Barking at the front door is an especially tough situation. I understand how frustrating it can be. And it is a rather common problem among dog owners. First things first, though, relax.
Whenever you are training your dog, stay calm! Dogs feed off your energy. They can “smell” it actually. (You can learn about how dogs do this in “How Do Dogs “See” With Their Noses?”) You also want to be confident and consistent. If you give in, your dog will take advantage.
Using the OnGuard™ is relatively easy and I've laid out the steps here. You can also print this out, so you have it on hand to remind you until it becomes second nature.
- Give your command to stop the barking, such as “Stop bark.”
- If your dog doesn't listen, calmly stand between your dog and what he is barking at.
- Tap gently on your dog's back if he is not looking at you. You want his attention.
- Show your dog the OnGuard and give your command.
- If your dog barks, press and hold the ultrasonic sound button for 10 seconds, taking a giant step forward and making sure to block their path so they can't go around you.
- Your dog should scoot back. If your dog listens to you and stops barking, give a reward. Dogs don't always need a food treat. A head rub works, too.
- If your dog doesn't stop barking, repeat. Walk your dog across the room, one step at a time if needed.
Right now, your dog thinks he is in charge of defense. With this training, you are claiming the area as yours. You are teaching your dog that you are the pack master and you are in control of the situation.
Consistency is key. Remember that your dog has probably been doing this behavior for a while; it’s become a habit, so it may take a few weeks to fully make your dog understand.
As always, we at Good Life are here to support you during this process. Give us a call, send an email or leave a comment here with your questions. We know the joys of well-behaved dogs and we want you to know as well.
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