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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2009
Ever since the development of McCastles went up behind my rural location, peace and quiet has been just a fond memory. A lawyer lives just north of my house, and his adorable little border collie (who evidently can hear squirrels burping) spends hours on the back deck vocalizing his displeasure.
Reasonable attempts at discussion about the problem were met with- well, given his profession, you can guess.
So, I went on-line and found the Dog Silencer Pro - did a fair amount of research, and aside from a couple of negative reviews, I thought it would be the answer to the problem. I bought it directly from the company - their customer service is awesome, and they delayed shipment for me (I ran an electric line to the shed nearest the tree where it would be installed - the device needs a clear shot at the offending animal, and foliage was in the way, so it's up in a tree) until I could get everything ready. I received it and installed it, and lo and behold, the dog started winding up for his nightly yapping fest, got two barks out, and then blissfully SHUT UP. To be fair, I'm going to have to tell this guy's neighbors, so they can get one too. I live behind him, and the dog is about 75' away, but it still is effective, and I'm delighted. If you buy one and it doesn't work, they have a 30 day money back guarantee. Spend the few extra dollars and get the adaptor and extension cord. I think you'll be glad you did.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2010
It's interesting researching products online. You always come across such wildly contradicting reviews. I have a hard time understanding how some of the reviewers below me had a bad experience with using this. It worked within 10 minutes on my lab. I love her to death but the incessant barking was driving me up the wall!

I plugged in the Dog Silencer and all it took was two barks and she stopped in her tracks! In the two weeks since, she occasionally lets out what I could only describe as a "test" bark - a bark at half volume and she has this look like she knows she's trying to get away with something - and as soon as the unit goes off she silent! (There's a light on the front that lets you know that the unit is sounding off when it's in the ultrasonic mode)

I've worked in Customer Service in the past and I've found that customers that have a bad experience are a minority, but a very vocal one. For every one person that writes a bad review, there's probably 10 that are "fat and happy" but have no motivation to write reviews. Just my 2 cents.
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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2009
I used the dog silencer pro for two weeks, and the dog which was supposed to be upset with the ultrasonic sound did not even blink or changed in any way his behavior.
Of course I used it as the instructions say, but I think that device is absolutely useless.
I called to the company for help, but they immediatly just told me to send it back. Of course I had to pay the expenses for the delivery and for the return.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2009
Worth. Every. Penny.

Got this for neighbor's dogs. Pointed it right at their yard. Guess what? No barky. Sweet.

Does eat batteries like crazy. Again. Worth it.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2009
I bought this over a year ago, and it has worked magically until just recently. I'm thinking the unit may have some environmental damage now. I bought the adapter and keep it plugged in, and it seems the remote worked also.

I have two neighboring dogs about 40 feet from my bedroom window who like to bark 2-3 times a night, for about 10 minutes each time. They are confined in a small kennel outside a shed. One of the dogs seemed very sensitive to this device, darting into the shed whenever I set it off. The other dog has never acted like he can hear it, but follows the other one and shuts up anyway.

I have found that if I unplug the unit and clean the dust out with canned air, it seems to work again. This time, however, I think it is at the end of it's life, as doing this had no effect last night. I plan to buy a new one and try it, to see if my damage theory is correct, because it worked so well for so long.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2009
Like everyone else, I had high hopes for this gadget. Save your money! It's a piece of junk. Mine worked for maybe two days. I live in the city in an old-timey area where houses are literally right next door to each other. The neighbor on the left has five dogs who bark as soon as their paws hit the backyard (often at 2 a.m. when they come home from wherever it is they go....they're on disability and don't work - and don't care about those that do). My landlord has two dogs who are actually okay unless the five next door are outside and then they all bark at each other through the fence non-stop. And the neighbor on the right has two dogs who are now permanent outside residents - and they aren't too happy about it. They bark at everything out of boredom and unhappiness. The nine of them, in their own little doggie collective, are gleefully trying to drive me insane. I bought this out of desperation and, unfortunately, the thing is useless. I bought the extra remote, too...I fell for the hype and I'm an idiot. By the way, the 30 day warranty is useless, too. They tell you that you have to give it several weeks to make sure it works. You then have a window of about a week and 1/2 to get it mailed back to them. I was out of town and didn't make the deadline. I should have known that something with such a short warranty wouldn't really work. I wish they had an option on here to give something NO stars for a rating.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2010
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We are surrounded by two neighbors with dogs who do not have any training on staying quiet. Both dogs are literally left outdoors all the time and I've never seen either dogs being played with or taken for a walk. I believe the dogs are actually justified in barking for attention. However, it does not help my situation in trying to get some sleep and being able to enjoy my home with the windows open.

This product only solved 50% of my problem. I'm trying to train one dog in particular and the barking decreased approximately 50% after I've installed this product. I personally believe the dog is both dumb & deaf so the product may not be as effective as I had hoped.

I've recently ordered and used the Dog Dazer II in conjunction with the Dog Silencer Pro and have finally been able to train the dog to stop barking. It still barks every so often but the two products working together has finally enabled me to train the dog to almost stop barking non-stop. Now I just hear a few barks, and I manually use the Dog Dazer II and the duo sonic blasts quiets the animal down.

Pro:
- Long AC adapter allows you to have this on all day & night.
- Adjustable sensitivity control. You don't want the product to go off for EVERY little noise. You only want it to go off due to the barking dog. I DO feel bad for the dogs and only want to train him, not torture him with a device to goes off with every noise.
- Has plastic cover that has allowed me to have this product on 24/7 outdoors.

Con:
- Expensive
- The remote control is a joke for my situation. I just don't think it's loud enough for the dog that I'm trying to train to get his full attention.

I do recommend this product with the Dog Dazer II since I do not believe either product fits my needs by itself.

Good luck & I feel your pain if you have barking dog problems.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2009
My mom purchased a couple of these as she has a trailer court and was having lots of complaints about barking. Instead of evicting the dogs she decided to try it out and the dogs don't bark anymore. So if it doesn't work I don't know why they all stopped barking. What is better is she took it to another location to try it on some different dogs and after a few days the dogs at the first location realized it was gone and started it again. I have heard it doesn't work on all dogs but it works great for us and there are many dogs in the area and lots of different breeds.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2009
This product did not work for my situation, at all. My neighbors two dogs ignored both the inaudible and audible settings, and as time went on ( 1 year) it was as if the device was not even turned on.

Moreover, what I find truly disappointing is that the dogs were only a few feet from the device and in some instances right in front of it and it did NOT work.

The cost of this product is far too high and considering that I paid $20 less I truly feel bad for those folks paying over $100 for a product that will disappoint them.

The manufacturer includes a handy little remote control which I now believe is designed to make the consumer feel better (pushing the button makes you think you are in control) because it does nothing in regards to quelling the barking.

Also, forget about using batteries as this device goes through batteries monthly if not sooner. Plugging it in is the only way to keep it going.

Disappointing.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2009
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We purchased the silencer one month ago; followed the instructions explicity. Our two dogs never hesitated one time to stop barking -- not one time in the last 25+ days. We will be returning to the seller and requesting a full refund. I had such high hopes for this item.
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