Supper parties, Halloween guests, and package deliveries can all be frightening for pets. Consider it from their perspective: the buzzer sounds, and a total stranger is about to enter their domain.
Continue reading to learn why dogs bark at the doorbell and how you can make them stop. If your pet is having a particularly difficult time, such as on Halloween or during a large event you’re hosting, you can still give him some time off by putting him up with a local family pet sitter.
The Reasons Your Dog Is Terrified of the Front Door
Let’s start by looking at what’s causing your pet’s front door challenge. A number of dogs are simply startled by noisy noises. Buzzers are designed to be loud enough for humans to hear over the din of the building, but their sudden ringing can startle pets with sensitive hearing.
In addition to these other common fear markers in pet dogs, repetitive barking can be a symptom of anxiety and stress:
- Ears drew back.
- Low tail and/or between the legs
- Shivering, pacing, or spinning are all symptoms of a shivering, pacing, or spinning
- Turning away or dropping the head
If your dog exhibits any of these actions when the bell rings, it’s likely that he or she is afraid of the sound.
What Makes Dogs Bark at the Door?
Not all “bell-ringers” are scared! Some dogs recognize that the buzzer ringing indicates that someone is approaching, and they are eager to welcome whoever is at the door.
If your dog barks when the doorbell rings but doesn’t seem to be afraid, it’s possible that your dog is just excited. When your dog is excited, you can tell:
- When the doorbell rings, he rushes to it.
- Wags tail quickly with hip and full-body wags, a time-honored sign of pleasure for your dog.
- Is impatiently running back and forth between you and the entrance.
- Among barks, pants
Knowing how to read your pet’s body language effectively will help you handle her response to the door knocker.
What Do You Do If Your Dog Barks at the Door?
It takes time to train the dogs to ignore the doorbell or knock. When your dogs bark at the doorbell, do the following:
– Do not scream. Yelling at your dog for barking just adds to the noise and can inspire her to bark even more.
– Maintain a cool, optimistic, and upbeat attitude! She will respond to your body language in the same way that you read your dog’s; the more relaxed and comfortable you seem, the easier it will be to handle your pet dog at the door.
– Consistently practice training procedures ( and see to it that everyone in the family uses the same ones every time your dog barks). Simply put, don’t let your dog “get away” with barking at the door knocker at different times.
One choice is to disregard your pet dog when she barks at the door. Dogs can sometimes bark for attention, and you may help them to relax by refusing to give it to them.
How can you get your dog to stop barking at the door?
It is possible to teach your pet dog to be calm and serene when the doorbell rings or when a knock comes at the door, but it may take weeks of consistent training sessions.
- Work on teaching the command “settle” or “still” to your dog.
- Have “practice” guests come to the door, such as neighbors or relatives, and practice ignoring your pet dog (or practicing on the commands outlined above) so that barking isn’t rewarded.
- You may also bribe your dog with high-value treats as guests arrive to help desensitize them to the noises and create healthy associations.
It’s all about supervising your pet dog’s actions on a big visitor night, regardless of how much training you’ve done. You don’t need a perfectly trained dog to succeed; all you need are effective management tactics!
– Create a “Safe room” for your pet dog on the opposite end of the house from the entrance, complete with a cozy place to sleep, something to chew on, and a radio or television to keep your pet distracted from the commotion outside.
– Have a family member stay with your dog in their “safe spot” all night and ignore the doorbell. Alternatively, hire a dog sitter to take the pet out and about.
It doesn’t have to be scary to knock on the front door or hear the door knocker ring. You can help your dog conquer the fear of “the door” by using a combination of training and behavior modification techniques, and finally stop your dog from barking at the door.