PetGentle v BarkBuddy


Ultrasonic bark control devices are all the rage lately; they promise to help you stop your doggo’s barking in an instant. These devices use ultrasonic (high-pitched) sounds that are inaudible to humans but audible and irritating to dogs to achieve their objective. The premise is that once a barking dog hears the sound, they will cease immediately due to the annoying nature of the noise.

Many dog owners swear by the effectiveness of these devices when it comes to not only correcting barking behavior, but also in overall dog training.

There are numerous brands selling ultrasonic bark control devices today. As you can imagine, the quality and effectiveness of these devices vary significantly among brands. As such, it is critical to do your research first before purchasing a product if you want to get the best value for your money.

PetGentle and BarxBuddy are two of the most popular brands in this market space, with their devices being pretty similar in both looks and functionality. So, which one is better?

This article will evaluate PetGentle and BarxBuddy based on some key metrics to help you make an informed decision when making your purchase. Read on.




PetGentle v BarxBuddy: Features


When it comes to features, these two devices are two sides of the same coin; they have no differences! They both come with:

  • An ultrasonic sound emitter
  • An LED flashlight
  • A 9-volt battery
  • Compact size to fit in your palms

In addition to having similar features, their functioning is identical. Simply get close to the barking/misbehaving dog, point the gadget at it, and press the ultrasonic sound button. The device will emit a noise that should stop your pup dead in its tracks. Both devices allow you to use the sound emitter and flashlight simultaneously if that does not work. The light serves as a further distraction, thus ensuring you have your doggo’s full attention.

As such, if you were to choose between PetGentle and BarxBuddy based on features and functionality alone, we would recommend doing a coin toss since they are essentially the same product.


PetGentle v BarxBuddy: Benefits


As mentioned, many people swear by the effectiveness of ultrasonic bark control devices. Since PetGentle and BarxBuddy function similarly, you can expect similar outcomes when using either device. Some of the benefits of using these gadgets include:

Instant Bark Control

Both PetGentle and BarxBuddy emit a high-pitch sound that irritates a dog’s ears. The good news is that the sound is neither painful nor harmful to the dog. Due to the unfamiliar and irritating nature of the noise, a misbehaving pup will immediately stop what it is doing as a response to the stimuli.

The light feature comes in handy for stubborn dogs. If your pooch insists on continuing with the behavior despite the sound, you can press the strobe button so that the gadget emits light and sound simultaneously. The sensory overload should be more than enough to distract the misbehaving dog from its subject of focus, allowing you to control the situation.

Training Aid

These devices will turn you into Cesar Milan when it comes to getting the most out of your dog training sessions. Thanks to how the gadgets allow you to capture the dog’s attention, you can effectively engrain the specific behaviors you want from your pup.

In fact, both PetGentle and BarxBuddy regard their products as training aids rather than bark control devices. They explain that excessive barking is a sign of a poorly trained dog. As such, instead of using the device as a band-aid solution, you should use it to correct the behavior permanently.

For instance, give your pup a treat immediately they stop barking after using the device on them. This way, your pooch will learn to associate excessive barking with discomfort and shutting up with pleasure.

Of course, you do not want to turn your dog into a mute. That is why you should only use the device in specific circumstances. These situations should not be limited to excessive barking only; use the gadget to correct any bad behavior.


The portable nature of both the PetGentle and BarxBuddy makes them incredibly convenient. You can use them anywhere and at any time. What’s more, you can use these gadgets on just about any dog. For example, if you love running and are always being given trouble by some dogs along your trail, these devices should help you keep them in line.

Pocket Friendliness

Considering their effectiveness, both PetGentle and BarxBuddy give you good value for money. We shall discuss more on this topic later.

Again, since PetGentle and BarxBuddy work similarly, you can expect similar benefits. Neither is better than the other when it comes to desired results; it all depends on how well you apply the gadget in your training sessions.


PetGentle v BarxBuddy: User Reviews


Customer reviews are the best place to get a good feel of what a product is all about without owning it. That is why we believe it is good practice to check out reviews before making a purchase.

Both PetGentle and BarxBuddy have mixed reviews when it comes to customer satisfaction. Some users swear that the products work, others say they don’t, while some say they work momentarily.

The inconsistency in the reviews makes it difficult to determine if either product would be a good fit for you. As such, it would be a case of taking a trust fall and hoping the gadget will work on your dog.


PetGentle v BarxBuddy: Pricing


PetGentle and BarxBuddy are similar in not only features and functionality, but also in pricing. However, their prices differ slightly depending on the number of units you decide to purchase.

Here is the pricing structure for PetGentle:

  • One unit: $39.95
  • Two units: $69.95
  • Three units: $94.95
  • Four units: $114.95
  • Five units: $119.95

Additionally, PetGentle charges between $2.95 and $6.95 for shipping costs depending on the number of units you decide to purchase. They also offer a 90-day money-back guarantee you can use to get a full refund in case you are unsatisfied with the product.

BarxBuddy also has a similar pricing structure, charging $39.95 for one unit and $114.95 for four. Shipping is where BarxBuddy has the edge over PetGentle, as they cover shipping costs. The company also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.


PetGentle v BarxBuddy: The Verdict


PetGentle and BarxBuddy use the same concepts to help you control excessive barking in dogs. When it comes to choosing between the two, neither would make the superior alternative. We would only go for BarxBuddy for the free shipping.

If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, we recommend going for the STOPWOOFER ultrasonic bark deterrent. While this unit functions similarly to PetGentle and BarxBuddy, it enjoys a much higher customer satisfaction rate. Moreover, it is priced similarly to the gadgets in this review.

There you have it, folks; our review of PetGentle and BarxBuddy. In case you have any pressing questions about these devices, do not hesitate to reach out, and we will do our best to get back to you promptly.

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