Dog Barks When the Doorbell Rings

Does anyone have any solutions to annoying dogs barking every time someone comes to visit or when someone comes to the door?

It's very annoying trying to talk to people when they stop by to visit when all the dogs do is bark. We have a 3 year old Jack Russell and a 12 year old Shih Tzu. The older dog has always been very protective of our home and the same when we take him out with us in the van for rides when the weather is decent.

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A car door slams near us, people walk down the street, they bark. I've tried scolding them with a harsh voice, spraying water at them with a spray bottle, newspaper (which I don't like to use) as I'm afraid it may hurt them, especially the senior dog being so old.

Please help with any suggestions you may have. We can't afford to buy anything made for this type of problem such as those dog zappers they wear, etc. Just some kind of natural way to try to calm them both. It would be a blessing when we have company.

Thank you,
Yvonne from Ontario

January 12, 20060 found this helpful

My dog is thrilled everytime the bell rings. She gets excited and barks and dances, can't wait for them to come into the house to pet her.

Like you I haven't been able to figure out how to stop her from barking. Hope someone has an idea that works.

Love & Prayers,

Linda

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January 12, 20060 found this helpful

It's quite easy to correct. Provided you are consistant in the training. If your dog is not obedience trained, I -highly- recommend you train them. It will make it so much easier. There are two methods you can use. Owning a talkative breed myself. I first teach my dog to 'speak' on command. Then I teach 'quiet'. So that way they may bark once or twice to alert me to a guest, but when I say quiet or enough. They must stop.

To go about training them to speak on command, do something you know will cause your dog to bark and as they bark give the command and the minute they bark, reward them. I use a bit of food at first, then wean them off food and simply praise them for obeying. At first your dog will think this is a nifty game, and may bark a bit more for the week you are training. Be patient, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Once he has the command down consistantly, you should work with him on it for maybe 10-15 minute intervals throughout the day for a week. When you can give the command and he follows through without having to do anything to get him worked up, you are ready to teach, quiet.

As always, start with some treats and tell him to 'speak' when he does, praise him lavishly. Then tell him 'quiet' and as quickly as you can offer him the treat. You may have to time it right to do it between barks, he may only be quiet for half a second while he eats his treat, but reward him and gradually he'll catch on and will be able to be quiet longer.

The other method is to take a empty pop can, rinse it out and let it dry. Drop a few pennies in it and tape the top shut with duct tape. When they start barking, shake it and tell them quiet. The -instant- they stop, praise and treat like mad. It will take them several days to understand, just be consistant, because if you are not consistant, it will not work. Basically your shaking the can to distract them, not to scare them but to get them to stop barking and look to see what made the sound.

Hope this helps,

Cinthia

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January 12, 20060 found this helpful

Have you tried a bark strap ? fits around the mouth, something like a muzzle to stop them from biteing, but they can open mouth to drink and lick you hi ! Does not hurt them, they will get the idea that if they do not make a bunch of racket they won't have to wear it. Worth a try , you can get them at the pet store.

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January 12, 20060 found this helpful

Hello, I saw this product on the news a couple of months ago and they say it works pretty good. Look for the product, "Bark Free" - I am not sure where you get it or anything, but do a search on google or something. It looks like a remote control but I don't remember how it works. Anyway, do a search and read about it. Hope this helps!

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January 12, 20060 found this helpful

We got a 'bark free' device from a mail order catalog

and it cost $9 or 12.00 dollars BEST money we ever spent. The Jack Russell does not bark as she is so good, the yorkie pup is LOUD, barks at doorbell and our flag in the yard then we got the device and just a few times with the zapper and he stops or now does not start his loud yappy bark. It is small plastic and blue and he knows to settle down when it

comes out. The Jack Russell was a rescue pup so she is the best doggie. Goed luck.

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January 13, 20060 found this helpful

Where can I find the Bark Free collars for that price? Everyone I see is $50.00 plus. I really need two for my yorkies.

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January 13, 20060 found this helpful

Cinthia is correct in her advise. My German Shepherd barks when someone rings the doorbell or knocks on the door. I don't discourage this at all because many times I am home alone and I want that person on the outside to know what's inside waiting for him or her if they are thinking about trying something stupid.

My dog is obedience trained however and if I give him the "QUIET" command, he will stop barking. If the person at the door is a friend and wants to come in, I make my dog back up, sit and be quiet. When the person comes in the house, I let them approach my dog, hand down to his nose and speak in a friendly tone. My dog loves people but his bark is so loud and he is so large that people are overwhelmed when they hear him through the door or see him looking out the front window. I recently had to buy a training collar with remote ($139.00 at Petsmart) because my dog hates other dogs. The remote has ten settings, a 'tone' and a 'zapper'. I use the tone as much as possible along with the verbal commands but last week at his monthly 'tune-up' session in the park, he wanted to go at it with other dogs. With the trainer's advise, I gave my dog a mild 'zap' each time he started growling. This helped a great deal until I just read on the internet that correcting a dog for being aggressive towards other dogs is an incorrect thing to do. Apparently when two or more dogs 'meet' and they are aggressive to one another, they are telling each other that "I need my space and if you come closer, Iwill bite you". The person who wrote this is a professional trainer. She said that not all dogs need space and while some dogs WANT to meet and play and are very social, other dogs like mine need space. I think my dog wants to meet and greet but on his own terms. Next time we go, I will watch his body language and see what he wants to do but I will have his collar on just in case.

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January 13, 20060 found this helpful

A no bark collar doesn't truly correct the problem, it's a quick and easy fix.

Honostly, you get what you put into your dog. If you don't train them, don't expect much.

By the way, bark collars are alright as a last resort, but I'd much rather work with my dog then take their voice and punish them with a zap each time they barked. What happens if there's a intruder and you want your dog to bark? If he has the collar on, he will not bark. They also learn to bark when the collar is off and to be quiet when it's on. So it's not really 100% effective.

Why not take the time, train the dog and save your money? Your dog will enjoy it a heck of a lot more then the alternative.

Dogs enjoy training so long as it's positive. It strengthens your relationship and you have a dog with manners and is easier to live with. Just because the dog is small does not mean it shouldn't know basic obedience or manners.

Never use a electric collar without first knowing how to use it, this also goes for choke chains, pinch collars and halti's. It's best to seek a professional trainers advice first. Your dog may not need it.

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January 14, 20060 found this helpful

Our dog is about 9 and I thought he may be too set in his ways but he is very possesive and barked when ever someone came. Also the more he barked the more fierce he seemed. We took a small can and put a few pennies in it and duct taped the lid back on. Now whenever anyone comes I just give the can one loud shake and say "NO" he quiets right away! Don't rattle the can at them usually one swift shake is enough. Works great!

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January 14, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks for the help everyone. I appreciate it. I'm willing to try anything that may help with this sitution.

Yvonne

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January 15, 20060 found this helpful

We own a Boston Terrier who whines and jumps when someone comes to the door. Then if a visitor comes in the door, he is constantly jumping to get their attention. It can be annoying to the visitor. I know Boston's tend to have a high strung personality but we are uncertain how to cure him of this

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