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    Default How to stop a dog from barking at people who knock?

    We have a security door so there are 2 doors to open. As soon as there is a knock, Hooch runs to the door barking and even growling.
    I don't think he is capable of biting and when I let someone in he will give them a good sniff and follow them around but until I open the door he can be quite scary. I think even after I open the door at the sniffing stage - he can be scary.
    Any way of making him less excited about it?
    People ignore him when they come in (we ask them to) mostly so it is not excitement as such.

    Any advice/ideas?

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    In the Dog Training posts there is a post about this - have a look.

    We are trialing a hand held ultrasonic training device with one of our dogs that does this. She can be really scary if you don't know she will actually lick you to death.

    Only started yesterday but so far appears to be having little effect. They say it may take a day or three for the dog to link barking with the ultrasonic buzz.

    We found it on Ebay - it is called "The Cute Dog" ultrasonic training machine.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    Thank you, I just saw it. Would love to know how your ultrasonic training works

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    For training, I would not open the door until she calms down. If necessary encourage her to sit with a treat. But obviously that isn't really practical when it's the pizza guy waiting outside!

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    You need a pile of friends and practise.....Lots and lots of people doing it over and over. I also teach place...the dogs are highly rewarded in place


    The ignore is good, but what do you do....do you keep telling off, when they bark. I think when people keep telling their dogs off, they are barking along with the dogs and the dogs think that they need to bark.

    When we have new dogs that bark, we listen to them bark, tell them thank you and if the continue we take them to another room, "time-out". We say nothing, we do not look at them and no interaction at all....We will allow them back after time-out of 5 minutes or so and if they bark or rumble we take them out again, I leave lead on. I say nothing, I make no eye contact..Sometimes with a new dog I have to do this a lot of times. Of course I have asked my visitors not to even look at the dog. This can work amazingly well and quick with some dogs. We also do this when i visit dogs to train.......If you have a pile of friends go for it. Once the dogs relax, they can be called and petted.....

    Once they get this, I teach them place..they have a place that is highly rewarded when they sit there and are quiet. But mostly I teach them to be just loose and hang out with us....You do need compliant visitors LOL, they have to ignore the dog/s
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    Yeah well.. I have heaps of friends... and it goes like this:
    Me: "can you ignore the dog?"
    Friend: "yep no problem"
    Friend comes in not looking.
    One minute later
    Friend: "awwwwwwww hoooooochie come come come"
    Me: "remember ignore the dog"
    Friend: " I DID!!"

    My neighbours are even worse. They cant help themselves and can be judgmental so can't do it with them.
    I have many kids visiting and the kids run around, so that gets Hooch excited and we all concentrate on teaching him not to jump on kids.
    It's hard when it's a rescue dog who already has habits. So much harder to re-train than having a blanc canvas to work with.
    Not complaining though, he has an amazing habit of never ever have teeth contact with skin - I never thought dogs can do that!

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    I like that Frosty barks when people knock on the door and acts all scary. We get people going door to door casing places for bad things, and we get people going door to door trying to sell stuff and I think a bit of discouragement is a good thing.

    The problem is if she doesn't stop when I ask her to. I keep her on lead and close to me - so she can't sneak in a nip-pinch or lick. She will nip people she thinks shouldn't be moving. Or should be moving away. I'm not sure. It's a heeler thing. If they stand still and don't look at her, she's fine. If someone is at my house and won't do what I ask them to - do I want them at my house? I don't really want the dog to nip them either, that can be misunderstood.

    So if she's going balistic and doesn't stop when I ask her too - I put her in my bedroom (also her bedroom) and shut the door. But I haven't had to do that for a while.

    I'm still working on this one, because just when I think she's all good and friendly, she nips. Mostly she keeps her distance and just barks a lot, but every now and again the heeler in her gets the better of her and she nips. So I keep the lead short so she can't reach. Which engages the opposition reflex and makes her even more excited. Sigh.

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    I must agree that a dog barking when there's a knock on the door isn't necessarily a bad thing indeed. My old dog used to so it and i liked it too. But she stopped immediately when I opened the door.

    Banjo on the other hand doesn't make a sound and then launches a stealth attack when the door is open wide enough.

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    LOL @Banjo's stealth attack!!! Oskar barks when ever he hears a knock, even if it's on telly....he barks and runs to the front door, dork lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    LOL @Banjo's stealth attack!!! Oskar barks when ever he hears a knock, even if it's on telly....he barks and runs to the front door, dork lol!
    Lmao, "Banjo's stealth attack"

    OM, Lmao, I bet you making knocking noises just to provoke him so you can have a laugh...i know you do because i used to do it
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