Oct 27, 2019
Tips for Controlling Your Dog’s Barking at the Door
Brought to you by the AKC GoodDog! Helpline – the AKC’s
7-day-a-week training support service
By Hilarie Erb, AKC GoodDog! Helpline
Would you like to be able to hear the doorbell without your dog
getting into a frenzy? It is a natural and sometimes even desirable
reaction for dogs to alert their people when someone is at the
door. But you can teach them that everything is okay and that they
can stop barking when you want to open the door.
First, think about what you do when the doorbell rings. You
don’t realize it, but you have already taught your dog that it’s a
very exciting thing because you drop whatever you are doing at the
moment and rush to the door…every single time. This is an excellent
example of how consistency makes for good dog training! You have
reinforced Fluffy’s natural watchdog instincts. Now let’s make a
conscious effort to use consistency to your advantage.
- Place Command
- Teach your dog to go to her place, such as a comfortable bed or
rug that may be in sight of the door but still a cozy spot. Enlist
the help of a friend or family member. Ask them to ring the
doorbell several times while you ignore it. Calmly sit or continue
doing whatever it is you are doing. When the dog quiets down, lure
her to the place and reward with a delicious treat. Repeat as often
as needed until your dog understands that when the bell rings, she
gets a treat for getting on her bed. Let your helper know that they
don’t have to wait at the door for you to let them in. It might be
a while until you get to the point where you actually open the
door.When the dog learns to associate the bell with getting a treat
on her bed, it’s time to graduate to opening the door. If the dog
gets up, do not open it. Just calmly direct her back to the place.
Again, lavishly reward so that she knows staying calm and away from
the door makes you dish out goodies. You still may not get the door
open, but you are getting there.
- Wireless Doorbell
- A great way to speed up the process, and to save friends and
family a lot of standing around on your front porch, is to get a
wireless doorbell kit. These are inexpensive and you can make the
doorbell ring yourself with the button that you have in your
pocket, unbeknownst to your dog. You can ring the bell all day long
and throw a treat to the special place. When you reach the point
where your dog automatically goes to his place when it rings and
you go to the door, pretend that you are talking to a person at the
door. Soon you can invite real live friends to help and actually
Even if your dog is well-trained and calm when the doorbell
rings, if you are expecting lots of visitors, say Halloween
trick-or-treaters or party guests, the best and safest thing to do
is to put your dog in his crate that is in a quiet room. Give a
special treat such as a food-stuffed toy or chew so he has a
special party treat to enjoy too.
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