What are some methods of training your dog not to bark at the door or at other dogs or people?

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I have a 3 year old dog and I have tried many obedience schools and none of them have worked. I would miss him too much to send him away to have him trained, so do you have any methods I could try at home??? Thanks 🙂

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    8 Responses to “What are some methods of training your dog not to bark at the door or at other dogs or people?”

    1. Peter Griffin says:

      Im tryin to get mine to do the opposite.. I have 2 Malamutes, a breed not known for guarding ability. Id love for them to bark to perhaps warn would-be burgulars that there are dogs inside! Sometimes a bark is better than a "protected by ADT" sign.

    2. Bobbie L says:

      Apparently, 1: You didn’t train your dog on a daily basis while attending classes, or 2: You went somewhere like Petco/PetsMart, where their wonderful "trainers" go thru a 2 week course. They are not qualified to teach dogs anything but sit, down and stay. If a problem comes up, they usually have no clue on how to fix it.

      Call you local kennel club and have them refer you to a real trainer.

    3. dorothy s says:

      Sending a dog away to be trained is a waste of time. Although dogs can be taught to do almost anything, have you considered that trying to teach him not to bark is akin to gagging a child. We can speak and communicate, our dogs communicate by barking.

      Perhaps you could try to amuse and divert your dog by training him to do other things. However you should resist trying to gag him because that’s how dogs talk.

    4. dhmcconniel says:

      First, let me say that a dog who exhibits the behavior you’re describing is usually a dog who is freely welcomed into be on the bed, onto furniture, in the lap or held too often.
      If that condition exists in your house, it needs to stop so that your dog can relax and be less anxious.
      Hard for the human mind to perceive how kindness creates stress,
      but in the dog’s world it does create anxiety and nervous behavior.
      They aren’t people
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      Block the behavior.

      Watch this video on blocking. Take note of the leash.
      http://www.ehow.com/video_4941195_dog-training-interrupting-bad-behavior.html

      That is the technique you will need to use to control the dog’s behavior.
      Start with the toy exercise (or treat) as you see it.

      Go to the door as if you’re going out. Open the door and then turn back to the dog (with leash) and block.
      Have someone mimic a visitor. When the dog excites and barks, block. Keep blocking and pressuring the dog to back off until it stops barking.
      Anytime it approaches the door or makes an unwelcoming sound,
      turn quickly. SNAP around and go straight into a block.

      Don’t talk sweetly. Sweet talk encourages the wrong behavior. Since you don’t know what the dog has in it’s mind as you deal with it, any sweet tone could encourage the wrong thing.
      Be quietly demanding of the dog.

      With other dogs, repeat the general block.
      Note in the video she mentions the dog looking up.
      When faced with barking at another dog, you want your dog to look up at you.
      A good time to raise your finger and say "WE don’t do that".
      Repeat often.
      It’s good if you can use the leash to walk away from the barking incident to train the dogs mind that the pattern is Block, Ignore, Leave.

    5. Cavalier KCS mom says:

      Put a Choke Chain on the dog. The finer the chain the better. As soon as he barks snap the leash. Continue to snap the leash until the dog stops. The give lots of praise when the dog listens. If that doesn’t work get a soda can. Fill it with 15 pennies. As soon as the dog barks, shake the can to get his attention giving the command "No Bark". Then if that method doesn’t work put on a shock collar. The shock collar is generally always effective.

    6. Brian says:

      I thought barking at the door or people he didn’t know was a good thing. They do have a bark collar if your Absolutely sure you don’t want him to bark

    7. Jenny Manyteeth says:

      Let him bark a few times, then tell him, "Okay, that’s enough. Good boy." Many dogs relax once they grasp that you have acknowledged the alarm they are sounding. Talk to your dog; explain it to him. They understand more than we think.

    8. luckydog says:

      Ask yourself why the many obedience schools have not worked. The answer probably is that a) that method of training might not have been the right one for your dog. B) That you are not communicating to your dog either properly or consistently. And (B) is more likely. That’s OK, its just a signal to you that you need to put more thought, time and effort into training.
      If schools have not worked, why not try a private professional trainer. Believe me, the money spent is worth it when you have the result of a well behaved animal who can be welcomed anywhere. A trainer can exactly pinpoint WHY you have not been able to communicate to your dog what you want him to do. Maybe you are using too many words, maybe your body language is conflicting him, maybe you are inconsistent with the right commands. Inconsistency is a big problem..it teaches your dog that he does not have to listen! Basically, if you do not change your approach, and be firm and consistent (which is really what your dog wants!), no tip given here is going to work.
      Given that, here are some things you can do. Set up door training with some friends. Have them come by and ring or knock. When you hear them, take your leashed dog and put him in a sit stay or place about 8 feet from the door. MAKE HIM WAIT. Do not open the door until he is calm. Do not allow him to approach the guest until he is calm. Repeat this over and over. If you are consistent , he WILL get it.
      About the barking at people or dogs…it is probably excitement and a desire to approach. Find out what most motivates your dog…toys, food or praise. Probably food. Take some tasty treats and go for a walk where you are sure to encounter dogs and people. As soon as YOU see someone approach..again, put your dog in a sit stay, hold up a treat and tell him "watch me". You have to be on your toes and catch the behavior BEFORE he starts. Once you have his focus , let the other person/dog pass and give him lots of praise for his good behavior. Again, consistency is what will reinforce the desired behavior.
      If you want the greatest success, you should be doing consistent obedience in all areas. And it is never too late to start.
      Good luck.

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