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Dog Barking at Guests – The Fix

Are Your Guests Intimidated by Your Dog’s Barking?

If fewer people are coming over to visit you might want to watch this video.

Here are 3 tips to fix that embarrassing behavior of your dog barking at guests.

To practice “and” also use with your visitors, you should have:

  • a leash
  • food treats and
  • a stuffed Kong

Tip #1 to Begin Fixing the Barking

When you hear the knock on the door, take your dog to the front door on leash or have one there waiting to leash your dog.

The leash lets him know you are now in control.

Your dog will be much more compliant and responsible on leash than off leash – no leash is a mistake most people make with their dog.

Let your visitor know that you are going to sit your dog before they come in and instruct them to come in

ignoring your dog and have a seat.

Make sure that where you sit your dog gives your friend enough room to easily come in and sit down.

Praise/treat your dog for a quiet sit.

Progress to Tip #2 Hands On With Your Barking Dog

Once your visitor is seated, take your dog in and settle him down by your foot – with your foot on the leash.

Give him a stuffed Kong as you visit.

Tip #3 – Practice Makes Perfect To Stop the Barking

Practice many times with willing family members and neighbors until you can begin to see that your dog is getting it – you’ll see much, much less barking – especially  with more and more set-ups.

Be prepared to practice and train with your dog daily for at least 4 weeks so that this becomes your dog’s default behavior.

Help yourself to more information available on barking at visitors.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.

I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live. We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.

4 replies
  1. Jim
    Jim says:

    Diane, it could be some fearfulness on her part. I truly do not have enough information. There are many blogs posts/articles on fearfulness in
    dogs. Might want to go read those here on the website.

  2. Dianne Faulkner
    Dianne Faulkner says:

    My rescue papillon was at the vets she let the vet do her booster, check her ears and teeth then when the vet tried to make a fuss of her she went to nip the vets finger. The vet said it was just a warning but when the groomer came to the house it took him a good hour to make friends with Bonnie. She is never a problem with me. Help.

  3. Charley Goddard
    Charley Goddard says:

    Jim, I’ve been enjoying and Sandy (3 yr. 9mos. old Golden Doodle) has been benefiting from your Petiquette tips for some time now. Last week’s “Pulling Like a Frieght Train” was right on target for us. It reinforce one of our trainers tips to circle to keep his attention. His breed are of course, hunters, and his nose is extra sensitive and he likes to track on the ground a lot. He he spots a critter before I do, it’s off to the races. I’m nearing 80, so I can’t chase and have learned to let him go and stay in place. He will go to one end of a block and return, passing me to the other end and then back. He will finally tire and I can regain control again.

    Todaay’s barking at guests tip is also a reminder of what we have also been advised to do.

    Thanks for your on-line advice, Charley

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