I think you'll agree; there's nothing worse than your dogs barking at visitors when they arrive at your home, or someone approaches the front door. This is an anti-social and unwanted vocal behaviour and must be stopped.
Read on to learn how to stop this and restore peace and quiet in your home!
A vocal dog playing up when visitors arrive or someone approaching the front door is good, right?
Dogs barking at guests or visitors approaching the front door is good, right?
Well, it's okay for our pets to bark when we have guests arriving or when strangers are approaching the house, but we don't want them to keep barking after we've answered the door.
Enough is enough, isn't it?
Ideally, we want our pets to show perfect manners, sitting quietly and patiently until our visitors have entered the house and are settled.
Unfortunately, what we want and get maybe two entirely different things!
Don't worry, though; help is at hand.
If you taught your puppy the 'Be Quiet' command when you first brought him home, you're unlikely to have a barking problem with your adult dog.
However, there may be occasions when his manners begin to 'slip' and you feel the need to do something about it. Or, it may simply be that you never got around to teaching your puppy this command.
Either way, you can learn how to stop dogs barking by following the simple steps below.
You'll need to continue practising these exercises until there is no reaction from your Cocker, either when you open the door or allow your visitor to enter.
Do this, and it won't be long before your dog realises that reacting calmly toward visitors will get him 'in on the act', and he may even be rewarded with a treat or two!
Your Cocker Spaniel will be displaying perfect manners in no time at all!
Have you thought that a dog's barking may be triggered by the doorbell and not necessarily your visitor's arrival?
You could ask your guest to call you when they're outside, rather than ringing the bell, but that won't actually resolve your problem long-term because there'll always be someone ringing your doorbell, cold callers, for example.
If you believe the doorbell is the problem, you'll need to get your pet used to the sound of it to help stop him from reacting like a Tasmanian devil each time it rings!
Here's how to help desensitise your dog to the sound of your doorbell:
If you practice this each day for at least two weeks, you'll soon find that your Cocker stops reacting to the sound of the doorbell.
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) to give your puppy a treat each time he delivers the mail?
This way, your puppy will soon associate the postman, or anyone in a uniform, as a friend and learn to trust them.
Consistency and persistence is the key here. If you practice the above exercises each time you have visitors, your pet will soon learn that:
I'm confident that the above advice, if applied often and consistently, will help and that your dogs barking soon becomes a thing of the past.