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Old 01-08-2010, 05:36 PM   #21
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Oh...that's what they call 'em...
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There is one mechanical dog bark machine that you can switch the sounds to waterfall, which I thought sounded kinda cool. It would let you know within 25 feet if someone was outside the door. I liked that idea, anyway.
I'm a little concerned with how many said the barking machines go bad. What a total dead give-away if a robber comes to the door and hears the bark looping or skipping like the old 78 records use to do when scratched.
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Lately I am tempted to go with a 12 gauge burglar deterrent.

A coworker told an interesting story about her childhood the other day. Her family fled Afghanistan when she was a small child due to political violence that was about to be directed at their family. Once they got to the US and settled in, her dad was an emergency room Dr. who worked 24 hours on, 24 hours off. The house was set up with a commercial security system, but he took her and her brothers out for shotgun target practice. All the kids were told that if the security alarm went off while he was away, they were to shoot whoever came through the door and he made sure they knew exactly how to do so.
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I like TromboneAl's approach.

I would not advise trying to advertise that you have guns in the house. That will attract the more undesirable scoundrels.

You should try out a barking dog machine before you have to rely on it. Send it back if it sounds too cheesy.

I wouldn't worry about the thing malfunctioning. Most electronic stuff is pretty reliable these days.

Would you share your research with us? I am interested myself.
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There is one mechanical dog bark machine that you can switch the sounds to waterfall, which I thought sounded kinda cool. It would let you know within 25 feet if someone was outside the door. I liked that idea, anyway.
I would end up having to pee every time someone came close to the house.
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These are effective with burglars who can't swim.
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The heck with barking dogs and firearms... the only things in this house of any value already know how to run like hell.
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Damn it was cold. Wind chill at 14 degrees. I don't see how you northerners stand this for several months.
Ya mean it isn't cold like this everywhere?
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Seriously and back to the point, for a dog sound to be convincing and life like, it needs power (dynamic range) in the lower end of the voice frequency range (100Hz). So if you could put it through a good stereo and if it was recorded properly, it would be convincing.

So I guess that the ones you buy don't have that kind of punch.

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Before my Lab died last year, he would alert and my cat would scurry for cover (scaredy cat?) and then he would communicate to us that things were not normal to him. Now, the cat just hides.

He was always on duty and never complained at all that we let him reside indoors for 90% of his life. I miss that mutt.
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Anyone use a barking dog alarm

No need at all..my 5 dogs make more than enough noise to frighten all but the most determined who come to my door.
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