Do ultrasonic dog barking deterrents really work?

Answered by Tom Adger

Based on my experience as a veterinarian and speaking with other professionals in the field, ultrasonic dog barking deterrents are not particularly effective in stopping unwanted barking. Many of my customers have tried these devices and have not found them to be successful.

One of the main reasons for their lack of effectiveness is that different dogs react differently to the ultrasonic sound. While some dogs may be bothered by the high-pitched sound and stop barking, others may become agitated or even more determined to bark. This inconsistency in response makes it difficult to rely on ultrasonic deterrents as a reliable solution.

Additionally, it’s important to consider that dogs have different sensitivities to sound. Some may have better hearing than others, and the intensity of the ultrasonic sound may vary among devices. This means that what might be an unpleasant sound for one dog may not even be noticeable to another.

In my experience, I have seen cases where dogs initially stopped barking when exposed to an ultrasonic device, but eventually became habituated to the sound and resumed their barking behavior. This suggests that the effectiveness of these devices may diminish over time.

Furthermore, it’s worth noting that barking is a natural behavior for dogs. It is their way of communicating and expressing themselves. While excessive or nuisance barking can be a problem, it is important to address the underlying cause of the barking rather than rely solely on deterrent devices.

If you are struggling with a dog that barks excessively, I would recommend consulting with a professional dog trainer or a veterinary behaviorist. They can help identify the root cause of the barking and provide you with effective strategies to address the behavior.

To summarize, based on the experiences of veterinarians and pet owners, ultrasonic dog barking deterrents are not consistently effective in stopping unwanted barking. Dogs may have varying reactions to the sound, and the devices may lose their effectiveness over time. It is important to address the underlying cause of the barking and seek professional guidance for a more comprehensive solution.