'k, I'm sure everyone knows by now that I'm a pacifist. I even carry most bugs outside instead of squishin' em. I am also in fragile health and need lots of rest to maintain what health I have. The border collie has other ideas. He barks and barks and barks some more. Not at important things, but at the cows. The same cows he sees day in and day out. Maybe I'm just extra sensitive to his barking, I've been owned by my wolfie for going on 9 years and have only heard her bark half a dozen times. We are considering an anti-bark collar to break his habit. Do y'all feel they are terribly inhumane? The other question being: We plan to find him work when I get my chickens by moving his quarters within sight of the coop so he can warn of predators. Do you think the collar will work so well he won't bark at all, even when we want/need him too? We wouldn't keep the collar on him long-term, just till he gets the idea. And about the most bugs statement...I carry spiders, crickets, and other bugs outside, but if a centipede gets in my house he's toast.