I got a small squirt bottle, one that squirts a good stream, and filled it with water. I keep it about halfway between my chair and the door. When someone knocks on the door, I allow the dogs to bark a few times. I don't want them thinking they aren't allowed to bark, but I wanted them to quit when I told them that's enough.
So after they had barked a couple of times so that they knew I heard them, then I told them sternly "That's enough!" and squirted them on the back. The squirt got their attention so they were able to hear me. Then when the guest came through the door and they started to jump again, I squirted their backs again saying "Don't jump!"
It only took a few times of doing this and they got the message. Now if they are going too far, all I have to do is pick up the bottle and they are reminded. Now I have noticed that someone is at the door without it being a barking ruckus, and my guests can come in without being almost knocked down by a couple of Dachshunds!
By Cricket from NC
I have had Daisy for three and a half years. My mom and dad adopted her from the pound for me after my divorce. My husband had left me after 17 years of marriage and I needed someone to love me. Daisy definitely fit the bill. She knows when I am upset, and when I cry she acts like it breaks her heart.
She came from an abused home so disciplining her has been a challenge and I am not a strong disciplinarian. I realize that she can be annoying to other people, so when I have visitors I have learned to hand out flyswatters to everyone when they come in the door if they don't want a dog to pester them to death. They don't have to use them, just holding them is enough. I thought I would pass this tip on to others who might have the same problem.
By Lisa from Cullman, AL