The doorbell rings and the barking begins. A family is walking past your house, and the barking begins. Neighborhood catwalks by the front window, and the barking begins. When you drive away from home for a walk or just to go outside without dogs chasing after you, there will be frequent barks coming out of those doors that make it extremely difficult if not impossible — unless they are armed with weapons –for neighbors who pass through them. For many children in public parks this behavior goes hand-in-‘hand: Dogs bark when people leave their cars (and any other places where kids can sit), so young little ones may yell at car passengers about how much more quiet everything inside houses must have been under Hitler!
Does your dog bark and bark and seemingly never stop?
Some dogs bark way too much, but there are ways to train your dog not to bark at the doorbell and give yourself some peace and quiet.
The Dodo spoke to Russell Hartstein, a licensed dog behavior consultant and trainer in l. a. and founding father of Fun Paw Care, to seek out out the way to get your dog to stop barking at the doorbell.
Why do dogs bark at doorbells?
Dogs bark at the doorbell for tons of reasons.
“[Dogs will bark] to guard their home or territory, to protect a resource or possession, because your dog is spooked or scared and/or that’s where Mom or Dad are going to be to greet someone,” Hartstein told The Dodo. “They want to investigate and to be where the energy center is to see what’s going on, just like people.”
To alert you your dog might just be letting you know that someone’s at the door by barking — kind of like a free security guard. To protect When the doorbell rings, someone unknown is coming into your dog’s territory, so he could feel the need to protect it (including you) and let the intruders know that this is his house. He’s scared Dogs’ ears are much more sensitive than ours, so a random loud noise like the doorbell can sound scary to them. Your dog may be barking because the loud noise startled him, and he doesn’t know what it is. If it’s loud to you, imagine how loud it is to him.
He could even be afraid because he doesn’t know who’s trying to return into the house.
Some signs that your dog could be frightened of the doorbell include:
- Pinned back ears
- Lowered head
- Tucked tail
He’s excited your dog knows that the doorbell can mean there’s a new person coming to the house, and he may be excited to greet your guests, especially if he’s outgoing and sociable.
If your dog’s excited, you might see:
Relaxed ears and mouth
How to keep your dog calm when the doorbell rings Barking is normal behavior for dogs, so you should reasonably expect some barking every now and then, especially when the doorbell rings. But if your pup barks excessively whenever someone involves the door, you would possibly want to think about training him to be calmer. Teach him to try to to something else Teach your dog to associate the doorbell with a relaxed reaction rather than a fanatical one by giving him employment to try to to as soon as he hears the sound.
“Barking is a normal and healthy behavior for dogs; however, when it becomes disproportionate to a stimulus, you can address it by asking your dog to perform an incompatible behavior, such as ‘Quiet,’ or teach your dog to run to the other side of the house to their ‘Place’ instead of to the door,” Hartstein said.
You can teach your dog that he must close up , attend his place, or maybe just sit whenever the doorbell rings. A good thanks to do that is with practice runs.
“Practicing this when nobody is really at the door are going to be important before you go ‘live’ with it,” Hartstein said.
To do this, you can have someone ring the doorbell or knock on the door while you tell your dog to be quiet or to go to his place.
“That means have a friend or partner who can help train your dog by gradually adding in knocking or the doorbell at a very low volume, and when your dog shows no response, mark that with a click or a yes and immediately give them a food reward for not reacting or barking,” Hartstein said.
By giving your dog treats for sitting quietly after hearing the doorbell, you’re teaching him a behavior to replace barking.
Ignore the doorbell differently to coach your dog to not bark when someone involves the door is to ignore the doorbell and your dog’s barking.
To do this, have a friend ring the doorbell. Ignore the bell and don’t rise up to answer the door.
When your dog starts barking, ignore his barking. When he stops barking, give him a treat and then get up to answer the door.
If your dog starts barking once you rise up , repeat the method until your dog doesn’t bark once you attend the door.
Put up a symbol an easy thanks to get your dog to prevent barking at the door is to place up a symbol outside that lets people know to not ring the doorbell because it’ll upset your pup.
(And for Halloween, you might want to put a bowl of candy outside the door for trick-or-treaters to prevent the doorbell from ringing all night.)
However, while this could be effective, it won’t treat the underlying problem of excessive barking, so it’s not a long-term solution. It can, however, be helpful while you’re within the process of coaching your dog to offer yourself an opportunity from your dog’s barking.
Talk to your vet or a dog trainer if you’ve tried to coach your dog and had no luck, you would possibly want to speak to your vet or a trainer to get some professional help. Your dog could have anxiety or be particularly fearful (so lookout for signs that he’s afraid when barking, too).
While barking at the doorbell is normal for dogs, sometimes they will go a touch too crazy. But if you follow these tips, you can teach your dog to stop barking so much every time someone comes to the door.