How to stop your dog from barking at the doorHow to stop your dog from barking at the door

Some dogs can be triggered by the sound of the doorbell, which can cause a torrent of barking, causing havoc for you and your visitor. Let’s find out why the doorbell can get your dog excited and what you can do to keep it from becoming chaotic.

Why do dogs bark at their owners?

Humans are friendly, and we often dread the sound when our doorbell rings unexpectedly.

Dogs can feel stress tenfold. So that friendly little chime could also be shouting “INTRUDER ALERT!” A house is a safe place for dogs to roam. Some dogs don’t fear what’s behind the doors — they get too excited. While we appreciate their enthusiasm, very few people appreciate being jumped on and barked at every door opening.

These are some tips to help your dog be a more pleasant greeter before giving your guest a rude greeting.

The short-term solution: Get to know your guests before they approach your door

Sometimes you might expect more than one guest to arrive at your front door. You can keep them warm by keeping them as far away from your dog as possible.

If you are expecting guests, greet them before they get to the door. You can either wait on the porch for the kids or put a bucket out to avoid the constant doorbell ringing. You can also host other guests, such as dinner parties, birthday parties, etc. You can place a sign at the door that says “No need for ringing, just come in!” to get around any dog fear.

Your dog should be kept in a crate or some other comfortable area in your home. Keep the radio or TV on to drown out any outside noises.

The long-term solution: Train your dog to relax at the door

Step 1: Get your dog used to going to the door

Practice approaching the door together inside your home. You can practice approaching the door without ringing it. This is a great way to introduce clicker training to your dog. You can practice walking to the door and touching its knob/handle. Give your dog a verbal command and ask them to sit. Reward your dog handsomely if they follow your commands.

Step 2: Add Distance Between You and the Door

The challenge now is to get your dog relaxed before you go. You can repeat your sentence from different areas of your home. Next, walk to the door and touch the knob. Then, command your dog to sit as you did before.

Step 3: Open the Door

Your dog should now be accustomed to your verbal commands and walking to the front door. Continue with the previous steps, but now you will be able to open the door and treat your dog as if he were sitting. Keep going until you are done.

Step 4: Ring the Doorbell

A friend or family member can ring the doorbell. Next, start your training program: Say your phrase, touch and hold the knob, and ask your dog for a seat. Then, treat your dog as you open the doors.

Remember, quiet is KING. Reward your dog only when they stop barking. Keep them consistent. Over time, even the most difficult processes can begin to produce results.