house is watching window TV, any passing dog needs to be barked at!

We tried bark collars (not resorting to electric shock type) they work to an extent but she managed to pop 2 of them off her collar, a better method was required, an anti bark screen!

Step 1: What Is Required to Make a Bark Screen?

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The parts required are:

  • A piece of 5mm perspex around the size of the window to be screened
  • A piece of LCD smart film, of similar size, with transformer
  • Some pieces of 20mm and 5mm MDF
  • Wood glue, screws and M4 trap nuts
  • A strip of 1.5mm aluminium
  • Remote control mains switch I had one spare from a set of four from reichelt that was perfect for the job

Tools required:

  • Bandsaw/hand saw
  • Router
  • Pistol drill
  • Screw driver bit

Step 2: The Build

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The LCD smart film needed to be squeegeed onto the sheet of perspex in the same way that tinted window film is installed (lots of videos on YT that cover this, I didn't film it as I was concentrating too hard on avoiding air bubbles).

With the router I cut a groove in a piece of MDF that will be the base, then cut the bottom edge of one of the MDF screen clamping uprights to fit snuggly into the slot.

Step 3: Room for the Wiring

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Again with the router I cut a groove for the perspex to fit into and then some slots to feed the wiring from the smart screen to the transformer. I also cut a strip of aluminium to hold trap nuts to fix this together using M4 countersunk screws rather than using wood screws, (I always find using woodscrews in MDF to be a bit weak).

Step 4: First Power

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After screwing it all together it was time to plug in and give it a try.

Step 5: In Place in the "dog TV" Window

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I put the screen into the "dog TV" window and gave it a try, it works! If Masie starts to take an interest in a passing dog, I can just hide it with a press of a button on the remote control before she even starts barking!

Sorry about the bleached out start of the video, when I get closer you can see the effect.

Comments

rayp1511 (author)2017-10-29

Congrats on being a finalist in the "Plastics" contest, good luck.

CarolynA26 (author)2017-10-17

Masie is such a lucky dog! I was afraid this would be another idea to shock a dog into submission, but you took your time and your skills to create something unique. Thanks for sharing!

rayp1511 (author)2017-10-14

That's a creative fix for a annoying problem. She's a sweet looking pup.

I have a Lab that likes to guard the window too, although not to that level. Fortunately she likes treats and praise more. Using a technique from the "Dog Listener" book, when she barks I thank her then place myself between her and the window, when she stopped barking she got a treat then praise. She eventually understood and I didn't have to get between her and the window, just a voice command. The treats are few now but always praised with "good girl" and a pet.. Interesting I think she barks sometimes just to see if she gets that treat :). Might not work for everyone but it sure helped me.

rog8811 (author)rayp15112017-10-14

If Maisie had been a foody dog I would have gone the same route, trouble is she is not at all tempted by treats.... complete opposite to our greyhound who would sell her soul for a treat. :)

rayp1511 (author)rog88112017-10-14

Maisie looks a little like a Norwegian Elkhound and German Shepard, very good looking dog! I think each dog and situation is different and you got the result you were looking for. Well done.

rog8811 (author)rayp15112017-10-14

@rayp, Thanks, she is a Sarplaninac, named for the Sar mountains in Yugoslavia where she would have served her guard duty. They are big furry and very good company :)

TedB60 (author)2017-10-10

So what does the screen do to stop the barking? If it doesn't give the dog a shock or some kind of a unlikeable feeling, how will the habit ever be cured? Do you have to wait for the dog to start barking before you turn on the gizmo? That would require you to sit beside the dog and watch for the animals that he barks at so you could hit the switch before the barking starts.

MillerI (author)TedB602017-10-10

Negative reinforcement is not really the best solution to any behavioral issue but rather a fall-back. If you remove the stimulus (blocking sight), then the behavior goes unrewarded without being punished.

Krynos (author)MillerI2017-10-14

But it's ok for people right?

ChiefInstructor (author)TedB602017-10-10

You could add a Movidius camera and load in dog images. The artificial intelligence would trigger the screen whenever a dog went by, or if the dog was barking. $79 for the USB stick. Add some programming and voila.

rog8811 (author)ChiefInstructor2017-10-12

@hierhere1n I had to google that (not too up to date with that kind of technology), I see what you mean though, that would be very cool...... :)

rocketride (author)TedB602017-10-12

The screen stops barking (assuming it works for a particular dog) by removing the visual stimulus that causes it. (Your canid may vary.)

rocketride (author)rocketride2017-10-12

Sometimes a negative incentive is not needed, removing the positive one will suffice.

rog8811 (author)TedB602017-10-10

Maisie doesn't spend her whole day in the TV window as she prefers to be outside (on squirrel watch :) when she is at the window she has a tell when she becomes interested her ears lift slightly and she rumbles in her throat, that is when I hit the switch, she immediately loses interest.

It works for me, it works for her.

ravijag (author)2017-10-12

Nice dog!

rog8811 (author)ravijag2017-10-12

She is a very pretty and very affectionate dog.

Tad Lindelow (author)2017-10-10

I have had dogs all my life and yes they all bark uncontrollably, but ALL can be trained. It's a very simple process that requires you to be consistent with the issue. If you want to find out how to successfully train a dog, go to your local library and get a book on training your dog. Some books are better then others, I found that "Smarter then you Think" (and I forgot the author's name) and no I do not have any connection to the book, was a good start. This man trains the owner first on how to communicate properly with the animal, which is very enlightening. As an example: did you know that " Sit, good boy and good boy, sit" mean two entirely DIFFERENT things to your dog? If not, then get a training book just to be kind to your pet, and STOP confusing him. AND, be kind to your neighbors, who have to listen to your barking dog!

RobinT6 (author)Tad Lindelow2017-10-10

That's not true, not ALL dogs can be trained. I have an 11-year-old great pyr with fear issues and we have been in training her entire life: group training, private training, vet consultations, even a phone meeting with Cesar Millan. All agree that Grace is hard-wired to protect me and will always bark. I put paper on the one window she looks out of and the barking stopped, unless she can hear someone outside, in which case I remove her from the window.

How dare you assume you know more about this person's dog than they do? Reading a book doesn't make you an expert.

Tad Lindelow (author)RobinT62017-10-10

First, I am just trying to be helpful. It sounds like the gentleman is at the end of his rope with this dog and his instructable was an ingenious solution to the problem. The book that I mentioned was written by a Hollywood animal trainer and he mentions owners with very problematic dogs. If you don't understand and none of the services that you have used to correct the problem have explained the difference between "sit, good boy and good boy sit" or in your case "quiet, good boy and good boy, quiet" then you haven't been getting very good advice. And believe me the dog does know the difference. As I suggested read a copy of "Smarter then you Think" instead of chastising me and you will have a better understanding of your dog. Before you go off half-cocked and reply to this, read the book.

Reading a book of course, doesn't make me an expert, however it does mane me less ignorant then others, books do that. And having 60 years experience with dogs does make me knowledgeable.

rog8811 (author)Tad Lindelow2017-10-11

@Tad, TBH Maisie has settled incredibly well since coming to us from the rescue centre. We like that she barks when the door is knocked... a good warning of a large dog in the house. It was just the disruption of an unstoppable bark at passing dogs that needed addressing and I have that sorted now, happy dog, happy household :)

kmpres (author)2017-10-10

Nice idea. Glad it works for your dog. My dogs however bark at sounds, especially the doorbell, passing male voices or loud vehicles outside our house. One is a ten lb toy poodle whose bark is so loud she can burst your eardrums at ten paces. How do you stop those habits?

MillerI (author)kmpres2017-10-10

My little guys used to do the same thing when we traveled. We found that the TV or radio would help mask some of the sounds and reduced the barking by 90%. Sirens would still get them going but, hey, it's already a loud siren so a dog yapping is of minor additional nuisance.

kmpres (author)MillerI2017-10-10

My other dog, also a poodle (miniature), liked to bark at other dogs and horses on our TV and nearly jumped through it on a few occasions (horses are just big dogs according to him). The only thing that stopped him was old age. The female, however, is only three...

MillerI (author)kmpres2017-10-10

One of our toy poodles would bark at cows. When we would drive somewhere and if there was livestock, he was on it. One time we were watching some video and he started barking. The scene was just a couple of people in a car driving and talking and we couldn't figure it out. We ran the scene back, he barked again. We slowed it down and way in the background, totally out of focus, were a couple of cows...

rog8811 (author)MillerI2017-10-10

Now that is dedication, when I let Maisie out for her late night ablutions she rushes to the back of the walkway to look up into the trees, just in case there is a squirrel feeling its way past in the dark :)

kmpres (author)MillerI2017-10-10

They're funny that way, aren't they. Toy poodles have no concept of their own size. Mine can't look at themselves in a mirror but they sure know what other dogs look like and are ready to defend their territory no matter how big, loud or nasty the invading dog is. If I ever took them to a farm or a zoo I'd probably have a lot of explaining to do.

mid_life_crisis (author)MillerI2017-10-10

We have three ranging from 70 lbs to 110. They howl back at sirens. The smallest one can't figure out how to howl and makes the strangest noise as a result. It's hilarious. The biggest is a Great Pyrenee mix that barks at the flapping of butterfly wings down the block. The whole neighborhood is his to protect, even if he can't leave his own yard.

gsvanwinkle (author)2017-10-10

Excellent project! I'm thinking of doing it and adding an audio sensor (from a bark collar?) and a circuit to white out the window for 60 seconds once the dog barks.

pdawgp4U (author)2017-10-10

Wow man that is the coolest thing I've seen on here in a long time. I run a boarding/rescue facility and it's pretty quiet around here until a dog walks by. We want everyone to see their surroundings but a dog passing by is a huge page. A large scale of this would totally solve that problem. Thanks for the share...

Wally-TonyaC (author)2017-10-10

I was confused. That is until I realized this simply acts as a shade, not an actual "bark screen". I thought this device would somehow screen/reduce the barking noise. Especially after seeing that it's wired. Dog barks, the wiring/transformer would then somehow reduce sound hitting it? Or the screen automatically becomes opaque once the dog begins to bark.

Nicely done but I don't think the title is fitting...

DejayRezme (author)2017-10-10

Haha this is an awesome and hilarious idea! :D

I actually expected you adding an arduino sound recognition module to automatically hide the street when it registers a barking sound. But I guess you want to draw the blinds before your dog starts barking.

TedB60 (author)2017-10-10

Confirmat screws have been available for many years for fastening MDF. A special stepped drill bit is required to predrill for the screws. You will never believe the strength in these joints. The bits are available in Canada at European Hardware stores and are a bit pricey.

MTKapp27 (author)2017-10-10

Really cool idea and project. You can enhance it by replacing the button with a sound sensor of some kind. So when the dog barks it turns the screen on for a few seconds. It could be used as a automatic training device theoretically.

Tebika (author)MTKapp272017-10-10

Yes! Exactly what I need at my house.

rog8811 (author)2017-10-09

She is coming round gradually, all I need to do now is to hide the trees behind the house as she sits on guard for ages looking out for pesky squirrels passing through, which of course get a good barking at! :)

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2017-10-08

That is a really good idea. It might help to lower the dog's stress level too.

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