Fed Up With Your Dogs Barking?

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.

How To Stop Dogs Barking At Visitors

Dogs barking when visitors arrive, or when someone approaches the front door is a good thing.

Golden cocker spaniel in mid-bark.Woof Woof!

We want our pets to let us know when we our guests 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.

How To Stop Your Dog Barking At Visitors

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!

  • Don't allow your pet to meet visitors at the door.

  • Let your visitor know that you're training your Spaniel and ask them to ignore him completely; they shouldn't even look at him.

  • Give your visitor a couple of treats and ask them to throw one to him, but without making eye contact and without speaking to him.

  • Allow your Cocker to pick up the treat, but ask your visitor to continue ignoring him.

  • If he approaches your guest in a calm manner, he may reward your Spaniel with another treat and eye contact can be made.

  • If he remains calm, your visitor may stroke and welcome your pet, but shouldn't make too much of a fuss of him.

  • If your Cocker misbehaves, or is not calm, ie jumps up or barks, let him know you're not happy with his behaviour by saying, 'No' or 'Bad Boy' and remove him to another room. Leave him there for a few minutes before letting him back in again.

  • If your Spaniel insists on misbehaving, continue removing him from the room for a few minutes.  He'll soon get the message!

If you practice the above exercise each time you have visitors, your pet will soon learn that:

  • Visitors are not a threat to him or you;

  • If he misbehaves, he will be excluded, and won't be given a treat;

  • If he behaves well, he will be allowed to join in the fun, and he'll be rewarded with treats!

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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