10.27.2008

dog messaging relay team... interrupted

We finally broke down and purchased a training collar for Bandit. She was incessantly barking throughout the night. Corrections and take downs would work for maybe fifteen minutes, then she'd start back up again. [G-d bless the Pyrenees, but they're mule-headed dogs. Uh, not that these two are like their owners in any way... *ahem*.]

Part of the problem is that Every. Dog. On. The. Hillside. is part of that blasted messaging relay team. There sounds to be at least a half-dozen of them baying at any moment, every night. Can't blame Bandit for wanting to join in on the fun.

The training collar Spouse purchased has both a beeper and a "tingler". You can choose which to use. Spouse tested the tingler on himself; he said it felt like being buzzed by a battery. So, thankfully, it's not one of those old-fashioned shock-therapy type collars.

Spouse has used it two nights in a row, with success for longer periods of time. I used the beeper alone (with voice correction), successfully, this past evening. Keeping fingers crossed that there's only a few more night's worth of training left before we can take the collar off for good. I hate the thought of using that thing.

[pic: Bandit getting some "love" from the geese. Rotten geese. Rotten!]

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like your dogs wer participating in the twilight bark. Cruella DeVille must be at it again!

    (Sorry, my daughter has been on a kick and we've watched 101 Dalmations about 27 times this weekend!)

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  2. @warren: hee! Yeah, and if you miss the first round, they offer repeats on the hour, every hour... to make sure, you know, that you heard. Just in case.

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  3. Glancing at the heading and seeing Bandit getting loved... I thought I read "dog mAssaging team."

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