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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2008
I use this to deter barking. It works! I'm currently using it to train a dog to stop jumping up on people. And it's worked for that too. I'm absolutely in favor of positive training methods and this works to catch the dog's attention without any yelling. Properly used (not within a foot of your dog's ears) it's an effective tool for most dogs, and would also be a good tool to keep unknown dogs away from you while walking.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2009
I have been trying many things to get my Jatzu to stop barking...my friend owned this and let me borrow it...it has been AMAZING!!! The UPS guy showed up today and my dog just sat there not making a sound...it has done WONDERS for us!!! I highly recommend it!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2012
We ordered this product because our neighbor has had a border collie for the last year. We have never observed them walking or playing with the dog. They leave their garage door open just enough for him to get in and out. Basically the garage is his "dog house". He comes running up to the gate non stop every time we come home to walk in our front door, whenever someone walks by and numerous time during the night. Needless to say he wakes us up at all times of the night.

In order to make a formal complaint with the city we had to get a notarized letter sent to them stating our complaint.
We didn't want to cause any "bad blood" with our neighbors, whom is really nice. They just don't care to do much about their all day barking dog.

The shipping from Amazon was very fast! Received the shipping in two days. We have decided to use this product with the Petsafe Outdoor ultrasound Bark deterrent. We set up the outdoor bark deterrent first. And... here he comes, he barked maybe 5 times and was about to bark again that's when I push the button on the device with a command of "Quiet". He barked two times, with the last bark being a whine bark. He turned around and ran back into the garage.

The darn thing works. We will continue to use the device with the "Quiet" command to train the dog to stop when we say Quiet. Its been about 4 hrs since the initial encounter and we haven't heard a bark yet from the crazy dog.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 18, 2012
This Pet Zoom Sonic Pet Trainer is a handy dandy device. It is helping me curb excessive barking by my dogs and train them not to deviate from our walking path. My cat hates it and stops scratching and kneading immediately. For around $10, it is the least expensive, effective dog training tool I've ever seen, and I do recommend it. Here's how it works for me:

I live in the country and I have two neighbors who have a combined dozen or so dogs. I love to spend time outside, but when one dog barks it seems like they all bark. Add in a coyote or two out in the distance, and the myth of quiet country solitude grows even dimmer. One night recently, there must have been coyotes out a distance from our house (I couldn't hear them from in the house) and my dogs literally barked all night. RIGHT OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW...I woke up to one or the other of them barking. This is not a regular or normal occurrence but it does happen a couple of times per year. I then began to research options that weren't in the hundreds of dollars and ordered this product. I've been sitting outside with them at night and whenever one of them hears a noise that they run to investigate and bark at, I press the button on the Pet Zoom. Ideally, one will do this before the dog is more than a few feet away, and definitely within the 20 foot radius. I've had pretty good results with the dogs stopping and coming back to lay at my feet. I had my concerns about whether it was my command to "Stop" at the same time I pressed the button, or the product but it seemed to be doing some good. When I hear the dogs barking out back toward the creek when I'm heading to bed, I carry the Pet Zoom with me and stick my head out the door and give them the "Stop" command while pressing the button. Again, who knows? But it "seems" to be working.

Now today, I took my dogs for our usual walk out behind my place on an old oil and gas well gravel road that is full of long, dead grasses. Usually, Baxter (my smaller dog) is so excited to go walk that he jumps on me repeatedly and occasionally clips me from behind. It's cute to a point. I carried the Pet Zoom and when he moved to jump I simply pressed the button and he immediately cowed down and turned and went on to walk. I did this repeatedly until he no longer attempted to jump on me. it was wonderful and removed one of the most unpleasant parts of my walk. For this alone the product was worth ten dollars.

At the end of our walk we come to a fenced enclosure of some kind of water reservoir where a lot of small game make their home. We've even seen wild turkeys making nests. It is fenced in but Baxter can squeeze through the gate and run inside to check out any rustling noises. Today, we heard a rabbit or something and I tried the Pet Zoom as Baxter bolted toward the gate. The first time he stopped and came back to me immediately. Then the thing rustled again and we could see movement in the grass and Baxter ran through the gate. I continued to press the button, walking closer to him and commanding him to "stop" as a I walked (trying to stay within the 20 feet). He looked longingly toward the rustling grass but finally came to me and lay down at my feet as he enjoyed the lavish praise I heaped upon him. Fun times!

My cat (she's a diva Persian) likes to lay on my bed ALL the time. In fact, it quite inconveniences her when I crawl into it at night to sleep, except then she remembers she can come swish her royal fluffy tail in my face and I will pet her just to get her to move. Sometimes she just sits near my head and kneads the pillow purring loudly as I wish she would move so I can get some sleep. Last night, a simple pulse of the Pet Zoom and she was off like a flash, later returning to sleep daintily upon the corner of the bed, but never more to get her furry self up in my eyelashes. More good sleep. At this rate, I won't need the plethora of under eye creams and concealers I've been ordering!

Well, in a nutshell, this product does basically what it says it will do, with varying degrees of effectiveness on different animals. My teenage son stuck it to his ear and screamed, so maybe I can use it to get him to put the seat down...

I recommend this product. For $10 you don't have much to lose...
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104 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2010
In a quiet, non-stressful situation such as sitting in the house, our two dogs will acknowledge the sound. However, when walking outside and encountering another dog, which gets them exited, they completely ignore any sound this device might make. Another example of its ineffectiveness is when we were taking our dogs for a walk one evening. We were approached by an unchained, mixed lab. He was across the street and headed toward us. I immediately gave him a quick "zap". He hesitated for just a second, and then continued toward us. I then pushed the button several more times before continuously holding it down. The dog no longer hesitated and kept coming toward us. He was halfway across the street when his owner finally came out of the house and called him back. If you decide to give one of these devices a try, find out what the return policy is. The company we purchased ours from is charging a 25% restocking fee. By the time we pay the fee and the return shipping costs, it's probably not worth the effort.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2010
When i first bought this product i was convinced that it was a joke and i was going to ask for my money back. but after receiving it i tried it out on my stubborn yorkiepoo and low and behold it worked like a champ. one of the best products i have ever bought for control of my dogs. i also paid 1,800.00 for an electronic fence that kinda works sometimes though........
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2010
The pet zoom sonic pet trainer works great doesn't hurt my dog but she pays attention to it and has her behaving within the day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2014
A lot of the negative reviews stated that the noise either did not bother their dog enough to change their behavior. My dog was also rather miffed the first few times I used the device, but when I repeatedly reinforced my commands with the trainer, he got the message.
I think it should be made clear that this is not a discipline device. It is a tool to help you get your dog's attention and express to them that what they are doing is not ideal. The device alone won't fix your dog. It won't teach your dog their position in the pecking order. That's your job.
If this device is not used with stern commands and coupled with positive feedback for positive behavior, it will of course be useless. On the other hand, if you use it merely as a method to get your dog's attention and are consistent about rewards for good behavior, this is the most effective training tool I could recommend. Vinegar and water? Shock collars? Crate time? I've used them all. This tool is the only one that has consistently encouraged my dog toward good behavior without making him psychotic/ fearful/ obstinate.
Hope this helps those who don't know how to reconcile the good reviews with the bad ones!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
I have two rescue dogs. One is dog aggressive and this works perfectly when she starts in with the other dog. She stops attacking immediately and leaves the room. Now all I have to do is hold it in my hand and she behaves.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2010
I used this for the first time today at the dog park with my husky who has made the habit of jumping over the fence when dogs pass by on the outside of the park. I truly was not expecting this to work especially on a husky which are extremely intelligent animals. I am worried about him getting used to the sound and start to ignore it in the future but we'll see. I think a lot of it is in how you use it. Make sure to correct the negative behavior so they know this is the result. Don't use it too much and I wouldn't use it for everyday training personally. I will use it as little as needed for bad behavior only to limit the times he hears it. Regardless, he responded positively today and I was very pleased. The other dogs at the park also responded but make sure when you use it with other dogs around that you single yours out so the other dogs don't associate it with them being bad. I just say my dog's name and "no" or whatever, push it for 1 second and he stops whatever he's doing. I recommend this product!
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