[Step 1] How To Stop Dogs From Barking At The Door

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Most dogs go nuts at the door.

The doorbell rings and the dog seemingly loses his mind!

He barks, he spits, he spins and loses all control of himself.

He ignores all of his commands.

Barking is complicated!

It is instinctual and sometimes has to be tackled one form of barking at a time.

But our system will help you get your dog’s barking at the door under control.

I recommend that you use our 2 additional guest greeting routines as well.

First Thing’s First

Counter Condition Your Dog’s Reactive Behavior

Counter conditioning is a technique employed in animal training, and in the treatment of phobias and reactivity, in which you use an incompatible behavior with a habitual undesired behavior (pattern) is induced.

This technique is scientifically proven to help pair a high value treat or reward and creates an emotionally positive reaction in the dog which carries over through training.

Here’s a little video that shows you the first steps for how to train your dog this game:

Giving Your Dog Something Else to do

stop your dog from barking at the door

Does your dog have inappropriate behavior and barking when people visit?

stop your dog from barking at the door

Give your dog an incompatible behavior, such as sitting, to help him get his impulses under control.

stop your dog from barking at the door

Record your doorbell and use your phone, or use a helper, or buy a similar doorbell that you can use indoors (I often recommend putting the button next to where you sit at night to help finalize the skill).

stop your dog from barking at the door

Condition the dog that the sound of the doorbell means, “Get on your bed”. Lure, click and reward.

stop your dog from barking at the door

Release the dog from the bed.

stop your dog from barking at the door

Ring the bell, lure and reward for all four paws on the bed.

stop your dog from barking at the door

Reach outside and ring the doorbell. Reward dog for going to the bed.

stop your dog from barking at the door

You may add the cue “bed” or work toward the doorbell being the cue for the dog to go to the bed.

Eventually, invite a friend over to help proof this behavior!

We have also created a game to help stop your dog from barking whenever the doorbell rings.

stop your dog from barking at the doorClick here to download the next step of the Doorbell Ditch Game.

Counter Conditioning Works

You can see how counter conditioning teaches your dog to be calm when people come to visit.

I certainly recommend that you get started on this training.

You are teaching and conditioning the dog that the ring of the doorbell brings positive feelings and commands, whereas in the past it has brought stress and negative emotions.

And, even though this is a great first step, you aren’t done yet!

You have to change his emotions and thought process when it comes to other triggers as well.

 

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There are 31 Comments

  1. David says:

    How do I get (purchase) your other training CD’s?

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  2. Kathleen Pridgen says:

    Will start this traiming with my dogs immefistely. If you have multiple dogs do you work with o ly one at a time or with all of them
    Thanks

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    Chet Reply:

    You work with them one at a time, and I would start with the worst one first, as OBSERVATIONAL learning is always at stake, and your ‘better behaved dogs’ can learn bad habits from your worse dog.

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  3. Anita says:

    My min pin will get so excited with guest that she urinates. How can I correct this. She is 18 weeks old.

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    Minette Reply:

    look up my article on submissive urination

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  4. Ruth says:

    we adopted a Pitbull 2yrs ago from a shelter. He is 3 yrs old and we have had 3 trainers try to help us over the last 2 yrs.He barks at everyone when he is outside. A person can just walk pass our house, go to our neighbors house and he barks continuously. When he hears the mailman drive up,or thee UPS truck. he will run from one part of the house to a window in another part of the house to look out and bark. Is there away to correct his behavior.

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  5. Mercedes says:

    Can a Jack Russell be trained?

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  6. Carla Fellows says:

    Once the dog is trained how do you stop giving treats?

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  7. My dogs bark when there is another dog on the sidewalk outside of my home. the dog outside is quiet, but my dogs bark regardless of what they are doing. They seem to know the dog is there and rush to the window and bark.

    How can I stop this behavior.

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    Minette Reply:

    Keep the dogs on leash inside the house for a few days and when the rush the window; instead make them do a down stay inside the house.

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  8. Jo says:

    What can I do if my dogs are outside in the garden and I am indoors, then someone walks past our gates and they bark. However, I am inside. Do I rush out and bring them in, do I ignore, do I treat them for coming in? I’m at a bit of a loss as it’s ongoing. Two out of my three are very barky when it comes to guarding their territory. Is there a video you recommend for one of them, who barks and rushes to the door if she hears the gates open, door knock etc.?
    Help! The baking is driving me nuts!

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  9. Angela Smith says:

    I have the same problem as Jo 2nd April – will be interested in the reply to this question.

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  10. Birdy says:

    Hi If I am inside and my dogs are barking outside, I call them from the door by name. Whoever comes inside gets a treat. It didn’t take long for all five dogs to learn that when I called the first name, they all came running!
    Our neighbor always lets out her two beagles after work, who then bay at the fence until my dogs run out to bark and run. As soon as the first dog runs out the door I call her name, and they all trip over each other to run to the kitchen! It’s all in the timing. Haha

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  11. Patricia Crossley says:

    I rescued a silky that seems to be afraid of everyone expect me and my husband. It took a year for him to even get close to my husband. He barks, growls and lunges at my grandkids and constantly barks at things outside or when company arrives and coming through the door. I have two other dogs that expressed these behaviors but they end up barking along with him and get excited when company arrives. Can the rescue dog be trained? I think he missed out on social skills as a puppy. Please help

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  12. Patricia Crossley says:

    correction to my previous comment June 10,2017 at 9:07pm. My other two dogs never expressed this kind of behavior at all. Until after I brought the rescue home and eventually they joined in over time.

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  13. KAREN LOS says:

    The one thing I can’t seem to figure out is how to stop my lab mix from either nipping (not hurting) when I go upstairs or downstairs. It seems like he wants to play in the middle of the steps. One of these days he is going to know one of us down the stairs. Help

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    Minette Reply:

    He needs to be taught a down stay and to then be called up or down the stairs. Check out our impulse control course.

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  14. KAREN says:

    Minette, My dog nipping up and down the stairs issue. Do I have access to the “Down Stay” command. If so, can it be sent to me

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    Minette Reply:

    It is in our Impulse Control Course. email customer service/julie at info@thedogtrainingsecret.com and she can send you the details. It will also help with other impulse control issues and make your life much better.

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  15. Carol says:

    Don’t need this nymore— Thank you!

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  16. Vivian says:

    I have a five pound pom. The problem I am having is when we go to leave he runs and barks looking and acting very aggressive.. Anyone can come into the house no one can leave. How do you stop this?

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  17. Mary Walter says:

    My 5yr old rescue miniature Aussie has many issues. But 1) he has aggression problems. 2) he goes crazy with barking n growling when people come in but worse when people leave,including biting legs!! Growls at my other dogs when eating and playing! Very jealous! also he whines constantly for attention! My home is like a mad house since he came 1 year ago but I love him! So I keep trying! I have also a full Aussie, and Chihuahua which listen pretty well except for people coming in door! Pls HELP!!!

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  18. Sherill says:

    How do you get your dog stop running and you have to chase them to catch them when I go outside my Yorkie running out the door when I opened it and it takes me 30 minutes to catch her everyone on the block is trying to catch her but she runs from us finally she gives up

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  19. Gail Coopman says:

    My major problem with 2 labs one newer, one been here 6 years is the mail lady. They bark so aggressively its rather scary. Once she’s gone its back to normal. My 6 year old taught this to my new 4 year old. Help!

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  20. Marina says:

    I can’t get my dogs to stop barking at everyone when we walk or go places, I’ve tried everything it seems and rewarding their attention to distract them feels like I’m rewarding the barking.

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    Minette Reply:

    But if you are distracting them from barking isn’t that teaching them not to bark?

    The most important thing is to avoid the bad behavior of barking.

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  21. Kathy says:

    Hi my dog barks constantly while we are driving somewhere for a walk or weekend away. How can I adapt this for being in the car? Thanks, Kathy

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    Minette Reply:

    search our articles for car barking.

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  22. My Silkie terrier does not respond to food treats. If excited will refuse treats. This includes his beloved mozzarella cheese.

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  23. Ling says:

    My dogs bark when people are talking outside my door or if walking too close by my door. How should I counter condition that? They don’t react when people are talking inside the apartment/walking in the apartment or when they’r’e both outside, only the proximity to the door.

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  24. Cindy Nordlie says:

    I have a dachshund miniature 1 year old and he barks for attention and when people come over to talk with me also when he hears sounds outside my door. How can I stop this? I’ve scolded him and gave him timeout in his crate but nothing works.
    Help!

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