Dogs barking when visitors arrive, or when someone approaches the front door is a good thing.
We want our pets to let us know when visitors are arriving, or when strangers are approaching the house - thankfully, the sound of barking dogs will always make a burglar think twice!
However, we don't want our dogs to continue
barking after we've answered the door. Enough is enough, isn't it?
Ideally, we want our pets to display perfect manners: sitting quietly and patiently until our visitors have entered the house and are settled.
Unfortunately, what we want and what we get may sometimes be two entirely different things!
Don't worry though, help is at hand.
To stop your Cocker Spaniel from barking when visitors come to call, you can either teach him to 'Be Quiet' on command and use this command each time you have visitors, or you can follow these simple steps below.
Either way, your Cocker will be displaying perfect manners in no time!
If you practice the above exercise each time you have visitors, your pet will soon learn that:
By the way, have you considered leaving a bag of treats hanging outside the front door, or on the garden gate, and asking regular visitors, for example, the postman or the local parcel deliveryman, (or women) to give your puppy a treat each time he delivers the mail?
This way your puppy will associate the postman, or anyone in a uniform, as a friend and learn to trust them.
I hope that by following the above advice your dogs barking will soon become a thing of the past - good luck!
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