(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,431,121 Bi
Mainini et al. (45) Date of Patent: Aug. 13,2002
(54) BARK CONTROL APPARATUS AND
METHOD FOR USE WITH MULTIPLE DOGS
(75) Inventors: Christopher E. Mainini; James L.
Jameson, both of Knoxville, TN (US)
(73) Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation,
Knoxville, TN (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 72 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/690,900
(22) Filed: Oct. 17, 2000
(51) Int. CI.7 A01K 15/00
(52) U.S. CI 119/718; 119/720; 119/908
(58) Field of Search 119/718, 720,
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
4,202,293 A * 5/1980 Gonda et al 119/718
An apparatus for controlling the barking of dogs in a group setting, or group bark control apparatus, and method for use. The group bark control apparatus detects the barking of the host dog and applies an appropriate correction to the host dog while also broadcasting a desired correction signal to other group bark control apparatuses within range. Upon receipt of the correction signal, the receiving group bark control apparatuses apply the appropriate correction stimulus to their respective dogs, including those which are not currently barking. By preemptively correcting the nonbarking dogs in response to the barking of other dogs, the phenomenon known as group barking is hereby avoided.
9 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets