“Ding, Dong!” There’s the sound of your doorbell from your long awaited guests. Then it’s not long before you hear the barks and shrieks of your dog. No matter how big or small your dog is, your guest will be startled. Some might be very timid and cautious stepping in to your house. Then you might have to lock your precious pooch in the cage. This really doesn’t help because now he or she is angry and is still barking; maybe even louder. So how do you stop this problem? Do not fret. I will teach you the proven methods effective enough to stop this bad behavior.
First of all, what does not work? Spanking your dog does not work. From my experience, he or she will just go do the same thing again. Raising your voice will also not work. When my dog barked at the doorbell, I raised my voice. It seemed that her bark was louder and irritating than before. So what does work? Have you tried treats?
In case you haven’t noticed, dogs love food. If you give your dog treats, he or she will feel like they have been rewarded. You should practice this before you actually even have a guest. Buy some doggie treats. Have one of your friends stage as if he is a visitor. Your dog will start barking. When he or she does give them the treat and gently say “shhh”. Believe it or not saying “shhh” is an international word. Everyone in the world knows what this means. With the intelligence of your dog, they should understand it too. After all, they know when a visitor is present. Keep repeating this with your friend and dog until they understand they will be rewarded for silence.
Another method is a squirt bottle. Get a small squirt bottle that has a mist and straight stream nozzle. Fill it up with water. If you can twist the nozzle diagonally so it is in between mist and straight stream. I say put it in between because you do not want it on mist; they might not feel a thing. You also do not want it on the straight stream because the idea is to not saturate your dog. Stage the same setup with you friend and dog. When the doorbell rings he or she will bark and run to the door. Try to spray them in the face before they even get to the door. I say spray them in the face because they dislike it. Some dogs like to play and swim in water, just like kids, but no one would like to be squirted in the face unsuspected.
These are just a few ways to help your dog stop barking. Remember not to raise your voice, for this will result in an excruciating headache. Do these steps over and over so your dog understands what you want from them. I hope this article was helpful for you, good luck.