How to stop my dog barking at the doorbell.

09 November 2014

Barking is such an emotional response that it can be for many reasons but barking at the doorbell is something your dog has learnt to do in response to visitors arriving or family returning home. If everyone rushes to answer the door you can see why he or she would join in with the excitement! The key is to stay calm and to teach an alternative behaviour so the doorbell becomes the cue for a sit stay or in your bed.


However it does need to be practiced many times under controlled conditions to override the unexpected times the doorbell rings. 


Decide what you would like your dog to do. Practice it many times a day with the doorbell (but no visitors) until the doorbell becomes the cue for the behaviour. Click and treat for the calm response. It does take lots of time and patience but if it is driving you mad worth it.


While training gets established you may have a management strategy in place. Putting your dog behind a stair gate could be one option (it interrupts the rush to the door) or calmly put on their lead and control emotions that way. Perhaps try distracting with a chew so doorbell now means I go in my bed or crate with a chew.


Also make sure your dog is getting enough mental stimulation, chews and exercise as a tired dog is less likely to bark!!


© Karen England2014

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