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Alcohol Breath Tester, Single Use, Accurate, Inexpensive

by Barbara 18. June 2017 09:00

Question about the Redline Single Use Breathalyzer

"Looking for a fast, inexpensive way to test my breath for alcohol before I drive home from a party." Thanks, Jim

I suggest the Redline Self Breathalyze. It is disposable, inexpensive, accurate, easy to use and single use. Results in 2 minutes. Fits in pocket! Might save your life or your driver's license! Traditional digital breathalyzers are not cost effective for occasional use. Disposable alcohol tests are a better choice. Redline is the only disposable breathalyser in the world to be quality approved and certified for accuracy by the FDA, USA, Standards Australia, French NF & German TUV.

Redline contains chemical crystals that change color from yellow to green when exposed to alcohol from a subject's breath. Reads above or below 0.05%. A positive test is displayed by green crystals above the two red lines on the tube. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that the product is not hazardous nor toxic: no specific labeling is required.

Package includes a disposable breathalyzer ampule, measuring bag, and instruction guide. Dimensions of each tester are 4 in. x 2 in. x .8 in.) Weight: 5 oz.

Have a great summer!

Sincerely,
Barbara

Stop Barking Dogs Next Door If Clear Line of Sight Exists for Bark Free Ultrasonic Devices

by Barbara 18. February 2014 09:50

Q: "Will the Super Bark Stop (ES-VT-BC16G) work through a fence?"

Answer: Not if the fence is a solid one. How to get a dog to stop barking requires either an ultrasonic device within range of the dog's ears, a persistent trainer or a persistent trainer using a hand-held ultrasonic device such as the Dog Dazer or Pet Agree.

The effective ultrasonic sound devices are similar to the Victor ultrasonic rodent repellers but tuned to the frequencies that dogs hear. Ultrasound behaves more like a light beam than sound that you hear. If the fence is a cyclone fence or the Barkstop is placed in the open space between the fence posts, some of the ultrasonic waves will go through to the adjoining yard.

Some customers install this unit in a birdhouse enclosure and aim it down over the fence. This will limit the area of coverage, however. Others have mounted the unit to their house or to a tree. The closer the unit or similar units are to the animal, the more effective it is. The maximum range is about 35 feet.

Lentek/Koolatron now offers three other units:

If your neighbor is a friendly one, he or she may be willing to install the unit on his/her side of a solid fence. There are other repellers that work but these sound a loud blast signal when a dog barks. These can be hung in a tree or on a post. The sound may annoy your neighbor and certainly will annoy you.

Most town have barking ordinances: most people try to avoid calling the police especially if their neighbors feel their dogs' barking is "natural." So I have found in my neighborhood where 5 yards touch and two of the neighbors have dogs that bark almost continuously when anyone or our Bostons go outside and they are out. Summers are so hot in Iowa that we and our dogs prefer the AC. And these neighbors are quite pleasant except when you mention their dogs barking. And the range of the bark stopping devices is insufficient due to the size of the yards.

Please contact us if you have more questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

Hand Held, Manually Activated Dazer and Pet Agree Use Ultrasound to Train or Scare Off Dogs

by Barbara 14. March 2013 08:50

Question about the Dog Dazer and the Pet Agree.

Question: "I have a dog who is usually well-behaved until he sees another dog on our walk. Then the barking begins. Also I have been attacked by dogs when I am jogging. How do these devices work? Are they likely to work for me to train my dog and to scare off the aggressive ones? Thanks. Peter."

Answer: The Dazer and the Pet Agree are identical except for the color. These are sturdy, manually activated ultrasonic units that have a belt clip. Each uses a 9 volt battery that can last for years depending upon the frequency of use.

The best training method is to use a stern voice command like "No Bark" simultanously with the use of either device "shot" directly at the dog. Depending upon how intelligent and how stubborn your dog is, training may be fast or slow to stop dog barking. Rarely does the Dazer or the Pet Agree fail to work for training.

UPS, Fed Ex and USPS delivery persons use carry Dazers to ward off aggressive dog attacks. Aggressive dogs seem to respond more quickly to the ultrasound than non-aggressive ones. Using a strong "No" at the same time helps. We've sold hundreds of these units to delivery people and actually sold many to FEMA employees when Micronesia had a typhoon hit years ago.

The Dazer is gray; the Pet Agree is blue. The manufacturer made two colors with two names because the Japanese saw the word Dazer as a cruel word. Actually, the dog is not "dazed" as with a stun gun, just feels discomfort, not permanent injury, from the ultrasonic tone. These units also work with most cats.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Use Pet-2-Ring Dog Door Bell or Pet Chime for Housebreaking Puppies and Dogs

by Barbara 6. March 2009 11:39

Question about the Pet-2-Ring Dog Door Bell and the Pet Chime by Lentek-Koolatron.

Q: "I have a quiet dog, virtually a non-barker. I need to know when she has to go outside to potty. Where can I find a dog doorbell that uses batteries? I don't want bells hanging from the ceiling or from the door knob like the bells on Santa's sleigh/" Thanks. Joe.

Answer: We currently sell two different dog door bells. The Pet Chime by Lentek-Koolatron has two parts, the paw transmitter and the receiver. The Pet-2-Ring Dog Door Bell has a platform lever that pushes a round door bell knob. The Pet-2-Ring lever takes only a light touch anywhere on the large 7 inch by 6 inch panel to cause the door chime to sound.

The Pet-2-Ring is a new product, Made in USA. The weatherproof plastic base dog doorbell receiver and transmitter can sit as a single unit on the floor near a door to your yard. Wall mount the unit if you wish,hardware included). The receiver is small and can be placed on a table, window sill, shelf, etc. The advantages of the Pet-2-Ring unit include the large platform, the sensitivity (only a gentle touch is needed to activate the chime) and the 100 ft range. Because the unit uses C batteries, transmitter battery life is typically a year or more.. The receiver unit  includes a replaceable lithum battery that can last 2 years or more. Purchase two units if you want one inside your home and one outside. The advantage is that you can now place each receiver 100 ft from the door. This means you can have one upstairs and one downstairs or at each end of a larger home.  Pet2-Ring dog door bells can also be used for outdoor/indoor cats. Many service dogs for those with brittle diabetes are trained to use the Pet-2-Ring rather than to bark when glycemic levels change.

We've sold the Pet Chime for many years.  The receiver generates either a door chime sound or a barking dog sound. Frankly, I never advise the barking dog sound as it could encourage a dog to bark in return.  Extra paws are available: you can use the same receiver for 1 or more paws. The chime is the same so you may get some exercise if you have more than one door into your fenced back yard. The Paw requires more pressure than the Pet-2-Ring to transmit to the receiver. Also the Pet Chime is less waterproof due to the open space around the paw. The Pet Paw uses one 9 volt battery: the receiver chime uses 3 AAA batteries. Unless you put the Paw in a waterproof bag, the Paw may fail if exposed to rain or snow.. The Paw activates a chime placed at 30 to 100 ft away.  This is Made in China.

Thanks for your question. Enjoy your dog.

Sincerely, Barbara

Why Do Dogs Stop Barking When Ultrasonic Bark Stopping Devices are Used?

by Barbara 11. August 2008 11:45

Question about how ultrasonic bark stop devices work. Regarding PET-BF02-PRO Lentek Super Bark Free PRO Device and Dog Dazer.

Q: "What makes the dog stop barking? Are these products  painful to dogs? " Loretta

Answer: Dogs do not like the ultrasonic tones generated when they bark within the range of the Super Bark Free or similar products, The Dog Dazer generates an ultrasound when you manually activate it: this stops aggressive dogs and usually quiets noisy ones.  The Dazer is a great training device when you add words like "no", "quiet", "come" or whatever you want to use the unit for.

Per the Super Bark Frree instructions: "Dogs learn to associate the loud, irritating sound produced by the unit as being a result of barking and stop barking to stop the Super Bark Free sound. Always remember, the activation microphone in the Super Bark Free just detects sound, it can not tell the difference between different types of sounds. Do not try to instigate barking from your dog to see if the Super Bark Free is working. A dog will always bark if harassed.

Most dogs find that being close to an activated Super Bark Free is very distressing and uncomfortable. Sometimes older dogs or breeds with congenital hearing problems are unable to hear the ultrasonic sounds emitted and ignore the Super Bark Free. This is also true of situations where there is a lot of other noise close to the dogs. The ultrasonic sound emitted is drowned out by the other noise."

Hope this helps. Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Are Pet Chime Paws Weatherproof

by Barbara 19. September 2000 15:31

Question about Lentek Koolatron Pet Chimes for Dogs or Cats

Q: "Are the pet chime paws (transmitters) weatherproof and hence suitable for outside use?"

Answer: According to Koolatron, the manufacturer, the paw is essentially weatherproof/water resistant.

  • The paw shelters the electronic components.
  • Seal the paw in a baggie placing it where it may be flooded or doused by torrential rains.
  • Or mount the paw outdoors on a wall or under a protective overhang.
  • Use an additional paw for the dog to signal that it wants to go outside.

Sincerely, Barbara