OOps! Too many reponses coming all at once.
First, the device I was referring to is here http://lentek.com/Main/Main.asp?CategoryID=8&SubCategoryID=31&ContentID=106&
It's called a KOOLATRON DOG OFF PRO-SERIES, and it is $29.99. I don't know about the citronella collars, but we don't have a barking issue, just a training issue/barrier issue.
I would like to ask if any of you Malamute owners would agree with me that the dog might just jump the fence if he wants in the pool badly enough, and unless we have a six foot fence, that won't be enough to keep the pool from being inaccessible.
Regarding my comment about the collars being expensive and time-intensive, years back my husband had a blind (yes, blind) yellow lab that we tried a collar/field device with. It didn't take too long for us to discover we didnt' have the time to do all the training it took to make it work. It WAS years ago, and they may have improved since then, but at the time, it didn't work for us.
We came upon this dog because my sister in law could not keep him for financial reasons. We weren't really looking to be dog owners, but it is obvious that it gives my daughter great joy, kind of like the sibling she has been wanting, so we are trying to make this work.
I am just thinking that the kiddie pool might work with this dog since he rolls around a lot on the yard, I suppose to cool off. We have watched him a couple of times roll down the hill in the English ivy or on the grass. I don't know if he finds it fun, but WE do.
Please tell me more about this KONG toy. I have never heard of it. What's it all about?
Thanks for your responses.