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 52 BarxBuddy Customer Reviews and Complaints

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Average Customer Rating: 3.8
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Bottom Line: 73% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Working

    • By Harriet H.,
    • Chesapeake, VA,
    • Apr 10, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    We have a long hair chihuahua. He barks all day long at anything and everything! We are trying to be vigilant and consistent with the Barx. So far he seems to be better about the barking. Thank you for the device. I didn't want to use a shock collar on him. He is very stubborn and I think that consistent use will help with the problem. Will try to keep you posted on our success.

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


  • Battery installation

    • By Wanda J M.,
    • Oklahoma,
    • Apr 10, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I need instructions on the installation of the battery. I removed the wrapper but cannot determine how it fits inside. Could you please send instructions? I have never seen one like this. I am anxious to use BarxBuddy!

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


  • BarxBuddy is GREAT!

    • By P L.,
    • Alaska,
    • Apr 9, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Received it a couple of hours ago AND IT WORKS GREAT! My one-year-old poodle/cocker stopped barking immediately when I used BarxBuddy! Took three times of people walking down our street and "he’s got it"! I also used it for his jumping up on me. And it’s working for that also. I love it! It’s worth every penny! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

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


  • It works!

    • By Cheryl H.,
    • California,
    • Apr 9, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    We are so happy with our BarxBuddy. We have two stubborn German Shepards that did not listen when we called them. When a new neighbor moved in he complained about our male and his interaction with his dog at the fence. We bought the BarxBuddy and our problems were over. One press on the button caused him to return to the door and I could let him in. Both my dogs listened and any time they bark I can press the button and they return to the house. Thank you for helping us with our dogs and their much-improved behavior.

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


  • It works!

    • By Fran D.,
    • Hornbrook, CA,
    • Apr 8, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Honestly, I have only used it one time. Only one of my three dogs started barking at a car that pulled up in the driveway. The other two were elsewhere in the house. She was facing the door barking, I picked up the BarxBuddy and hit the "On" button, which was set to low. She immediately stopped barking and turned around to look at me. I told her she was a good girl and gave her a treat. I am looking forward to using it to help my other dogs curb their enthusiasm! Thank you.

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


  • It works!

    • By Debbie T.,
    • Sewell, NJ,
    • Apr 4, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    At first I thought another usless item to add to my many purchases to stop my dog from barking. When it arrived I was excited to use it. It's going to take time but actually she has quieted down and as soon as I pick up the device, she looks at it and remains calm.

    So far this is the best one and like I mentioned you have to be consistent with it.

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


  • BarxBuddy - prompt service and delivery of a quality product!

    • By Steve O.,
    • Everett, WA,
    • Apr 4, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I received the item promptly after I made the order. Product is of good quality and I greatly appreciate the customer service and opportunity for feedback.

    If I need any additional items I would not hesitate to order from BarxBuddy. I would recommend their product(s) to others!

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


  • Works great

    • By Missie G.,
    • Littleton, CO,
    • Apr 3, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have a 10-year-old dog that sits in the window most of the day. She loves observing the neighborhood. However, she barks incessantly at trucks, dogs, and people walking. I saw the BarxBuddy on FB and decided to give it a try.

    I am following the instructions for use and I must say it is fantastic. It didn’t take long for my dog to recognize the device and to literally stop her bad behavior.

    I highly recommend this.

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


  • BarxBuddy - our friend!

    • By Dee L.,
    • West Palm Beach, FL,
    • Apr 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    We highly recommend the BarxBuddy to all pet owners! Our dog used to bark incessantly when someone passed by, or came to our front door. He wouldn’t even stop when it was someone he knew, or when we told him it was OK! We definitely needed some help that also wouldn’t hurt our dog. We saw results from the first moment we used the BarxBuddy. Our Parsons Russell Terrier turns toward us when he hears the high frequency, non-painful sound of the BarxBuddy, and comes over to my husband or I. Thanks again for your wonderful product!

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


  • It works great as a training tool

    • By Andrea H.,
    • Melbourne, Australia,
    • Mar 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    My 9-month-old Schnoodle barked incessantly at me at people coming to the door, etc. I used it twice with the command "no barking." Followed by heaps of "good boy" praise.

    Then 3 times without actually pressing the button. The barking just stopped instantly.

    Now I just point my finger and say "no barking" (which is very rare). It worked for us!

    He had a barking fit at the groomers and I pointed her black stapler at him and told him "no barking" and he stopped immediately. So the training definitely is in the consistency. He remembers the device. I'm happy, he's happy. It worked for me and my puppy! I haven't needed to use it since. Worth it!

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


  • BarxBuddy dog trainer

    • By Peggy B.,
    • Corunna, MI,
    • Mar 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    When I received the device, I was a bit skeptical. I opened it and installed the battery. I care for my little grand dog who is a mini Shih Tzu and is a habitual barker and growler when a stranger approaches. I pointed the remote at him and pressed the button. He immediately sat and stopped barking. I was amazed! I then proceeded to test it further and gave a command to come. He usually just sits and looks at me, but he got up and came over and sat by my feet. I have since showed and demonstrated to my neighbors and they were going to place their orders. Now, I don't even have to push the button. He just sees me pick it up and quickly falls in line. Thank you...you have a winner!

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


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