Jon DeMaria, from San Diego, US, has caused controversy online for creating a ‘Dog Zapper 2000’ which he honks every time the neighbour’s pup barks – some call him a ‘genius’ and others say he’s ‘punishing’ the pet
TikTok user builds ‘Dog Zapper 2000’ to stop neighbour’s barking dog
A man has divided the internet for creating a unique invention to stop his neighbour’s dog continuously barking.
Jon DeMaria, based in San Diego, US, has shared the creation on his TikTok account and coined it the ‘Dog Zapper 2000’.
The innovative device, which appears to be an air horn strapped to the balcony, works with a remote to beep loudly every time the dog barks.
Many people have called John a “genius”, while others have said the idea is “aggravating” and a form of punishment.
The clip was posted on @stealthmediaalive and has been viewed 1.7 million times, with some even saying he should “pitch on Dragon’s Den”.
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In the video, Jon talks to the camera and says: “So my neighbour got a dog, and the damn thing barks non-stop. I mean I roll over in my bed in my own room in my own house and this damn dog barks at me.
“So I went ahead and built this invention, the Dog Zapper 2000, have a look.
“Fully self-contained unit, portable, fully remote controllable with a lithium ion battery.”
As he talks, the dog next door – thought to be a German shepherd – barks loudly, and Jon sets off an air horn.
After a few seconds, the dog barks again and Jon presses the button again.
TikTok users had split opinions and flooded to the comments section to share their reactions.
One said: “You are a genius! You should make and sell those! Actually I would take one! We had a neighbor who left their dog outside all day while he was at work.”
Another said: “I honestly need this in my life more than my washing machine or oven.”
A third raved: “You need to retail it. Would make you rich my friend.”
Some people related to his neighbour’s barking dog, with one saying: “Ugh I wish I had the nerve, my neighbors are the same. Keeps me up all night.”
But not everyone was supportive of Jon’s method.
One person said: “lf it’s so bad… how does your neighbour sleep… your punishing an animal… rather have it removed to a shelter… than torment it.”
Another wrote: “So that’s actually called an interrupter in training eventually the dog will get worse good luck.”
Jon originally shared the ‘Dog Zapper 2000’ in October and racked up 3.3 million views.
He has since met the neighbour’s dog, named Zoe, and is working on new ideas to keep her from barking.
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