Pretending that the dogs do not bark when hearing the doorbell is like asking the elm for pears. But, when the commotion lasts longer than is reasonable, and the dog does not stop barking, jumping, running around or pouncing on the newcomer, we have a problem that requires a solution. In this post we explain how to deal with it.
Empathy with your dog is essential
Since the timbre becomes the trigger that activates the mechanisms of anxiety and estr é s of hairy, you need to get into the skin of the dog to understand their behavior and find the most appropriate solutions.
If your dog were to speak, he would say to you: how can I remain impassive if, after the sound, a loved or unknown person always appears and that fills me with emotion, curiosity or fear?
With balanced dogs , the commotion usually lasts just enough time to signal them to step aside and clear the way.
In anxious dogs , the matter is trickier. I there are several m é all that help bring them back , but in some cases the help of a need ETO logo canine .
Guardian and protector of the territory
In fact, it is the nature of the dog itself that encourages him to bark when he hears the doorbell and, therefore, he hopes that his human family will thank him, since he is watching over and protecting everyone’s home .
After all, barking is a way of letting you know that someone has arrived and that you keep an eye on who it is. When he lets you know in a non-exalted way, with a couple of barks or three , the canine attitude can be considered normal and healthy .
Another thing is the unstoppable barking , which already denotes a marked problem of territoriality , which must be remedied. In this case, we must make it clear to our dog that, after the warning, it is up to us to control the situation , that is, to attend to the loved one who arrives or the “intruder”.
“Dogs are gene é matically protectors of the family
and the barking aim
alert their” flock “to various events or hazards”
One of the things we usually do when our dog puts on a show every time the bell rings is to scold him . With this we only manage to get nervous and transmit our alteration to it , with which the hysteria enters a vicious circle every time bigger. The dog learns that is what it touches, and every time they call again, it repeats the same routine.
Preventing our dog from barking and swaying, holding it, and reducing it, while giving orders, is the easiest, but least effective , since it helps us to get out of trouble on time, but we do not solve the underlying problem. On the other hand, anxiety increases when the timbre sounds again , since it will relate the sound to all the revelry experienced last time.
What behavior do we want to achieve?
Our goal should be for the dog to “pass” the doorbell ; Or, in less colloquial terms, what we want is for the ringing sound to stop being a maddening stimulus for him.
Why do dogs bark?
Our dogs can bark and appear upset, basically, when they relate the sound of the bell to someone very dear or quite the opposite, with strangers , such as a gas inspector or the postman.
Tactics to follow to avoid barking
- By means of the classic conditioning , it is possible to achieve desensitization of our dog, in order to eliminate the anguish or alteration that he feels when the bell rings. It is about attenuating or eliminating the conditioned situation of the sound with the arrival of the important being for the dog or the unknown. We will do a drill , knocking on the door several times, but without the person expected by the dog. This way, you will stop associating the sound with the stimulus, until you stop being interested in the timbre.
- We can also induce their calm behavior , through positive reinforcement , giving them a prize in the form of snacks or cookies. In this case, remember to always give the award when you obey our orders . So when the doorbell rings, we will call you, tell you to sit down and be calm, then we will offer it to you.
- One tactic that works well when the doorbell rings is to invite him to go to his bed or resting place , and to remain there calmly.
- Another effective method for our dog to ignore the bell is to make him see that we have not heard anything. Of course, too, we will ignore your barking and restlessness , and remain calm at all times. When we approach to open the door , we will do it naturally , as if our dog was not in the house. What do we achieve with this strategy? The dogs are very intelligent and, in general, they tend to mimic the calm that we transmit to them with our way of acting.
If you have displayed all your patience and, after applying the recommended strategies, you see that your dog continues to mount a circus every time the bell rings, it is time to ask for help from a specialist in canine behavior .
You see that there is always a solution, you have plan A, which we have explained to you and plan B, of shock, with the intervention of an ethologist. Good luck!