Bark Off: Does it Work? - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Bark Off: Does it Work?

By Lauren Keith - bio | email

JACKSON, MO  (KFVS) - Makers of Bark Off say it'll stop your dog's barking almost immediately.

"It even works with your dog or dogs nearby," notes my tester, Julie Kiehne of Jackson.

Julie loves her dog, Jackson, but admits that affection would go further if he'd limit the yelps. So, we flip the switch and try it outside first. The directions say it'll work up to 20 feet away.

However, that didn't work for us immediately. The directions say this should work instantly for most dogs, but in some cases, it could be a few weeks to adjust. Meantime, we also notice humans aren't supposed to hear this high-pitch sound, but we can hear the squealing.

"It's definitely high-pitched."

That can't sound good to a dog's sensitive ears. That said, you'd think this might work. So, next, we move indoors where there's a little less commotion. However, when we ring the doorbell with Bark Off turned on, Jackson barks as normal.

"I hope it works. he's just got a bad habit of barking. it's in his breed"

In fact, Julie had Bark Off turned on for a whole weekend. After a little bit of time, she noticed Jackson barked a little less but it did not stop him completely, as the product promised. Still, she's somewhat satisfied, but to further test, she gave it to her friend Shanna Wilson to see how other dogs would react.

"My dogs bark all of the time,"said Shanna.

She used Bark Off for nine days and found this.

"It definitely decreased the barking, but whenever the kids would throw a fit or get loud, it seemed to set off the Bark Off machine."

The side effects were less than desirable.

"When the kids set off Bark Off, it must have turned up its frequency and the dogs would then go potty inside the house! They'd go to the same spot and pee a lot. So, it's just not going to work here, although it did decrease the barking."

Shanna says this may work best in households without small children, where there's less noise usually. Both friends agree for only ten bucks it's worth a try, but know it's probably not going to work in every house.

"I'd say a grade 'C."

So, it shows some promise but in the end it seems a dog is always going to do what it's supposed to do...bark. Bark Off earns a satisfactory grade "C" on this Does it Work test.

Copyright 2010 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Does it Work WednesdayMore>>

  • Does It Work: Couch Coat

    Does It Work: Couch Coat

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 7:23 PM EDT2017-03-22 23:23:59 GMT
    Our tester gave Couch Coat 3.5 stars on this Does It Work test.Our tester gave Couch Coat 3.5 stars on this Does It Work test.

    A product called Couch Coat claims it can protect your couch from spills, stains and pets; but does it work?

    A product called Couch Coat claims it can protect your couch from spills, stains and pets; but does it work?

  • Does It Work: Hurricane Spin Scrubber

    Does It Work: Hurricane Spin Scrubber

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 6:09 PM EDT2017-03-15 22:09:29 GMT
    Our tester gave Hurricane Spin Scrubber 3 stars on this Does It Work test.Our tester gave Hurricane Spin Scrubber 3 stars on this Does It Work test.

    Cleaning the bathtub or shower is a pain. The makers of the Hurricane Spin Scrubber claim cleaning the bathroom has never been easier with their product, but does it work? 

    Cleaning the bathtub or shower is a pain. The makers of the Hurricane Spin Scrubber claim cleaning the bathroom has never been easier with their product, but does it work? 

  • Does it Work: FiberFix Repair Tape

    Does it Work: FiberFix Repair Tape

    Monday, February 27 2017 6:10 PM EST2017-02-27 23:10:36 GMT

    A product called FiberFix claims it can make those fixes fast, permanent, and watertight, but Does it Work? 

    A product called FiberFix claims it can make those fixes fast, permanent, and watertight, but Does it Work? 

Powered by Frankly