Most dogs instinctively bark when they hear a doorbell. This can become an issue and it is not always easy to get your dog to stop barking every time they hear the noise. It is possible to get your dog to stop barking every time someone knocks at the door or rings the bell.
Teach Your Dog To Bark On Command
You need to start by teaching your dog to bark and to stop barking on command. You will then have to use this command to get your dog to be quiet whenever they react to the doorbell. Use a toy or a treat to get your dog excited. Hide the toy or treat, which should cause your dog to bark. Associate a command with the barking and keep practicing until your dog can bark on command.
Use Another Command To Get Your Dog To Stop Barking
You can now get your dog to bark on command. Introduce another command to ask your dog to stop barking. Repeat the command in a calm voice and wait for your dog to stop barking. You should then reward your dog with a treat. Your dog will eventually associate this command with you wanting them to be quiet. Use the command whenever your dog barks and always reward them.
Get Your Dog To Stop Barking When The Doorbell Rings
Using a command to ask your dog to be quiet when someone knocks at the door or rings the bell might not be enough. Some dogs bark because they are excited at the idea of someone entering your home while others want to defend what they perceive as their territory. You need to be consistent and always use the same command to ask your dog to be quiet when they react to the doorbell. Ideally, you should have a friend come over so you can practice the new command a few times in a row.
Be Patient And Remember That Consistence Is Key
Your dog needs time to learn new commands and to understand what you want from them. You can get your dog to stop barking every time the doorbell rings by being consistent. Always use the same command and reward your dog with a treat when they stop barking. Repeat the command in a calm voice until your dog stops barking. Raising your voice is not a good approach since your dog will think that you are barking as well.
Teach Your Dog To Pick Up A Toy When The Doorbell Rings
Alternatively, you can teach your dog to pick up a toy or another object every time the doorbell rings. You can teach this behavior by having a friend ring the doorbell and by presenting a toy to your dog and encouraging them to carry it around in their mouth. Your dog will eventually learn this behavior and will pick up something when the doorbell rings instead of barking.
You can teach your dog to stop barking every time someone visits by using these methods. Be patient and always praise your dog when they do what you wanted.