Candace Arlington, MA 9/8/2010 5:34:09 AM After Mass. made "bark softening" illegal, I was in a horrible pickle until I did a post on CraigsList in NYC. A few professional "small dog" handlers, trainers and breeders responded saying that, if done properly, it is really the only way for many dog owners to peacefully coexist with their neighbors. I had it done. It was very simple, quick and completely painless to my two otherwise flawlessly trained and lovable Pomeranians. much less invasive than spaying or neutering...going through the mouth under general anesthesia, very similar to removing polyps that some singers develop. Even more amazing, was that it was more affordable than Boston area vet charge for annual shots! It was a life-altering event....for my home and my entire neighborhood. But, for those who think animals rights are more important than human rights, my dogs are perhaps the happiest of all. Because they were very confused with the "human" spray anti-bark collars, the shock anti-bark collars, they rapidly ignored the ultra-sonic anti-bark devices, and were really confused about constantly being yelled at by me, and others, to STOP BARKING!!! Now they can bark away at their hearts content -- whether rough housing with each other, chasing birds and squirrels out of my yard, or greeting friends and family. Only now, they bark very quietly. They do not know the difference except they DO know they are no longer being shocked, sprayed, or yelled at for doing something that is instinctive to their breeding. (afterall, their jobs used to be to drive away unwanted critters from the family gardens, barns and houses. Unlike quiet cats, their job was not to bite or kill..just drive away. That is not their job anymore and their loud voices (probably to make up for their diminutive size) are no longer needed. Check out my blog at http://cclemens.typepad.com . I have done considerable research on this.