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The Ultrasonic Dog

Updated on May 3, 2012

An Ultrasonic Dog

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Ultrasonic Dog Trainers To The Rescue

I like to jog a lot and I guess one could say that I am a full fledged runner based on the training that I have been doing over the past few years and in particular the beginning of this year. I have ran short races before (5k), but recently had been training and working my way up in the miles count with a goal of hitting a half-marathon or even a first marathon during the latter part of the year. I still hold that goal, but my jogging encountered a hiatus when I was bit by a hostile dog during one of my runs last month. Now usually, the dogs can be avoided although I have been known to pack a canister of pepper spray for some of the larger breeds that resemble miniature horses, and the reason they can be avoided is because I know where they live. When I approach certain neighbor yards when running through these old country roads, I know to be aware and can usually scare away the threat before it gets too close to do any damage. The dogs are a funny animal in that they will act all brave and aggressive when they see you running past and do not think that you are looking, but if you turn towards them they can often be halted and even sent jogging the other direction as if doing laps of their own. Worse are when they are with their friends and approach you in pairs or groups. That makes them even bolder and harder to deter, but with a mindmap of all local canines it can still be done. But the worst are the dogs that you do not see coming.

So it was that I was jogging by a house that usually poses no threat. There was even a lady and a small child out in the front yard and it all seemed innocent enough until out of nowhere a medium sized dog bolted out of the yard and into the street where he proceeded to sink his teeth into my ankle. It was quite a bloody scene as the bite was amazingly deep for a smaller dog and while that was nearing a month ago, I haven't ran since except for a quick jog yesterday. If you are getting the picture that there are a lot of mean dogs in this area then you would be right. I even once mentioned this to the mayor when I saw him in town and suggested that there should be a leash law passed. He laughed at my suggestion and said that there had to be a bite before anything could be done. Well, there have been no less than 3 bites since then, and I think that is an extraordinary number of dog encounters for any jogger to endure. So I have sat for a few weeks wondering whether I could possibly have rabies and after researching the disease my fear only increased even more as I learned amazing facts regarding this interesting but scary illness. One thing I did not know was that it can be carried for weeks to even around 2 years without symptoms, and by the time you do show symptoms (usually flu like headaches, fever, etc) it is almost always too late and rabies is fatal. There have been been a few rare cases of the zoonotic rabies virus being cured in humans without immediate post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Those cases involved a relatively new Milwaukee Protocol where the patient is induced into a coma to prevent further damage. It has been almost enough to sue for pain and suffering because it has caused trouble at work and trouble in my mind. Anything on the news about dogs seems to be related, I see all kinds of articles about dogs and dog bites in my regular searches, even the Center for Disease Control (CDC) called a cell phone that hardly anyone knows the number to and asked to do a survey on children and vaccines. The system is really messing with my mind on this one. The wound has healed pretty nicely, although it would not be expected to see too much evidence there if rabies was the case. What makes it worse is that I have been ill with flu-like symptoms and even encountered a bout of food poisoning during the interim. It is hard to tell if I had another virus or a sinus infection and my mind keeps considering the scary worst case scenario. I did talk with the dog owner and the dog appears to be fine at this moment. Most sources tell me that after 10 days if the dog is not sick or dead then rabies can most likely be eliminated from consideration as the pet would not have been shedding the virus at that time. So I can probably safely assume that I do not have rabies which is rare in developed countries anyway, but when you are ill your mind can often think of the worst possibilities.

So assuming I can get over this sinus infection or whatever may be plaguing me, I will attempt to resume running again, but this time I have a new weapon. It is an ultrasonic dog trainer that I never thought much about and was bought by a concerned family member out of one of those catalogs that stocks everything ever "seen on TV." Ultrasonic sound is the frequency above the human hearing range and has all sorts of uses such as ultrasonic leak detection. I have to tell you I was skeptical to say the least, but after trying it out on some dogs around the property that usually would have nothing to do with me I was more than amazed. These dogs who have other owners that they view as the leader of the pack learned to sit on command on mere minutes with the assistance of the ultrasonic dog trainer. It really is a great gadget to keep dogs from barking or otherwise correcting bad habits with negative reinforcement. I would also recommend that anyone who goes for walks, runs, or otherwise encounters stray animals should be carrying one of these. Like I said, I wasn't a big believer in things like this, as I guess I was jaded from all of the infomercials, but the thing really works. I even tried the ultrasonic device on some rabbits that were running away and they stopped in their tracks, but I don't suggest that you muck with nature too much. Get one of these things and also be sure to get your dogs the rabies shots. In fact, I plan on getting the rabies vaccine myself just because I run so much and do not want to undergo the mental trauma that I encountered and which still is not quite over as I am with an earache and headache as I write this. Be a responsible pet owner and be cautious of rogue dogs.

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    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hi againsttheodds,

      Sorry to hear about your dog problem. I think that the prudent approach would be for Animal Control to pick up the biting dog, to have the dog tested at the owner's expense, and to press charges against the owner. It should give you some piece of mind, and may prevent another vicious attack by the same dog against a different person.

      I'm curious about the ultrasonic. How does it work? Is it irritating to the dog? Or does it have a general heads-up effect?

      Voted up and interesting.

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      The ultrasonic dog trainers seem to be irritating to the dogs, but it only should be used for a second or two to get their attention. The dog I tried to train it with would walk away when you told him to sit or anything, so I press the ultrasonic dog button and he pays attention, and then like in any training they seem to like knowing they are doing the right thing and getting rewarded (treats, praise) when they succeed. I'll have to see how it goes with stray dogs, probably tomorrow.

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      Dubuquedogtrainer 5 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

      Your mayor needs to get educated. I have never understood the idea of waiting until harm occurs before enacting legislation that can prevent harm, knowing full well that these laws prevent such occurrences in other localities and are well founded.

      I have not heard that the ultrasound works that well. I agree you need to have a leash law, but I would also advise you to do what some mailmen have done and that is to carry dog treats. Toss out some treats to a dog that is chasing you.

      Also learn about dog body language. Dogs are not pack animals. They love to run and chase, but the safest approach when being chased is to stop and be still and avoid eye contact. We know very well that a counter-threat is dangerous.

      Most dogs are not threatening under normal circumstances and will back up and soften up if you understand body language and dog behavior and how to respond to them.

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