BarxBuddy Review: Does It Really Work?

By J.R. Duren
HighYa Staff
Published on: Nov 18, 2019

The BarxBuddy Training Device is an ultrasonic dog whistle that intends to be your solution for a dog that barks too much.

The device uses two settings to grab your dog’s attention, making it more versatile than a simple dog whistle.

In our review of this device, we’ll talk about how it works, tell you how effective dog whistles really are, provide the device’s pricing and return policy, then give you our conclusion about this device’s effectiveness and value.

How to Use the BarxBuddy Training Device

This device is a handheld whistle that runs on a 9-volt battery. It has two settings on it: sound, and sound and light. To activate these settings, you’ll press an “On” button that will emit an ultrasonic sound or sound and light up to around 49 feet away.

The sound setting is intended to be the first step in your training. Whenever your dog barks, press the on button and the whistle will emit a sound you can’t hear but your dog can.

This sound grabs their attention and makes them stop whatever they’re doing, in theory. If they don’t respond to the sound alone, you can switch to sound and light and try again.

If your dog stops his or her barking, experts recommend giving them a treat to affirm the behavior. Continue to use the BarxBuddy until you sense your dog has changed their barking behavior.

This device is a welcomed relief if you’re a dog owner with a pup that barks incessantly. If you have young children who take naps, roommates or easily annoyed neighbors, barking becomes even more of a problem.

A device like this one gives you a simple way to train your dog not to bark when they shouldn’t bark.

You also get the added benefit of a sound/light combination that stubborner dogs may require.

In addition to this, an ultrasonic device doesn’t cause your dog any pain, making it a gentler alternative to spanking your dog or using a bark collar that shocks them.

Will BarxBuddy Actually Work? The Science Behind Dog Whistles and How to Use Them

To understand how you can effectively use a whistle like BarxBuddy to bark train your pup, we reached out to Russell Hartstein, a certified dog behaviorist and owner of L.A.-based Fun Paw Care.

He sees three clear advantages to dog whistles as compared to using your voice or a clicking device to train your dog:

  • Humans can’t hear them
  • Higher frequencies can, at times, travel farther than other sounds
  • Dog whistles have a distinct sound

So, if you decide to use BarxBuddy, you have the assurance that it won’t disturb sleeping children or grouchy neighbors, you have more range than if you were using your voice or a clicker, and your dog won’t be confused by what the sound means.

However, using a dog whistle isn’t simply about the advantages. You can’t expect to take your BarxBuddy home, turn it on and stop your dog from barking.

“A whistle by itself is irrelevant,” Hartstein said. “It’s how it’s used, the methodology and whether or not the whistle actually emits the right sound. And, it’s a matter of if the end-user is skilled enough to use the whistle and not harm the dog.”

Training your dog not to bark is more than simply activating a whistle when he or she barks. You need to identify the situation that causes the dog to bark. Then, when that situation arises, activate the whistle and reward your dog with a treat if he or she doesn’t bark.

It goes deeper than this, too, Hartstein told us. If your dog barks whenever someone comes to the front door, then you need to implement proximity training. Start by having someone stand far enough away from the door so that your dog doesn’t bark. Use the whistle, then give them a treat (snack, belly rub, etc.).

Then, tell the person to come slightly closer to the door and repeat: whistle and treat.

Continue to do this until the person at the door can walk up and knock without causing barking. At this point, Hartstein said, your dog associates someone coming to the door with something good happening to them.

What makes a dog-whistle purchase more involved than you may think is not just the structure and consistency you need to use it well, but the commitment to rewarding your dog in the future when they don’t bark.

For this reason, BarxBuddy’s dog whistle won’t be worth the investment for most people.

“How many parents will train their dogs appropriately and efficaciously? The answer is: pretty low,” Hartstein said.

Pricing and Return Policy

You have four purchase options ranging from $39.95 for one device to $114.95 for four devices. Shipping is free and will take three to five days to arrive at your home via USPS.

BarxBuddy gives you a 30-day, money-back guarantee for your purchase. The fine print says you’ll need to call the company at (213) 337-856 or email them at support@barxbuddy.com to initiate the return process.

The address to which you’ll send your return is: P.O. Box 521717, Phoenix, AZ, 85072-2171.

The Bottom Line: Is BarxBuddy the Right Choice to Bark Train Your Dog?

Because training your dog not to bark requires more than just a cue like a dog whistle that implements a light, too, the BarxBuddy offers no real advantage over other whistles.

In fact, the BarxBuddy is considerably more expensive than the top-rated dog whistles on pet marketplace Chewy.com.

Achieving success in training your dog not to bark isn’t a matter of finding the best whistle, either. It’s about devoting your time to systematically and methodically training your dog to see a bark trigger (mailman, trash truck, etc.) as a sign of good things to come rather than something to be afraid of or nervous about.

If you don’t have the time for a structured training program, buying the BarxBuddy Training Device or any other dog whistle will be irrelevant. Simply blowing your whistle when your dog barks won’t solve his or her barking issues, Hartstein said.

Should you realize that you don’t have the time to bark train your dog, Hartstein recommends finding a dog behaviorist to help you. A good source of local certified behaviorists, he said, is the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Other reputable certifications include Fear-Free Certified and Pet Protection Guild membership.


Read 10 BarxBuddy Customer Reviews and Complaints

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  • BarxBuddy

    I purchased a BarxBuddy and yes I was a little concerned too but the thing actually works. My dog barks at the TV non-stop, well, not anymore - point, aim, press button, he stops instantly! Wonderful little gadget!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Expensive flashlight

    • By Richard H.,
    • Australia,
    • Feb 1, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Tried this device on several dogs and it had no effect. The advertising leads you to believe it will stop any dog barking, it doesn't. It is a cheap piece of plastic made in China with a couple of useless lights in it. Be careful if you order as there is a tab that is well-positioned for you to accidentally hit and end up with a pair of nail expensive clippers. Ended up paying AUS $71.00. Should have used a rolled-up newspaper on my hand, works better.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Total waste of time!

    • By Gary R.,
    • Maryville, TN,
    • Jan 20, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered this product from its website. I’m glad I used PayPal is all I can say, if not, I probably would still be waiting for it. I received it about a week and a half later with no notice of any kind, it just showed up in my mailbox. After trying it for about 2 weeks all I get is more barking from my Yorkie and no reaction at all to the light or supposed noise. I will be sending it back, like I said, thank God I used PayPal, if you will notice the phone number is not complete, at least it is on PayPal. If I don’t get my money refunded in a week I will file a complaint with PayPal and the BBB for selling a product that does not work. The positive reviews on here must be from the company's workers or paid employees.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • POS

    • By Raquel R.,
    • Austin, TX,
    • Jan 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I never received an order confirmation from the company, thanks to PayPal for their order confirmations. I've tried to use this on several occasions, from barking to chewing on shoes. My dog has no reaction to it. If the light didn't come on, I wouldn't have a clue if the batteries even worked. I've tried it on other dogs, thinking it was only my dog that wouldn't respond. It didn't affect either of the 3 dogs' behavior. Wasted money, time, and effort with the BarxBuddy. If it wasn't a hassle to return, I'd have done so immediately.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Terrible customer service!

    • By Bruce B.,
    • Westlake Village, CA,
    • Dec 29, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered the BarxBuddy devise on December 17th and this company promptly debited my credit card for $47.90. As I write this, I have not received a confirmation from them for my order or shipping information. Every online merchant I shop with provides this information, but not them, just silence! Until I checked my credit card transactions I didn’t even know if they got my order, I still have no idea when it shipped and is expected to arrive! Buyer beware, they have no customary confirmation email or shipping information, they win the award for worst customer service!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Site scam

    • By Joseph P.,
    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Dec 28, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I can't get any response from them as to where my shipment is. Total rip off! Crap!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • It works!

    • By Valerie A.,
    • New Jersey,
    • Dec 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My boy barks constantly at people passing through the hall and I am always yelling for him to get away from the door. Fortunately, everyone knows and loves him and it doesn't bother them ("Hi Oreo!"). When I saw BarxBuddy advertised on a site at work, I was thinking it wouldn't hurt to try it. The first day I got it, he barked at the door and I hit the button. He came running back and went under the bed. Too happy. Now when he barks, I hit the button from another room and he stops. The best investment I ever made. I'm thinking about buying a few and give them as gifts to friends who have dogs.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Junk

    • By Cherryl M.,
    • Council Bluffs, IA,
    • Dec 26, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered this once I reserved my puppy. After receiving our puppy, the first time I tried to use the BarxBuddy the on button jammed into the device and is inoperable. Do NOT buy this is a piece of junk!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • My Holy Grail!

    • By Cristyn S.,
    • Queensland, Australia,
    • Dec 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Despite a lengthy duration of shipping and no shipping information to track, I am so incredibly happy with this product! I have a very territorial chihuahua who goes off at anything that moves. This product instantly shut him up! It's fantastic. As long as you're using the product with proper reinforcement this will definitely work for the long run.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Not reachable

    • By Ari S.,
    • Hawaii,
    • Dec 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I don't believe this is a legit business. I accidentally ordered a brush as well as the order I intended and when I sent 3 emails to support@barxbuddy.com the emails bounced back as undeliverable. When I called the 213 area code number the message said they are on Eastern time and when I looked up their number it is an LA number - not an Arizona number.

    I also received no email confirmation that the order went through - but it is pending in my bank account immediately.

    NOT COOL!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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