There's nothing worse than dogs barking when visitors arrive or when someone approaches the front door. Agreed? Read on to learn how to stop this anti-social and unwanted vocal behaviour and restore peace and quiet in your home!
Dogs barking when visitors arrive, or when someone approaches the front door, is a good thing, right?
Well yes, it's okay for our pets to bark when we have guests arriving, or when strangers are approaching the house, but we we don't want our dogs to keep 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.
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 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 the Be Quiet command.
Either way, you can learn how to stop your dogs barking by following the simple steps explained below.
You'll need to continue practising these exercises until there is no reaction from your Cocker either when you open the door or when you allow your visitor to enter.
Do this and it won't be long before your dog realises that reacting in a calm manner toward visitors will get him 'in on the act', and may even get him a treat or two!
Your Cocker Spaniel will be displaying perfect manners in no time at all!
Have you thought that your dogs barking may be triggered by the doorbell and not necessarily the arrival of your visitor?
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, then you'll need to get your pet used to the sound of it to help stop him reacting like a Tasmanian devil each time it rings!
Here's how to help desensitise your pooch 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 hope that some of the above advice above works for you and that your dogs barking soon becomes a thing of the past.