Oct. 27, 2019
Brought to you by the AKC GoodDog! Helpline – the AKC’s 7-day-a-week training support service
By Hilarie Erb, AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer
Would you like to be able to hear the doorbell without your dog getting into a frenzy? It is a natural and sometimes even desirable reaction for dogs to alert their people when someone is at the door. But you can teach them that everything is okay and that they can stop barking when you want to open the door.
First, think about what you do when the doorbell rings. You don’t realize it, but you have already taught your dog that it’s a very exciting thing because you drop whatever you are doing at the moment and rush to the door…every single time. This is an excellent example of how consistency makes for good dog training! You have reinforced Fluffy’s natural watchdog instincts. Now let’s make a conscious effort to use consistency to your advantage.
Even if your dog is well-trained and calm when the doorbell rings, if you are expecting lots of visitors, say Halloween trick-or-treaters or party guests, the best and safest thing to do is to put your dog in his crate that is in a quiet room. Give a special treat such as a food-stuffed toy or chew so he has a special party treat to enjoy too.
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