Q: "Will the Super Bark Stop (ES-VT-BC16G) work through a fence?"
Answer: Not if the fence is a solid one. How to get a dog to stop barking requires either an ultrasonic device within range of the dog's ears, a persistent trainer or a persistent trainer using a hand-held ultrasonic device such as the Dog Dazer or Pet Agree.
The effective ultrasonic sound devices are similar to the Victor ultrasonic rodent repellers but tuned to the frequencies that dogs hear. Ultrasound behaves more like a light beam than sound that you hear. If the fence is a cyclone fence or the Barkstop is placed in the open space between the fence posts, some of the ultrasonic waves will go through to the adjoining yard.
Some customers install this unit in a birdhouse enclosure and aim it down over the fence. This will limit the area of coverage, however. Others have mounted the unit to their house or to a tree. The closer the unit or similar units are to the animal, the more effective it is. The maximum range is about 35 feet.
Lentek/Koolatron now offers three other units:
If your neighbor is a friendly one, he or she may be willing to install the unit on his/her side of a solid fence. There are other repellers that work but these sound a loud blast signal when a dog barks. These can be hung in a tree or on a post. The sound may annoy your neighbor and certainly will annoy you.
Most town have barking ordinances: most people try to avoid calling the police especially if their neighbors feel their dogs' barking is "natural." So I have found in my neighborhood where 5 yards touch and two of the neighbors have dogs that bark almost continuously when anyone or our Bostons go outside and they are out. Summers are so hot in Iowa that we and our dogs prefer the AC. And these neighbors are quite pleasant except when you mention their dogs barking. And the range of the bark stopping devices is insufficient due to the size of the yards.
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