Nearly 8 months ago my beloved dog Domino was attacked by a Husky and died from her injuries despite my Vet’s best efforts.
Even though I had my dog on a lead, the Husky was allowed to roam free and attacked us without any warning. I was extremely traumatized and badly in need of a method to help me control aggressive dogs on my nightly walk.
I did invest in a Tazer – but after careful reading of the brochure realized that I could seriously hurt or kill a dog and I’m just too much of an animal lover to ever contemplate such a horrible thing.
So it was with great interest that I read about the Dazer II which is an ultrasonic dog deterrent. Apparently it produces a discomforting but harmless high frequency sound that only dogs can hear.
I searched for a website in South Africa that sold it and much to my delight found it on a fellow blogger’s website.
(Oops! This is NOT an advert for the product!)
Walking past yapping dogs imprisoned in their yards and jealous as hell of our two dogs prancing past their gate on a nice long walk – I suddenly realized that maybe being barked at and constantly scolded at by all the neighbourhood dogs could become a thing of the past as well!
So at the next gate I waited until the two big Alsatians let rip with their frightful baritone barking before I ripped out my Dazer and like John Wayne zapped them with my trusty 6 shooter.
The reaction was instantaneous!
Both dogs cocked their heads and just looked at us in total amazement. We stared at each other for a couple of seconds before the one Alsatian plucked up enough courage again to let out a bark and before he could utter the second one – I zapped him again.
He the got such a fright that he plopped his butt down on the floor and stared at us in total disbelief.
AHA! Take that you big bully!
We walked on and at the next gate a yapping little ankle biter who intermits his barking with an ear-splitting piercing howl got zapped before he could even bark a second bark. Again we got the same effect.
After that the Teenager and myself had a right royal fight the whole time as to who was going to zap the next lot of dogs who had the bad manners to bark at us. I am not too proud to admit that I fought like a spoilt brat to keep control of the miracle device and even threatened him with bodily harm if he tried to take it away.
Unfortunately I lost the fight many times because the little twerp is being fed too much and has grown past my maximum height two years ago and has never looked back since! (Note to self: Stop feeding the damn teenagers!)
We walked around the neighbourhood that night and many nights after that leaving behind us a sea of silent dogs. BLISS!
Flushed with my success – I decided to try it on our annoying neighbour’s dog who yaps insistently the minute my neighbour goes to work or ambles off to the shops.
So like a naughty five year old – I waited behind the hedge until my neighbour departed and within two seconds his dog started his annoying yapping.
I pointed my Dazer at him and zapped him for 1 second.
Not even a whimper came out while he cocked his head and stared at the hedge in abject confusion. After about 5 minutes, he gave a little experimental bark – but again I zapped him.
And that ladies and gentleman was the end of the yapping Toy Pom’s reign of terror on our now quiet neighbourhood.
On Saturday as I was unpacking my groceries from the car, my neighbour walked up to me and asked me if I had any problems with rodents or other critters taking up residence in my garden.
When I said no he looked very worried and said that he needs to find an exterminator then because his dog keeps on growling at the bush in his garden.
Did I come clean?
My mommy raised no damn fool!