Posted by on 9/23/2020 to
If your home is anything like a lot of dog owners, it is a three ring circus when your doorbell rings! Maybe your pup is barking like crazy and running around like her tail is on fire? Or barking for no reason other than simply that's what they have always done? Frustrating, yes! Embarrassing, yes! Not sure what to do about it? Well, we have some tips that just may make you not dread that doorbell so much.
Barking is a way that your dog is trying to communicate something to you. By knowing the reason your pup is barking, you can start to solve the behavior with training.
- Fear - It can be frightening to a dog to hear the sound of a doorbell. It may not be a sound they hear a lot, so new sounds may make them a bit anxious. Also, the unknown of who or what is behind the door may be unsettling to them because they want to protect their people.
- Interruption - The ringing doorbell signals something new is going to happen. Maybe your pup was sleeping and the noise startled them. Or perhaps they were in the middle of something like chewing a bone or playing fetch. Whatever your dog was doing they were interrupted and something new is about to happen.
- Alerting - By barking, your dog is telling you that you need to take action. Dogs are able to associate a certain sound with an action. In their past experiences the doorbell sound was followed up by their owner opening the door, so they are alerting you that someone is possibly trying to access your space.
- Curiosity - More social pups may be barking out of excitement. In the past, when the doorbell rang they may remember a person on the other side who pet or played with them and they are excited for that possibility.
Now that you know some reasonable reasons why your pup may bark at the doorbell, you may be wondering how to actually get your dog to stop barking at the doorbell?
Milne and Mutt Dog, a professional dog trainer, offers some great guidance from their own doorbell training session: